New Auction House Opens in Gloucester!

A week from this Wednesday, on October 5, Walt Kolenda will be holding his first Gloucester  auction in the Cape Ann Industrial Park. I’ve been helping Walt open box after box of the contents of the estate of Wentworth Professor of Aviation, Lockhart Smith, of Saugus, MA. There are old (back to the early 1900’s) aviation magazines, original flight training manuals and handbooks, antique aviation collectibles, ephemera
( collectible written and printed matter), memorabilia, postcards, awards, etc.We unearthed a bunch of very cool old hobby model kits of airplanes, cars, ships, spaceships, robots, and more. There is plenty of antique/vintage glassware, lighting, pottery, porcelain, jewelry and who knows what else!

If you’re looking for furniture, the auction will include mission oak chairs, a solid cherry drop front desk with glass bookcase, a hand painted Asian cabinet, a Hoosier cabinet with Tambour doors, pine corner shelf, and other  really nice pieces.Walt moved to Gloucester in August of  2010, and although new to the area, has been in the auction/antiques business for about 30 years. He’s very excited to be holding his first Gloucester auction and plans on making it at least a monthly event, with special event auctions added as needed.

The monthly auctions will take place on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month at 6pm, inspection starts at 3pm the day of the sale.

There will be no buyer’s premium for this auction. Terms of payment accepted are cash, known checks and credit cards.

Walt is also an antiques appraiser and webmaster at his online appraisal site,

To see more pictures and details go to his page.

The background story on the estate being purchased here can be found on

If you have any questions about this or future auctions call 978-636-3101 or email to


17 Kondelin Rd.  #7
Gloucester, MA 01930

The auction starts sharp at 6pm (inspection 3-6)


  • Sharon, thanks for the tip about Auction Wally – just spent a lot of time on his packed-with-information site and am very happy there will be monthly auctions on Cape Ann. I grew up going to auctions (a form of entertainment in the sticks) and miss the vibe.


  • Hello RH Thanks so much for your encouragement on my Gloucester auctions. Please introduce yourself if you get a chance to stop into any of my auctions.

    You’ve got a clever site too, I just got off of it and have to say I really enjoyed your bit on virtual museums. What will Google think of next. Never mind, thinking about it scares me!



  • Hey Walter!
    You dropped into my Estate Yard Sale in Rockport last month. it was a market test and a huge success. it will take work and some time but an Auction house in this neighborhood can be a great success. I have found a huge space with a BIG parking lot in Rockport near Whistle Stop.
    You are always welcome to auction from there. Scott 857-998-3460


  • Welcome to the Cape Ann Industrial Park from your neighborhood pipe organ building shop next door at 21 Kondelin Road.


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