Kamelot Auction House’s annual Garden and Architecturals Auction attracted more than 6,000 registered bidders for its May, 2019, event. Kamelot’s Director of Consignment Emily Costantino said the majority were online bidders.
The Philadelphia-based company hosts themed auctions at its 40,000 square-foot building each month, devoting May to garden statuary, tables, planters, fountains, gates and benches as well as architecturals.
Bidders competed for hundreds of pieces featured in 649 lots. Costantino said the most popular items included an Italian bronze figure of Zeus, an iron garden sculpture of a snail, a garden statue of a swan, and a walnut-lined public ledger from a city municipal building.
“[The ledger] was $30,000 and one of the most exciting lots because it was part of Philadelphia history,” she shared. The Zeus figure sold for $5,500; the snail for $4,200.
Items featured in Kamelot’s auctions come from across the country and around the world, she explained. Many are consigned by homeowners who are either downsizing or have inherited valuables, but don’t have the time and resources to sell them.
Kamelot co-owner Jeff Kamal added that buyers are also now international.
“With each successive year, our garden auction generates more interest from buyers from all around the world,” Kamal said. “May’s sale, which was our 14th annual, featured a world-class selection of garden statuary, urns, fountains, planters, and furniture. Even though it is a rigorous process to put together a garden sale due to the size and scale of the offerings, each year we are uplifted by the overwhelming energy and support from our consignors and bidders alike.”
As Kamelot’s consignment director, Costantino collects items and publicizes auctions. She writes press releases for each event and posts notices on Kamelot’s website. Auctioneers also promote Kamelot’s live auctions on their own websites, she added.
For more information and to see lots from previous auctions, visit kamelotauctions.com.