Auction Dupe? Or the name of the game?

A story like this one, out of Oregon – where auctioneers aren’t required to be licensed – makes me believe wholeheartedly in the work of The Antiques Council and the National Show Management Assocaition to get some national oversite of the antiques business.

I know that this is an auction story, in the rural Northwest no less, but people should have a reasonable expectation of getting a certain value for merch at auction. The folks in this story – one of whom is terminally ill – got all of $200 or so for their stuff after being told – granted, there was no contract – they would get significantly more.

Come on, though… What about human decency?