Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals
Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals is an auction house based in Radford, Virginia which provides auctions, consultations, appraisals and private brokerage for all categories of tangible assets from individual items to entire collections.
The company also offers multi-parcel real estate auctions of historic homes, acreage, commercial and recreational properties in partnership with Woltz & Associates in Roanoke, Virginia.
They conduct twice-monthly treasure auctions featuring a wide variety of items along with regular catalogue sales. Real-time online bidding is available along with absentee bidding on many of the sales.
History and expertise
The company was formed in 1995 by Kenneth W. Farmer Jr., who since 1975 has been self employed first as an antiques dealer specializing in Southern furniture and folk art, later concentrating on appraisals and consulting to collectors and institutions.
He became a licensed auctioneer in 1981 and was the owner of Ken Farmer Realty and Auctions from 1987-1995, concentrating on public estate auctions and private treaty real estate brokerage. In 1995 Farmer formed Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals in order to focus on the auction sale of antiques and real estate.
Mr. Farmer has served as a guest appraiser in furniture, folk art, decorative arts, and musical instruments on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. He has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as an appraiser, and regularly consults with collectors, museums and institutions regarding the appraisal, sale and purchase of antiques and fine art.
- An important Valley of Virginia wooden folk art chest which sold In October 2008 for $158,125
- An 18th century Philadelphia style side chair, which sold in May 2008 for $60,375
- An oil-on-canvas by artist Frederick Lord Leighton entitled ‘The Sisters Hodgson’, which sold in November 2001 for $550,000.
- A painted wooden Russian religious icon panel, which sold in May 2009 for $131,100