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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A Man’s And Retro Auction

One Owner Collection Of Muscle Cars, Toy Cars And Trains, And Retro Furnishings…image
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Our client loved muscle cars, retro furnishings, trains, and toy cars.  His passion was working on his cars and collecting vintage parts. The pride of his collection is this 1970 Chevy Chevelle 454 SS. This true American muscle car was Originally a NC car! It was purchased at York, PA around 1992.  It had a body-off restoration in the ’90s and is a numbers-matching true SS. The VIN is 136370A115738. It has a 402cu carb and TH400 automatic transmission. It runs (in that it was test-fired a few weeks back with the fuel line disconnected so it’d only get fresh gas).  Red with black stripes. It has always been garaged and essentially unused for about 12 years.  There is also a 1955 Chevy Belair. There are tons of tools, car parts. There is an engine lift with built in leveler.  There are so many retro and highly sought after items. If you are a Chevy/GM man, or woman, then you need to check out this auction. There is a Grand Prix Aerocoupe, that will be auctioned, if you are looking for parts, this car is for you.  Sadly, the back window is gone.

There is a vintage Esso gas pump. Tons and tons of vintage trains and bottles. Old signs and license plates. Really there is something for everyone.

The owner Of this estate was a contractor, so there is plenty of commercial grade tools, roofing supplies, and lumber.

Please visit the link below for up-to-the-minute images and information.


Stickley, Horner, Stueben, Sevres, American Drew…..Just to name a few!

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Outstanding Auction

Sunday, March   8 beginning at 1:00 pm.

This auction is “No Joke!”

Oh my, what a week it’s been at MSA as we’ve hustled in and out of snow and rain drops to bring this sale to fruition!

There are some very special objects featured in this sale. A must for daguerreotype Collectors, as we have a sixth plate image in gutta-percha case of a Civil War Soldiersporting both a saber and rifle. His buttons and buckle have been hand tinted in gold making it hard to discern from what side he hails. You, the collector are sure to know. There are many other 19c Dags as well. All from as a Raleigh, NC estate.

The Glassware and Porcelain are fine. A three piece Stueben Aurene Console Set, as well as an additional, pair of Stueben Twist Candlesticks, a Pair of Period Petite Sevres Urns, Porcelain Inkwells and more. The Furniture Selection will not disappoint as we offer a Matched Pair of Stickley Stools, an Outstanding Connecticut Federal Dresser, a Modified Kidney Shaped Writing Desk with Belfluer Adornment, a Horner Ladies Writing Chair and a Plethora of Fine Vintage Ethan Allen, American Drew, Pennsylvania House, Primitive Roberson Co. North Carolina Chest and so much more!

Please visit the following link for hundreds of images of fine, rare and unique objects:

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Estate Auction of Anne Randolph England

IMG_1317It is with pleasure and whimsey that we begin presenting the collections of Anne R. England at our auction this Sunday, February 8.
Anne, better known as “Anne R” to most or “Skippy” to some is in the midst of significantly downsizing her collections in preparation for her move back to Chapel Hill. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting or socializing can only imagine the “funness”, yes a made up word, of her possessions. From Oak Apothacary Cabinets to Folk Art Sculptures, she had it all. Please plan to join us Sunday in our Hillsborough Auction Gallery at 1:00 pm to view the fun. Come say hello to Anne R, as well!








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