West Coast Estates
Company Overview "A Little Family History" The Pappas Family Name Has Been Synonymous With Auctions In North America for Almost a Century. Almost 90 years ago in 1913 Theodore Pappas I, set sail from Greece to America with $75.00 in His Pocket. Arriving in British Columbia a few years later, he evolved from a shoeshine & water boy during the construction of the Canadian Railway to own and operate one of the first trading posts in Canada. Pappas, who traded with the local native peoples would gather the fur and consign it to New York for auction on the international market. By 1940 he moved to Vancouver BC and established his own International Fur Auction Company, Which exists and operates to this day under directorship of his son, Theodore Pappas II. "Three Generations of Auctioneers" Born into a family of auctioneers Theodore Pappas III founded West Coast Estates in Vancouver, B.C. In 1979, an auction house company specializing in Native Arts & Artifacts as well as Fine Art & Antiques. In just over 20 years, West Coast Estates & Seahawk Auctions (Their Native Art Division) have become Western Canadas largest Native Art & Artifact Auction and continue to consistently offer high quality items to their clients from around North America. For the past twenty years, trust & integrity have been the cornerstones to West Coast Estates success & reputation. "We Maintain A Low Profile in Vancouver Encouraging a Friendly, Club-like atmosphere at our auctions. We do not advertise locally, acquiring new clients by reference only. We do however advertise on The International front to broaden our markets on behalf of our consignors" -Theodore Pappas III "Tradition Meets Technology" Major changes were in store for West Coast Estates when Pappas' eldest daughter, Alethea joined the operation at age 22. Fresh to the business with intensive computer training, Alethea knew West Coast Estates needed to jump into the world of of the internet to keep pace with the rapidly changes world of auctions. Now with a new look West Coast Estates has been catapulted over the last three years into yet another level of auctioneering - a worldwide presence on the web. With over 75,000 local & international visitors per month, www.westcoast-estates.com has become an integral part of the Pappas operation. "West Coast Estates has set sail in a new direction, combining the Treasures Of The Past With The Technology Of The Future....Passing the Secrets Of One Generation to the Next.... Bridging The Waters Between The Remains of Yesterday and The Discoveries of Tomorrow" -Alethea Renee Pappas "Present Day" While West Coast Estates is jumping into the auction technology of the 21st century, it remains a family owned and operated Auction House. Theodore Pappas III along with his family & West Coast Estates currently produce a monthly review newsletter, live monthly Fine Art, Antique & Estate Auctions, specialty Native Art & Artifact Auctions, and a variety of fund-raising and benefit events.
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