Monday, June 28, 2010

Adrian Burns and Burns Americana will be working with Belhorn Auction Services, LLC to conduct an auction of fine early photographs on August 21, 2010 at the Super Auction in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The offering is still being assembled, but we expect it to include a fine selection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and other fine images.

What's a daguerreotype you ask? The first commercially viable method of photography. Introduced in 1839, the technology quickly caught fire and within a few years every big city and most small towns had what were then called "operators" offering daguerreotype portraits. The images are exposed onto a chemically treated silver-plated copper plate, and each photo is unique and very fragile. If the surface is touched, the image will rub right off.

The chemicals react to light at the atomic level, so the resolution in a good quality daguerreotype is superior to almost any photograph you'll come across today.

As wonderful, and revolutionary, as the process was - it was also cumbersome and involved the use of dangerous chemicals such as mercury. Another technology, the ambrotype - which used a very different, cheaper and easier process- began taking hold in the 1850s.

By 1860 the daguerreotype had pretty much gone extinct, ambrotypes were winding down and tintypes were all the rage. They, along with cabinet cards and other formats would continue until the turn the next century.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Young Auctioneer helping out with The Super Auction 3.

Rachel Gingell will be part of The Super Auction 3. Rachel is a leader in the next generation of professional auctioneers. The founder of She Sold It, an auction business based in Lapeer, Michigan, Rachel specializes in benefit and estate auctions. After graduating from Missouri Auction School and the Boot Camp for Benefit Auctioneers, Rachel has gone on to pursue a business degree and the Benefit Auction Specialist Designation. As a contract auctioneer, Rachel brings both the wisdom of experience and fresh ideas to the auction block. Rachel is an active member of both the Michigan State Auctioneers Association and National Auctioneers Association.

She Sold It strives to help non-profit organizations raise more money with ease through benefit auction fundraisers. The entertaining and motivational auctioneers are sure to bring success to non-profit organizations. For more information, log onto

“One of the goals of The Super Auction is to provide a platform for fellowship and more importantly auction experience for new auctioneers,” stated Peter Gehres, Super Auction assistant manager. “She is excited about the auction business and we are excited to have her part of this year's event.”

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Collection of Oz books and related items highlight the Super Auction 3

A unique collection of first and early edition Oz books by Frank Baum will be featured in the upcoming Super Auction 3. The collection includes many rare and hard to find editions of this legendary series.

“These books capture a special time in American publishing as well as an all American fictional series,” stated auctioneer David Helmer. “The Super Auction brings unique collections like this to market and we are excited to offer our buyers such outstanding examples of Americana.”

To view the complete catalog please visit the listing: AuctionZip Listing

To bid on the lots online: Proxibid Catalog

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Peter Gehres wins 2010 Michigan Auctioneer Champion

Peter Gehres (assistant manager for The Super Auction) was named the 2010 Michigan Auctioneer Champion (MAC) on January 27, 2010 at the Michigan State Auctioneers Association Winter Convention in Kalamazoo. A field of twenty-two auctioneers entered from three states. Six of the twenty-two contestants made the finals and after a successful Fun Auction, that raised thousands, the Auctioneer and Ringman Champions were announced. The judges for the 2010 MAC included Leroy Van Dyke (pictured), B. Mark Rogers, John Hamilton, Ed King and Joyce Braun. This was the fourth MAC Peter had entered and the ninth auctioneer calling contest entered since 2006. Peter won the 2006 Ohio Junior Bid Calling contest in January 2006.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Montrie Auction bring quality stamp collection to The Super Auction 3

Jade Montrie of Montrie Auction & Estate Service L.L.C. from Toledo, Ohio will be offering for sale a large and diverse single owner collection of rare American and world stamps at the third installment of The Super Auction.

“The diversity of this collection makes it a perfect fit for The Super Auction,” stated Montrie. “We specialize in estate auctions and were excited about the potential of these stamps.”

The Super Auction is an unique event that brings together auctioneers and collections from across the Midwest for a one day exposition of Auctioneering. This stamp collection and other collections of pottery, coins, antiques, sports cards and collectables will cross the auction block Saturday, February 27, 2010 beginning at 10:00 AM. The auction is held at the The Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stamp Session at The Super Auction 3

Website: Montrie Auction & Estate Service L.L.C.

The Super Auction 3 set for February 27, 2010

Ann Arbor, MI – Building on the success of the 2009 Super Auctions, the first Super Auction of 2010 will be held on February 27, 2010 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ten auction companies and over 15 auctioneers from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri will gather together for an exposition of American Auctioneering. The event starts promptly at 10:00 AM EST and there will be three auction rings running for the entire auction. The auction will last approximately five hours with over 1400 lots up for bid.

Collections from across the Midwest and South are again scheduled to cross the block. Selections of antiques, lighting, sport cards, farm toys, stamps, pottery, glass, coins, collectibles, and firearms will be available. Full details and auction inventories are posted now at and will be continuously updated as the event nears. Buyers and auction enthusiasts are able to follow the process of The Super Auction on its blog at

“The two Super Auctions in 2009 demonstrated the fun and excitement that occurs when you have a dozen auctioneers in one place all doing what they do best,” said David Helmer, The Super Auction manager. “We are excited that as a kick off for this year we will welcome in National Auctioneers Association Board of Director Robert Mayo from Kansas City Missouri. Robert is a good friend and champion bid caller and will bring his style and skill to the event.”

“The Super Auction will now be a regular event that the auction community can depend on as a consistent venue to buy and sell,” noted Peter Gehres, The Super Auction assistant manager. “The first two Super Auctions saw bidders from ten states and we expect that to increase that in 2010. All the auctioneers involved are currently accepting quality consignments for their sessions in February and for the future.”

The Super Auction Participating Auctioneers


American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company – American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company, LLC is a full-time Livonia, Michigan based auction firm that specializes in estate liquidation auctions, commercial liquidations, sporting & collectible and benefit auctions.,, (248) 473-1547

Braun and Helmer Auction Service, Inc. – Braun and Helmer Auction Service Inc. is a full service auction company established in 1971. They conduct approximately 100 auctions annually that include real estate, estate, farm, personal property, specialty, and benefit auctions.,, (734) 368-1733

Dennis Beals Auctioneering Service – A family business based on integrity, honesty and professionalism; established in 1997 and deals primarily with estate liquidations.,, (517) 819-0071

Schmidt’s Antiques – Schmidt's Antiques Inc. is a fifth generation firm founded in 1911. They are auctioneers and appraisers of fine antiques. "Quality that will last a lifetime................Again",, (734) 434-2660

Vander Kolk's Golden Gavel Auction Service – Golden Gavel Auction Service is a full service auction company serving all of Michigan since 1974.,, (616) 437-1047


Belhorn Auction Services, LLC – Central Ohio’s leading provider of cataloged and specialty auctions. Specialist in American Art Pottery.,, (614) 921-9441

Montrie Auction & Estate Service, LLC – A full service and family owned auction company that serves Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with a full array of real estate and auction services.,, (419) 824-5444


Kraft Auction Service – Kraft Auction Service is a full service auction company specializing in real estate and personal property auctions as well as benefit-charity events.,, (219) 973-9240


Mayo Auction & Realty - Robert Mayo is a first generation auctioneer and founder of Mayo Auction & Realty, a family owned auction firm located in Kansas City Missouri. Robert serves as a Director for The National Auctioneers Association. Robert is an instructor at World Wide College of Auctioneering and is the 2007- 08 Kansas State Champion Auctioneer.,, (816) 361-2600