Auctions — March 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

Bling Brings Big Bids!

RICH PENN’S November 4, 5 & 6 auction event offered over 1,500 lots of country store, advertising, automobiles, petroliana, toys and gems! Billed as an auction with “Jewels of every variety,” it was all of that and attracted bidders worldwide.

According to Penn, “This auction is one of our best ever fall auctions. We had 2,000 bidders participating with over 1,500 of them bidding online from 36 countries. Bidders registered from every continent except Antarctica and our top lot, the diamond ring sold online for $58,000!”

Penn’s auction, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA, featured several important collections. From Clinton, Iowa, Bob Evans sold his superb collection, including his cars. The family of the late Arthur Nelson, a Des Moines collector, had Penn sell his estate. Penn said, “Both of these collectors have been friends of ours for a number of years. Both have bought at our auctions and we’re honored to sell for them.”

The three session auction was organized around themes for each day. Friday’s session was the shortest, starting at noon, with 350 lots. Those lots included advertising, country store pieces, furniture, decorative items, neon signs and tins.

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