Just wanted to express my gratitude for helping me auction my beloved aunt's prized dining room furniture from the days she lived on Meridian Street. Not only did the auction result in exceeding the anticipated price, but everything was handled very well. At a time when many people don't deliver what they say they will, it's nice to know there is a company that takes care of business!
I had the pleasure of attending the Townsend auction on 12/3 and would like you to know that in my opinion it was the most professionally managed artifact auction I have ever attended since my first in 1979. The facility was good and all the staff were helpful and polite and the main auctioneer was quite good... I sincerely hope that Antique Helper/RipleyAuctions will be getting much more of this type of business and you will continue to manage it in a 100% honest manner. Your competition in this area is lacking in so many ways.... William Koup
“What a thrilling auction! I have always been a fan of yours, but now I am a SUPERFAN! Congratulations on such spectacular results on the auction last Saturday of the items from the Estate of Bill Ansley. You did an amazing job, in record time, and made it fun along the way. I spoke to the executor this morning and she had nothing but glowing accolades on the auction, the process and your wonderful staff... Your instincts about when to hold the sale and how to market it, within a quick window of opportunity, were right on the money. No doubt your superior expertise in the glass collector community aided you, but that you have created a machine to support that, is terrific.” Kathleen Guzman 15 years on Antiques Roadshow; President of Phillips Auctioneers; Senior VP at Christie’s; President at Christie’s East
In the spring of 2006 my wife and I made a major life change to spend our retirement years on Sanibel Island on the gulf coast of Florida. We placed our Indianapolis home with a local realtor and much to our surprise received an offer the first day that it went on the market. The house was filled with a life time collection of Americana, primitives, and folk art. Our intent was not only to sell the house but also to share the collection through auction. We were truly “starting over”, but had not anticipated such a rapid turnover. We knew Dan as a savvy dealer and collector who was very knowledgeable with much of the material in our collection.
On very short notice Antique Helper arranged an estate auction for the first week in June 2006. All of our precious, semi precious and hard to part with items were carefully catalogued, researched and photographed in preparation for the sale. Dan staged an intensive advertising campaign that reached all of the major antique trade papers. The ads were tastefully done and very informative. On the day of sale 24 members of his staff skillfully managed the main auction ring and a large tent sale of the remaining non catalogued items from the household. Bidding from the floor by an audience from throughout the country was supplemented by vigorous on line and phone bids.
We could not have been more pleased with the results, and highly recommend Antique Helper as the premiere auction house in the Midwest and on the internet.
This thank you is for all the staff at Antique Helper. I really didn't know what to expect when I first called. Any doubts or fears I might have had were quickly pushed aside by everyone's professionalism. I greatly appreciate the kindness and personalized service as well. As for the auctions themselves, they succeeded beyond my expectations. I am so glad that I called Antique Helper. Thanks again for your personalized service.
This is written to acknowledge the good work recently done by Antique Helper in selling a number of vintage household and decorative items for me. Dan Ripley and his staff carried out the work in a very effective, honest and ethical manner. They applied their knowledge of the antiques and collectibles market, with special expertise in objects of the early and mid 20th Century and in current hot collectibles, and identified the approximate values of the items to be sold. They identified some of the items that were of special value. Throughout the process all of the Antique Helper staff were always very helpful, as well as pleasant, likeable and cheerful. My experience working with Antique Helper was very enjoyable and satisfactory.
This April 2008 article was a great update to our first IBJ report in 2002!