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East Gloucester MA Estate Sale April 22-23

East Gloucester MA Estate Sale April 22-23

The sale will be held at 31 Eastern Point Rd. in East Gloucester. It is several houses before Niles beach (on the same side) coming from Gloucester.

This will be a huge sale held on-site in a historic East Gloucester home.

Line numbers will be given with a priority to our email list subscribers.

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If  you’re ON the list, email us at walt@capeannauction.com with “line number request” in the subject line, you’re first & last name in the content and we’ll email you a line number.

Highlights of the sale include, two amazing Steam-Punk copper room dividers, a high quality vintage stained glass lamp, a canopy bed with all adornments, pair of unusual lamps with monkey figures as base, modern and vintage rugs, prints and framed artwork, mid-century tree trunk slab table, three beautiful pine cabinets with gothic arch glass doors, hand painted clover shape table, hand painted room divider, metal candle holders, pottery, planters ceramics mission oak arts & crafts chair & much more!
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Haunted Antique Pick

We get estate items from the most interesting places on Cape Ann. The person who sold us our last batch of goods claims the house he lives in is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Gloucester MA!

It has a small private cemetery in back of it.

Coincidentally the Pine St location is also one of the oldest homes in Gloucester!

The treasures from this home are only a small portion of what we’ll have in the next auction.

The auction date isn’t set yet, but here are a few pictures of the pick.

Haunted Antique Pick
Haunted Antique Pick

Haunted Antique Pick

What Happened to the Fred Bodin Historic Photo Collection?

What Happened to the Fred Bodin Historic Photo Collection?

This is a question have been asked many times over the past few months.  I’ve taken over the former location of Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Art at  82 Main St. in Gloucester, MA 01930, so I anticipate getting asked about it a lot more.

Fred was greatly endeared to the Gloucester community as a friend a shopkeep and historian. Naturally there is a huge demand for pieces of his collection. His historic assemblage consisted mainly of the following categories. They were:

  • Antique glass negatives of the Cape Ann area as well as throughout the United States. The largest and most desirable faction of these glass negatives were by Gloucester’s own; Alice Curtis. There were also originals by Martha Harvey and other famous and semi-famous photographers. But by far the lions share of the glass negatives was attributed to Alice M. Curtis.
  • Keystone & magic lantern type slides of Cape Ann, MA & scenes from around the world
  • Antique & vintage celluoid negatives, that fall into the above categories.
  • Cabinet cards, stereo views & paper media including the Gloucester police, Essex MA ship building and much more.
  • Sepia tone reproduced prints from the array above.
  • A collection of Fred’s own work in 8×10 b&w format and many thousands of slides.

So what happened to it all?!

The last two mediums on the list above, can be found at Cape Ann Auction’s new location. This is as mentioned above, 82 Main St., Gloucester, MA (previously the home Fred Bodin’s Historic Photos itself).

I purchased these items from the buyer of the antique photographic collection.

The antique glass negatives and all the historic photography etc. products, items etc were purchased by Mr. Will Seippel of Worthpoint Inc.

Worthpoint if an online antiques & collectibles evaluation company. Mr Seippel purchased the collection as an investment and has indicated a strong interest in helping the Cape Ann Museum get digital copies of the images they want.

This appears to be a win-win for all.

How can you get some of these treasures?

Mr. Seippel will be making the collection available on eBay as time sees fit. If you’d like to see what he has posted, you can find him on eBay as wills1n4