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K & M Auctions bid final farewell to facility
By Nancy Kelly

LANSING, Mich. — “The Last Hurrah” was the term spoken by many participants as they entered the building, shook auctioneer Kelly McAllister’s hand, and told him that he would be missed. As the day proceeded, McAllister, his brother Greg, and cousin Shawn McAllister sounded like three boys on the school playground exchanging comments and tossing insults during this business liquidation sale. The mood was sometimes emotional, sometimes playful, and often just wanting to get the job done. The building that had housed K & M Auctions for six years had been sold, so the company needed to clear out the inventory and move.

About 50 people came to help empty the warehouse, with many interesting and unusual items being offered. McAllister said he had saved some of the best items for this sale. There was a 13 percent buyers premium that is not reflected in the prices listed here.

In 1979, the Dale Tiffany Company began specializing in reproducing leaded lamp designs that were first developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800s-early 1900s. The Dale Tiffany Company uses techniques and materials similar to the originals, making these reproductions some of the best on the market. There is no relationship between the two men who share the same last name. A signed Dale Tiffany floor lamp with a glass shade of blue and peach was the highest-earning item of the day, drawing a final bid of $115. Two Roseville Rozane yellow-going-orange table lamps finished at $35 and $30, and a beautiful Gone With The Wind electric lamp with rose decoration was carefully carried away with a final bid of $50. An unusual lamp offered as perfect for the office since one could stick tacks into the cork base to hold memos was claimed with a final bid of $10.

Original artwork collected over the years proved popular with those in attendance. A tender Carolyn Blish oil painting featuring a young girl in a windy field of daisies was claimed with a high bid of $70, while an oil painting of a mystical bearded fellow with planets and water swirling around drew a $60 final bid.

A somewhat abstract painting of a seated Asian woman dressed in pastel colors was gratefully claimed with a high bid of $75, while a large print of the original “The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede” Dutch painting topped out at $85. Several other prints and paintings were also offered.

Various eclectic items dotted the room, drawing curious interest as the bidding proceeded. A very thick vintage album stuffed full of salesman samples of numerous prints including pets, war images, and children all featuring very appealing artwork was claimed with a final bid of $35. An interesting and ornate gold-colored pedestal with the letter G on the base and a purple velvet platform on top was used to offer Guerlain fragrance samples in luxury hotel lobbies. This unique structure was taken with a high bid of $25.

A brightly-colored vintage Goosie Gander metal children’s pull toy crossed the block with a high bid of $30 after the ring man had a chance to play with it. A Speedball calligraphy set with numerous pen tips, instructions, and the original wooden box finished at $20. A plastic Ideal Plain Board abacus complete with original box and numerous digit places closed at $17.50. Two 9-inch tall “angry teak wood guys” who had presided over McAllister auctions for many years were finally relieved of their duty as they left for $12.50. When asked how he could sell the McAllaster green metal milk wagon, the auctioneer replied that “they spelled the name wrong.” This vintage item closed at $15.

A very unusual-looking wooden structure was described as a compass chair. McAllister explained that it had been designed by the Herman Miller Company, but they then decided not to put it into production and another company did. This sparse piece of furniture with a curved back and only two minimal cross members for a seat was interesting to look at and was claimed with a final bid of $20. A rocking lawn chair with wooden oak frame and canvas seat was tried by many before leaving with a high bid of $10.

Numerous typical items crossed the block, including vases, jewelry, and auto parts. Many more items were claimed for possible resale as the auction progressed. Seven original thick cardboard beer cases for Drewrys, Pabst, Goebel and Miller were taken for a total of $70. A pair of “End of Trail” cast iron book ends closed at $10, a commercial Hobart scale finished at $40, and a Melodica with original box was demonstrated before leaving with a high bid of $17.50. A colorful box containing a commemorative Sgt. Pepper tee shirt and hat was eagerly claimed with a final bid of $22.50.

