Martha Stewart Studio Props Auction a Stunning Success for Kaminski Auctions

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Fans of Martha Stewart flocked to the Martha Stewart Studio Props sale at Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts this past weekend. Many fans, new to the experience of buying at auction, enthusiastically bid on over 1,000 lots of Martha’s studio props on May 5 & 6 2018.

Frank Kaminski owner and auctioneer stated " I feel that Martha Stewart chose us, Kaminski Auctions to handle this auction because of our experience, and the fact that we served as auctioneer for the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Santa Barbara, California several years ago and it was so successful"

Fans of Martha Stewart flocked to the Martha Stewart Studio Props sale at Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts this past weekend. Many fans, new to the experience of buying at auction, enthusiastically bid on over 1,000 lots of Martha’s studio props on May 5 & 6 2018.

Kitchenware, garden urns and décor items, many handpicked by Martha Stewart were auctioned off in part to benefit the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital. Seven truckloads, more than 5,000 individual pieces from the lifestyle guru’s television shows were brought to Beverly, Massachusetts by Kaminski Auctions and organized for the sale.

Martha graciously signed a few of the more important items on offer and those pieces brought considerably more than they would have otherwise. A signed antique toboggan used on a Christmas show was the top-selling lot fetching over $600. A vintage painted wooden potting bench sold for $550, and a Boo’s butcher block table brought $375.

Two sets of vintage enamel cookware in the classic Martha Stewart blue color sold for $350 each plus buyer’s premium and several signed vintage cutting boards sold in the $250-$350 range. Many lots started at $25 with estimates in the $20 - $50 range. It’s was a great opportunity for her fans to own a piece of the Martha Stewart Show history.

The festivities started on Thursday evening, May 3rd with a cocktail preview party for guests and press. The gallery was decorated in signature Martha Stewart style with dining tables set for a formal and casual dinner and vignettes set up displaying her many collections of garden items, botanical prints, milk glass, creamware, fiesta ware, jadeite, depression glass and so much more…

As one of the most influential and successful business women and authors in the world, Martha has shaped the tastes and decor of households around the globe. She has authored more than 90 books on cooking, decorating, and entertaining and her collections of cookbooks amassed over the years were separated into lots and were among the most popular items in the sale.

Frank Kaminski owner and auctioneer believes Kaminski Auctions was selected in part, to handle this auction because the company served as auctioneer for the Oprah Winfrey Collection when she redecorated her home in Santa Barbara, California several years ago.

Interest in the auction was overwhelming with reports appearing on all local television stations, local newspapers, a radio and television interview on the local CBS affiliate WBZ on the day of the auction. The press release was picked up by the Associated Press as well as on Page Six of the New York Post. Cooking magazines like Food and Wine ran the story as well as numerous design magazines and bloggers. After Martha posted the auction on Twitter Kaminski, saw a 300% increase in traffic to their site and most were new customers. Preview days and online bidding registration were a clear indication of how big this event really would be.

With over 400 new bidders on KaminskiLIVE and many more on Live Auctioneers the auction had a 99% sell-through on all lots. Martha fans went away thrilled with their purchases.

Kaminski Auctions upcoming schedule includes a Baseball Memorabilia, Coin, and Stamp auction on Saturday, June 2nd and an outstanding collection of fine art, furniture and decorative art on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd Estates Auction. For more information go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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