Charity auction with chocolate center set for late June A Chocolate for Charity auction preview will be held Monday, June 25, by Stamford Auction in Stamford, Conn. The event will benefit Children's Aid, Inc., of Darien. The actual auction will be June 26.
Mr. Schaked has been a chocolate maker since 1969. He began his career in Argentina, where he worked for his father-in-law, the owner of a large chocolate factory.
Mr. Schaked operated a single chocolate shop in South Florida for years and almost sold it in the early '90s to quietly retire. But his son, Edgar, determined to keep the family's passion alive, scrapped his engineering career to continue the family legacy. In 1995, he opened the first Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Winter Park, Fla. Today, the firm operates 33 franchise locations, 31 in the U.S.
Stamford Auction operates under the umbrella of Braswell Galleries, one of the Northeast's largest estate property and antique dealers. From 2001 until earlier this year, Stamford Auction was housed in the former Yale & Towne Manufacturing building, at 737 Canal Street in Stamford. But rapid growth – and the decision by the Yale & Towne owners to develop the property – forced a move.
That happened in May, when Stamford Auction relocated into a modern, 13,000-square-foot facility, at 24 Harbor View Avenue, in the heart of Stamford's burgeoning Antiques District. An inaugural sale was held May 6th, in a multi-estate auction that grossed $1.15 million and saw over 1,000 lots change hands. The sale featured fine art and items from the set of the Andy Warhol movie “Bad.”
Stamford Auction conducts about ten fine estate auctions per year. It also holds specialty sales, when supplies allow. To learn more about the company and the June 25 sale, you may log on to www.stamfordauction.com. To consign a quality item, estate or collection, you may call Stamford Auction directly, at (203) 327-2227. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.