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Articles - June - 2007 Issue

Yahoo Closing Auction Site -- Did Anyone Notice?

Uzi

The Uzi manual on uBid is not your typical "collectible" book.



In their announcement, Yahoo euphemistically stated that it was "retiring" its U.S. and Canadian sites on June 16. I hope the same thing doesn't happen to me when I "retire." Their Asian auction sites, which have been more competitive, are not affected by this change. In another display of extreme euphemismism, Yahoo explained, "we have decided to close down our Yahoo! US and Canada Auction sites to better serve our valued customers through other Yahoo! Properties." Why couldn't they just say they were closing them down because it didn't work out? June 3 will be the last day sellers can post items, while June 16 is the date by which all auctions must conclude. Site tools will remain available until October 29, 2007, after which they too will be shut down.

Now you can go back to placing your bids on eBay.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>[Sutro Baths] / On the Shore of the Pacific Ocean,</i> designer unknown, 1896. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Osvaldo Ballerio, <i>Biscottini e Amaretti Delser,</i> circa 1900. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Maxfield Parrish, <i>Harper’s Weekly,</i> 1896. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Les Parfums de J. Daver Paris,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Jacob Lawrence, <i>Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,</i> 1968. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Lion Noir, Cirage – Crème,</i> 1949. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On,</i> designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Walter L. Greene, <i>Adirondack Mountains / Lake Placid,</i> 1930. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Laura Brey, <i>Enlist / On Which Side of the Window Are You?</i> 1917. $1,500 to $2,000.

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