UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 04/17/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   04/18/14 - Dean R. Arner...   04/18/14 - H.A.S. Auction...   04/18/14 - Mosby & Co. Auctions...   04/18/14 - Randy Stolfzfus & Richard Harry...   04/18/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   04/19/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/19/14 - Wiederseim Associates, Inc....   04/19/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   04/17 & 4/19/14 - Pa Auction Center...   04/19/14 - John M. Hess...   04/19/14 - Fahnestock's Auction Service...   04/19/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   04/18-19/14 - Maurer's Auction...   04/19/14 - Smith Auction Co....   04/19/14 - Ron Rhoads...   04/19/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/21/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr. & Michael Stasak III...   04/21/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   04/21/14 - Locati Auctions...   04/22/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/22/14 - William H. Bunch...   04/23/14 - Maurer & Wilson...   04/23/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   04/24/14 - John M. Hess...   04/24/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/24/14 - John Hums Auctions...   04/22 & 04/24/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   04/24/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   04/26/14 - Dennis F. Wagner...   04/25-26/14 - Witman Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/26/14 - Rick Kress...   04/25-26/14 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Scott A. Young...   04/26/14 - Ike Eichelberger...   04/26/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   04/26/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/26/14 - Cindy Fenton...   04/26/14 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/25-26/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   04/26/14 - Auctions by Mesiano LLC...   04/26/14 - Ed Shoop...   04/26-27/14 - Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service...   04/27/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   04/27/14 - Rook Auction & Appraisal Service LLC...   04/26-27/14 - Morphy Auctions...   04/27/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   04/27/14 - Barry S. Slosberg Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/27/14 - Rene Snyder...   04/27/14 - Robert B. Kitchen...   04/27/14 - Saucon Valley Auction...   04/28/14 - Doerner Auctioneer...   04/28/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/28/14 & 04/30/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/30/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/01/14 - James G. Cochran...   05/01/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   05/01/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   05/02/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   05/03/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/03/14 - Arthur Auctioneering...   05/03/14 - Jersey Shore Auction Service...   05/03/14 - Blums...   05/03/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   05/04/14 - Forsythes' Auctions, LLC...   05/02-04/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   05/03-04/14 - Rich Penn Auctions...   05/05/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   05/06/14 - Auction Real Antique...   05/10/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/10/14 - Art Pannebecker & Brad Wolf...   05/10/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/18-05/10/14 - Paul Luchsinger - International Corkscrew Auction...   05/10/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   05/1014 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/17/14 - Fontaines Auction...   05/18/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/31/14 - Ron Berger...   06/21/14 - Fontaines Auction...   
  • 04/17/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   04/18/14 - Dean R. Arner...   04/18/14 - H.A.S. Auction...   04/18/14 - Mosby & Co. Auctions...   04/18/14 - Randy Stolfzfus & Richard Harry...   04/18/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   04/19/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/19/14 - Wiederseim Associates, Inc....   04/19/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   04/17 & 4/19/14 - Pa Auction Center...   04/19/14 - John M. Hess...   04/19/14 - Fahnestock's Auction Service...   04/19/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   04/18-19/14 - Maurer's Auction...   04/19/14 - Smith Auction Co....   04/19/14 - Ron Rhoads...   04/19/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/21/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr. & Michael Stasak III...   04/21/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   04/21/14 - Locati Auctions...   04/22/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/22/14 - William H. Bunch...   04/23/14 - Maurer & Wilson...   04/23/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   04/24/14 - John M. Hess...   04/24/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/24/14 - John Hums Auctions...   04/22 & 04/24/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   04/24/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   04/26/14 - Dennis F. Wagner...   04/25-26/14 - Witman Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/26/14 - Rick Kress...   04/25-26/14 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Scott A. Young...   04/26/14 - Ike Eichelberger...   04/26/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   04/26/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/26/14 - Cindy Fenton...   04/26/14 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/25-26/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   04/26/14 - Auctions by Mesiano LLC...   04/26/14 - Ed Shoop...   04/26-27/14 - Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service...   04/27/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   04/27/14 - Rook Auction & Appraisal Service LLC...   04/26-27/14 - Morphy Auctions...   04/27/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   04/27/14 - Barry S. Slosberg Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/27/14 - Rene Snyder...   04/27/14 - Robert B. Kitchen...   04/27/14 - Saucon Valley Auction...   04/28/14 - Doerner Auctioneer...   04/28/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/28/14 & 04/30/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/30/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/01/14 - James G. Cochran...   