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>>AS PART OF OUR ONGOING SERIES
“COLLECTING CAROLINA,” JULIA CARPENTER IS TAKING US TO
ASHEVILLE TO MEET NATIONALLY RENOWNED AUCTIONEER ANDREW BRUNK
OF BRUNK AUCTIONS. ANDREW HAS BEEN AN APPRAISER ON
PBS “ANTIQUES ROADSHOW” FOR OVER 12 YEARS. AND AT THIS AUCTION,
WE’LL SEE SOME AMAZING NORTH CAROLINA TREASURES.>>ONE OF THE PLACES TO BUY OR
SELL A NORTH CAROLINA ANTIQUE IS AT AN ANTIQUES AUCTION. AT BRUNK’S AUCTIONS PUBLIC OPEN
HOUSE PREVIEW, YOU CAN PICK UP AND PREVIEW THE ITEMS AND
CHECK OUT ALL THE DETAILS IN THE GLOSSY CATALOG. TODAY THERE’S A LOT OF BUZZ AND
EXCITEMENT ABOUT SEVERAL NORTH CAROLINA 19th CENTURY PIECES OF
FURNITURE AND SOME VERY OLD POTS.>>IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO
COME TO THE AUCTION. AND, YOU KNOW, WE SELL A VERY
WIDE VARIETY OF OBJECTS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MORE EARLY
NORTH CAROLINA THINGS TODAY. WE LOVE SELLING THOSE. BUT WE ALSO SELL JEWELRY AND
SILVER AND PAINTINGS AND CONTINENTAL THINGS. SO WE SELL LOTS OF CATEGORIES. BUT THERE IS, OF COURSE,
SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT SELLING THINGS FROM EARLY
NORTH CAROLINA.>>SO, JERRY, THIS IS
THE HIGHLIGHT FOR THE AUCTION TOMORROW. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS
VERY SPECIAL PIECE.>>YES, THIS IS VERY SPECIAL. THIS IS FROM THE JESSE NEEDHAM
SCHOOL OF CABINETMAKERS FROM THE RANDOLPH-GUILFORD
COUNTY AREA ABOUT 1805. IT’S A VERY SPECIAL THING.>>WELL, TELL ME, HOW MUCH DO
YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO GO FOR?>>I HOPE FOR A LOT. YOU KNOW, THESE ARE
LARGELY UTILITARIAN WARES FROM THAT PERIOD. THESE ARE THINGS PEOPLE USED. THEY STORED, YOU KNOW, MEAT
AND LIQUID AND DIFFERENT THINGS IN THESE. THEY USED THEM. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY
AREN’T BEAUTIFUL.>>SO WHAT MAKES AN
ANTIQUE VALUABLE? WE CHECK IN WITH JUNE LUCAS, OUR
EXPERT CURATOR AT MESDA.>>THE HISTORY AND CONDITION OF
AN OBJECT REALLY CAN ADD TO ITS MONETARY VALUE. IF IT’S MADE BY A KNOWN MAKER,
SOMEONE WHOSE WORK HAS BEEN WIDELY PUBLISHED, AND IF ITS
CONDITION IS EXCELLENT, THEN THE VALUE WILL REFLECT THAT. THIS PIECE, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS
MADE BY CABINETMAKER JESSE NEEDHAM, WHO WORKED IN RANDOLPH
COUNTY ALONG THE DEEP RIVER. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL
EXAMPLE OF HIS WORK. IT HAS A PITCH PEDIMENT WITH
THESE APPLIED DECORATIONS, WHICH REALLY ADD TO ITS VALUE. ITS CONDITION IS PERFECT. AND YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A
BETTER PIECE THAN THIS ONE.>>WE REGULARLY WORK WITH PEOPLE
WHO ARE EITHER DOWNSIZING OR DEACCESSIONING OR WORKING WITH A
FAMILY ESTATE OR A COLLECTION. AND JUST GIVE US A CALL
OR GIVE US AN EMAIL. WE LOVE TO SEE PHOTOGRAPHS,
BECAUSE WE CAN GIVE VERY QUICK INITIAL FEEDBACK BASED
ON PHOTOGRAPHS.>>THE BIDDING STARTS AT 9:00
A.M. SHARP. AND IT’S EASY TO GET
IN ON THE ACTION. FIRST, YOU REGISTER. THEN YOU CAN BID IN THE ROOM,
ONLINE, OR BY TELEPHONE. AND THEY ACCEPT ABSENTEE BIDS. WITH OVER 600 ITEMS TO SELL, THE
BIDDING IS EXCITING AND FAST, WITH ABOUT 90 ITEMS
SOLD EACH HOUR.>>22, 24, NOW 26 THOUSAND. 26 WITH SYLVIA, 28 WITH BARBARA. NOW 30,000. 30,000. NOW 32,000.>>LET’S SEE HOW WELL THE
BIDDING GOES TODAY FOR THIS CHEST MADE BY FURNITURE MAKER
JESSE NEEDHAM AROUND 1805.>>AT 66,000 ON THE PHONE WITH
ROBIN’S BIDDER. AT 66,000 AGAINST THE
ROOM AND THE PHONES. ANYONE SAY 68,000? AT 66,000, THEN, I’LL LET YOU
THINK THIS ONE OVER. LAST CALL AT 68,000. ROBIN’S BIDDER HAS IT AT 66. DOWN IT GOES. NO REGRETS. AND SOLD TO YOUR
BIDDER, 932, FOR
66,000. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU.>>FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND”
AND “COLLECTING CAROLINA,” I’M JULIA CARPENTER.>>WHAT A GREAT OBJECT.

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