PBS TV Show Find!
(May 19, 2004 – Cincinnati, OH) A television crew from the PBS television series Find! starring Leigh and Leslie Keno will be at Cowan’s Auctions Spring American History, Americana and Decorative Arts Auction May 20 – 24, 2004 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH as an exceptionally rare whole plate daguerreotype of San Francisco, California discovered on the show is sold to the highest bidder.
The rare whole plate daguerreotype of San Francisco, California was taken during May 1856 at the height of the activities of the city’s Second Vigilance Committee. Taken by pioneer daguerreotypist Robert H. Vance, the scene features a large building draped with a banner commemorating the assassination of James King of William, a muckraking newspaper editor. The daguerreotype was discovered when Find! visited the Frankford Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA and is expected to sell for $30,000-50,000.
In addition to the daguerreotype Cowan’s Spring American History, Americana and Decorative Arts Auction will feature over $1.5 million in antiques including rare historic Americana from the Civil War, militaria, furniture, and fine and folk arts with a special emphasis on the Ohio Valley. All auction items are viewable online at www.cowansauctions.com
. Buyers may participate in person or via telephone, email, fax and the Internet at www.cowansauctions.com
Free Seminar from PBS Television Celebrity, Wes Cowan on Friday, May 21 at 7:30 PM
Cowan’s Auctions founder and licensed auctioneer, Wes Cowan, will preside over the weekend beginning with a free Gallery Walk and Seminar on Friday, May 21 at 7:30 PM. Star of the PBS television series History Detectives
and featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow
, Cowan will present: The Cincinnati History Detectives Shares His Secrets: Foolproof Tips to Make You an Auction Pro
. ’There’s no need for people to be afraid of buying at auctions,’ states Cowan. ’My goal is to remove the stigma that auctions are scary and to educate people so that they make informed decisions. ’Cowan’s seminar will cover the most common auction pitfalls, tips and techniques for bidding and buying with confidence, and a look at future collecting trends. Those wishing to attend the free Gallery Walk and Seminar should register by calling 513-871-1670 or emailing Phyllis@historicamericana.com
About Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.
Cowan’s Auctions holds major consignment auctions throughout the year. Each auction is supported by a full color catalog that is sent to buyers throughout the United States and Canada. An internet-only version typically attracts buyers from South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. More than 1,000 bidders typically participate in each sale.
Cowan’s is nationally known for consistently fine offerings of items related to American history, including important early American photographs, political campaign ephemera, patriotic and other textiles, manuscripts, and items relating to the Civil War and opening of the American west.
Cowan’s consignments come from a variety of sources including estates, private collections and items de-accessioned from public and private institutions. More information is available at www.cowanauctions.com
or by calling 513-871-1670.