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  • 11/01/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/01/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   11/01/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - Zettlemoyer Auction Co. LLC...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - Joseph C. O'Neal, Inc....   11/01/14 - Donald Roan...   11/01/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   11/01/14 - Kerry Pae Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - PA OnSite Auction Co. ...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/01/14 - Ed Shoop...   11/01/14 - John Carl Auction Company...   11/01/14 - Blums Auctions...   11/01/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/01-02/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   10/31-11/02/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/02/14 - Cordier Auction & Appraisals...   11/03/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   11/04/14 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   11/04/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   11/05/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   11/06/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/04-11/06/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/07/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/07/14 - R. A. Arner Auctioneers, LLC...   11/08/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   11/08/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   11/08/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   11/06-08/14 - Chupp Auction Center...   11/08/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/07-08/14 - Rich Harry...   10/22-11/8/14 - Jason Berger (Awsum Auctions)...   11/08/14 - Conestoga Auction Company...   11/08/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   11/08/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   11/08/14 - Adams Auction...   11/08/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - John C. Hamblin...   11/08/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   11/08/14 - Boltz Auction...   11/08/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - Dean R. Arner...   11/08/14 - Cindy Fenton...   11/07-08/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Ron Berger...   11/08/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/09/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/09/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   11/09/14 - Ron Berger...   11/09/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/08-09/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   11/10/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   11/12/14 - Pandur Auction Services...   11/11-13/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/13/14 - Donald Roan...   11/14/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/15/14 - Dotta Auction Co....   11/15/14 - Robert H. Clinton & Co., Inc. & Hahn Auction Company...   11/15/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/15/14 - Martin Heaps...   11/14-15/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/14-15/14 - Bertoia Auctions...   11/15/14 - Flickinger's Auction House...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - Mid-Atlantic Auction...   11/16/14 - Cordier Auctions...   11/16/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/17/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   11/18/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/19/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   11/22/14 - Rhoads & Homan...   11/22/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   11/23/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   11/28/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/29/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   12/06-08/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   
  • 11/01/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/01/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   11/01/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - Zettlemoyer Auction Co. LLC...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - Joseph C. O'Neal, Inc....   11/01/14 - Donald Roan...   11/01/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   11/01/14 - Kerry Pae Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - PA OnSite Auction Co. ...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/01/14 - Ed Shoop...   11/01/14 - John Carl Auction Company...   11/01/14 - Blums Auctions...   11/01/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/01-02/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   10/31-11/02/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/02/14 - Cordier Auction & Appraisals...   11/03/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   11/04/14 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   11/04/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   11/05/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   11/06/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/04-11/06/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/07/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/07/14 - R. A. Arner Auctioneers, LLC...   11/08/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   11/08/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   11/08/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   11/06-08/14 - Chupp Auction Center...   11/08/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/07-08/14 - Rich Harry...   10/22-11/8/14 - Jason Berger (Awsum Auctions)...   11/08/14 - Conestoga Auction Company...   11/08/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   11/08/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   11/08/14 - Adams Auction...   11/08/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - John C. Hamblin...   11/08/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   11/08/14 - Boltz Auction...   11/08/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - Dean R. Arner...   11/08/14 - Cindy Fenton...   11/07-08/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Ron Berger...   11/08/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/09/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/09/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   11/09/14 - Ron Berger...   11/09/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/08-09/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   11/10/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   11/12/14 - Pandur Auction Services...   11/11-13/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/13/14 - Donald Roan...   11/14/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/15/14 - Dotta Auction Co....   11/15/14 - Robert H. Clinton & Co., Inc. & Hahn Auction Company...   11/15/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/15/14 - Martin Heaps...   11/14-15/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/14-15/14 - Bertoia Auctions...   11/15/14 - Flickinger's Auction House...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - Mid-Atlantic Auction...   11/16/14 - Cordier Auctions...   11/16/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/17/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   11/18/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/19/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   11/22/14 - Rhoads & Homan...   11/22/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   11/23/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   11/28/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/29/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   12/06-08/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   
  • 11/01/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/01/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   11/01/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - Zettlemoyer Auction Co. LLC...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - Joseph C. O'Neal, Inc....   11/01/14 - Donald Roan...   11/01/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   11/01/14 - Kerry Pae Auctioneers...   11/01/14 - PA OnSite Auction Co. ...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/01/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/01/14 - Ed Shoop...   11/01/14 - John Carl Auction Company...   11/01/14 - Blums Auctions...   11/01/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/01-02/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   10/31-11/02/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/02/14 - Cordier Auction & Appraisals...   11/03/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   11/04/14 - Tom Lorah Auctions, LLC...   11/04/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   11/05/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   11/06/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   11/04-11/06/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/07/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/07/14 - R. A. Arner Auctioneers, LLC...   11/08/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   11/08/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   11/08/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   11/06-08/14 - Chupp Auction Center...   11/08/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/07-08/14 - Rich Harry...   10/22-11/8/14 - Jason Berger (Awsum Auctions)...   11/08/14 - Conestoga Auction Company...   11/08/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   11/08/14 - Roan Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Jessica Shaub Meyer...   11/08/14 - Adams Auction...   11/08/14 - Rowe's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - John C. Hamblin...   11/08/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   11/08/14 - Boltz Auction...   11/08/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   11/08/14 - Dean R. Arner...   11/08/14 - Cindy Fenton...   11/07-08/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/08/14 - Ron Berger...   11/08/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/09/14 - Morphy Auctions...   11/09/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   11/09/14 - Ron Berger...   11/09/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/08-09/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   11/10/14 - C & M Auctioneers...   11/12/14 - Pandur Auction Services...   11/11-13/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   11/13/14 - Donald Roan...   11/14/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/15/14 - Dotta Auction Co....   11/15/14 - Robert H. Clinton & Co., Inc. & Hahn Auction Company...   11/15/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   11/15/14 - Martin Heaps...   11/14-15/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/14-15/14 - Bertoia Auctions...   11/15/14 - Flickinger's Auction House...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   11/15/14 - Mid-Atlantic Auction...   11/16/14 - Cordier Auctions...   11/16/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   11/17/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   11/18/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   11/19/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   11/22/14 - Rhoads & Homan...   11/22/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   11/23/14 - Tony's Auction Gallery...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   11/28/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   11/29/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   12/06-08/14 - Rock Island Auction Company...   
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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.