Old Hangar, New Opportunity for Michaan’s Auctions
Alameda’s fame as Mecca for antique lovers continues to grow. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Michaan’s Auctions has become known throughout the country for its monthly antique fair that draws some 900 vendors and 12,000 visitors and its high-end auctions where gavel prices on single items can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Michaan also has a thriving — if less glamorous — auction each month for selling off more mundane miscellaneous items in its annex. Estate liquidations often come about because of a death, a move to a new home or a business that failed. Rather than sell items individually, owners turn to Michaan’s to sell the items in bundled lots.
Once housed in a dreary, windowless hangar on the outskirts of Alameda Point, in August Michaan’s moved its annex into a sunny 65,000 showroom at Hangar 20 that allows it to expand its general liquidation from about 2,000 lots of items to as many as 4,000.
General liquidation sales include everything from furniture to jewelry to collectibles. The new space allows merchandise to be displayed in room settings, giving shoppers the feeling that they are wandering from a formal dining room set for dinner to a casual living room with mid-century modern sofas. There are also special viewing rooms for smaller items. “The prices at annex auctions can start at $1 — you can find some great bargains,” says Allen Michaan, Michaan’s Auctions’ founder.
The main fine arts auction gallery remains on Todd Street and on Nov. 17 will feature “Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan.” Items will include one of Tiffany’s famous Grape Table Lamps, with an estimate price of between $900,000 and $1.2 million.
Not sure whether that lamp in your attic is suitable for the bargain bin or the fine arts auction? Michaan’s specialists offer a free verbal appraisal on up to five items every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main gallery.
Main Gallery, 2751 Todd St.; annex, 2701 Monarch St., Building 20; www.michaans.com