Birmingham-based estate sale and auction company Aaron’s Estate Sales will open Block Auction House in Detroit on Dec. 15. The company’s inaugural auction in the city will feature 200 to 300 mid-20th Century consigned furnishings, art, and objects at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University.
While scouting for a permanent location, Block House Auction is currently working out of a temporary location at co-working space Bamboo Detroit (1420 Washington Blvd.).
“We are very excited to premiere Block Auction House in Detroit. There is pent-up demand for a new auction house and this is a natural extension for us based on the success we have seen from our estate sales here in southeastern Michigan,” says Aaron Siepierski, owner of Aaron’s Estate Sales. “Certain items need to go to auction in order to determine their true value.”
The company recently completed a sale at the Motown Mansion, formerly owned by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, in October. The 10,500-square foot mansion, located in Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood, saw more than 2,000 buyers over the three-day sale, which included hundreds of items from Gordy’s home such as a 1930s Steinway baby grand piano played by Smokey Robinson and other Motown greats.
Items up for auction on Dec. 15 include an Edward Wormly For Dunbar Long John Coffee Table/Bench, a Nils Johnson For Hugo Troeds Teak Credenza, an Italian Mushroom-shaped Lamp in Murano Glass, an Italian Submerso Glass Duck Figurine, and a Silver-colored Aluminum Vintage Vernor’s Cooler.
An auction preview and reception is slated for 5 p.m. Information about Block House Auction’s sale can be found here.