Lancashire residents have heard how an Alabama auctioneer is facing a jail term of up to 20 years for the theft of antique furniture and collectibles consigned for auction.
Some American antiques stories are big enough to reach across both sides of the Atlantic – such as the one concerning Grand View Auctions, one of the most prestigious auction houses in the South West. The owner, apprentice auctioneer James Ray Sloan Jr., stands to spend up to 20 years behind bars, after pleading guilty to stealing valuable antique furniture from a South Carolina consignor. The trial date is set for 14th May.
Grand View Auctions is located in the genteel town of Roanoke, Randolph County. Already found guilty of unrelated charges of fraud in February, it is alleged that, in May 2010, a consignment of J.H. Belter furniture and other items consigned to Sloan for auction were instead given away in lieu of a $32,000 debt.
J.H Belter was a 19th century German immigrant cabinetmaker who became famous for his elaborate rococo revival furniture. In Lancashire, his Victorian dining chairs and elaborately carved day beds may not be to everyone’s taste, but in the States they can sell for tens of thousands. The furniture has since passed through two more auction houses. District attorney Amy Newsome made it clear that attempts would be made to get the antique furniture returned to its rightful owner.
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