Red Baron's next big auction will be 3 days, Nov. 6-7-8 Red Baron, already the Southeast's premier auction house, is preparing for what promises to be its biggest sale ever: a three-day wekend event (not the usual two days) at the firm's gallery in Atlanta
News-Antique.com - Sep 30,2009 - (ATLANTA, Ga.) – Red Baron, already the Southeast’s premier auction house, is preparing for what promises to be its biggest sale ever -- a three-day weekend event (not the customary two days) slated for Nov. 6th, 7th and 8th at Red Baron’s gallery facility, located at 6450 Roswell Road in Atlanta. Previews will be held Nov. 2-5 from 9 am-6 pm, and a preview party will be held Nov. 5 from 7-10 pm.
“This fall auction is going to be the biggest auction event at Red Baron to date,” said Bob Brown of Red Baron. “We are back and better than ever with the greatest gathering of antiques and collectibles ever offered for sale by anyone, anywhere.” Mr. Brown invited interested bidders to log on to the Red Baron website to learn more, at www.rbantiques.com, or call for a free color catalog, at (404) 252-3770.
The auction will feature hundreds of antiques, artifacts, furnishings, vehicles and more (all Red Baron sales do), but three lots in particular are expected to draw intense bidder interest. They are the first computer ever displayed to the public, at the 1964 World’s Fair; three Lamb Studios arched, layered and plated stained glass windows; and a beautifully restored 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I vintage car.
The computer – a 1,700-pound handwriting analysis machine – was produced in the early 1960s as enormous mainframe machines in air-conditioned rooms, operated by technicians in white lab coats. At that time, computers didn’t “think” as they do now, but were useful for producing lists by shuffling through stored information. This unit gave the public its first taste of what computers were capable of.
In reality, that computer is little more than a glorified punch card reader. Today’s calculators can do far more. But for the time it was cutting-edge. By inserting a card with a signature on it, the computer could identify patterns that would produce a read-out of the person’s personality. Famous people who tried it included Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, Ronald Reagan and Charles De Gaulle, to name a few.
The windows by Lamb Studios are in keeping with Red Baron’s tradition of offering the finest treasures on earth. The three exquisite arched, layered and plated stained glass windows were produced by America’s oldest continuously working glass artisans at Lamb Studios (1850s to present). All three of the windows depict landscapes, incorporating amazing craftsmanship, vivid colors and sharp detail.
Two of the windows measure 16 ½ feet high by 6 feet wide. One portrays a coastal scene of the sea meeting a rocky shore. The other depicts a wooded mountain scene with rolling hills in the foreground. The third (and largest) window, measures 18 ½ feet high by 9 ½ feet wide. It depicts a mountain scene with a forest, surrounded by palms and gorgeous flowers. All three are masterpieces.
Lamb Studios was founded in New York City in 1857, by brothers Joseph and Richard Lamb. The firm has transcended its credo of “beautifying churches” to create