What happened with Roosevelt’s watch

What happened with Roosevelt’s watch

It’s early March, 2023. Our auction gallery is all set up for preview. Paintings are hung neatly on the slatwall, and shelves are full of interesting historic items. We’re all ready for the following weekend, when our semi-annual themed auction we call “The American...
90 minutes with Paul Reubens

90 minutes with Paul Reubens

On March 21, 2023, Paul Reubens called me on my mobile to discuss some details about the disposition of several pieces of furniture from his childhood home in Sarasota, Florida. I run an auction gallery about an hour north of there, and a high school friend of his –...
The five stages of collecting

The five stages of collecting

> Fascination, Accumulation, Obsession, Realization & Liquidation I’ve been chewing on this list for some time now. The idea for it started incubating from a conversation I had years ago with a couple of guys who were selling their father’s huge...
A word or two about guns

A word or two about guns

Blackwell Auctions deals with a lot of firearms, antique and modern. In the 2023 American Sale, we’re offered about seven dozen of them. (A complete list of them appears below.) Please know this, though, if you’re interested in bidding on a firearm made...
Portrait of Sitting Bull by Caroline Weldon, 1890

Portrait of Sitting Bull by Caroline Weldon, 1890

On March 18, 2023, Blackwell Auctions sold a painting of one of the most historically important figures of the 19th century, Sitting Bull, the chief who united the Sioux to defeat Gen. George Armstrong Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876. The portrait was one of four...
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