Guernsey's (Auctioneer and Broker)



2015-06-26 11:01:23

Guernsey’s is a prestigious New York auction house dealing in a wide range of antiques, fine art and collectibles.

The company has conducted a number of high-profile sales and holds several world records for prices achieved.

Their auctions regularly feature items such as notable sports, film and music memorabilia, political and Presidential documents and memorabilia, furniture and fittings from iconic locations such as The Tavern on the Green and Yankee Stadium, photography, art, trading cards, dinosaurs and fossils, garden statues and American quilts.

Along with their auctions, the company also brokers private sales and works closely with a number of museums and institutions.


The company was formed in 1975 by New York advertising executives Barbara Mintz and Arlan Ettinger, both passionate collectors.

It began life dealing mainly in American Folk Art during the late 1970s and early 1980s, using modern marketing techniques to attract new clients and develop its youthful image.

In 1983 the firm held its first truly major sale: an auction of ninety-six carved wooden animal figures that had previously been part of once-loved carousels.

Guernsey's followed its first major success with one landmark event after another. Among the most memorable of those was the first sale of artwork from the former Soviet Union and the contents of the ocean liner SS United States (the largest auction – in terms of numbers of items sold – ever held).

It has also held landmark sales such as the multi-consignor ‘40 Years of Rock and Roll’ sale in 1995, which featured nearly two hundred examples of Rock-era guitars more than 25,000 rare recordings, two sales focusing on the life and career of President John F. Kennedy and many other notable sporting and music memorabilia auctions.

It has conducted groundbreaking sales of graffiti art, sports and racing cars, comic book and cartoon art, Topps trading cards and a collection of 200,000 pre-Castro Cuban cigars.

Auction catalogues

None currently listed

Notable sales

Sports memorabilia
In 1999 the company sold the famous Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Baseball for a world record price of $3,005,000.

Film memorabilia
One of only three surviving falcon statues from the 1941 film ‘The Maltese Falcon’ sold at a memorabilia auction in September 2010 for $250,000.

Music memorabilia
At an auction held by Guernsey’s at the legendary Studio 54 nightclub in New York, two guitars build for the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia sold for record prices. The guitars, known as ‘the Wolf’ and ‘the Tiger’, sold for $959,000 and $789,000 respectively.

News & Events

Upcoming Auction dates

  • January 18-20, 2013 - Hans Sachs Poster Collection
  • May 11, 2013 - John James Audubon
  • July 15-21, 2013 - The Harrisburg Auction


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