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 AuctionZip Auctioneer ID # 4718  


Phone: 423-928-1471

Kimball M. Sterling, Inc. is a bonafide wonder -- founded in 1989 and nestled in a quiet valley in East Tennessee, this auction house, owned by Kimball and Victoria Sterling, has managed, time and again, to lay solid claim to world-wide attention and renown -- and with eight employees, an international client base of over 20,000, including many celebrities, more than 30 auctions per year on their schedule.Kimball M. Sterling works with a network of auction companies throughout the world and through reciprocity can arrange an auction anywhere.Sterling credits diversity as the key to his company's phenomenal growth. "We do it all." he says, and that is exactly what he means. Sterling, Inc. has literally sold everything from kitchen sinks for $1.00 to the only Pulitzer Prize ever sold at auction. Sterling, Inc. has sold many unique items over the years including Malcolm X's manuscript and Jean-Léon Gérôme's oil on canvas Le Fin de la Séannce pour Omphales, a treasure long believed lost to the world, and known only by a photogravure that remained.Placing a valuable, one-of-a-kind, or otherwise unique item at auction is always a matter of faith, and Sterling, Inc. has a rare talent for justifying that faith. The Alex Haley estate was scheduled to be sold for $50,000 -- and then Sterling, Inc. entered the picture -- the estate sold at auction over a three day period for a approximately $880,000. Jean-Leon Gerome's oil on canvas Le Fin de la Seance pour Omphale, had a estimated sale price of $180,000. In less than two minutes, during an auction attended by over 100 in-house bidders and 38 phone bidders from all over the world -- Sterling sold the painting for $363,000. Billed as "A Very Private Collection," the day's total for the 306 pieces came to $932,000 -- nearly a quarter of million dollars over the pre-sale estimates! Folk and Appalachian art are two other fields where Sterling, Inc. is considered a leader. Antique cane auctions are conducted three or four times a year and he offers free appraisals on antique canes.Sterling is considered one of the top three cane auctioneers in the world. Sterling keeps a computerized data base listing client's collecting preferences, and items of special interest to them. We invite you to call next time you wish to sell one item,an entire estate, or a collection.Talk is free and is always a road in the right direction.
Current Auction Listings

 The Jeff Bridwell Estate
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  Blountville, Tn Sat Dec 5 - 10:00AM
Hey folks this is going to be a good one with lots of surprises. Jeff and his wife shopped for years in the area. Many of you will remember him. He was at Twin Hills auction every Friday for many many years and had the best shop in this area in Blountville. Jeff passed away about 6 years ago and the family has decided to have this auction. Be here at the auction Rain or shine our tents will be up.   [ View Full Listing ]

 Antique Cane Auction
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  Johnson City, Tn Sat Dec 12 - 12:00PM
Antique Cane AuctionSat. December 12th, 12 Noon Eastern Time125 W Market StreetJohnson CIty , Tennessee, 37604 Here is the internet catalogue. Please register if you would like to bid live on the net: Here the the link to the high resolution interactive   [ View Full Listing ]

 Rankin Absolute Estate Auction
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  Erwin, Tn Sat Dec 19 - 11:00AM
Todd Rankin Absolute Auction Saturday December 19th 11:00 380 Tumbling Creek Road, Erwin, TN 37650   Antiques, Autos, UTV, Boat, Household   This will be an exciting absolute auction just in time to buy yourself the Christmas present no one knows you want. Mr. Rankin has put together a collection that will make you happy. The contents of three of his homes   [ View Full Listing ]