J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Collectible vs. marketable

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Collectible vs. marketable

As an auctioneer, I take issue with the term collectible, especially when I reject an item for auction and the object’s owner retorts, “But it’s a collectible!” As imparted on Dictionary.com, collectible has two definitions: The first definition of collectible is the most accurate. So long as one has the desire and the means to […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: The Top 10 auction restroom faux pas

BEHIND THE BLOCK: The Top 10 auction restroom faux pas

When attending an auction, it’s important to treat the facility’s lavatory with respect and not use it in any absurd or weird manner. The following are 10 things that you should avoid doing in an auction gallery’s restroom:

 Rich Howells

Auction includes rare photos of NEPA 100 years ago and historical portraits, books, and letters

Auction includes rare photos of NEPA 100 years ago and historical portraits, books, and letters

Pieces of history will be auctioned off on Saturday, Jan. 3 in Archbald

As everyone looks forward to 2015, a collection of old photos that is about to be sold at auction takes a leap back almost 100 years and gives the public a chance to see a very different and largely undeveloped Northeastern Pennsylvania once again. The photos at Savo Auctioneers in Archbald, which were allegedly picked […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Why condensed books are worthless, both monetarily and in principle

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Why condensed books are worthless, both monetarily and in principle

Imagine that you’re a wedding planner and that a lovely young couple with a very large check book appointed you their event coordinator over a year ago. Month upon month, you spent artistically designing every moment of what you’re sure will be the season’s most splendid nuptial. You’ve exhausted every ounce of your creativity and […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Canned goods at auction

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Canned goods at auction

Had I been standing in a grocery store talking with its owner, and had that owner called me in because he was closing shop and was inquiring as to whether or not I could liquidate his stock, I wouldn’t have been taken aback by the question: “Do you sell canned goods?” As it was, I […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Pitches for auction-themed movies

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Pitches for auction-themed movies

Oddly enough, there is a lack of auction-themed motion pictures in the vast library of cinema. Sure, there are plenty of movies in which auctions occur, but there aren’t any feature films that concentrate on auctions and/or auctioneers. Perhaps Hollywood producers don’t think that the auction world is intriguing or sexy enough for the silver […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Poe’s time machine and other ‘collectible’ silliness

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Poe’s time machine and other ‘collectible’ silliness

I was working a charity appraisal fair when a woman ran up to my table clutching a small book in a sandwich bag. “I was told you’re the man to see about old books,” she beamed. I nodded. “Then you’re going to love this! It’s a book of poems and short stories by Edgar Allan […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Overt bidding techniques

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Overt bidding techniques

As discussed in this column’s inaugural article, certain auction-goers feel the need to employ stealthy bidding techniques so as not to be shadowed by rookies or be bid against out of spite. Conversely, there are certain auction-goers that use overt bidding techniques designed to intimidate their competition. As an auctioneer, I have witnessed inexperienced bidders […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Auction jargon judgements

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Auction jargon judgements

Every industry has its jargon; auctioneering is no exception. Block, gavel, hammer price… blah, blah, blah. Most auction vocabulary causes me no distress. There are, however, four words that vex me, not because they exist, but because of the muddled rules and sometimes flagrant disregard about how to spell them. So I am laying down […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Stealthy bidding techniques

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Stealthy bidding techniques

The auction business encompasses far more than the stuff that’s offered up for bid. There are precise methods, an elemental madness, and an intrinsic humanity that are inherent in the industry. My name is J. Bear Savo, auctioneer and co-owner of Savo Auctioneers, LLC in Archbald. Each week, Behind the Block will explore the facets […]