Slow and getting slower !
The miracle of your “Independence Day” respect it !
Go with God , Saman Kunan , Thai Navy seal who gave his life in the rescue effort . A valiant attempt but an unfortunate and tragic ending . You will most certainly be remembered !
Pay attention !
Gaba Gaba Hey !
So today’s Groganco auction in Boston , Ma. of the “Ned Long collection plus added items signals the end of the spring, early summer 2018 rug auction season and judging the results of the sale we end on a relatively high note . Out of the 134 total lots run over the podium only 23 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at a very respectable 84 % . Unfortunately concerning the resulting prices fetched there was not much in the way of upside fire works . Most of the items that sold , sold in the vicinity of their pre-sale estimates with only a couple of lots , #’s 25 & 43 showing anything in the way of upward surprises . As for the rest of the unsold Ned Long items the ones that should not have garnered any interest did not .
All in all another good job by Mr Grogan and the Groganco staff , keep up the good work ?
As for the 2 lots i featured in the previous blog post , both sold .
Lot # 43 ,Tekke Torba . Pre- sale estimate $ 5 – 1,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $ 6,000.00 + comm. The high water point of the Turkmen group .
Lot # 65 , Turkmen frag ( Yomud ) . Pre- sale estimate , $ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for 1,300.00 + comm. My favorite piece in the group , looks like it has great wool and quality . The new owner might have got a pretty good deal !
Summer Fun !
Sunday and the end but never fear the fall season is only approximately 60 days away and so far there is plenty of action on the horizon with these opportunities on the calendar so far .
Sept. 11th , Nagel , Stuttgart , Germany.
Sept. 19th , Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury , U.K.
Sept. 24th , Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria .
Sept. 29th , Austria Auction Co. , Vienna , Austria .
Oct. 21st. , Skinner’s , Boston , Ma. The Ronnie Newman Coll. Pt. 1 . Looks like L.K. landed a big one !
Oct. 24th , Sotheby’s , London , Arts of the Islamic World .
Oct. 25th , Christie’s , London , Art of the Islamic World including carpets .
Nov. 6th , Sotheby’s , London , Rugs and Carpets .
Nov. 17th , Rippon- Boswell , Wiesbaden , Germany .
And that as they say is that but i am sure there is more to come !
Loneliness is next to godliness and they are both hard to find ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018
Dog o the week ,
Shitty movie o the month , Gangsterland , 2017.
Movie o the week , Soldier in the Rain , 1963 .
Song o the week , Loudness , Soul on Fire on Rise to Glory , 2018.
We forge smack ahead into the summer doldrums !
Last battle till the fall season !
Grogan Co , Boston , Ma’s early summer sale featuring 60 lots from the “Ned Long” collection plus aditional added lots is live “ on the line” now for your viewing pleasure .
After a multitude of passes through the sale i have come to this conclusion . The “Ned Long” group of items is decent but unfortunately does not include any top shelf pieces to get the “rug mob “ buzzing. Plenty of nice clean mid-level items but not one serious collectors piece. Don’t get me wrong it’s my opinion Ned Long has been part of the rug collecting scene for quite awhile and i expected at least a few real barn burners but alas that’s not the case this time around .
Holding some back or already sold, who knows but i just expected a few stellar lots in the sale inventory .
Nothing particularly interesting in the added lots either but still a reasonably nice group with a good amount of clean respectable merchandise to consider at the end of the spring season and nothing serious on the schedule till the fall .
On a positive note , as is Mr Grogan’s M O the pre-sale estimates are on the conservative side for the most part and this may well be a collection offered with out reserves so the market will set itself and maybe there will be a bargain to be had !
A couple lots that did peak my curiosity are posted below.
Lot # 43 , Tekke torba. Pre- sale estimate a very fair $ 5-1,000.00 . Negligible condition but still a very good example , in my opinion.
Lot # 65 , Turkmen frag. Pre- sale estimate again a realistic $ 1-2,000.00 . So if it matters to anyone of the 2 pieces i featured it was close but this is my pick of the litter !
The beginning of the 4th of July holiday week celebration .
Lets get the bang- in going !
Sunday’s come and gone !
In the free world today “FREE SPEECH” is the most important thing but keep in mind you must also be ready to back up what you say at all costs ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the month , American Made , 2017. Another Tom Cruise bomb if you know the real story !
Movie o the week , The Pursuit of Happiness 2006 . The Chris Gardener story . Easily one of Will Smith’s best endeavors !
Song o the week , Holiday 2-fer :
Grand funk Railroad , We’re an American Band on Caught in the Act , Live , 1976 .
Jackyl , We’re an American Band on Choice Cuts , 1998 .Read More