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Taking bids on pieces of history

Kirk Vogel, auctioneer for  Batterman’s Auction & Gallery, works to sell properties during a Saturday auction at the old McIlvain building on Gurley Street. File photo/ The Daily Courier

Kirk Vogel, auctioneer for Batterman’s Auction & Gallery, works to sell properties during a Saturday auction at the old McIlvain building on Gurley Street. File photo/ The Daily Courier

It's a question Kurt Vogel gets countless times. People ask Vogel what a particular belonging is worth, sometimes without having it to show him.

But Vogel knows it is par for the course as co-owner of Batterman's Auction house, 400 W. Gurley St.

"I get questions on everything," he said. "People really want to know what's their stuff's worth."

That's where Vogel sells and auctions just about everything under the rainbow at 6 p.m. on most Wednesdays.

And Vogel said the types of items people bring to him vary.

"It really depends on their needs," he said. "I have clients that are auctioning entire businesses for various reasons."

Vogel's showroom is a mix of items including antique cabinets, carved back English oak upholstered chairs, chandeliers, dishes and guns.

And people bring him things for consignment or auction.

"(It's) just kind of a one-stop shop," he said. "They call us up, they've got the stuff to sell and we work on developing the most effective marketing program for those items."

Buyers come in looking for bargains, according to Vogel.

"There's definitely the lure of getting something cheaper than you would otherwise have to pay for it," he said.

But Vogel said people who wait for the item to go to auction run the risk of paying more for the item or someone else beating them to it.

"It's a fast-paced environment and so now one person is pitting their knowledge against someone else," he said "Everything we have here is basically for sale.

"People can shop here any time."

For information, call 445-6787 or visit www.battermans.com.