The Most Amazing Belleek Auction EVER
December 19, 2010, Belhorn Auctions at www.belhorn.com ran a fabulous
auction of over 600 Belleek items. Many were antique and unusual pieces. Most
were Irish Belleek, although there were a few pieces of American Belleek and
other makers. All came from one
The entire auction was on-line. Belhorn did an expert job of providing accurate descriptions and pictures of items, including the marks. I sat enthralled for hours watching the lovely pieces and lively bidding. I bid on many but they quickly went out of my budget range. I happily ended with a beautiful Ott & Brewer teacup and saucer to add to my American Belleek collection.
I asked Greg Belhorn, owner of Belhorn auctions, for more information about the auction since there were so many amazing Belleek items for sale. Greg was kind enough to provide the following:
auction consisted of a single-owner collection from
had a total of 221 bidders register for the auction. In addition to bidders
See the pictures on the right for some of my favorite and most unique items from the auction. To see the entire collection, go to Belhorn Belleek Auction
Greg also provided advice for those wanting to sell their Belleek collection:
think the number one priority for anyone considering selling their collection
of Belleek at auction is that the auction company provides some form of
internet bidding. Based on the high numbers of people from outside the
I will add my auction tips:
Buyers: Register early if you are interested in an on-line auction. You can place bids ahead of time. Be prepared to pay a Buyers Premium (a percentage fee) and arrange for shipping.
Sellers: Check several places to see how much items similar to yours are actually selling for. One of the best places is www.liveauctioneers.com where you can search by several different auction houses. Make sure the auction house will provide complete information on and pictures of your items.
A huge "Thank You!" to this collector who found and cared for all of these pieces of Belleek history then had the heart to share them with collectors from all over the world. If it weren't for her, most of us would never have the chance to see them.
Comparatively, I am a mere novice at collecting. My American Belleek collection has a Willet's Belleek tea set and about twenty other pieces.
Belleek Beetle Or Fly Matchbox - 1st Black sold for $1,650
Belleek Grand Piano - 6th Green sold for $550
According to Greg, in at least one of the major references on Belleek it is discussed that no more than 100 of the pianos were made and that a more realistic number is around 50.
Belleek Bird's Nest Wall Bracket - 1st Black sold for $725
Belleek Crocodile Or Dragon Spill Vase - 2nd Black sold for a whopping $5,250
I have a shop called Cuppatique on Etsy for vintage, antique, and handmade items.
I've posted some of my American Belleek for sale there, as well as:
© vintage cross stitch and crewel kits
© handmade Christmas stockings upcycled from fabulous purses and other finds
© vintage kitchen and home items
© and more
See Cuppatique on Etsy!
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