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Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann
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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 09:38    Post subject: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Let me start by saying this is not just the one day, but the many guest arriving and the dinners, the tours given at the Perot Museum, the house tours, the whole experience from start to finish.
Jim and I had done some online auctions, with dealers we know. This was a hold out for us, we were never comfortable with the whole idea of huge auction houses and their concepts of minerals, prices and quality. That is until some serious mineral people got involved, led the charge and enticed many of us out of our comfort zone.
Heritage Auctions not only had lots of seasonded collectors and dealers, but new collectors showed up in quantity.
Here is our adventure from start to finish....



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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 09:54    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 09:59    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

...Hoppel collection...


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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 20:27    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 20:31    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 20:34    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 20:42    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

So what followed you home?
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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 22:42    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Peter Megaw wrote:
So what followed you home?


Hold your horses! I'm getting there! ( teaser, 41 of these beauties followed us home... )

The Eden Mills piece, above is one I meant to mention.



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PostPosted: Jun 03, 2013 22:49    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

...616 came home with us, the native antimony. There was no sale on the cerussite. There were a few pieces that didn't sell, it happens.


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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2013 06:06    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Thanks for taking us along with you. As a famous saying goes;

You do not need a mineral; you need a bodyguard.
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2013 06:50    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

I am going to add a LOT more, but have crazy busy day ahead. Will do what I can, but can add more tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 08:41    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Busy day volunteering at the Perot Museum yesterday, add in a two hour teleconference and a Fleetwood Mac concert, you can see why I didn't have much time for adding photos...


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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 08:45    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 08:49    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 08:54    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 10:38    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Some pieces were not sold, but we found that some were won, by us, on the first bid as we waited to see if anyone else was bidding and Jim would say "What do you think?" and I would say "Let's go for it" and bam, we would win it!


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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2013 13:40    Post subject: Re: Our first experience with a live auction, Dallas, May 31 2013. Gail Spann  

Thank you so much Gail, very interesting to see and hear a bit about what happened.

Wonderful photos too

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