McAllister reflected on his years in the auction business, which started as a youngster alongside his father and uncle. He commented that it would be very difficult to be starting out in the auction trade today, as the business is evolving. He feels that the days of live, on-location auctions may be numbered as internet sales become more popular and plentiful. He personally enjoys selling items and interacting with the customers, but merchandise values are down, and it is getting harder to make a living at it. Primitives, mid-century merchandise (1950s-1980s), and original art work seem to be popular at the moment, but many old reliable categories just don’t have the return on investment any more. For now, McAllister plans to work the day job, settle into new surroundings, and then figure out what will come next. He plans to continue intermittently running auctions, and can be reached at (989) 666-8314 or e-mail:

Hahn hosts array of items at auction
By Karin Milliman

Nappanee, Ind. — The Hahn auction building in Nappanee was the scene of a fantastic guns, fishing lures, knives, primitives, and furniture auction. There was a chance to bid on glassware, bedding, and smalls while some attendees were entertained with the sport items.

The guns took top billing at this sale. Once the auctioneer started selling the large selection of guns, the bidding cards kept rising and the heads kept nodding. Taking the top spot for the highest price was a rifle that brought $3,900. It was a Remington brand sporting rifle #1, 40-50 caliber with a 30-inch octagon barrel. The bids rose on this rare item as fast as the auctioneer could call them out loud.

And the fun didn’t stop there. Running a close second in price was a Winchester model 1886 rifle. This one was made in 1885, was a 45-90 caliber and was in amazing condition. The hammer fell on this rifle at $3,700.

A Belgium-made Stahl-Target rifle that had an extra case with a cleaning and reloading kit sold for the impressive price of $2,500.

A Winchester model 52, 22-caliber long rifle complete with a Winchester scope and sling sold for $1,200. A Winchester model 62A long rifle also attracted some interest. This 22-caliber short and long rifle was from 1950 and brought a high bid of $1,050.

A Belgium made Browning semi-automatic, 22-caliber rifle sold for $750. A Ruger model 77, 30/6 with a sling and loop-holed scope brought a bid of $550.

A Remington 1187, 12-gauge semi-automatic shot gun in camouflage sold for $525. A Winchester model #24 12-gauge sold for $400.

The fishing items kept the gentlemen in their seats as a Master Fly reel, automatic, was put on the auction block. This one was new old stock in the original leather case. It flew all the way to $245 before being pronounced sold.

An early trout reel, patent 1/23/83 marked on the post and made of nickel and black brought an impressive high bid of $250.

A William Shakespeare JR, #3 level wind reel held its own with a bid of $175. A bamboo fly rod consisted of four pieces. This H.L. Lenoard rod came with both a soft and a hard case. It sold for $125.

A Creek Chub #2818 weed bug in silver flash was said to be a very tough color to get. It evidently was as it sold for the very high price of $475. A Creek Chub #100 wiggler goldfish in the original box sold for $200.

A nice selection of knives was also sold. A Marbles Arms sheath knife with the marked sheath was mint in the original box. This shiny piece dated January 9, 1953, brought a lot of competition. It took $425 to be the new owner of this knife.

A selection of four Marbles sheath knives with Marbles marked sheaths were sold with choice out. The first one went for $130, with the second following right behind at $100 and the last winning bidder took two for his $85 bid.

A 1944 World War II knife with the sheath sold for $95.

A Marbles safety hatchet was in mint condition and appeared to have never been used. This shiny piece was quickly tucked away for a bid of $200. A similar Marbles safety hatchet had obvious wear and sold for $110.

A brick of Winchester 22-automatic bullets kept rising in price. These bullets brought a high bid of $250.

There was some really nice furniture sold. A nicely preserved jelly cupboard was pine and sold for $215. An oak library table and chair were sold as a set for $80.

A double-sided large oak wardrobe topped out at $180.

A five-shelf enclosed glass front bookcase made from oak that had a storage drawer in the bottom sold for $350. A set of four stacking bookcases with the original wavy glass in the doors sold for $400.

The piece that everyone seemed to have their eye on was a bolt cabinet. This was in mint condition. It stood 40-inches tall and still had the shiny epoxy finish on all the drawers. The wording was very clear and every drawer had a matching white porcelain pull. It really took some bidding to become the new owner of this rare piece. They didn’t get to pack the drawers carefully in boxes and move it all out until their bid went all the way to $2,100.

An early pine trunk sold for $80. And a gray feed bin sold for $60.

An old primitive dry sink brought a high bid of $200, while a beautiful mirrored three-drawer dresser sold for $155.

An oak desk that appeared to be made for a lady sat a bit lower and had miniature cubby holes once it was opened up. This piece brought a bid of $190.

A sturdy two-seater wooden airplane attracted the attention of some of the ladies and ended at a final bid of $80.

A vintage croquet set, complete with all the mallets, balls, end posts, and wickets sold for $70.

A bakers’ cabinet in the original oak finish that had flour and sugar bins, cutting boards, four smaller drawers, and two doors in the top brought a high bid of $230.

An Empire style bookcase was still styling with the original key and wavy glass in the doors. It brought a bid of $250.

A large working double fruit press was identified as a Kentucky Buckeye old primitive press still in working condition. It brought a high bid of $375.

A pair of metal shop stools with the back part of the seats still original sold for $200.

A Daisy butter churn that looked like a blue metal box sold for a bid of $50. A clear football butter churn sold for $115. The red football shape at the top by the handle gave this piece its nickname. A wooden barrel butter churn sold for the same bid of $115.

A tiny well made glass showcase would have worked great for any vendor doing shows. This piece commanded a high price with a bid of $170.

A large apple butter pail sold for the high bid of $225. Two smaller candy pots sold for the bids of $150 and $90. A large brass pail sold for $45.

Hahn Auctioneers, Inc. can be reached at (574) 773-8445. Watch The Auction Exchange & Collectors News for more upcoming auctions with this experienced company.

Stingray revs up bids at Montrie Auction
By Nancy Kelly

IDA, Mich. — John and Linda Stiegel lived in their Ida home since 1976. He worked as an accountant and filled his leisure time with numerous household and outdoor activities.

His wife recalls him saying “Linda, I need another project.” The property was a showcase of the many woodworking, landscaping, and building projects he very capably tackled. When he died, his wife decided to liquidate the massive stock of tools he had accumulated, so Montrie Auction & Estate Service LLC was hired for the task.

Auctioneer Jade Montrie commented that “This is the cleanest tool auction I have ever had the privilege to do.” The yard implements were spotless, the woodworking tools were clean, and some folks at the auction commented that most items looked brand new, complete with their owner’s manuals. Montrie’s long-time associate Jason Babcock said even the tractor tires were treated with Armor All. The crowd responded well to the quality of the inventory and bidding was fast and high. Prices do not include the buyer’s premium.

As folks entered the yard, they walked past the two immaculately clean and well-maintained vehicles. The 2016 Corvette Stingray with 2,400 miles drew the highest bid of the day. The eye-catching red convertible left for a new home with a final bid of $42,000. Parked next to it, a 2017 GMC gray Canyon truck with 11,462 miles was claimed with a winning bid of $27,000. A 2015 John Deere X530 tractor showing 90 hours was offered with two weights and was claimed with a high bid of $4,850 while a companion John Deere X500 lawn tractor showing 512 hours with two weights finished at $1,750. A blade for the John Deer tractor was claimed with a bid of $125.

Stiegel had a passion for diecast model cars, and one segment of the crowd was in attendance specifically for these. Most were produced by Franklin Mint and the detail on each was exceptional. The highest selling model cars were the Corvettes, including a red Corvette and some convertibles that were claimed by one dedicated high bidder for $40 each. Other cars that left individually included a tow truck, a police car, a jeep, pickup trucks and various other models for $20-25 each. The rest were grouped and sold for $50-80 per flat. There was a larger scale very detailed metal hook and ladder fire truck with no manufacturer markings on it that proved popular, earning a high bid of $95.

A limited amount of furniture was offered. Two handsome mirror-back china cabinets had been the home of the diecast car collection. They drew final bids of $180 and $175. A clean and very comfortable padded patio set consisting of 4 chairs, a glass-top table, and a glider were much in demand, closing with a final bid of $475. The accompanying plastic storage bench finished at $80. A stately Howard Miller Grandfather clock dominated the living room before leaving with a high bid of $75. Other furniture items were also claimed throughout the house.

It was evident that the homeowner was an avid Michigan State University fan. The couple’s two sons attended the university, and the family’s Spartan Spirit was on display. An impressive bronze-like statue of an MSU quarterback preparing to throw the ball stood about 26-inches tall. He wore a cloth uniform, and some in the crowd joked that one could purchase the figure and change his uniform to maize and blue, since the east side of the state is generally more loyal to the University of Michigan. This heavy table-top icon was claimed with a high bid of $250. An MSU end table was rehomed with a high bid of $30, a Spartan padded folding chair left for $50, and a delicate block S glass shade small table lamp finished at $55.

The two acre property was well maintained and spotless, even in this early spring weather. The many implements that assisted in that process were being offered for sale. The Brush Master model CH4 15hp wood chipper/shredder by DEK that was housed in a shed constructed by the homeowner was eagerly claimed with a high bid of $600. A Honda 13hp power washer found a new job with a high bid of $400, a DeWalt chop saw closed at $240, and a Fimco pull-behind sprayer with trailer finished at $350.

There had been a light dusting of snow overnight prior to this early April sale, and Montrie joked that the massive Husqvarna Snow Blower had been used that morning to clean up the yard. The snow actually melted in the morning sun, and this imposing machine was claimed with a final bid of $525. The Honda GSV 190 TK vacuum, useful for cleaning up patio, lawn, driveway, and sidewalk surfaces, found a new home with a $400 high bid. The reliable brand name Stihl proved popular at this event, with the MS271 chain saw with extra bar and chains closing at $275, the BR420 backpack blower leaving at $225, and the hedge trimmer finishing at $185. There were numerous other yard and garden tools, with brand names including McLane, Toro, and Agri Fab that were all in clean condition and drew excellent bids.

Life in the country can lead to lengthy power outages, but this homeowner was prepared. His robust Generac XP8000E electric generator would be capable of reliable service. This popular item drew a bidding volley before settling with a final bid of $1,000.

The woodworking tools and accessories were also in like-new condition, well maintained and fully operational. Many items had their original owner’s manuals as well. The Craftsman 6.5hp 33-gallon air compressor proved to be a desirable lot, finishing with a bid of $210. The 2-piece multi-drawer red Craftsman roll-around tool box closed at $200, a Porter Cable sander and stand drew a final bid of $110, and the Craftsman drill press finished at $110. Numerous powered hand tools, many in their original plastic cases, were also sold. They included drills, sanders, grinders, and nailers. There were also tables full of quality sets of wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, and most anything else useful for woodworking or household projects.

Home entertainment items were also offered, with a LG 65-inch flat screen television featuring Harman Kardon sound drawing the highest bid at $600. Other LGs, as well as Sony, flat screen televisions sold for $160 to $180. Bose sound equipment was also offered and well received, with speakers finishing at up to $100. There were DVD players, blue ray systems, audio receivers, and more equipment. As with the other items at this sale, everything was clean, operational, and ready for new homes.

In addition to offering on-site auctions, Montrie conducts sales every Tuesday evening at their Toledo, Ohio, facility. Jade and Jennifer Montrie, co-owners of Montrie Auction & Estate Service L.L.C., can be reached at (419) 283-6966 or via their website: