TIMONIUM, MD – On July 1st, Ray Haradin, Steven Weiss and Leon Weiss – known collectively as RSL Auction Company – welcomed their biggest auction crowd ever to Richard Opfer’s gallery in suburban Baltimore. The occasion was a 621-lot sale of fine antique toys, train stations, banks and Americana. Numerous world records were set during the event, which grossed $1.3 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.
RSL expected a strong turnout for the auction, not only because of its star attractions – the John Jirofsky and Jim Laster collections – but also because the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America and Still Bank Collectors of America were in town for a joint convention.
Haradin and the Weiss brothers arrived several days early to assist club members whose homes were to be opened to conventioneers over the weekend.
On Thursday evening, June 28, RSL hosted a lavish reception and auction preview for 230 people. Guests were treated to an open bar and grand seafood buffet catered by Baltimore’s famed Michael’s Restaurant. The menu included – amongst other scrumptious delicacies – shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, chicken wings, and of course, Maryland crab cakes.