2017 ANNUAL HEISEY FALL SELECT AUCTION WRAP-UP
Dave Spahr, Auction Chair
All who came to our 13th annual Fall Select Auction on October 14th at the GMP Local 244 Union Hall on Hudson Ave. had an opportunity to buy some wonderful Heisey glass and had fun too!
A warm sunny Fall Saturday morning in Newark started off with our volunteers coming to the Museum to box up the auction glass beginning at 8:00 AM. We next transported it to the Union Hall, arranged the room for the auction, and then “unfurled” the 333 lots of glass from our 20 consignors. We were finished in time for the Preview which started at 12:00 PM and lasted till 1:00 PM. The glass, as always looked wonderful of the tables- it just sparkled!
Craig Connelly and cohort Jeff Baird were again our auctioneers and we had the Bev and Tom Jones provide the concessions. Wonderful food again this year!
Our auction began promptly at 1:00 PM. The turnout for the auction was good- we had a crowd of approximately 100 with 64 individuals picking up bid cards and 13 absentee bidders. The auction was completed around 5:15 PM and our 55 buyers picked up their glass and we held glass for 7 successful absentee bidders.
We had total revenues of $40,614 with glass sales of $40,450 for the 333 lots. Our payments to consignors and other estimated expenses totaled $32,978.30 so we have an estimated net profit for the Museum of $7635.70. We came in over our 2017 budget projection of $4,700 which is always nice. Comparing our auction to last year when we netted $5,652, there were a few differences. Our auction this year was larger- 333 lots vs 234 in 2016. We had no donated glass specifically for this auction. Last year we had receipts of $1,900 on 35 lots of donated glass. We hope you will consider donating glass in the future since 100% of the proceeds goes to support the Museum. HCA items (12) totaled $1,105 which included 11 lots of donated glass previously received along with the #1 set of ornaments. Last year HCA items totaled $ 1,150. This has been our one of our better select auctions in terms of net profit for HCA. The auction prices per lot are shown elsewhere in this newsletter.
Putting on an auction is a team effort and HCA has some great volunteers! I want to thank the 32 volunteers who helped to make this a successful venture. I also want to give special thanks to two individuals. First, Karen Taylo who has clerked every Fall Select auction for us (13 now!) and did another great job with the able assistance of Roy Eggert, our HCA President. Second, thanks again to Walter Ludwig who volunteered his time to help us catalog and properly list the glass and wrote a wonderful preparatory article highlighting the glass.
Thanks again for all of you who consigned and donated glass for this auction and for those of you who purchased this wonderful Heisey glass. Hope to see you all at the Museum Open House on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and the 2018 Spring Benefit Auction on April 13-14, 2018. Please continue to support your Museum!
Past Fall Select Auction Results