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lange auction house to close doors

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Shauna Lee Lange, the Founder and Principal of Lange Auction House, LLC in Key West, Florida, announced today that her auction house business will be permanently closing its doors on September 30th.  Ms. Lange cites the downward economy, the rising costs of living expenses, and the increasing numbers of people moving out of the Florida Keys as the causation for her decision.  In an interview recently, she said:

“Lange Auction House is a fine, full-service auction firm specializing in auctions, estate sales, appraisals, and liquidations.  With volatility in the marketplace, valuation becomes an extremely difficult science and a complex business challenge.  We continued to receive multiple requests, up and down the Keys, for total and complete liquidation sales and services from property owners who unrealistically expected more than top dollar for very common place items.  Auction Houses on the whole are maintaining their operating costs in the rest of the country where supply and demand are more equally balanced.  However, residents of the Florida Keys (and particularly Key West) still retain a rich history of salvage, wreckage, piracy and treasure lore and spirit.  We simply found it increasingly burdensome to separate the imbalance of fact versus fiction in the honorable re-sale and public offering of personal property found in this region.”

Lange, who previously ran a professionally licensed arts advisory in the Washington, DC metropolitan area will return to her love of art both as a working artist and arts advocate and advisor with a special interest in public art, antiques and collectible art.  Colonel Alex Lange will maintain his title and pursue other interests in architecture, art, and sports.  Ms. Lange explains that while she is winding down shop, including her company’s membership in the Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Key West Business Guild, she will remain available to try to assist the community with personal property needs and advice until the end of the calendar year 2011.

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alex lange achieves honorary colonel

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Alex Lange graduated February 6, 2011 from the Florida Auctioneer Academy in Orlando, Florida, earning the designation of Honorary Colonel.  The 10-day auctioneering course is held five times a year.  Participants learn all phases of the auctioneering business, from how to book auctions through setting up and conducting sales, including legal requirements and the auctioneer’s chant.

Colonel Lange also earned his Ringmaster designation at Florida Auctioneer Academy’s “Ringmaster” course.  This course teaches students how to work directly with bidders to help the auctioneer get higher prices at auction.  Lange is now qualified to perform all types of auctions (except real estate) and will sit for his state examination during February 2011.

Colonel Lange is the co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Lange Auction House, LLC of Key West.  The company serves the Florida Keys with estate sales, liquidations, and auction house & personal property appraisal services.  With his business partner and wife, Shauna Lee Lange, the pair are skilled in antiques, collectibles, art, architecture and the second selling resale markets.  Lange Auction House has been uniquely positioned to help the Florida Keys community buy and sell personal property since 2010.