Estate Sales & Auction Blog


On the Auction Block

Former Attorney, Mayor, and Designer Extraordinaire: The Estate of William "Billie" Durham

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 01.11.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

A defense attorney and former mayor of Burlington, NC turned interior design firm entrepreneur, William ("Billy") Lewis Durham's career path was diverse, to say the least. He was a life-long connoisseur and collector of fine home furnishings. Billy's passion for home furnishings fed his entrepreneurial spirit and led him to begin two design businesses which sourced, curated, and provided exceptional design, antiques, and extraordinarily well-designed home good items. His name became ubiquitous for fine design in the interior space.

Continue Reading

Lifetime of Globetrotting Leads to Impressive Curation of Photos, Artifacts, Textiles & More

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 09.29.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
A photo from Barbara Paul's  | BRG

What do rhythmic drums, gentle waves, distant and echoing roar of lions, local tribes people, and festivals have in common? Everything, for one globe-trotting couple. These are just a small sampling of the exotic sights and sounds that Barbara Paul and her husband experienced. Now see their personal curated collection of artifacts, textiles, and more.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Time Capsule with Ties to Waldorf in Cortlandt Manor Estate

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 11.04.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

This might be a “made for Hollywood” story based right in Cortlandt Manor, New York with acclaimed hotelier, Claude Philippe, as the main character. Decades after the fully furnished estate was passed to the husband of Philippe’s widow, many of the original contents (hand-picked and curated by Philippe himself) remained relatively untouched — down to the collection of Philippe’s cuff links discovered in the closet.

Continue Reading

What Everyone Must Know About Native American Jewelry

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 07.19.19 | Christie Spooner & Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

Rich corals. Dramatic blue and green turquoise. Beautifully crafted copper and silver work. For millennia, the magnificent history of Native American Indian tribal jewelry making has been passed down from one generation to another. Explore the world of Native American jewelry....

Continue Reading

What Lies Beneath...

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 04.11.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
See what lies beneath.... | BRG

You’ll never believe what we found in a pile of linens! The other day, our managing partner, Grant, motions for me to come to his office. I can tell from his bemusement and expression that he has some secret or surprise to share. The reason for his jovial spirits is still a mystery -- but not for long.

Continue Reading

What do Grant & Christie Have to Share?

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.28.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Fine Jewelry, Art, & More in Exceptional Winter 2019 Sale | BRG

Find out what Grant and Christie have to share during our auction previews. Join BRG managing partners as they bring you some Exceptional Winter 2019 LIVE Auction highlights...

Continue Reading

Four Reasons (Plus a Bonus) Why the Exceptional Winter 2019 is LIVE

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.13.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Going live: BRG’s Exceptional Winter 2019 Live Auction Sale | BRG

What is so special about BRG's Exceptional Winter 2019 sale that would have us dusting off the auctioneer podium and gavel in order to run a live auction? Well, you are about to find out!

Continue Reading

Rodin Revisited

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 12.27.18 | Jennifer Ventresca
Comité Rodin authenticates Buste de Saint Jean Baptiste casting by Gruet Aîné | BRG

The results are in! The Comité Rodin has reached its decision on the authenticity of the Buste de Saint Jean-Baptiste that we offered in auction this past October in our Exceptional Fall Greenwich Auction. It's real! Find out more....

Continue Reading
blog. Black Rock Galleries provides high end estate liquidation services through online estate auctions and a 50,000 sq ft designer showroom. estate liquidator, estate sale, online auction, antiques, fine art, liquidation, clean outs, auction, consignment, interior design, fine jewelry, collectibles, appraisals, estate appraisals, estate services, decor, furniture, furniture consignment, antique center, consignment shop. We offer appraisal services and specialize in fine art, jewelry, antiques and decorative arts. Sell with us. Black Rock Galleries is the tri-state's largest estate liquidator serving New England and the greater New York City area. We are the trusted source for expert appraisals, auction services, estate sales, and consignments. Black Rock Galleries is the east coast's largest and most trusted estate liquidator, with locations in Connecticut, greater Boston, MA and Raleigh, NC, Dallas, TX. We are the best source for expert appraisals, auction services, estate sales and consignments. We have served thousands of families and estates with compassion, professionalism and expertise. BRG works with attorneys, executors, realtors and families to bring the greatest return on personal and estate property in the current market. Our unique combination of services make us the easy choice to get the job done in a timely and stress-free manner. We are with you from the initial consultation to the final clean out. Our house-built online auction software platform offers clients a dynamic approach to liquidating their personal property. This venue is most successful in bringing the best return with the least amount of disruption for our clients. See our services page for a complete description of this offering. blog
|| Our Locations ||
Bridgeport, CT - Get Directions  |  Greenwich, CT - Get Directions  |  Waltham, MA - Get Directions  |  Cary, NC - Get Directions  |  Dallas, TX - Get Directions