THE MAY AUCTION BECAME the June Auction became the July Auction, said Rich Penn. For 20 years, the traditional Spring Rich Penn Auction event has always been in late April for early May. Not this year. In March, Covid -19 dipped it’s thorny fingers into the business mix for all Americans. Auctions included.
In an interest to be safe Penn postponed May until June and then postponed again until July 23. The auction was a four day event, with over 2,500 lots including many thousands of items. The four day event included Coins, Barbershop, Country Store, Soda Fountain, Toys, Petroliana, Victoriana & Decorative Items.
Overall…..this auction was in planning for over a year and was expected to be one of Penn’s biggest auctions ever. Covid changed some things, especially for the in-house auction. But, in spite of the complications, according to Penn, “The auction was very successful and we achieved all our goals.” He went on, “We were concerned that we wouldn’t have an in-house crowd. But they showed up, over a hundred. And they wanted to buy!” Bidders entered through a queue where temps were taken, masks, gloves, and sanitizer were provided along with an information sheet on safety guidelines and proper social distancing. Penn said, “Bidders were understanding and very cooperative.”