Carved box that consignor used for storage realizes $26,450 in Thanksgiving sale

BEVERLY, Mass. — Kaminski Auctions’ Thanksgiving Estates Auction, which took place Nov. 28-29, 2009, attracted bidders both locally in Massachusetts and internationally via phone and live online bidding. The auction featured general antiques and fine art alongside a collection of Art Deco furniture and decorative accessories. Consignments hailed from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminski’s second location in California. All prices reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Highlighting the auction was a 19th century Asian carved box. An ornate and intricately carved pattern covers the top and sides of the piece, depicting a series of ferocious dragons in mid-flight. A real discovery, the box was consigned by a local artist who for years used it to store her paintbrushes and art supplies. Its mysterious origin and skillfully hand-carved design intrigued bidders both online and on-site. With a feverish volley of back-and-forth bidding by phone, Internet and floor bidders, the piece skyrocketed beyond its original estimate, ultimately selling to a floor bidder for $26,450.

“To say our consigner was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement," comments Frank Kaminski. “It’s discoveries like these that stir the treasure hunter in all of us.”

Kaminski Auctions, headed by Frank Kaminski, specializes in appraising and auctioning fine art and antiques. As part of a complete estate service package, Kaminski provides expert appraisals, local and national advertising for all sales, competitive fees, and itemized accounting of all transactions for heirs and representatives.

In addition to full estate auctions, Kaminski accepts partial estate liquidations, as well as individual pieces and collections for consignment. The firm’s clientele includes museums, historical societies, corporations, non-profit organizations and private individuals. In early 2007, Kaminski launched a second operation in California.

For information, visit or call 978-927-2223.

Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions.


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