ATLANTA – Red Baron’s Private Reserve – the new incarnation of the venerable auction firm formerly known as Red Baron Antiques – will hold an inaugural sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, in its new gallery facility at 8655 Roswell Road, five miles north of its previous Atlanta location. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding, which begins at 10 a.m. EDT.
Among the 475 lots to be sold are six rare and outstanding pianos that are no longer in production.
“We are excited to be kicking off the fall season at our brand new facility with an auction packed with some of the highest quality antiques and décor items available anywhere,” said Bob Brown, Red Baron’s owner throughout its long and storied history. “Everything you’ve seen at Red Baron’s has been condensed into our new and improved location. I urge everyone to attend.”
Aside from the pianos, the auction will also feature a never-used copy of a late 1800s-style brewery, vintage and collectible automobiles, fantastic bars, statuary and fountains (staples at most Red Baron’s auctions), boats, estate jewelry, fine art, vintage guns, furniture, neons, garden accents, rare and unusual oddities and an overall inventory that can’t be found elsewhere.
The six pianos are expected to take center stage (as they no doubt have countless times in the past). One is the ultimate piano: a sleek black Steinway Model D-455 9-foot grand piano. It has graced the concert stage of virtually every performance venue in America, and boasts the largest dynamic range of any piano made, from whispering pianissimo to thundering fortissimo.
Another Steinway grand piano certain to garner attention is an important French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satin, sycamore and stained fruitwood marquetry piano, made circa 1913. Previously auctioned through Christie’s, the piano features a case made by Maison Jansen (Paris) from a model by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener. Movement is Steinway & Sons (serial #162332).
The other four pianos include a gold-mounted Bechstein grand piano with satinwood inlay and ormolu, circa 1883; a Samick white baby grand piano, Model SG-172; a Chickering ebonized baby grand piano, made circa 1924, Model #146544; and a Bechstein oak grand piano, Model #39038.
“To have six pianos of this caliber in one auction is extraordinary,” Brown said.
The late 19th century-style brewery is bound to attract attention, both for it rarity and its functionality. Made in Germany (and the only example currently in the United States), the gold medal-winning brewery has toured the U.S. and Germany and is valued at $400,000. It is 13 feet 1 inch by 10 feet, with a height of 12 feet. It goes with the auction’s Oktoberfest theme.
Oher notable pieces include an amazing Lalique cactus table, a Tiffany Arrowroot lamp, collectibles such as an F-16/15 aircraft ejection chair, completely authentic, polished and lacquered and ideal for use as a desk chair (and a surefire conversation starter); and a pre-Civil War pirate hook arm.
There is no admission fee for this auction, which will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and end around 7 p.m.
Red Baron’s Private Reserve is always in the hunt for quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, send an e-mail to email@example.com or phone 404-640-4604.
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