It seems like there is an auction for everything. Cars, animals, farm equipment, furniture, art... Now, we have thousands of auction sites online like eBay, webid, ubid, bidstart and they auction off anything you can think of: wine, video games, dolls, boats. But there’s nothing like the melodious song of a live auctioneer’s chant. —
Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite
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June 4, 1968: Fred Savage of Westminster, President of the Massachusetts Auctioneers Association, asked for bids on a 10-week-old baby Berkshire "Pork-chop" at Cook's Auction Gallery in Hanover. The proceeds from the auction went to support reform legislation governing Massachusetts auctions by establishing a state license instead of different local permits.
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June 4 1968: Carlton Parmenter of Westminster held up bid items at Cook's Auction Gallery in Hanover, the scene of a special auction held in support of legislation of new auction laws in Massachusetts. The auctioneers said establishing a state license would protect the public from "know-nothing amateurs."
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August 2 1956: A homestead, barn and furnishings were sold at a country auction in Winchester, N.H.
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May 14 1973: Auctioneer Robert D. Thompson of Centerville asked for auction bids from the door of a baggage car which served as headquarters for the Cape Cod Model Railroad Club. Nearly 100 model trains, tracks, books and other railroad paraphernalia were auctioned off to raise money for the club. Every Friday night members gathered at the restored passenger car to work on rebuilding in miniature the famous railroad lines that once serviced Eastern Massachusetts.
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March 22, 1975: Fellini's Basement was the catchy theme of the Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery when the gallery space was turned into a replica of Filene's Basement. More than 900 artists and friends of the Union contributed finery to the auction affair which raised money for the gallery. Here some hats were auctioned off.
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December 6, 1975: The crowd viewed a bike before the bidding started at the Boston Police Department's auction of unclaimed stolen and lost property in Dorchester. The bike sold for $16.
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August 15, 1978: Mark Goldstein organized a team of fiberglass pigs for auction.
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May 4, 1978: Susan Wilcott of Concord bid on a Caribbean vacation for two at SuperBid. The auction, a find-raiser for Emerson College, was held in New York at Regine's disco. Thirty Bostonians made the trip to New York for the glitzy event where $72,000 was raised.
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August 2, 1989: Auctioneer Paul Saperstein auctioned off a building on Peabody Street in Salem as the crowd protested. More than 200 apartment tenants who feared rent increases disrupted the foreclosure auction by clapping and chanting. Six of the eight properties up for auction were blocked from being auctioned off by the protestors.
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May 6, 1991: Local farmers looked on during the auction of machinery at Alan Young's farm in Craftsbury, Vt. The Youngs auctioned 111 cows, 2,000 bales of hay, corn planters, and fertilizer spreaders after plunging milk prices put them into debt.
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May 6, 1991: Anita Young and her son Richard watched from the front porch as auctioneers arrived at Seaver Brook Farm to organize the auction of the farm animals and equipment in Craftsbury, Vt.