My mom and I went went over to the Concord Auction Center (Concord, NH) two weeks ago to scope out the Elli Buk auction happening the next day. What we saw there was amazing. And what I walked out with was just unbelievable.
The lots were all from the estate of the late Mr. Elli Buk. The auction that I attended was for the stuff left over from a previous, high roller auction in which a toilet from the HMS Queen Victoria sold for $20,000. Even though we only saw the bottom of the barrel, I wish I had read up on this man more than a night before the auction. I easily would have thrown down a few grand instead of the measly $150 I spent. All in all though, I would consider this particular auction a whopping success for my very, very small business.
“The massive collection of over 2,000 items is going up for auction in late April, and is something one is not likely to see in a lifetime. Steampunk aficionados will find hundreds of curiosities to satisfy their need for Jules Verne-like objects from the industrial revolution — including, but not limited to, microscopes and telescopes; medical devices and quackery; patent models and salesman’s samples; early projectors, still and motion cameras; motors, archaic electrical devices and machinery; globes and surveying instruments; telegraphy and telephones; televisions and radios; as well as objects from our industrial past and household items such as typewriters and sewing machines.” – John Foster, Design Observer
Here are a few links on the first auction and Elli Buk if you’re interested:
Here are some pictures I took of the lots I liked:
I ended up winning the lot of Apothecary bottles and typewriters… and several other lots. Woops!
Some of the products are still available on my store: