Saturday, January 16, 2016

Provincetown Art in Live eBay Auction

This painting of Captain Jack's Wharf is Eldred's lot 128, eBay item 201490889434.
In the off-season, when I have a little time, I spend a good bit of it on eBay looking for things related to PTown. I've recently seen a few listings for something new to me.
I've been noticing artworks that will be sold in live auctions where I could register with the individual sellers and, at the appointed time, I'd compete with bidders attending the auction, along with folks simultaneously bidding by telephone. Sounds exciting!
This framed oil painting of Captain Jack's Wharf will be auctioned off next week, at 10 AM on Saturday, January 23rd, along with 450 other lots, which might be groups of items, or a single item, like this painting. Although it is signed C. B. M., the painter seems to remain unknown. I only found a couple of items in this auction that seem to be specifically related to Provincetown, but there may be more. I didn't look through all 450 lots, but it turns out the seller is Eldred's, on Route 6A in East Dennis, only about 45 miles up the Cape. Other PTown items could easily turn up.
Eldred's has been in the auction, appraisal and consignment business for over 50 years. Other auctions scheduled over the next few months include marine art, which especially catches my interest, and many other items. Since they are nearby, Cape folks might want to attend the actual auction rather than bid online or by phone. If you're away from PTown in the off-season, this could be one more way for you to feel connected to this wonderful community year-round. Click on the link to Eldred's, above, to contact them if all of this sounds like wintertime fun.
Lots next week will include items ranging from artwork to Oriental rugs, along with sterling silver pitchers, flatware and serving pieces and other antiques. One lot includes about 150 pieces of costume jewelry including cufflinks, faux pearl necklaces, brooches, rings, pocket watches and more, with a starting bid of $40. Another lot will be Venetian glass figurines of the Seven Dwarfs.

I like this Robert Wheeler painting of the beach at the edge of the dunes.
Another lot that Cape Codders might find interesting is this 18"X20" oil painting of the beach and dunes, signed by "Robert P. Wheeler ISMP." Is that the International Society of Marine Painters? Of the two-dozen ISMPs I found on the Internet, that one seems most likely. Anyway, I like the painting. It is lot 125, with an $80 opening bid. Here's a link to this Antiques and Accessories auction, and one for eBay's All About Live Auctions page to learn how to bid live, and how to put in an absentee bid, sort of like entering your maximum bid on a regular eBay item.
A buyers premium (a fee paid to the seller) of up to 25 percent of the winning bid will be assessed as well, and you'll also have to pay for shipping, as usual. Be sure to read all the information before bidding, and get registered for this auction in advance. I don't know if I'll end up bidding on anything, but I think I'll register for this particular event anyway, which is required prior to bidding, even if you're already registered with eBay. Following this live auction sounds like fun, whether I bid or not.

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