Bloomington Auction Gallery

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Bloomington Auction Gallery

The Bloomington Auction Gallery is an auction house located in the Illinois town of Bloomington and typically deals in the sales of the fine art, antiques, jewellery, toys and Indian artefacts. It also conducts Regular Estate and Consignment Auctions throughout the year.

 

History

For over thirty years Bloomington Auction Gallery has worked with local and national markets and attracts collecting enthusiasts from across the United States of America. In recent years, Bloomington’s has also started to work in international markets, including Canada, the United Kingdom and France.

All auctions are personally overseen by Bloomington’s lead auctioneer, Jason Penny, who is renowned for his comprehensive awareness of market trends and his honesty.

Services and Expertise

Bloomington Auction Gallery has an esteemed and knowledgeable Estate Department that can offer specialist advice on property value so that the best price can be realised. Bloomington also staffs a number of fully qualified jewellery experts trained in gemstones, pearls, gold and diamonds.

In the past, a wide of variety of antique items and pieces have been put under the hammer at Bloomington’s, including art and coin collections, exquisite estate antiques, items from the Orient, historical documents, Indian objects and paintings and sculpture.

Bloomington also holds the annual Pars Oriental Rug Collection where collectors can find an astonishing collection of fine wool and silk Persian rugs. Furthermore, toy trains, dolls and antique toys regularly feature at Bloomington auctions. The bidding takes place in a spacious three-hundred seated gallery which is also used regularly by Bloomington’s qualified staff in order to provide lectures on a variety of topics.

Departments

  • Paintings
  • Fine Art
  • Jewellery
  • Porcelain
  • Fine Glass
  • Regular Estates

Notable Sales

In November 2011, a 14Kt Yellow Gold Bracelet and Necklace Set realised a price of $1,450, which was over ten times its $80 presale estimate. Furthermore, on the same day, a gold bullion set of four coins, in its original display book and plastic case, fetched $2,700.

In March 2011, three legal documents signed by Abraham Lincoln were sold for $9,000. The documents were initially discovered when a man opened a box he had won for free at an estate sale. Inside were the legal letters written and signed by Lincoln, dated September 1846. The letters were actually written just one month following Lincoln’s U.S. Congressman Election victory. The letters went to an in-room buyer.

Addtionally, in June 2009, a bed that once belonged to pre-Civil War Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay (1772-1852), was auctioned at Bloomington Auction Gallery. The four-poster rosewood bed, thought to have been made around 1812, sparked great interest in antique and furniture buyers from all across the United States. However, the bed failed to meet its reserve price of $8,000 and the piece went back to its previous owner.

During the 18th Pars Annual Oriental Rug Auction at Bloomington’s Auction Gallery on February 6th 2009, two antique Kazak hand-woven rug realised a price of $2,895 and $2,500. The rugs were both made out of 100% wool and featured the traditional vibrant colours and bold patterns typified by Kazak design.

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