As many of you may know, Dale Schaffer, the owner of the National Museum of Woodcarving in Custer, South Dakota has closed the museum. Assets of the Museum will be auctioned off in an absolute auction, utilizing the Online Only auction format. Bidding will be open Tuesday, March 7 though March 13, 2017, ending at 5:00 PM.
The auction will include selling of the entire collection of Dr. Harley Niblack, one of the original animators of Disneyland, and much more.
The Niblack collection of over 150 carvings and original art pieces represent the life work of Dr. Harley Niblack (1894–1966), originally a chiropractor from Denver. His love was woodcarving to which he dedicated over 70,000 hours creating miniature & life size figures, miniature steam engines, paintings, furniture and more. Dr. Niblack may be best remembered for his pioneering work in animation. Three of the animated scenes offered were once displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, and from 1954–55 he helped design and build the animation at Disneyland.
This auction features 25+ Niblack carved scenes, primarily satirical depictions of life in the old west and of the medical profession, most of which are mechanically animated. Also included are 85+ individual wood carvings including a duplicate of a carving of Will Rodgers, given to President Eisenhower, selling with a signed letter from the President thanking Dr. Niblack for the carving. Also selling, a unique set of hand carved and leather upholstered furniture used personally by Dr. Niblack. This collection also includes many original paintings, lamps, mechanical steam engines, model phones and more!
Over 75 other carvings and artwork from notable artists including 20+ Kirt Curtis wildlife carvings, 2 art antler lamps by Tony Ramer, and many others. Many quality pieces depict wildlife, nature scenes, bikers, ANRI figurines and more.
Finally, also to be sold are the entire remaining gift & souvenir inventory, t-shirts, display cases, office & retail related, home furnishings, tools, shop related and so much more!
The National Museum of Woodcarvings has been an ever popular Black Hills of SD attraction for 40+ years. Mr Schaffer is retiring and offering this spectacular collection at Absolute “Online Auction”, without reserve! This is a rare opportunity to purchase truly one of a kind, museum quality Americana woodcarvings, pioneer animation and much more!
Please note Terms & Conditions: Absolute Auction, selling in 550+ individual lots, to the highest bidders without minimum or reserve bid. The “online only” auction method will be utilized; see details at www.bradeenauction.com. Online bidding opens Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 am through Monday, March 13 at 5:00 pm MST, featuring the “soft close” feature, with 3 items per minute closing. Selling “As-Is, Where-Is” without warranty of any kind. There is no buyer premium of any kind, however a 3% credit card swipe fee applies. Onsite settlement on Tuesday, March 14. Removal at buyers risk & expense, within 14 days of the auction or by arrangement. Shipping service available at Buyers cost. See complete terms, conditions, inspection dates and details at www.bradeenauction.com.