Showtime Auction Services

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2015-06-26 10:48:36

Showtime Auction Services is an American auctioneer, located in Ann Arbor, USA. It specialises in various categories, including art, sculptures, furniture, jewellery, pottery, advertising, bottles and militaria.

Mission statement

“We at Showtime Auction Services provide a professional and unbiased presence for all of our consigners.”

Expertise and services

Showtime is owned and run by Mike and Lori Eckles; Mike was formerly in advertising for 27 years. They appraise, catalogue and auction items consigned to the company.

The company holds auctions of individual items and collections on behalf of consignors, who deal directly with the owners/auctioneers.

According to the Showtime website, the entire auction process is conducted by Mike and Lori Eckles – they personally collect merchandise, clean and photograph it, describe it, pack and ship it and prepare it for sale.

The company's advertising is designed and conducted by Mike and Lori; this includes full colour, full page adverts in 12 major antique and collectible trade publications, as well as 25,000 flyers and over 1,000 catalogues.

The average attendance at Showtime auctions is between 300 and 400 people, according to its website. As such, consigned items receive a large amount of exposure to potential buyers.

Bidders can participate ‘live’ via the internet, over the phone, and from the floor.

Notable sales

In 2009, Showtime auctioned a mahogany Los Angeles model front and back bar.

The model, created around 1893 by Brunswick, Balke & Collender Co., measured 24 feet long by 11 feet high, and belonged to collector and former UPS President, Ron Wallace.

The enormous bar, with the phrase “Oriental Saloon, Territory of Arizona, Est. February 24, 1863” across the back mirror, realised a record-breaking $302,500.

In the same auction, a set of 1902 swinging saloon doors – also from the Wallace collection – realised $77,000.

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