05/01/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   05/01/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   05/02/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   05/03/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/03/14 - Arthur Auctioneering...   05/03/14 - Jersey Shore Auction Service...   05/03/14 - Blums...   05/03/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   05/04/14 - Forsythes' Auctions, LLC...   05/02-04/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   05/03-04/14 - Rich Penn Auctions...   05/05/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   05/06/14 - Auction Real Antique...   05/10/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/10/14 - Art Pannebecker & Brad Wolf...   05/10/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/18-05/10/14 - Paul Luchsinger - International Corkscrew Auction...   05/10/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   05/1014 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/17/14 - Fontaines Auction...   05/18/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/31/14 - Ron Berger...   06/21/14 - Fontaines Auction...   
  • 04/17/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   04/18/14 - Dean R. Arner...   04/18/14 - H.A.S. Auction...   04/18/14 - Mosby & Co. Auctions...   04/18/14 - Randy Stolfzfus & Richard Harry...   04/18/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   04/19/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/19/14 - Wiederseim Associates, Inc....   04/19/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   04/17 & 4/19/14 - Pa Auction Center...   04/19/14 - John M. Hess...   04/19/14 - Fahnestock's Auction Service...   04/19/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   04/18-19/14 - Maurer's Auction...   04/19/14 - Smith Auction Co....   04/19/14 - Ron Rhoads...   04/19/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/21/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr. & Michael Stasak III...   04/21/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   04/21/14 - Locati Auctions...   04/22/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/22/14 - William H. Bunch...   04/23/14 - Maurer & Wilson...   04/23/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   04/24/14 - John M. Hess...   04/24/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/24/14 - John Hums Auctions...   04/22 & 04/24/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   04/24/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   04/26/14 - Dennis F. Wagner...   04/25-26/14 - Witman Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   04/26/14 - Rick Kress...   04/25-26/14 - Martin Auctioneers, Inc....   04/26/14 - Scott A. Young...   04/26/14 - Ike Eichelberger...   04/26/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   04/26/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/26/14 - Cindy Fenton...   04/26/14 - Jack Hamblin Auctions...   04/25-26/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   04/26/14 - Auctions by Mesiano LLC...   04/26/14 - Ed Shoop...   04/26-27/14 - Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service...   04/27/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   04/27/14 - Rook Auction & Appraisal Service LLC...   04/26-27/14 - Morphy Auctions...   04/27/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   04/27/14 - Barry S. Slosberg Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   04/27/14 - Rene Snyder...   04/27/14 - Robert B. Kitchen...   04/27/14 - Saucon Valley Auction...   04/28/14 - Doerner Auctioneer...   04/28/14 - John F. Kohler, Jr....   04/28/14 & 04/30/14 - Sellersville Auction...   04/30/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   05/01/14 - James G. Cochran...   05/01/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   05/01/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   05/02/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   05/03/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/03/14 - Arthur Auctioneering...   05/03/14 - Jersey Shore Auction Service...   05/03/14 - Blums...   05/03/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   05/04/14 - Forsythes' Auctions, LLC...   05/02-04/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   05/03-04/14 - Rich Penn Auctions...   05/05/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   05/06/14 - Auction Real Antique...   05/10/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/10/14 - Art Pannebecker & Brad Wolf...   05/10/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   04/18-05/10/14 - Paul Luchsinger - International Corkscrew Auction...   05/10/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   05/1014 - Horst Auctioneers...   05/17/14 - Fontaines Auction...   05/18/14 - Cabin Fever Auctions...   05/31/14 - Ron Berger...   06/21/14 - Fontaines Auction...   
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Sotheby's To Sell Folk Art From The Ralph Esmerian Collection

November 5, 2013 Updated November 7, 2013

Sotheby's To Sell Folk Art From The Ralph Esmerian Collection

By Karl Pass

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Sotheby's has announced it will hold the sale of the noted American folk art collection of Ralph Esmerian on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at its Upper East Side headquarters in New York City. The preview will take place starting Saturday, Jan. 18, at its galleries located at 1334 York Ave. Titled "Visual Grace: Important Folk Art From the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian," the sale will include over 200 items, including painted furniture, fraktur, carvings, weathervanes, needlework, portraits, ceramics, and more. The pre-sale estimate is $6.4 million to $9.5 million.
In 2010, Esmerian, the former president of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) in New York City, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment of wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and concealment of assets. He is currently serving a six-year prison sentence. The once-promised gift to AFAM, published in the 2001 book "American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum," included material ensconced in a scheme to embezzle and double-pledge assets as collateral. He had taken out loans in the hundreds of millions associated with his retail jewelry business, with much of the collection as security.
An agreement was met for AFAM to keep 53 items, while 212 once-promised items were awarded in the courts to Sotheby's through a liquidation trustee this past March.
Stay tuned to Antiques and Auction News for more on this story, to learn about what is considered by many to become one of most important auctions of American material culture ever conducted.