Category Archives: Auction

You don’t say

“We don’t want to rent it. We want to sell it.”

– Auctioneer Bud Palmer, at the Red Bean’s Bayou Grill auction Monday, to a woman who bid $20 for a sculpture of three frogs playing instruments on top of a wooden spool (which she ended up buying for $170)

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“It was very exciting. Kind of surreal. … It was just one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”

– Auctioneer Jason Woody on a piece of glass in the Rieger art glass auction Thursday that he hoped would bring at least $100,000 but actually fetched $260,000 from a West Virginia collector

Rieger art glass auction is one of a kind for Kansas, auctioneer says

WICHITA — Some people may wonder how Woody Auction in Douglass, a Butler County town of fewer than 2,000 people, could have a glass auction that brings in millions.

John Woody, founder of the auction house, likes to say you could have an auction in a cornfield, and the right people would come.

“Literally, it doesn’t matter where you hold it,” says his son Jason, who now owns the company, which specializes in antique-glass auctions.

“Quality will bring out the buyers.”

The art glass that Wichitan Karin Rieger is selling is of such quality that buyers are coming from around the country and as far away as Japan for a series of auctions that will sell about 3,000 pieces.

The first was March 20 and brought in $1.3 million.

“Kansas has never seen anything of this caliber – ever,” Jason Woody says of the art glass auctions.

“There’s just nothing like the antique glass that is being shown in this collection.”

He says that’s particularly true of the first three auctions.

“You’d have to go to New York to Sotheby’s or Christie’s to see anything of the quality that’s being shown here.”

The next auction is May 29, and Jason Woody expects it to do as well as the first. More are scheduled for Aug. 1 and 2, Sept. 6 and one more yet-to-be-determined date.

Rieger, 83, and her husband, Ernest, a surgeon who died last fall, collected glass over five decades.

“We didn’t sell,” she says. “We just hoarded.”

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Mt. Vernon Automotive contents and property to be auctioned Wednesday

WICHITA — Mt. Vernon Automotive made it to its 50th anniversary this month, but that’s the end of the road for the repair shop.

“It’s a little bit sad for the whole family, but … it’s just really gotten so hard to run an independent automotive service because of the expensive diagnostic equipment and everything you have to buy nowadays,” says Charles Schmidt, whose father, Laurence, started the business.

“My dad started the business April 16 of 1964, and at that time he was at 3028 S. Hillside, and the name of the business was Hillside Auto Service.”

Then the shop moved to 2309 E. Mount Vernon in 1974 and became Mt. Vernon Auto Service. Around 1994, the business incorporated and became known by the name it is today. About the same time, Laurence Schmidt purchased the property across the street from his shop as a place to store more cars.

Both of those properties and the contents of the shop will be auctioned at the shop by McCurdy Auction at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The main shop is a 1959 building with 3,550 square feet and five bays on a 12,600-square-foot lot. The storage property is on a 12,493-square-foot lot and has a 540-square-foot building, which was built in 1955 and at one time was a gas station.

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Hair Factor Barber Shop closes after 56 years; contents to be sold at auction

WICHITA — Janice Chambers is in the antiques business, but when it comes to selling the contents of her husband’s barbershop, she’s decided to let Hudson Auction handle it.

“He never threw anything away,” Chambers says of her husband, Don, who owned Hair Factor Barber Shop for 56 years.

“Oh, it was horrible.”

Don Chambers closed his barbershop after business March 21.

Most recently, the shop was at 1923 S. Hydraulic, although Chambers often made house calls for those who couldn’t visit him and volunteered to cut the hair of veterans.

Janice Chambers says it took three 18-foot trailers to move the contents for the April 6 auction. The 1 p.m. auction will be at 2009 N. Mosley.

There are all kinds of barbershop items for sale, including a couple of revolving barber’s poles.

“Everything under the sun you can imagine,” is how Janice Chambers describes what’s for sale.

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Court orders Dave’s Pool Store auction, though Dave’s will stay in business

WICHITA — What began as a dream is now ending in an auction.

