Hummel collectors from 15 states, England & Germany gathered recently for an all Hummel auction presented in Dayton, OH by Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers Realtors of Eaton, OH. The one owner private collection consists of over 4,000 pieces, 650 of which were sold on November 1st & 2nd and another 650 selling on November 14 & 15th. The balance will be auctioned in 2014, according to H. John Kramer, Auctioneer.
According to Kramer, many rare and factory sample figurines were sold, including two original paintings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, which all Hummel figurines are styled after. Hummels were produces by the W. Goebel factory of Germany starting in 1934 and became popular after WWII when many servicemen brought them home after the war. Popularity peaked soon after Robert L. Miller published his #1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel Figurines in the late 1970s. Many of the figurines sold at this auction are featured in this price guide.
Kramer reported that 29 pieces sold for over $2,000 each, with the highlight of the auction being a pre-Goebel miniature set of 5 cast Figurines each about ½” in height designed by sculpture Olszewski. The set sold for $6,750, with no buyer’s premium in the auction.
Other featured sales were: Two original paintings sold for $2,250 & 2,750; International Figurines $4,000 & $5,000 for Czechoslovakia & $3,000 for a Serbian; Rare Signs of Spring with 4 Fence Posts, which is on the cover of Miller’s Price Guide #10, sold for $4,500; Rare samples from the factory, most of which are one of just a few sold in the $2,000 to $2,800 range, featuring Dealer plaques, Flower Madonna, Begging His Share and at a dozen others.
One of the more popular offerings was a painted carved wooden dealer plaque about 30” wide selling for $2,600 being one of an original issue of 100. Of special interest were two Terra-cotta pieces, Friends selling for $4,250 and Madonna selling for $2,050.
Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers & Realtors have been associated with the Hummel market since 1978, the second year Author Robert L. Miller held the International Hummel Festival in Kramer’s home town of Eaton. Kramer reported they have 9 all Hummel auctions scheduled for 2014. Information can be found on their website at www.kramerauctions.com or by calling their corporate office at 937-456-1101. H. John Kramer can be reached at John@kramerauctions.com