– The 34th annual auction of the Rotary Club of Wooster was held April 10-11 at Wooster High School and despite the economic downturn, more than 750 bidders, with 427 buyers, attended.
The sale grossed more than $140,000 with more than 2,150 lots sold in five venues with more than 50 hours of selling. Items were received from more than 175 consignors and donations.
Net proceeds to the Rotary Club from the auction will exceed $35,000, which will be used to fund scholarships and community projects.
In 33 years, the proceeds have contributed nearly $850,000 to projects and scholarships.
The top-selling item was a 1952 M.G. TD sports car selling for $17,000.
Other highlights included a closine elephant lamp purchased in Bratenahl, Ohio, at Cyrus Eton Sale for $2,000; an oak quarter sawn triple curved glass china cabinet with carved back splash for $1,450; a Victorian bedroom bureau with marble top, original hardware and ivory key H for $1,400; a pair of large hand-carved bone elephant tusks for $1,400; an Ohio paint decorated empire chest of drawers for $1,400; a 39-piece basic service for six of Wooster Coxon Bell for $1,300; a bookcase with three sections and sliding glass doors with adjustable shelves for $1,225; a $500 Federal Reserve note, series 1934-A (F-VF) for $900 and a Rone jukebox Mod. R-92 45/CD combo went for $600.
Many Oriental rugs brought much interest. Two antique Kashen room-size Oriental rugs sold for $900 and $1,500; a wool Persian Kirman Oriental rug from the 50s sold for $1,500; a red/blue Oriental rug sold for $900 and an antique room-size Mahal Persian rug sold for $800.
Three pinball machines also brought quite a bit of interest. A Cherry Bell pinball machine by Sonic/Williams went for $325, while two pinball machines from the 60s went for $450 and $475.
– Steve Chupp Auctioneer of Beach City, Ohio, held an Amish furniture consignment auction May 2 at the Dalton Buckeye Event Center, Dalton, with 458 registered buyers from nine states in attendance.
According to Chupp, prices were fair.
Highlights included 38 complete bedroom suites ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per suite; a roll-top desk in cherry for $2,900; a quarter sawn oak dresser for $1,700 and a dinning room table with six chairs for $1,700.
More than 1,500 pieces of Amish-made furniture from local vendors were sold during the auction.
– Defina Auctions, Austinburg, Ohio, held an antique auction April 26.
The top-selling item was an 81-inch tall, 12-light corner cupboard with two six-pane doors with original glass for $6,000. The cupboard’s base had two dovetailed drawers, two double-paneled blind doors and a cut-out base.
Another outstanding piece of tiger maple was the circa 1835 Empire fall front desk which brought $4,500. This desk was loaded with cubby holes, secret doors and multiple drawers.
Decorative items also fared well at this event. An 1886 fireman’s horn from Altoona, Pa., which wore tons of elaborate engraving brought $2,000, while a Lyell Carr, oil on board of a hunter on horseback with his trusty dog on point made $2,600.
Several guns also sold with a cased dueling pair by J.C. Reilly realizing $3,000, being the top lot of guns.
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