American Marble Auctions will hold its first-ever online-only auction September 20th-29th The first-ever Internet-only auction for American Marble Auctions – an offshoot of American Bottle Auctions – will go online Sept. 20 and end Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. (PCT), at americanmarbleauctions.com.
News-Antique.com - Sep 09,2013 - (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – The first-ever Internet-only auction for American Marble Auctions – an offshoot of American Bottle Auctions, which has featured marbles in its sales before but is now dedicating a new company solely to marble auctions – will go online Sept. 20 and end Sunday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. (PCT). The website is www.americanmarbleauctions.com.
“We have assembled a grouping of 200 marbles from virtually every category of marble collecting,” said Jeff Wichmann, owner of both American Marble Auctions and American Bottle Auctions. “These include Akro Agate, Christensen Agate, Peltier and others for the machine-mades, as well as handmades such as Joseph’s Coat, Clanbroths, and Indian and other swirls.
The expected star lot, one that Wichmann called “too rare to value,” is a giant paneled speckled Onionskin, magnificent and huge, with a 2.645-inch circumference and graded 8.9 out of 10 for condition. “This is the largest four-panel Onionskin marble I’ve ever seen,” Wichmann remarked. “To find one this size, in this condition, with such a bright pattern, is truly incredible.”
Wichmann has personally collected and been a fan of antique marbles for decades (and every marble in this auction is from 1950 and before). But he’s not going it alone with American Marble Auctions. His right hand man is Sami Arim, a seasoned marble authenticator and grader. Visitors to the website (starting Sept. 18) will be able to view all the lots and see Arim’s grades.
“American Marble Auctions is our effort to establish high-quality and highly desirable marbles to our fellow marble collectors,” Wichmann said. “We are hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the successful marble auction houses of the past, such as Running Rabbit and Marblealan (on eBay). We will complement, but not compete with, dealers like Morphy’s.”
Wichmann added, “Selling marbles through Internet auctions is a complicated business. Presenting these historic and beautiful collectibles poses many challenges. We will combine the latest technology in graphics and bidding software to present the best pictures and descriptions as possible, with conservative grading. And each marble sold comes with a money-back guarantee.”
American Marble Auctions will offer just antique marbles (mid-20th century and before), not contemporary blown marbles. As Wichmann explained, “There are many new glass blowers who make neat examples, but as the true collector sees it, why buy a brand new marble when I can acquire a genuine antique with loads of character that might be a century old or even older?”
The premiere auction will feature some nice examples in the Lutz category. One has a wide and thick red ribbon with a couple of thick Lutz bands running between two pontils. The superb example, graded 9.5 and 0.781 inches, should make $750-$1,000. Another has three Lutz bands running between two pontils and two ribbons with borders, graded 9.2 (est. $350-$400).
Collectors of Peltier will be wowed by a fantastic and hard-to-find jobber box, filled with Peltier National Line Rainbow marbles. There are ten tigers loaded with black aventurine and in exceptional mint