Our expert Reyne Haines prepares her 20th Century Design auction

This November will see the first auction of a new partnership between San Francisco based auction house Michaan's and Paul Fraser Collectibles expert panel member Reyne Haines.

The auction will focus on Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid Century period pieces as well as prominently featuring 20th century decorative arts, furniture and jewellery alongside various arts and crafts.

The sale will offer collectors the chance to invest in some stand out pieces of the period. Each has been given the nod of approval by collectibles expert Haines, who will be a familiar face to US television viewers.

Haines's knowledge lies primarily in 20th Century decorative arts. She is the founder of the "Reyne Gallery" in Houston and "The Finer Things" gallery in New York, both of which focus on 20th century design in pottery, furniture, glass, jewellery and fine art.

In her recent exclusive interview with Paul Fraser Collectibles, Haines admitted to a particular love of functionality in her 20th century collection:

 "I like that many things have not only form, but function. I love using vintage kitchen gadgets, or sporting a great vintage handbag.  A great set of Minton dishes or Gorham flatware makes for interesting conversation when company comes to dinner."

Her expertise also branches out into vintage watches and art glass. Furthermore, in addition to writing for publications like the Wall Street Journal, she has built a reputation as a respected media personality in the United States, hosting "The Art of Collecting."

Collectibles expert Rayne Haines

She is avidly engaged with the growing collectors base found online, currently writing blogs for the Huffington Post and other esteemed publications.

It's also of little surprise to find that November's sale will feature internet live bidding. As Reyne once reflected during her interview with us:

"I always feel like if you walk away and are still thinking about an item later, you should have bought it."

The online facility at November's auction may ensure that such regrets are a thing of the past.

But, besides that, collectors can rest assured that the sale itself will be in good hands.

Based in Northern California, Michaan's Auctions holds up to 30 sales a year, and specialises in antiques and fine art.

In just eight years, the sales have built a good reputation for Michaan's, and scored a number of World Record prices.

A 2005 auction at Michaan's witnessed the sale of A.D.M. Cooper's oil painting, "Three Graces 1915,"  for a record £13,790 ($21,060).

Later, an Eduard Gaertner painting "German City Street Scene 1831" for £174,000 ($266,000).

Meanwhile, Reyne's advice for anyone looking to invest in these collectibles is simple: know and love your collectibles:

"So few people today buy purely because they like a particular item.  I find that to be the downfall of collecting today.  People buying without knowing much about the history behind an item, why it was important at the time, and what makes it "collect worthy" today."

With Reyne at the helm, November's auction promises to be one to remember for investors and collectors alike.


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