Small Vase Small World

Dear Diary,

Something super cool happened at Monday’s auction! A small vase/candle holder that we sold was originally designed by one of our very own regular customers!

Look at this nifty thing:



See that? It converts from a vase to a candle holder. Super neat.

Susanna (sorry if I spelled that wrong) was shocked as she watched the vase make its way to the stage to be sold. It was a limited edition vase that she designed years ago.

Want to know the neatest part? It still contained the original certificate! We unraveled it after the auction and found this:


At the bottom there. That is her signature. I told you it was neat. Here’s a picture of the two reunited.


Love Michael

The Record Auction To End All Auctions

Dear Diary,

How is it that I’m already creating another post about records?! Somehow we can go years without any records coming into the building and then a million show up in one day.

So here’s what I’ve been working on for the last few months. 2700 records!


Those are all alphabetized, numbers and individually photographed. Twice. Do you know how long that takes? DO YOU KNOW?!


I’m tired just thinking about it.

Currently the auction is timed and live at iCollector. Anyone in the world can actually bid on the records they want. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the auction is finished. If anyone reading this wants to bid, here’s the web address you can do it at:


Otherwise just stay tuned and I’ll make a post next week to say how it went.

Love Michael.

Married In Paris!

Dear Diary,

The rumors are true. Becky and I got hitched in Paris!


Becky took just a gadjillion photos so be sure to talk to her if you’re interested in seeing any more.

The entire thing was meant to be secret but of course we weren’t sneaky enough and word got out. My parents actually booked separate flights out to Paris and beat us there by a full day. But in the end Becky and I won because we stayed 8 days longer. We conquered that city. We saw every museum, rode every train, ate at every vegan restaurant. I’m glad to be back at work so I can finally rest. Best trip evah.


Yeah. We know art.

Love Michael

Back From Paris And Into The Salt Mine

Most of the crew returned home from Paris on Sunday evening however we left the newlyweds behind to enjoy their honeymoon. Today we will be back in the auction room in full force in order to make up for lost time. We have most of the next auction in the building but have not started cataloging yet. Jim and Linda have cataloged about half of the August firearms auction and I will post pictures of that by the end of the week, also I am scheduled to pick up about 50 bows from a collector this afternoon for that auction. We have about 30-50 more lots to add to the coins/money auction but more to the point we will have to choose a date for that sale and our next Antiques/Estate Auction. The information will be posted as soon as we make a decision.

We used yesterday to recuperate from our travels and do a few personal things, kinda. My day was mostly spent in my workshop finishing a project for K97 and their Annual Fundraiser. I framed this guitar for them to auction off this Friday at their golf tournament. It’s a bit of a hobby of mine but really I should be avoiding it, very time consuming. (Click on the picture for a larger image)

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I will definitely be planning another trip to Paris. There is so much to see and do I cant even begin to do it justice in a few words here. In addition to the architecture, art, history, etc etc we also spent time in a mall with all the fanciest of fancy stores where I saw a wristwatch for about $900,000 CND that was so ugly I wouldn’t wear it if you gave it to me. I also saw a lot of things I would be happy to get as gifts so don’t worry, you’ll be able to get me something.

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I ordered myself two of these Swarovski crystal staircases because, well, the sales girl was cute, plus I couldn’t understand what she was saying. I’m sure they will blend well with my Mission style furniture.

Off to the salt mines now.


New Listing in Bergman Estates

Mass Appeal! 30 Minutes West of Edmonton

5 acre, rolling lot with treed natural barrier. Large enough lot for horses and still a manageable size to maintain. Newer home offers an open concept common area with more than its share of natural lighting. The living room features a bay window overlooking the huge front yard. The kitchen has ample counter and cupboard space & stainless appliances.The dining room connects the living room, kitchen & has doors taking you out to the large rear deck. The other half of the main floor houses a 4 pce bathroom & bedrooms including a master bedroom with walk in closet & 4 pce en suite with jacuzzi tub. The partially finished basement has large windows & a walk-out to the back yard. The walls are ready & a roughed in bathroom means doubling your living space would be a breeze. The “Garage” guys will appreciate the selection of outlets at work bench height, 220V connection, large windows, sub panel and more. Handy to West Edmonton, Genesse, Keephills & Wabamun.


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