2018 DAVE SPAHR FALL SELECT AUCTION WRAP-UP
We held the14th annual Fall Select Auction on October 20th at the GMP Local 244 Union Hall on Hudson Ave. The auction has been renamed in honor of Dave Spahr and I know he would be ecstatic with this year’s results.
Our volunteers boxed up the auction glass on Friday. We met at the Union Hall at 9:00 AM on Saturday to “unfurl” the 334 lots of glass from our 22 consignors/donors. We finished in plenty of time for the Preview which started at 12:30 PM and lasted till 1:30 PM. We had such a wonderful selection of glass this year I’m not sure an hour was long enough to see everything!!
Craig Connelly and cohort Jeff Baird were again our auctioneers. Only the best would do for this auction!!
Our auction began promptly at 1:30 PM. The turnout for the auction was good – we had a crowd of approximately 100 with 70 individuals picking up bid cards and 18 absentee bidders. Bidding was robust with heavy competition for many of the special pieces in the auction.
We had total revenues of $39,125 with glass sales of $38,985 for the 334 lots. Our payments to consignors and other estimated expenses total $25,420 so we have an estimated net profit for the Museum of $13,705. We came in well over our 2018 budget projection of $4,800 which is tremendous. Comparing our auction to last year, the main difference was the number of quality donated items from the Jack and Maezene Walker collection. Last year the only ‘donated” lots were from the Museum….12 lots netting $1,105. This year we had receipts of $8,930 on 63 donated lots. This included 4 items consigned by HCA which raised $600 of the total.
We hope you will consider donating glass in the future since 100% of the proceeds goes to support the Museum.
Putting on an auction is a team effort and HCA has some great volunteers! I want to thank the volunteers who helped to make this a successful venture. I also want to give special thanks to three individuals. First, Christa Myers, our Financial Coordinator, who clerked her first ever auction and did a great job. Second, thanks again to Walter Ludwig who volunteered his time to help catalog and properly list the glass and wrote a wonderful article highlighting the glass. Third, a big thank you to Michael Maher who made a special, large size pumpkin specifically for this auction.
Thanks again to 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 2019 Spring Benefit Auction on April 5 – 6, 2019. Please continue to support our Museum!
Past Fall Select Auction Results