Largest Art, Curiosity, and Antiquity Estate Collection of Famed Collector John Conaty to Be Sold via "I Got First Dibs"

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David Sobon Auctions, in collaboration with the iconic vintage furniture, art and clothing company FRINGE, will hold a 2-day auction event in Sacramento on Dec. 6th and 7th, featuring never-before-seen mid-century modern furniture and collectibles, combining a benefit auction and blow-out party supporting the region’s arts nonprofits with a live-auction experience for avid fans and collectors, vintage lovers, and designers. This is the largest auction of its kind ever held in Sacramento that features the famed estate collection of the late John Conaty.

While I can never completely recreate the magic and allure that JC (John Conaty) brought to X-21, this event allows us to share JC with those who may not know his iconic work. - Audrey Wells, FRINGE

The impetus for "I Got First DIBS" began with FRINGE and Conaty’s collection, but the vision also is driven by Sacramento's growing, active network of nonprofit supporters, who often participate in benefit auctions to help provide vital operational financing for both art and social programming. David Sobon Auctions has been a driving force for these benefit auctions in the region and has raised increasing the proceeds through benefit auction events to an art form.

The Estate Collection

Proprietress and shop keep of Sacramento’s FRINGE, Audrey Wells, hand-selected and curated the items from her own collection and that of John Conaty, a world renowned collector and owner of X-21, originally located where FRINGE sits in Sacramento today. John Conaty passed away in 2009.

Conaty’s fresh, eccentric, and keen eye for Mid-Century Modern furnishings, art and accessories made X-21 in San Francisco not just a retail ‘second-hand’ store, but a ‘destination,’ and an ‘underground’ tourist attraction.

Conaty’s estate has more than filled the15,000 square feet of The Merchant, an ultra-modern, industrial and architectural space now filled to the brim with the collection’s treasures. About Conaty’s influence in the collector world, Wells said:

"Through both JC's discriminating eye and remarkable talent for capturing the jewel buried in the rubble, this event allows us to share many of his never-before-seen pieces with the world." – Audrey Wells, proprietress FRINGE.

Preview Party , Friday December 6th, 2013 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm for VIPs, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm for General Admission, The Merchant - 1425 C Street, Sacramento , Open to the Public w/ticket purchase, $50 VIP/ $10 General Admission.

Full-Day Live Auction , Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 7:00 am preview/Bidding begins 9:00am - 4:00pm , The Merchant - 1425 C Street, Sacramento . Doors open at 8am. Free - Open to Public.

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About David Sobon Auctions

Founder, art collector, and entrepreneur David Sobon, has generated a growing purse of proceeds for nonprofits through auctions: more than $3 million in 2013, and $ 5 million in just the last two years. The "I Got First DIBS" auction is a first step for Sobon in expanding their auction services for nonprofits to include estate auctions nationally.

About the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento

The Arts & Business Council is an independent nonprofit 501c3 chapter of Americans for the Arts, established in Sacramento, CA in 1987. The Council works to nurture the creative economy by providing in-kind technical assistance, resources, leadership, volunteer placement, and community outreach to an audience of civic leaders, artists, nonprofit arts/culture organizations, creative entrepreneurs and businesses.

About The Business of Arts

The Sacramento region is primed to expand its arts and business renaissance in 2014, which the "I Got First DIBS" event celebrates.


Located on the lip of Sacramento’s downtown/midtown urban shopping and art district, FRINGE bespeaks its moniker—geographically and aesthetically—ON THE EDGE of the capital’s infamous MIDTOWN GRID. Audrey Wells, proprietress, has cultivated a destination boutique for specialty, one-of-a-kind "objects de function and functionality" for Home, Garden and Wardrobe. "Ultra-Modern" bonds with "Original Vintage." "Repurposed divines Reborn" and anything ‘antiquated’ is fresh again. "What's new?" is both a salutation and the PASSWORD for FRINGE regulars to cut to the chase.

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