Roseville pottery Sunflower vase brings $2,000

GREENSBURG, Kans. – Brown Auction & Real Estate held its 2nd Annual Spring Fling auction in Greensburg, Kan., May 5-6, 2012. As the town of Greensburg observed the five-year anniversary of the May 4 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the town, the auction staff sold away to an on-site crowd represented by buyers from six states. Live Internet bidding was also available via When the two-day auction was over, Brown Auction had sold more than 1,500 lots at a pace of more than 100 lots per hour.

Roseville pottery vase

All Roseville Sunflower – Top row (L to R) 5-inch hanging basket $1,300 ; 488-6-inch urn $1,200. Bottom Row (L to R) 487-7-inch vase $2,000; 4-inch bowl $2,000; 6 1/2-inch vase $1,050.

antique advertising jugM. Wollstein, Wholesale Dealers in Fine Whiskies, Wines and Liquors, Kansas City, Mo., 7-inch whiskey jug, $425.

Saturday morning began outside with several hundred boxed lots selling to the on-site crowd. The sale then moved inside for the cataloged portion of the auction.
With more than 500 cataloged lots, several antiques and collectibles categories were represented, including more than 100 Hummel figurines, many nice pieces of pottery, including Roseville and Hull, and an abundance of porcelain and antique glassware.
“We sold part of a local collection of some really great Hummels,” said Scott Brown.

Some highlights were an 11-inch “Little Fiddler” bringing $475, 9 1/2-inch “Merry Wanderer” for $425 and 10-inch “Apple Tree Boy” and “Apple Tree Girl” selling for $275 and $230, respectively. While most of the pottery was in the second day, there were many nice pieces to be found on Saturday, including a rare Roseville Futura 8” Egg with Leaves vase that sold for $360.

Sunday was highlighted by Roseville, Van Briggle, primitives, porcelain, American Brilliant Cut Glass, Southwest Pueblo pottery, crocks and more. Roseville “Sunflower” pieces included a 7-inch vase and a 4-inch bowl, both fetching $2,000 each. Also, there was a 6 1/2-inch vase that brought $1,050, a 5-inch hanging basket for $1,300 and 6-inch urn for $1,200.

Roseville pottery vase

Roseville Futura 428 8-inch “egg with leaves” vase – $360

Also crossing the block in American Art Pottery were an 8-inch Luffa vase for $325, a blue Pine Cone 712 12-inch vase for $450 and a blue Pine Cone 10-inch jardiniere and pedestal for $3,250.

One of the first crocks sold was a Red Wing 2-gallon salt-glazed crock that commanded a $750 hammer price. A Red Wing 3 gallon water cooler with lid brought $500,  a “Waconda Water” jug hammered for $435 and a 7-inch M. Wollstein Whiskey jug fetched $425.

Among many prints that sold were 2 Birger Sandzens, “Smoky River at Twilight” for $900 and “River Nocturne” for $700. A Fiesta 4-piece mixing bowl set brought $575. Scott Brown commented, “Our consigners brought us another great selection of antiques for this auction, and our buyer’s really took advantage of that.” For more information and to view more auction results as well as upcoming auctions, visit Brown Auction.

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