Auctioneer Finds Chupacabra

Auctioneer Finds Chupacabra

kind of.

Because I’m kind of a professional treasure hunter, I am always asked:  “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found?”  Trust me, I’ve found my share of weird things in the auction business.

 

In an estate in Winchendon, MA a bee-keeper’s estate contained large coffee cans of used cigar butts, mason jars of ear wax & finger nails. I’m not kidding.

I’ve come across countless pictures of dead children and pets, hidden caches of early transvestites, antique bondage implements (as far back as the Victorian era) and of course, hundreds of pieces of taxidermy.

But I think the video here shows one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen… I bring you

CHUPACABRA!

Well, maybe not, but I really don’t know what the heck it is! It’s all organic, (except maybe the eyes, which are probably glass). I believe it’s cow fur over a small Chihuahua dog. It’s all hand sewn and appears to have some age on it.

There is nothing better I love than searching an estate once I get the keys. I love the quiet time when I’m alone in the house. making peace with the spirits that may reside.

Although of course, I’ve seen the surface of the contents when I bid on the job, here is where the deep dig begins. It’s so gratifying to begin the search for hidden treasures. I often get chills when I come upon a closet or hidden panel that was overlooked.

Most of the time the things found in these areas are common and mundane, but sometimes, there’s a real treasure. I’ve found jewelry, coins, love letters, postcards, old photos and much more in these hidden place.

For the record, the ear wax, fingernails & cigar butts were not hidden, but rather proudly displayed and labeled on pantry shelves.

So that’s estate digging. The “THING” that is the subject of this video actually showed up at an auction I held. So, the treasure hunt factor that applies to estate exploration can also apply to live auctions.

You just never know what you’re going to find in this business!

Antique Victorian Camel Back Sofa

Richard asks: Please appraise this couch.

Antique Camel Back Sofa

Walnut frame Victorian Camel Back Sofa

Antique Victorian Camel Back Sofa

AW says: This is a late 1800s Victorian Camel Back Sofa. It appears to be in excellent condition. It has cabriole legs, tufted fabric and most likely a walnut wood frame.

The innards would have been stuffed with horsehair, supported by coil springs.

As with all appraisals this one was conducted from several factors including good comparisons. Knowing what exactly an item is, is half the battle. Since I already knew what it was, gleaning price data was easy.

Here is another example  of an antique victorian camel back sofa that sold about a year ago.

Retail value: $1,500

Wholesale value: $800