The message of our auction is to support individual artist growth as well as to create a dialogue between creatives and potential buyers. We work hard to make sure we provide a price that’s fair for bidders, artists, and collectors.
Started Dec 05, 2021 12:15 PM PST
Visions of Ararat
Started May 28, 2021 10:00 PM PST
Art for Peace
Started Dec 19, 2020 11:00 AM PST
October Asian Auction
Started Oct 03, 2019 11:00 AM PDT
Asian & Islamic Art Auction
Started Sep 12, 2019 10:00 AM PST
Started Jul 11, 2019 10:00 AM PST
Antiques & Collectables Auction
Started Nov 08, 2018 10:00 AM PST
Fine Art Chinese & American Auction
Started Jun 07, 2018 7:00 AM PST
How it All Began:
Records handed down from ancient Greek scribes document auctions occurring as far back as 500 B.C. At that time, women were auctioned off as wives. And, in fact, it was considered illegal to allow a daughter to be “sold” outside the auction method.
A “descending” method was used for these auctions, starting with a high price and going lower until the first person to bid was the purchaser, as long as the minimum price set by the seller was met. The buyer could get a return of money if he and his new spouse did not get along well, but unlike a horse, maidens could not be “tried” before auction.
Women with special beauty were subject to the most vigorous bidding and the prices paid were high. Owners of the less attractive women had to add dowries or other monetary offers in order to make the sale.
In Rome, Italy, around the time of Christ, auctions were popular for family estates and to sell war plunder. Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius sold family furniture at auctions, for months, to satisfy debts.
Roman soldiers sold war plunder at auction. The licensed auctioneer, called “Magister Auctionarium,” drove a spear into the ground to start the auction. Today we use an auction gavel.