Prices Exceeded Expectations For Barry S. Slosberg’s June Fine Arts & Antiques Auction!



            On June 14th 2012 Barry S. Slosberg Auctioneers & Appraisers located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania conducted their summer fine arts and antiques auction. This was a one day sale that consisted of 639 lots of artwork, furniture, glass & china, and musical instruments.


                There were 340+ bidders in attendance in their air-conditioned gallery along with 437 live internet bidders at the ready. There was plenty of anticipation for the auction to begin that morning due to some of the rare and unusual items that were being offered. Right then, you knew there was going to be some stiff competition to become the winning bidder on the lot of your choice.


                One of the items that the live and internet crowds expressed a deep interest in included a very sought after 1999 Gibson Les Paul 1959 re-issue electric guitar that was hand aged and distressed by Tom Murphy.  There were only 100 of these guitars made exclusively for Vintage World and are known to be one of the best Les Paul’s ever produced. The production number on this guitar was #65. The hammer fell on this beauty at $10,637.00.


                Another unusual item up for bid was a Seth Thomas #8 Renaissance Revival walnut bank clock with twin dials, one for time and second hand the other for month, day and date. This beautiful clock dates back to February of 1876. Besides the internet and floor bidders, there were 5 prospective buyers on the phone ready to bid. You could feel the tension on the gallery floor as the numbers were getting greater and greater and the bidders started dropping off.  The final bid at knock-down was a higher than estimated $16,100.00!


                There was a very nice selection of furniture to be had during this fabulous auction as well. A mahogany partner’s desk attributed to the style of R.J. Horner, circa late 19th century, with elaborate carvings on the apron and legs.  The desk was a decorative centerpiece of the Moore Law Firm in Philadelphia for more than half a century and sold for a very nice $14,030.  For those of you who prefer a more modern or retro look to your décor, there were two pairs of mid-century modern arm chairs with a flat chrome rod construction, one with gold velour upholstery which sold for $2,070.00, while the other with white leather sold for $1,610.00.


                Some other items that did very well included a Reed & Barton “Silver Sculpture” sterling flatware set sold at $2,300.00, a Gorham “Rondo” sterling flatware set sold at $2,645.00, a Wurlitzer Model 1100 Jukebox sold at $2,587.00, and a Continental Porcelain Jardinière which sold at $1,092.50 This was a very eclectic auction that had something for everyone.  You could almost hear everyone’s conscience telling them to bid just one more time in hopes of winning that item that he/she just had to have.


                Barry S. Slosberg Inc. is always accepting quality consignments for their upcoming auction schedules. To consign specific items, or if you need to liquidate an estate or collection, you can call their auction gallery at 215-425-7030 or view their website at to see future auction schedules and information.