January 23, 2012
Collectibles and artifacts spanning the globe and dating as far back as 200 B.C. will be auctioned off this weekend at Bryan and Scott Jewelers in downtown Colorado Springs.
A few years ago, sweet treats, candymaking equipment and the rest of the contents of Michelle Chocolatiers & Ice Cream were auctioned off after the IRS seized the longtime business because of failure to pay taxes. As the doors to another downtown institution close, this would seem to be a happier occasion — Robert Agnolini, owner of Bryan and Scott, is easing into retirement.
Still, Agnolini says, it’s hard on him.
“I feel like it’s a very sad thing for me. I think it’s very sad for the whole downtown.”
Bryan and Scott opened in the 1930s; Agnolini began working there in 1957 and took over the business in 1997. The shop, which has been at its current location at 112/114 N. Tejon St. since 1961, closed last month after a going-out-of-business sale. An auction is planned for this weekend to sell what’s left.
And there’s a lot still – thousands of items, including antique furniture, glassware, artwork, chandeliers, rugs and, of course, jewelry.
Gorman Auctions of Manitou Springs, owned by Bob and Debbie Gorman, is handling the three-day auction.
“This is going to be the biggest, the best and the most unusual one we’ve done in collectibles,” Bob Gorman said.
Gorman Auctions has advertised the Bryan and Scott auction internationally. Bob Gorman expects three types of bidders: major dealers who will try to snatch up items at the lowest price possible; small to medium dealers who will have more of a specific focus and pay a bit more; and individuals who might bid high on items dear to their hearts.
Not everything is high-end, Debbie Gorman said. Alongside a $180,000 necklace might be items that retail for $25.
“We have something for everybody,” Agnolini said.
While Agnolini, 74, is closing the store, some services such as appraisal and interior design will continue, and he’ll still be able to be reached through the store number. Agnolini, who is still looking to sell the building, also plans to hold regular trunk shows.
He won’t be at the auction – “it’s very painful,” he said – and said he doesn’t have an estimate or goal of how much the auction will raise.
“I really don’t know. I don’t want to be disappointed, you know, and that’s the only way to do it.”