1996 New York Yankees World Series ring brings $15,600 at Tim's, Inc. An aggressive bidder stepped up to the plate and slammed one out of the park by purchasing an actual 1996 New York Yankees World Series ring once owned by former ballplayer Rey Quinones for $15,600.
their long winter hibernation. The auction also featured rare and vintage guitars (some of them signed), antique clocks (by some of the most renowned named in early colonial clockmaking), Oriental estate carpets, furniture (to include a monumental oak carved two-door glass collector’s cabinet that hit $5,310), and more.
The clocks featured a Silas B. Terry (Plymouth, Conn.) keyhole-shaped clock, 25 inches tall ($2,300), an uncommon and large rosewood E.N. Welch (Forestville, Conn.) wall regulator weight driven clock from circa 1880s ($2,242), a Jerome & Darrow (Bristol, Conn.) pillar and scroll clock ($1,200), and a circa-1856 Elmer Stennis banjo clock with original glasses ($2,012).
Vintage guitars included a Gibson Byrdland model from around 1960 ($8,625), a Gibson Hummingbird guitar from the same era ($2,300), and a vintage guitar signed by members of the iconic ‘60s rock band Iron Butterfly ($604). Proceeds from the sale of that guitar, plus other items in the auction, went to benefit St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital, based in Memphis.
Returning to coins, other lots included a complete set of Mercury head dimes that featured the key date 1916-D date ($1,150), a 1900 choice uncirculated Berber quarter ($1,080), an 1898 Barber 10-cent coin ($1,230), a roll of year 2000 one-ounce American pure silver eagle coins ($990), a similar roll from 1987 ($1,080), and many $5 Indian and Liberty head gold coins.
Rounding out the day’s top lots were a pair of Ponsin circa-1700 continental European flintlock dueling pistols ($6,325), a beautiful lacquered music box purchased by an online bidder in California for a buyer overseas ($1,620), a pair of stuffed wolves from a restaurant in the Carolinas ($600 each), and a gorgeous but damaged Kerman rug with a large hole in it ($4,425).
Admittance to the auction came in the form of a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father. “The outpour of support was tremendous,” Tim said. “Many people gave more than we asked. This year we’ve raised over $45,000 for the charity. The goal is to reach $50,000 for 2012, St. Jude’s 50th year.”
Tim’s, Inc. has three interesting on-site auctions lined up for the near future. The first is a fine home and its contents slated for April 27 in Litchfield, Conn. Two days later, on April 29, Tim’s will also sell a home and its contents in Harwington, Conn. Then, on Father's Day, June 17, the firm will offer the beautifully appointed home and contents of a man in Torrington, Conn.
Tim’s, Inc. is celebrating 33 years in business (1979-2012). The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. It is especially interested in gold and silver coins, antique clocks, jewelry, musical instruments and sports memorabilia. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about Tim’s, Inc. and the upcoming slate of on-site auctions, please log on to www.timsauction.com.