Published: June 10, 2003
WATERVILLE, MAINE, where the company’s record-breaking sales previously have been held at a hotel conference center.
“It’s a city that is convenient to many of our customers,” Inman said, “and they’re accustomed to attending our sales there. Having our operations under one roof will allow us to maintain the high level of customer service we’ve offered in the past.”
In forming a Pennsylvania corporation, Inman is partnering with dealer/collector Rick Both of Ivyland, Penn., who will acquire a financial half-ownership of the company — with Inman retaining the other 50 percent — and serve as a hands-on working associate. Both, 45, has been involved in the antiques trade for more than 25 years and has always had a desire to try his hand in the auction business.
“Randy is an honorable person who has achieved a lot on his own,” Both said. “I had expressed an interest before in partnering with Randy, so it’s very exciting to see it all happening, now. I think my coming on board will take us to another level and that the company’s future is amazing.”
At present, Inman and Both are considering several commercial buildings located within proximity to Allentown’s Lehigh Valley International Airport, one of which will become the new headquarters for Randy Inman Auctions. The partners anticipate holding their next sale — an antique toy, advertising and coin op auction scheduled for October 10-12 — in the new gallery and warehouse complex.
Founded in 1996, Randy Inman Auctions has handled many collections, including the Buddy ‘L’ Toy Company Archive, whose first of two sessions grossed close to $2.5 million, the highest amount ever achieved at a toys-only auction. For information, 207-872-6900.
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