Garth’s Delivers New Options to Sellers and Buyers during April Auctions

Five auctions in eight days, you say? Garth’s Auctions is turning up the volume in April. Garth’s will be holding their Eclectic auction April 5th, which will be followed by four Virtual Salesroom auctions on April 12th. What does this mean for Garth’s consignors? More options! And for Garth’s buyers? More great antiques, art, and collectibles from which to choose. Preview will be open for all five sales the first week of April.

vintage posterOne of 150+ vintage posters to be sold, this iconic poster for Double Indemnity, a 1944 American film noir directed by Billy Wilder, is expected to reach $4,000-6,000 during Garth’s April 12th auction.

Garth’s clients may attend the live sale in Garth’s Eclectic gallery beginning at 9:00 am on April 5th. They will want to come see what Garth’s staff discovered within the abandoned safety deposit boxes of a local financial institution or find the perfect piece to creatively upcycle into their home décor. Customers will enjoy all the regular bidding opportunities (in-person, absentee, online) and a wonderful mix of furniture, art, silver, pottery, firearms, jewelry, and more during the Eclectic Auction.

While Garth’s has been offering the option of real-time, online bidding for all their auctions since 2002, our new virtual salesroom auctions launching on April 12th aim at reaching a larger group of bidders. All the lots that have been selected for the online only auctions will become available on Garth’s website on or about March 29, so bidders may view them anytime if they cannot make it to the gallery for traditional preview.

On April 12th, Garth’s will stagger the auction times and sale categories as follows: 10:00 AM Vintage Posters & Movie Memorabilia, 12:00 PM Stock Certificates & Bonds, 2:00 PM Sports Memorabilia and 4:00 PM Ethnographic & African Art. All sales will be held like a regular auction, but without the live audience in the salesroom. Clients may only bid online or via absentee bid.

Movie & Vintage Posters will start the day and features diverse items from a private collection comprised of 70+ years of movie history. Very early posters for films such as Double Indemnity #120 (estimate $4,000-6,000), Her Condoned Sin #139 (estimate $2,000-3,000), Key Largo (estimate $1,500-2,000), a six sheet for Rebel Without A Cause #101 (estimate $4-6,000) and a three sheet for East of Eden #78 (estimate $400-$600) should tempt many collectors. A French poster for The Creature from the Black Lagoon #26 (estimate $700-$900) was illustrated prominently in the color brochure produced by Garth’s to promote the sale. Lobby cards and classic Western posters will be offered. A wide selection of formats half sheets, one sheets, six sheets spanning the 20th Century includes World War I examples selling bonds in vibrant, graphic designs.

Stock Certificates & Bonds will attract those interested in simple scripophily (collecting of canceled old stocks & bonds), but also autographs, history, and finance, for example. The category crosses a wide variety of collector fascinations thanks to the variety of color, design, type of company, signatures, share quantity and more. A Standard Oil Trust certificate signed by John D. Rockefeller and Henry M. Flager is sure to be one of the highlights with an estimate of $2,000-4,000. A USS Steel certificate issued to Andrew Carnegie for a staggering 100,000 shares is also an iconic example. Other certificates will include Railroad and Railway (Baltimore and Ohio, New York Central, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, The New York and Harlem); Automobile (Ford, BMW, Dodge, General Motors, Duesenburg); Industrial (Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, Sinclair Oil); Brewing (Coors, Pabst, Busch, Northampton Brewery); and Entertainment (Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount Studios, Ringling Brothers). A Revolutionary War bond and a Dow Jones ticker tape machine will also be sold.

Sports Memorabilia will appeal to the kid in almost all clients. A variety of sealed trading cards from companies such as Fleer, Tops and Bowman are always a hot item. Baseball team memorabilia from the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and other minor league teams will be sold. Signed baseballs will be sold including Ed Kranepool (member of the 1969 NY Mets World Championship team). A Kansas City Royals Bo Jackson rookie card will be sold with a personalized Louisville Slugger Bo Jackson bat. From the NFL there will be trading cards, a Tim Couch bobble head, and SuperBowl XXXII memorabilia (souvenir jersey, cap, game tickets, game program). Memorabilia from other sports including Auto Racing (Pro Set Trading cards, NASCAR related items, Dale Earnhardt items); Boxing (Muhammad Ali gold collecting card), Hockey and Soccer will be sold as well.

The final session of online-only sales brings together an unusual selection of African and Oceanic material from the long-time collections of three friends who collected together and have decided to sell together. Among the 52+ lots, a highly detailed divination bowl from Gabon-Zaire, Africa dates to the 20th century (estimate $500-1,500). A covered ritual bowl from Mali, Africa is comprised of a carved Dogon bowl on four raised legs and a figure of a kneeling woman on the lid (estimate $500-1,500). An Egungun headdress from Nigeria is a Yoruba carved ceremonial dance piece in the form of a head with braided hair (estimate $1,000-$1,500). Nine ceremonial masks will be sold. An impressive, 74” high life-size bronze figure of a Bamum Tikar ancestor in the form of a hunter with spear should reach $1,500-$3,000.

For further information about Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers and the upcoming sales calendar, please visit or call 740-362-4771. Garth’s posts full color catalogs and lot descriptions for all items on its website.