Selling a collection

My wife was an avid and aggressive collector ( # 799 ) of all things Red Wing. She passed 18 months ago. I am now in the process of inventorying somewhere close to 400 pieces of Red Wing Dinnerware, crocks, jugs, art ware, commemeratives and collectibles. I’m looking for advice about how to approach the sale of a very large collection. According to the "identify & price" books I’ve purchased, I have some very rare and expensive items in this collection. Thanks Ted

Ted, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully I can be of some help. From your email, a collection of almost 400 pieces of Red Wing is quite extensive. In order for you to capture it’s best worth in my opinion would be a large auction scheduled close to the July Red Wing Convention. You may need to schedule this down the road as this year’s July convention is booked. My advise to you would be to contact Houghton’s Auction Service at 1967 Launa Ave. Red Wing, MN 55066 or another reputable Auction Services in the Red Wing area and discuss your best options with them. Book prices are strictly a guide. Some items listed will not bring a books value where other items listed are well below what they may bring. Auctions in Red Wing during the convention period seems to bring out the best in Red Wing values. Good luck. Al Kohlman