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The Face of Auctions & Appraisals: Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers

View article/images on The appetite for fine art, antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces is alive and well in St. Louis. Selkirk, a full-service auction firm, is proud to help grow St. Louis as an epicenter for auctions, with visibility regionally, nationally and internationally. The seasoned and respected team of certified industry specialists at Selkirk understands the complexities of settling an estate, the nuances of selling rare collectibles and the emotions of downsizing a beloved family home. Whether it’s a single item or a lifetime collection, the goal is always the same: to achieve the best prices for sellers. Selkirk offers the benefits of a large auction firm while maintaini

Illinois portrait, imperial provenance: How a mysterious Russian painting surfaced in the Midwest

Bryan Laughlin, curatorial specialist at Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers, explains how an ancestral portrait owned by a Russian count ended up in Fairfield, Illinois. **Editor’s Note: The Orloff family portrait described in this article by Eileen G'Sell of St. Louis Magazine, sold for $24,000 in the Spring Gallery Auction on May 20, 2017. A prince, a painting, a paramour. The small-town church of starlet progeny. Whites vs. Reds, Axis vs. Allied, inheritance vs. ambition. Art that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Or not. Meet Nicholas Wladimiroch Orloff (1895–1961), Russian count with lineage tracing back to 1746. Thrust from a lofty military position in 1917 due to revolutionary turmoil,

Selkirk Specialist values painting by George Goodwin Kilbourne

Sarah Cunningham of Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers in St. Louis, MO examines a painting done by George Goodwin Kilbourne during the late 19th century. Kilbourne was very well-known for his interior genre scenes. Click here to view on YouTube Visit for information on consigning or email

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