Aaron’s Estate Sales launches Block Auction House Dec. 15

Block Auction House

Niels O. Moller dining table with two leaves and eight Model 71 chairs (six with new black fabric, two in blue Knoll fabric). Estimate: $1,500-$3,000. Block Auction House image

DETROIT – Aaron’s Estate Sales, a Birmingham, Mich.-based estate sale and auction company, will debut its newest addition, Block Auction House, this week. The company’s inaugural auction will feature between 200 to 300 mid-20th century furnishings and will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We are very excited to premiere Block Auction House in Detroit. There is pent-up demand for a new auction house and this is a natural extension for us based on the success we have seen from our estate sales here in southeastern Michigan,” said Aaron Siepierski, owner, Aaron’s Estate Sales. “Certain items need to go to auction in order to determine their true value, benefitting the owner.”

Aaron’s Estate Sales recently completed their most notable sale and auction last month at the Motown Mansion, formerly owned by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The sale attracted approximately 2,000 buyers over the three-day estate sale and auction and included hundreds of items from the home, including a 1930s Steinway baby grand piano played by Smokey Robinson and many other Motown stars.

Friday’s auction featuring mid-century furnishings will include notable names like Poul Jensen, J. L. Moller, Milo Baughman, Nils Jonsson, Dunbar, Blenko,  C. Jere, Gerald Thurston, Alexander Calder,  Marc Creates, Nils Jonsson, George Nelson and John Glick.

Among the featured items are a Niels O. Moller dining table with two leaves and eight Model 71 chairs (above) and two Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates armchairs, one a Slim Jim model.

An Antonio Grediaga Kieff large bronze sculpture (below) carries the highest estimate to the auction block at $10,000-$15,000. It stands on a black marble base 42 inches high overall.

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Antonio Grediaga Kieff (Canadian/Spanish, b. 1936) bronze sculpture, shiny gold finish, on marble base. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Block Auction House image

Another unique work is a Michael Higgins (American, 1908-1999) glass plaque titled The War Between III, which the catalog states is one of the most important pieces of Higgins glass to come up for auction. It is signed on the bottom “The War Between III Michael Higgins.” Including the handmade frame, the plaque measures 24 ¾ inches bv 15 ¼ inches.

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Michael Higgins (American, 1908-1999) glass plaque titled ‘The War Between III.’ Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Block Auction House image

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time.