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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.


appraisal days ends 3/31/11

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm



One item appraised for $25  – Offer ends March 31, 2011


Lange Auction House


napw welcomes lange auction house

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Shauna Lee Lange, Founder & President of Lange Auction House, is pleased to announce her membership approval for the National Association of Professional Women for 2011/2012.  The NAPW highlights and profiles the country’s most accomplished professional women in over 200 industries and career fields.  The organization provides an exclusive and powerful networking forum for members to communicate and achieve social and career development.

Lange, who is an avid art, antiques, and collectibles authority, opened her Florida Keys personal property appraisal, estate sales, and auction house business in 2010.  She previously was the Founder of Lange Arts Advisory, a design studio and consultancy based out of metropolitan Washington DC.  She looks forward to dealing in antiques & collectibles in Florida.

local law enforcement supporters

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

The world of technology, Craigslist, stolen goods, furniture & antiques, and mistaken identities has become increasingly complex.  In the case of Craigslist, when buying or selling furniture and antiques, one can never truly be sure of the origin of the item.  As supporters of local law enforcement, Lange Auction House takes routine steps to ensure that the items we buy and sell are fully documented.  We want to offer to our customers, security in the provenance of the items they are buying and we want to offer to the general public, confidence in the fact that all items have a proper chain of ownership.  Lange Auction House does not deal in items of questionable origin.

Today, Lange Auction House collaborated with and agreed to collaborate in the future with local law enforcement in offering to provide our services for any questions relative to the acquisition or disposition of items.  We are happy to be of service in fighting crime and serving our community in only the most positive way.  If there are ever any questions about the dealings or operation of Lange Auction House, the President and Founder, Shauna Lee Lange is always available to answer them immediately, directly and honestly.

The business of Auction House services, personal property estate sales, appraisals, liquidations, and antiques & collectibles is one that is built slowly over time by virtue of reputable dealers.  The auction world specifically is a very small and close-knit family as it is an extremely unusual profession.  It requires a true love of art, antiques, design, history and economy.  In themselves, these are full-time enterprises requiring a great deal of committed attention.  Lange Auction House of the Florida Keys has adopted a policy that will both turn OVER information to law enforcement as well as turn DOWN any transactions which are questionable in nature.

fl state approved auction business

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm


Vintage 1960 Book of Knowledge World Globe

Lange Auction House of Key West is happy to announce it has finally received a Florida State approval for operation and licensure as an Auction Business.  The confirmation from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation was received on February 14, 2011.

A great love of antiques, art, collectibles and design led Shauna Lee Lange (President & Founder) and Colonel Alex K. Lange (CEO & Auctioneer) to launch their Florida Keys business in estate sales and auction house services.  The family operated business is headquartered in Key West.

Featured above is one of the many fine items Lange Auction House will be putting on the market; a vintage 1960’s Book of Knowledge globe on axis.  Globe collectors are a special breed of cartography, map, and geography history lovers as maps are but one of the earliest art forms known to man.  This particular beauty shows the division of East & West Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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.

Smithsonian Craft Show Announces Artists Selected for 27th Annual Exhibition and Sale

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON, DC.- Three expert jurors reviewed 1,356 applications before choosing 120 artists from 32 states and the District of Columbia to participate in the 2009 Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., beginning April 23. The jurors selected artists whose work best reflects the story of contemporary American craft in 12 categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. Among the artists returning to the show is Charleston, S.C., basket-maker Mary Jackson, a 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. She is joined by 43 craft artists who are new to the show.

Juror Melissa Post, curator at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., said, “I appreciated the opportunity to see what’s happening here and now. The jury process allowed us to preview fresh, young designs and to see how older established artists have evolved.” For Post and fellow jurors Jane Milosch, senior program officer for the arts in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian and Wayne Higby, ceramic artist and Robert C. Turner chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, the overall criteria for selection was the quality of work presented. Whether traditional or cutting edge, functional or sculptural, only outstanding technical excellence and execution earned entrance into what is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious craft show.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the United States, and Lady Sheinwald will serve as honorary chairs of the 27th annual show. The Preview Night Benefit takes place Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Higby will discuss the installation of his work “EarthCloud” at Alfred University, the largest hand-cut porcelain architectural assemblage in the world and discuss and sign his recent book at an afternoon tea Thursday, April 23. On Thursday evening, “Connect and Collect” will host young professionals for a reception and tour of the show from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

An auction will feature 14 vintage craft objects donated to the Smithsonian Women’s Committee by Sherley and Bernard Koteen from their highly regarded personal collection. Raffle tickets to win one of three exciting pieces donated by exhibitors are available at the show or by phone at $5 each or six for $25. Online auction bids will be taken from Sunday, April 19, until Tuesday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m. The pieces available for auction can be viewed at www.smithsonianauctions.org.

The show is open Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A daily admission fee of $15 includes the show program. Seniors, students, military, Smithsonian Associates and Smithsonian employees’ admission fee is $12; children 12 and under are free. Baby strollers are not permitted. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street N.W., across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro station. Garage and lot parking are nearby. For group-rate tickets (10 or more) or to rent space for special events, call the show office at (202)-633-5006 or (888) 832-9554 or e-mail austrpr@si.edu.

A list of exhibitors and images of their work and more information about the show is available at www.smithsoniancraftshow.org. The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, which has contributed more than $8 million to educational, outreach and research projects benefiting the Smithsonian Institution.

Article Credit:  http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=27849

vermont arts council's auction benefits vermont foodbank

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2008 at 1:18 pm

On Friday, November 28th the Vermont Arts Council will launch doing our pART, an online art auction to benefit the Vermont Foodbank. 


  • Food prices are up an average of 12.5% in the past year and staples like race and potatoes have increased 30%.
  • Stagnant wages and rising unemployment are driving a growing number of Vermont families to the brink of financial ruin.
  • 14,500 Vermonters access the state’s charitable food system each week and middle class families are the fastest growing demographic in need.
  • This year the Vermont Foodbank expects an unprecedented 25-30% of Vermonters will tap into their services.

To that end, the Arts Council invited artists, artisans and arts organizations to contribute to this auction and dozens have stepped to the plate. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Vermont Foodbank.   Bidding begins on Friday at 8 AM and closes Thursday, December 4th at 5 PM.

The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving more than 66,000 Vermonters annually through a network of 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs.  For every dollar donated, the Foodbank can acquire and distribute 3 pounds of food.

Why would one non-profit help another?   When the staff of the Vermont Arts Council learned that as many as one in four Vermonters may need to tap into the services of the Vermont Foodbank this winter, we felt compelled to help.  With the high costs of both food and heating fuel, nearly 40% of the clients served by the Vermont Foodbank will be forced to choose between keeping their houses warm or putting a meal on the table.