John Coleman "Pitatapiu, Bowlance Warrior"
John Coleman “Pitatapiu, Bowlance Warrior”

The success of the January 25th, 2014, auction at Wickliff Auctioneers was testimony to the fact that bidders are hungry for quality merchandise, in spite of the snow and cold temperatures plaguing the Midwest this winter.

Despite the two inches of snow received overnight, the auction saw a record number of registered bidders, including over 550 registration requests from the Live Auctioneers web site (a third party service which affords live, online bidding as well as pre-auction bidding), over 40 on the Wickliff Auctioneers internally-managed online catalogue, and over 200 numbers given out to persons attending the auction at the Carmel, IN, gallery.

Highlights of the auction were items from the Betty J Huffer estate, including her 2011 Neiman Marcus edition Jaguar XJ-L, realizing $53,760, a John Coleman bronze figure titled “Pitatapiu, Bowlance Warrior”, selling for $25,760, and from the Ambler collection, a Frederick Hart acrylic sculpture “Exaltation”, Limited Edition #308/350, selling online for $6440, and a Lladro porcelain grouping entitled “The Kiss”, also selling to an online bidder, for $2,464 (all prices shown include 12% Buyers Premium).


“We were very pleased with the response for this first auction of the year,” said Darin Lawson, President. “We were especially pleased with the activity and prices realized for the Ambler collection,” he added. The Ambler collection is projected to be part of the next 8 to 12 auctions, and includes Lladro and Armani figures, Disney collections, limited edition fine art, Swarovski crystal, Wyland bronzes and more. Approximately 130 items from the collection were offered in the January sale.

Auction results are available by visiting the company web site,, on the Past Auctions page. Wickliff Auctioneers conducts auctions every 4 to 6 weeks at their Carmel gallery, and most auctions are available for live, online bidding. More information is available by calling 317-844-7253.

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