Great Double Estate Auction this Sunday at Mercer Smith Auction!

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Join us this Sunday for a full day of auction treasure hunting!



Huge Labor Day Estate Auction

What a super premier Labor Day Auction. All items are estate fresh to the market.

As usual, we will be selling the Old, the Rare, the Unusual, the Whimsical and the fine!

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Wow! Big thanks go out to all who attended Saturday’s Auction!



 Saturday was a harmonic convergence as the crowds gathered for the last, The Last Unicorn auction. We were blessed with cool breezes, low humidity, roaving minstrels and hand cooked barbque. Gaines added colorful commentary and provenance as each of his beloved objects crossed the auction block. Antiques, garden statuary, architectural elements and whimsy found new owners. Folks made new friends, people hoped and dreamed and planned where their new treasure would be placed. We laughed, we cried. It was all good… So long to a Chapel Hill institution situated in a magical forest in Chatham county, NC!

Auction of the Year this Saturday! Architectural Iron, Garden Art, Stained Glass, Antiques!

  The Last Unicorn will be closing its doors as it’s colorful, creative and master of iron, Gaines Steer, chases the rainbow of retirement! Mercer Smith Auction is proud to be assisting him in the liquidation of the contents of his home, as well as his iron sculptures, gates, fencing, wall plaques, stained glass windows and all of his whimsical garden objects.

   The sale is being held this coming Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am. Please plan to make a day of it! We will also be offering a preview on Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. An online catalogue with hundreds of photos is available at: 


Mid-Century, Mid-Modern, Factory Age……..

Outstanding Auction this Sunday…..2015-08-19 16.14.29-1

2015-08-20 17.00.18Three Sessions! Estate Jewelry, 1900s-1970s Sports Memorabilia, Thomas Day, More!

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Oh yes we are! Having Three Auctions in One Day!


Outstanding Mid-Century \ Mod  & Retro Furnishings!



Fine Estate Jewelry!

Don’t miss this sale! Visit the following link for hundreds of photos and descriptions!

Rest in Peace Ronnie Fisher

Peace Be with you Ronnie Fisher! You are loved and will be missed by many…

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of a dear friend and auction lover, Ronnie Fisher. Some eleven years ago, Ronnie, Gill, Clyde, Sandra, Linda and I set out to create an auction business. I was extremely fortunate to have some of the best of the best retired antique loving individuals join me in my journey.

Ronnie worked my first auction and numerous ones following. We leaned on him to wire our communications lines, assist in setting up sales, direct traffic at events unload homes, spread the good word about my business and be the congenial greeter at every reception. He encouraged me to go forth and was there every step of the way. Ronnie assisted me financially in the beginning, he taught me business savvy and he, along with the other folks literally set up my auction gallery when we moved to the Daniel Boone Village, as I was tending to a very ill father.

Ronnie didn’t know a stranger and blew the theory of six degrees of separation out of the water. He was a friend, an inspiration and a shoulder on which I could lean. Antiques were his passion as were his family and friends. Fly on, my friend. We’ll try to stay grounded without you, Buddy.

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