Estate Sales & Auction Blog


What to Do When You’re Tasked with Selling Mom & Dad’s Estate

Estates 101 | PUBLISHED 05.12.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

Sooner or later most of us will be faced with the task of liquidating the life-long collections and possessions of a beloved family member ... our parents. Learn some do's and don'ts from the estate liquidation experts.

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Update: The Bald & the Beautiful

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 05.10.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

The coronavirus may have delayed the snip of sharp scissors and the whirring hum of the electric razor for the daughter of BRG's managing partners, Gemma, but this brave fifth grader has officially bared her beautiful bald head....

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Introducing a Safer Way to Consign

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 04.14.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
This 24kt gold with diamond accent woven jewelry suite is one of thousands of items consigned to BRG. | BRG

With the country shutting down because of COVID-19, we've been looking for ways to help our consignors to earn more for their smalls -- all from the comfort of their homes. Introducing the latest initiative born from our search ... Consign by Mail.

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Jewelry Box Detox

Tips & Tricks | PUBLISHED 04.08.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Photo by Plush Design Studio from Pexels | BRG

Baubles galore. Funky costume pieces. Fine, delicate gold pieces. Chains, bracelets, anklets, rings, earrings, brooches, pins, and whatnots piled in heaps and twists within the compartments that make up your jewelry box. If that sounds like your jewelry storage, then it's time to "detox" your jewelry box. Learn how here.

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New Faces Around BRG

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 03.03.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Put a face behind the name... | BRG

It's time to put a face behind the name ... There are a lot of new faces gracing the halls of the various BRG locations lately. We love adding members to the BRG family and it seems like the last couple of months have provided us with a proverbial bumper crop of newbies. Meet some of our newest ....

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Sanford L. Batkin: Activist, Collector, & Renaissance Man

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.19.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Sanford L. Batkin (Sandy) in uniform during WWII | BRG

Over the years, we have serviced thousands of estates and their respective families. It's not often that we see estates that fall into the "veritable time capsule" category for the quality of their collections. When we do, we like to highlight them in a special way. But, the real story often comes to light when we dig beyond the tangible "stuff" contained within the estate -- when we get an in-depth glimpse at the person behind the estate. Such is the case with Sandy.

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The Bald and the Beautiful at BRG

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 02.17.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

Snip. Buzz. Whir. The clean clipping of sharp scissors and the humd of the electric razor will surround the head of Gemma Panarese when she bravely bares her beautiful bald head for her school's "Team Teddy" for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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From Boston to New York and Back Again

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 01.17.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Spectacular 18th C. English Porcelain Tea Service | BRG

Exposure to tens of thousands of fine works of art over the course of a curator's 30 years career gives her a very discerning eye for detail and quality. This is most certainly the case for one renowned former Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Barbara Stern Shapiro, as evidenced in her lifetime personal curation ... from Boston to New York and back.

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The BRG Family Christmas Celebration

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 12.19.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Black Rock Galleries Employees and Loved Ones Gather for Company Christmas Party | BRG

Dark went the night. The soft golden glow of candles flickering. A band playing holiday standards. The cacophony of conversation. Tonight is going to be a good night. How could it not be a good night? When you're surrounded by family it's better than good -- and we are family!

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Singing the Blues: Rethinking Your Color Scheme

Design & Decor | PUBLISHED 12.10.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a blue girl. If I'm out shopping, I immediately gravitate towards all things blue (patterned, printed, solid). My children roll their eyes anytime I stop to look at something blue, with a quick roll of their eyes and an under-the-breath utterance of "of course you'd stop for that!" I wasn't always open about being a blue girl....

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