Case Studies - Merchandise Auctions

Commemorating a collector’s lifetime.


For years, Bill McGarry operated a printing company in Carver County, Minnesota. He loved letterpress printing and collected so much antique type and equipment that it filled the family garage and rented storage. When Bill died, his family wanted his treasured collection to go to people who shared his passion. They hired Lawrence Auctioneering, a leading Minnesota auctioneer.


Family also members wanted an active role in the event. One of Bill’s daughters designed the sale bill and placed ads. Another daughter clerked the sale. His son ran the food stand. The auction attracted letterpress collectors from as far away as California. While bidders came seeking bargains, Bill’s collection commanded top dollar – one press went for three times it appraised value.


In addition to raising a lot of money, the sale allowed family members to pay tribute to their husband and father.