Tim's, Inc. will hold its 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction March 25th in Bristol, Conn. Itís time to make plans for the 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction, to be held Sunday, March 25, by Timís, Inc., in the firmís gallery facility, located at 1185 Farmington Avenue in Bristol, Conn.
News-Antique.com - Mar 14,2012 - (BRISTOL, Conn.) Ė Get ready, all you hibernating snowbirds in Connecticut and lower New England. Itís time to shake off the winter snow (not that there was much of the white stuff) and make plans for the 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction, to be held Sunday, March 25, by Timís, Inc., in the firmís gallery facility, located at 1185 Farmington Avenue (Route 6) in Bristol, Conn.
ďOur Cabin Fever Auction began in 1992, in the spirit of long New England winters and the desire of folks to get out and get going with the promise of spring,Ē said Tim Chapulis of Timís, Inc. ďWeíre excited to be hosting the 20th annual event this year, and we feel this is one auction no one will want to miss. There will be 500-600 lots of top-quality items from prominent local estates, private collections, lifetime coin collections and safety deposit boxes. We'll have something for everybody.Ē
Even if Old Man Winter does come roaring back for one last hurrah, people will still be able to bid from the comfort of their homes, thanks to Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Auctionzip.com and Artfact.com. All three will be hosting the auction.
The sale will feature over 100 U.S. gold coins, around 300 U.S. silver coins, an antique clock collection (including examples by Eli Terry, Chauncey & Ives of Bristol, Conn., and other renowned clock makers), signed rock Ďní roll memorabilia, antique furnishings, carpets, jewelry and more. The auction will start promptly at noon (EST). A preview will be held from 10 a.m. until the first gavel comes down.
Without a doubt the most exciting item in the auction is an actual 1996 New York Yankees World Championship ring, once owned by former major leaguer Rey Quinones. The ring contains a full 1.5 ounces of gold and has 23 brilliant round diamonds (one for each championship year for the Yankees) on top of a man-made sapphire, plus the Yankees' logo.
Rey Quinones was a shortstop who played for three teams from 1986-1989 (the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates). He held an administrative position with the Yankees in the 1996 season, entitling him to a ring. The ring is considered especially desirable because it was won during the Joe Torre era. Similar examples have sold for up to $20,000.
The gold and silver coins are expected to generate tremendous bidder interest, as the values of precious metals continue to surge upward. Offered will be 18 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins (some estimated to bring $2,000-$4,000 each); ten $10 Indian head and Liberty head gold coins (est. $800-$1,200 each); a Mark Twain commemorative gold coin issued by the U.S. Mint and still in the original issue box, with documentation; and a very rare 1893-S U.S. silver dollar (est. $5,000-$8,000).
Also brought up for bid will be two complete sets of Mercury head dimes (with both sets having the rare 1916-D key date); a complete collection of the highly desirable Peace America silver dollar coins (including