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.
Edwin started in the auction business in January of 1997, when he started using a little-known service called AuctionWeb to buy and sell antiques, jewelry, art and collectibles online. (The company later changed its name to eBay.) Soon he started selling online full-time, his own items as well as pieces consigned to him. In 2015 Edwin founded Blackwell Auctions with John McNeal, a long-time friend and mentor in the business, who passed away in February 2021 (read about him here). Edwin has visited thousands of homes in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond as a trusted buyer and appraiser.
Thad owned and operated PKGs, a packing/shipping store, for nearly 20 years, becoming the shipper of choice for several local auction galleries and retail shops for mailing high-value items safely. He also has rich experience in researching antiques, jewelry, collectibles and firearms. Thad writes the bulk of the auction catalog, maintains Blackwell’s ATF compliance for firearms sales, evaluates walk-in consignments, answers emailed auction inquiries, and much more.
Shannon manages behind-the-scenes operations and ensures that all aspects of the auction experience run smoothly. She coordinates auction-day staff and serves as head cheerleader for Team Blackwell. When not at the gallery, Shannon loves serving in her community, reading, traveling and walking many miles with the family dog.
Trey (Edwin III) photographs and produces images of each item in the Blackwell catalog, as well as content for all digital/print ads, videos for Facebook and YouTube, and media for in-house events. He also manages the livestream for each auction and fixes technical issues as they arise./p>
Nancy is our friendly voice on the phone and greets our gallery visitors, providing excellent service to both bidders and consignors. She assists bidders with absentee and phone bids, invoices and payments, and maintains consignor inventory and statements. Nancy is also a competitive body builder!
Jessica (Jess) works hard to ensure that in house shipping is completed quickly and efficiently post auction. She manages multiple Blackwell online sales accounts and assists with clients and phone calls in the front office. She is also one of our bidding venue clerks on auction day.When not at work, you can find Jess chasing after her three boys playing Super Mom. She calls herself the Jess of all trades.
Stew does a little bit of everything! He is chief of gallery configuration, setup and equipment. He also assists with photography and online sales, and clerks a bidding venue on auction day. He likes computers and is our resident troubleshooter. He’s also the only one who can figure out the printers.
“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 February 12, 2022, Blackwell Auctions will offer a historically important collection of items related to the late 19th century yellow fever epidemic, including the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to John Kissinger, the first to volunteer to be infected with yellow fever by fam...View Full Article
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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