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For would-be auctioneers, mastering the 'chant' just part of the challenge

To an American auctioneer, the art of the sell is in the “chant.” “I got 20. Gimme five. Gimme five more. Give me 25. Twenty-five there!” The rat-a-tat chant, delivered rhythmically with a booming voice, feeds the tension in the room and gets the adrenaline flowing. The auctioneer points at bidders — one then the other, then back to the first — daring them to go higher and higher. Bids come in seconds. There’s no time for thought. “Gimme five. Gimme five more. Gimme 30. Gimme 30. Gimme 30? Sold for 25!” If the auctioneer is really good, bidders may find themselves going higher than they ever intended. “It’s theater. It’s understanding and reading the crowd, and rewarding certain behavior,” s

A Curated Mix of Fine Art, Asian Works of Art to be Sold at Selkirk's Winter Gallery Auction

View article/images on On Saturday, January 23rd, fine art and antiques take center stage during the Winter Gallery Auction atSelkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers (4739 McPherson Ave., 314-696-9041). The collection includes more than 400 items. “It is a museum-like, very intentional, curated mix of property ranging from fine art to furniture and decorative arts, Asian works of art and jewelry,” says Shane Hall, Selkirk director. A preview of the collection will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the auction; the auction starts at 10 a.m. Hall encourages serious buyers and those simply interested in browsing to attend. We surveyed the auction house's’ catalog and highlighted pieces that illust

Selkirk Curates Museum-Quality Collection for Winter Gallery Auction

Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers evokes the refined elegance of a selectively curated museum collection for their Winter Gallery Auction on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Winter Gallery Auction begins at 10:00 a.m. Central and will offer examples of significant American, European and Asian fine art, sculpture and furniture. Many items are fresh to market from original private collections, with provenance of local, national and international interest. “We are welcoming 2016 as the beginning of our first full year in our new St. Louis Gallery with property consigned from private collections from as far away as New York and Arizona, and from as near as our own neighborhood of stately homes in

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