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Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.

To Stephen Turner, variety is the spice of auctions

 Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.


Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Turner, founder of Turner Auctions + Appraisals, hails from Canada and spent the early years of his career in the auction business working as an appraiser and specialist with auction houses in Vancouver and Victoria. After relocating to San Francisco in 1991, he worked for Butterfield & Butterfield, one of the country’s oldest auction houses, before and after it was acquired by eBay and then Bonhams. In 2004, Turner opened an auction and appraisal consulting firm, and, seven years ago, the company began hosting online-only auctions. His namesake firm specializes in fine arts, decorative arts, Asian and Southwest arts, toys, photography and prints, jewelry, militaria and books and manuscripts. Here is our recent conversation with Stephen Turner.

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LGB hot air balloon store display, est. $500-$750

Turner to auction stock from popular Utah train store, Oct. 30

LGB hot air balloon store display, est. $500-$750

LGB hot air balloon store display, est. $500-$750

SAN FRANCISCO – On October 30, starting at 10:30 am Pacific time, Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present model trains and more from Almosta Junction, a popular shop in Clearfield, Utah, owned by the late Ben Graham. The online sale in several parts will feature the complete inventory of the shop, now closed. This auction, Part I, includes many high-end, special edition model trains, most of them brand-new and in their original boxes, related accessories, diecast vehicles, and railroad books and manuals. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Lionel 1947 limited edition Tuscan red painted caboose, est. $300-$5,000

Lionel trains head down the track to SJ’s Oct. 17 auction

Left, Lionel 1947 limited edition Tuscan red painted caboose, est. $300-$5,000; Right, Lionel prewar #252 train set, est. $160-$5,000

Left, Lionel 1947 limited edition caboose, est. $300-$5,000; Right, Lionel prewar #252 train set, est. $160-$5,000

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Toy train collectors, this is your signal: SJ Auctioneers will host a sale titled Prewar-Postwar Trains Vehicles Toys and Dolls on October 17, starting at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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1946 American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, $18,975

Bidders push American Flyer boxcar to nearly $19K at Weiss

1946 American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, $18,975

1946 American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, $18,975

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – An American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, from a very limited production set made in 1946, chugged off with $18,975 in Day 2 of a two-day, online-only Toy & Train auction held August 11 and 12 by Weiss Auctions. The boxcar was the top lot in an auction that grossed $400,000 and set record prices. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Lionel Odyssey PRR M1A 4-8-2 locomotive and tender, estimated at $500-$700

Toys and trains drive Over and Above’s May 22 auction

Lionel Odyssey PRR M1A 4-8-2 locomotive and tender, estimated at $500-$700

Lionel Odyssey PRR M1A 4-8-2 locomotive and tender, estimated at $500-$700

TIMONIUM, Md. – Over and Above Online Auctions and Estate Sales LLC is moving full steam ahead with their next online sale, presenting its Online Trains, Toys & Collectibles Auction on May 22, starting at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ernst Plank pontoon boat, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Rare toy vehicles drive Bertoia’s May 21-22 auction

Ernst Plank pontoon boat, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Ernst Plank pontoon boat, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

VINELAND, N.J. – The exceptional antique toy and train collection of the late Paul Cole (1931-2020), a man whose career distinctions were rivaled only by his passion for hobbies and athletic pursuits, will be auctioned at Bertoia’s on May 21-22. Attendance at the live auction will be limited and by reservation only, and in-person previewing will be made available by appointment only. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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