We’re the tops!


Back in the early to mid-sixties, a little girl in a poverty stricken area of North Carolina went to her cousins birthday party. She saw him receive a magical tin litho spinning top that colors spun before her as she stood mesmerized. When she asked to play with it, she was refused. She was “poor relations” and would break it. She was all of two or three, but the memory, who many said was impossible surfaced later in her life and she started collecting Spinning Tops.
Now, in her sixties, she’s downsizing to lead a simple life at The beach and is sharing her awesome collection of spinning tops, German and US with our clientele at the auction!

Durham was swing in’ in the forties and the fifties to this man!


Cardoza McCollum was the man of the hour in downtown Durham. If you had a party, Cardoza was the man that provided the music, the lighting, the decorations, the whole shebang!
We’ll be selling the remaining contents of the house which is loaded with 45s, 78 records and vintage sound equipment. An added bonus: eight disco balls. A great piece of old Durham and Central University history!

Sarah’s car is full of Disco Balls!

IMG_9431.JPGdirect quote from Mrs. Payne following our house clean

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Thirteen life lessons from an auctioneer.

1. There’s always someone’s house dirtier than yours.

2. Seldom is something so rare that it will never cross your path again.

3. Competition is not always the best form of action.

4.Death brings out the worst in families.

5. A thing is a thing and only a thing. A memory makes the thing special. You can keep the memory with or without keeping the thing.

6. An items worth is what someone is willing to pay.

7. We most regret the one that got away.

8. You never know someone, really, until you go through their drawers.

9. The auction business is perhaps the first and oldest form of recycling.

10. People lie when you die.

11. There is a spirit world and some spirits attach themselves to their favorite things, be it bed, book or chest of drawers.

12. The more I see, the less I want.

13. It’s often about the thrill of the hunt.

Wonderful Auctions on the Horizon!

Stay tuned one and as we plan for the end of Summer and Fall Auctions!
We’ ll be having some special sessions coming up that will include fresh to the market estate coins, more from our fashionista collector of great costume jewelry and cloture, as well as as many unique and varied antiques and collectibles from local estates! Follow here or on Facebook for the latest!
Next sale is August 10 in our Hillsborough Gallery. We will have some fine museum quality artwork, a large selection of sterling pieces and many 19C and early 20C antiques!

Coming this weekend to MSA!

So many more original pieces and lithographs from the 20 century…
Don’t miss this fabulous auction!




Smashing Double Estate Auction

You’re Invited
to one of our best auctions, yet!

We are so proud to be bringing to the auction gallery, objects from two deep seated Southern Estates. Our first, is a longtime Durham Resident, name respectfully withheld, who is preparing for his next phase of life in a retirement scenario. He is a long time collector of fine art and shiny objects, such as Sterling Silver.
Our other client, the Brown’s of Southern Pines, own a wonderful Dallas like Race Horse Farm in Southern Pines.
They collected only the best. We have from them Exquisite Carpets, Sterling Silver, 19C Porcelain, Period Furnishings and everything in between. The finds in the “barn” will provide Fantastic Primitives and Architectural Elements. In fact, this load will be arriving this afternoon!

Please plan to attend Sunday. We welcome reserved seating, absentee and telephone bidding. The gallery will be comfortable with free Wi-Fi and handcrafted culinary delights from Ginger.
By visiting the following link, you, too will be able to view the treasures: http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionlist.cgi?vuid=1034
See you Sunday.



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