‘Auc­tion Ac­tion’ on BCTV to air next on March 29

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Ken Hall

Berks Com­mu­nity Tele­vi­sion has an­nounced the next air­ing of its hit pro­gram “Auc­tion Ac­tion” on BCTV, a unique show that brings live auc­tions right into the liv­ing rooms of view­ers, on Thurs­day, March 29, at 6 p.m. East­ern time, un­til 10 p.m. As be­fore, the show will be hosted by Bill Howze, owner of The Re­nais­sance Auc­tion Group and host of BCTV’s “All That Stuff” show.

Items ex­pected to get bid­ders ex­cited will in­clude base­balls signed by Ted Wil­liams and Roberto Cle­mente, rare and valu­able coins (to in­clude a 1783 Nova Con­ste­la­tio coin, pro­duced in the US pre-Mint, plus a 1980 half-ounce .999 Kruger­rand gold coin in its orig­i­nal South African Gold Coin Ex­change holder), vin­tage hand-made quilts, Li­onel trains, Kel­logg’s Pep ce­real comic char­ac­ter pin­backs, a 1920s At­wa­ter Kent ra­dio and an Edi­son Columbia cylin­der Grapho­phone.

At the be­gin­ning of the show, Mr. Howze will re­mind view­ers how the auc­tion works and pre­view fea­tured lots. All bid­ding is on­line. As of March 15, in­di­vid­u­als were able to bid from any­where in the world on their desk­top or mo­bile de­vices.Berks County res­i­dents who have BCTV as part of their ca­ble pack­age will be able to view the show live and bid in real time. But the show can be live-streamed on BCTV.org. View­ers can bid live from any­where in the world.

The March 29 pro­gram will fea­ture around 150 lots of items in a broad range of cat­e­gories, to in­clude an­tiques, col­lectibles, fine art, fur­ni­ture, coins, pa­per ephemera and more. Some of the items are spe­cific to the Berks County area, such as an early oil on can­vas flo­ral paint­ing from 1915 by Mary B. Leisz, an English key-wind pocket watch in a ster­ling case from 1840 with a con­nec­tion to Read­ing, and a pa­pier-mache doll hand-made by Lud­wig Greiner of Philadel­phia.

Art­work by Mary B. Leisz (b. 1876, death date un­known) was fea­tured in the de­but episode of Auc­tion Ac­tion on BCTV, along with paint­ings by her men­tor Christo­pher Shearer (1846-1926), Vic­tor Shearer (1872-1951) and W. Eu­gene Burkhardt. All had di­rect ties to Read­ing and Berks County.

The English key-wind pocket watch is from the 1840s and has a pa­per la­bel in­serted into the back cover that reads, “David Hol­len­bach, Chair & Watch Maker, Read­ing, Amer­ica”. The Lud­wig Greiner shoul­der-head doll with hand­made cloth­ing is de­scended through the Hart­man fam­ily of Al­sace Town­ship in Berks County. Also up for bid will be Berks County in­den­tures (land deeds) from 1743 and 1776.

The base­ball signed by Roberto Cle­mente is also signed by many other Pittsburgh Pi­rate team mem­bers from 1959, the year prior to their mir­a­cle vic­tory over the New York Yan­kees in the World Se­ries. The ball with Ted Wil­liams’s clear, bold sig­na­ture (on the sweet spot, no less) also has the sig­na­tures of other Red Sox team­mates from the late 1940s, plus man­ager Joe McCarthy.

There are other sport­sre­lated lots in the auc­tion.

There are seven quilts in the auc­tion. They range in size from 27 inches by 40 inches to 74 inches by 83 inches. All are circa 1920s1930s.

The Li­onel trains and re­lated ac­ces­sories com­prise three lots. There are many items up for bid in a group, as one lot. In­cluded are train cars, trans­form­ers, track and other items, mostly from the mid-20th cen­tury.

The At­wa­ter Kent model 20C re­ceiver set and speaker is a big box ra­dio from the mid-1920s, in “as-found” con­di­tion and housed in a cabi­net in very good con­di­tion, with no cracks, chips or mars. The Columbia gramo­phone dates to around 1900 and comes with four cylin­der records. The fig­ured oak case is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the re­pro­ducer and orig­i­nal crank are work­ing.

Ad­di­tional items of in­ter­est in­clude a Chi­nese porce­lain gar­den bench, circa 1820s; a circa 1950s Asian four-panel coro­man­del room screen; a vin­tage 7500-watt in­dus­trial light bulb on a stand, man­u­fac­tured by the Ra­di­ant Com­pany; a 19th cen­tury halflength por­trait of a young gen­tle­man, found in an at­tic in Lewis­ton, painted circa 1840-1850.

All lots have a start­ing bid of $5 and will sell to the high­est bid­der, re­gard­less of price. Auc­tion pre­views will be held at 1251 Chest­nut Street in Read­ing 19602 on Satur­day and Sun­day, March 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. un­til 1 p.m. ET. Bid­ding will be driven through Bill Howze’s Re­nais­sance Auc­tion Group web­site, at www.auc­tion­howze.com. The show will be fast-paced – av­er­ag­ing one item sold per minute. Ab­sen­tee bids will be ac­cepted.


Base­ball with Ted Wil­liams’ sig­na­ture and other Red Sox team­mates.


At­wa­ter Kent re­ceiver set and speaker

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