The building that Dave Scheideman had been building at 909 N. West St. to be the new home of his Dave’s Pool Store is going to be auctioned along with the contents of the store, which is still in its longtime home at 915 N. West St.

Scheideman shared his plans for a new store with Have You Heard? on Sept. 18. Four days later, he died in a motorcycle accident.

Then in October, Scheideman’s son, Brian, said he was working to keep the business running and planned to move into the new store by early winter, which is what his father originally planned.

“He was in the process of building the building,” Brian Scheideman says. “It was his lifelong dream to get it and move his store in there.”

He says there’s now a court-ordered decision that’s forcing the auction.

“He died, and all those papers were signed with the death clauses in them as far as … all the bank stuff,” Scheideman says.

“It’s come down to basically it has to be sold,” he says. “It’s just how the chips have fallen, and you know, it’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of those things.”

Scheideman won’t discuss the details behind the order.

Chuck Korte Real Estate & Auction Service will handle the March 19 auction, which will be held at what was to be the new store.

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Kanza Office Park is up for auction online

WICHITA — The Kanza Office Park, which church builder Roe Messner built as his corporate headquarters in 1987, is being auctioned online.

“It’s been on and off the market for a while,” says Kelly Lovegrove of Newport Beach, Calif.-based Freedom Realty Exchange.

“This is a tough property to sell,” she says of the approximately 39,000-square-foot building near Central and North 159th Street East. “There’s just a lot of office available out there.”

The Class A office space used to be known as the Terradyne Office Building, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with the Terradyne Country Club to the north.

Lovegrove says an online auction “expands exposure and accelerates the sale.”

“It usually pulls buyers off the fence.”

There’s a minimum bid of $1.9 million for the property.

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McCurdy Auction to auction former Checkers merchandise and equipment along with contents of former Scholfield site

WICHITA — Everything that didn’t sell at the Checkersgoing-out-of-business sale by Tuesday when it closed is now going to be up for auction.

Megan McCurdy says it’s going to be a big one.

“Basically everything you’d find in a grocery store,” she says.

McCurdy Auction will hold an auction at 9 a.m. on June 18 and 19.

The grocery store, which was in the Pawnee and Hydraulic area since 1987, has already sold all of its fresh produce and meat. Other food, such as canned goods, remains along with cosmetics, pharmacy and pet supplies.

At noon on the second day of the sale, the store’s equipment will be sold. That includes a forklift, walk-in coolers, shelves, ovens and meat slicers among other things.

McCurdy says the auction is so big, there will be multiple auctioneers working simultaneously.

“They’re going to be long, full days.”

Scholfield Buick GMC also is having an auction at 10 a.m. on June 13 to sell the furniture and equipment at its former store at 7633 E. Kellogg. The dealership moved to the southwest corner of 13th and Greenwich.

McCurdy says the auction includes office furniture and shop equipment, such as lifts, tools and an alignment machine.

“That one’s pretty manageable,” she says.

Finally, McCurdy is going to be holding one of its quarterly auctions for about 40 mostly residential investment properties at 6 p.m. on June 27 at the Holiday Inn near Kellogg and Rock Road.

Each of the properties will be open to tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23.

Most of the properties are available to see at www.mccurdyauction.com. All of them will be posted by the end of the week.

Sunburst Plaza space will play host to an auction, but not for the property

WICHITA — There’s an auction sign at the former Integrity Auto Group space on East Douglas, but the building isn’t being auctioned.

Current tenant Valero, which subleased to the auto company, is auctioning some miscellaneous items at the space.

Valero’s lease is up next month at Sunburst Plaza at 1725, which is Phil Ruffin’s property at 1725 E. Douglas.

That part of the building is available for lease.

Jack’s North Hi Carryout doesn’t sell — yet

WICHITA — The Jack’s North Hi Carryout auction was today, but it didn’t sell – yet.

The highest bidder declined to proceed with the sale, which is unusual but not unheard of.

McCurdy Auction is still working with potential buyers, including one in particular, who were at the auction.

Since the building across from North High School is still for sale, other interested buyers who weren’t at the auction still have time to buy as well.