O’Dea’s Auction Room held an estate sale on October 10, 2002 at the Star Hall on Henry St. This sale had a broad range of items and the results were somewhat mixed, but overall, it was a very successful sale. Many clients walked away with a few bargains, while there was very competitive and intense bidding on a few items. This does point out that there is usually something for everyone at our estate sales, and the perception that prices are unaffordable on most items is incorrect. Yes there are occasional items that sell at a premium, but these are normally items that warrant such attention. In fact O’Dea’s Auction Room takes pride in the attention paid to select items, particularly those with a Newfoundland connection. When you scroll through the photos of a sampling of the 300 items sold, you can view the prices that were realized at the sale. Please note the results for the Mahogany Writing Box. It realized a price of $1650. This is one of those select items with a Newfoundland connection. However, the Newfoundland connection was unknown until Chris O’Dea spent a few house in the archives researching the name G.J. Hayward. By uncovering the provenance (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROVENANCE OF THE WRITING BOX), it is estimated that the price realized was three time what it would have been, had the provenance not been determined. This effort on behalf of O’Dea’s Auction Room serves everyone: the buyer takes great satisfaction in having purchased a unique Newfoundland item; the seller derives maximum value; and the provenance tells us all more about our rich history.  This extra service from O’Dea’s Auction Room clearly differentiates our effort on behalf of our clients in the estate field, and we would be pleased to offer the same service to others that may have a need.


Here are some of the results of the sale

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Karastan Wool Carpet $200
Victorian Mahogany parlour table $375
Hohner Verdi lll M Piano Accordian $350
Marble Top Table $110
One of a set of oak dining room chairs c.1900 $200
Hat mirror c.1900 $125
Edwardian decanter $40
Selection of hummels $100 - $500
1901 Bonavista bookcase attributed to Robert Strathie $675
One of a pair of Louis XV style chairs $200
Mahogany writing box with brass inlay “G. Hayward” $1650
Inside view of writing box $1650
Nfld. wood carving $175
German cast statue of a military figure $80
Selection of soapstone carvings $40 - $200
Selection of whalebone carvings $40 - 200
Battle Harbour print $50
Trinity Pageant print $30
Whale harpoon $125
Signed pottery bowl by Reg Sheppard $30
Pair balloon back chairs $100 pair
Ian Sparkes artist’s proof of Salvation Army band at Steers Cove $140
Selection of rare bottles incl. Nfld. selection $20 - $175
Gimbaled brass ship’s binnacle compass with lamp c.1900 $650
Selection of earthenware $20 ea.
Teal taxidermy $20
Hawk taxidermy $25
Ship’s port lamp $225
Jug and basin $150
Early Brass Telescope $250
Selection of Nfld song books $80
Dresser / washstand combo in original finish c.1920 $300
Overmantle with beveled mirrors $325
Sideboard c. 1920 in original finish $170

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