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In the back and side yards of St. Louis homes, usually in the city or the inner suburbs, clay planters that look like tree trunks sit there, doing their, um, clay tree trunk planter thing.

Greg Rhomberg loves them. He owns about 30 tree tile planters. His range from sma...

Even local professionals, such as auction appraisers and museum curators and directors, have different relationships with stuff.

The City Museum’s relationship? It’s complicated.

“We control the market on Hostess cupcake pans,” says Rick Erwin with a sigh. Which is what...

Sporadic showers did not dampen bidder enthusiasm for style, elegance and whimsy at the Selkirk Spring Eclectic Auction. On Saturday, March 12, 2016, bidders left with treasures ranging from fine art and figurines to furniture.

 

Buyers competed vigorously for the signed...

 

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.

 

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