Blackwell Auctions is a fine art, vintage, and antiques auction gallery in Clearwater, Florida. Selling lots in-house and online, we’ve been carefully selecting distinctive items since 2016. In our gallery, you can expect to discover fine art, jewelry, militaria, coins, stamps, silver, memorabilia, and much more.
Blackwell Auctions, LLC is a family-operated business owned by Edwin Blackwell Bailey and Shannon Bailey. The name stems from Edwin’s great, great grandfather, Blackwell Bailey. Blackwell Auctions is becoming known for carefully selecting distinctive items for its sales, ranging from fine art, jewelry, militaria, coins and stamps, to furniture, sterling silver and more. Single items, collections and estates are purchased or accepted on consignment.
He is originally from San Antonio, Texas, has made St. Petersburg, Florida his home for last 25 years. A treasure hunter at heart, he has been a collector since the age of five, starting out with baseball cards and stamps. His curiosity for old things grew to include items like fine china, silver, historical ephemera, and artwork, beginning a lifelong hobby that would later become a successful career path. Since 2004, Edwin has worked full time buying and selling art and antiques. He opened Blackwell Auctions in 2015.
Over the last 20 years, Edwin has visited thousands of homes as a trusted buyer. While modest about his expertise, he describes his process as surgical—explaining all options to his clients before either party makes a decision. Edwin understands that it is often difficult to part with personal belongings. He readily shares his knowledge for free and receives gratitude in return for “empowering” people to sell or consign their family heirlooms. His thoughtful approach helps eliminate the doubt about the worth of an item, allowing his clients to move forward and they are often pleasantly surprised.
As Business Manager, Shannon handles all the behind the scenes operations and customer relations, ensuring that all aspects of the auction experience run smoothly. Shannon grew up in St. Petersburg and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. When not at the gallery, Shannon generously donates her time and leadership skills as a community volunteer. She serves at BridgePoint Church and with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) at the local, state and national levels. She is the current GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs, leading statewide projects related to children’s advocacy, women’s health, literacy, and other programs that positively impact the lives of Floridians. Shannon is also involved with SOZO Children in Uganda and has traveled there twice with the organization.
Logistics Manager Thad Deye supervises photography of auction items and handles in-house packing and shipping services. Before joining forces with Blackwell Auctions, Thad owned and operated P.k.g.’s in St. Petersburg for over 20 years. His shop was the go-to for all the local auction houses in need of professional packing and shipping. Blackwell’s staff also includes Trey Bailey, who handles auction photography and video production. Nancy Mularski and Halle Levitt handle front desk operations, auction preparation and consignor inventory. On auction day, a team of well-trained staff, including well-known auctioneer John Noble, comes together to run a smooth sale.
Our air conditioned auction gallery features comfortable seating, plenty of parking, courteous auction staff, and snacks and drinks for purchase. Come bid in person with us or by phone, submit absentee bids, or choose from four online bidding venues. We handle some shipping in-house and maintain a list of preferred shippers for larger items.
“I just want you to know that I am very happy with everything. Please, please, thank Thad on my behalf for the meticulous way in which he packed everything. I very much appreciate the extra effort and everything that he did to make sure that the items would arrive undamaged. This is professional packing at its best.”
“Thad did an absolutely perfect job in protecting my music box during shipping. I was concerned it might get damaged in transit. Trust me, one would have to drop the box from 100 stories to damage its contents. It’s been truly a pleasure dealing with you! …if I had it to do all over again, I would have video taped the process of unwrapping it!”
CLEARWATER, Fla. – On January 16, Blackwell will be offering the estate Hummel collection of Donald Deeks. Purported to be one of the most important of its kind, the accumulation includes many of the rarest Hummels ever produced, including the “Mamas and the Papas,” two dozen 1940s Internationals, p...View Full Article
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On September 12, Blackwell Auctions is offering an antebellum lithograph of an African-American musician. The original, titled “The Bone Player,” was painted by New York artist William Sidney Mount (American, 1807-1868) in 1856, only a few short years before the Civil War would --...View Full Article
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Blackwell Auctions is selling a collection of paintings and sketches by American artist Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) on June 13 at noon (Eastern time). Connaway, who lived on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine for decades, is widely considered to be one of the most important ...View Full Article