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A WINNING BID: NEUE AUCTIONS AIMS TO GIVE CLEVELANDERS AN EASIER WAY TO SELL PRIZED POSSESSIONS

-CRAIN’S Cleveland Business, by Kristine Gill

Cynthia Maciejewski started the company in 2018, offering the same luxury experience buyers and sellers have come to expect from top auction houses in places like New York City, but from the comfort of their own backyard here.

The painting was big, a fixture consisting of three canvases and several metal pieces that fit together like a puzzle on the wall.

It had been in the family for years, handed down from his mother, but when Jeff Young and his wife moved to their new home in Moreland Hills, they realized there just wasn’t a good spot for the Sam Gilliam painting anymore. The same was true for a geometric bronze sculpture by Clement Meadmore and about 15 other fine art pieces they’d carried with them over the years.

“We debated putting them in storage. We even thought about raising the ceiling in the living room for a higher wall, but that wasn’t a possibility,” Young said. “We just came to the recognition that it was time.”

So Young went searching for the fine-art appraiser his mother had used years ago but found the business boarded up. Across the way was Neue Auctions, and hanging in the gallery was another Sam Gilliam painting.

“I walked in and they said, ‘Well, you’ve accidentally come to the right place,'” Young recalled.

Lot 14, estimated $50,000-80,000, sold for $73,800 including buyers premium

Lot 14, estimated $50,000-80,000, sold for $73,800 including buyers premium

Neue Auctions, located in Beachwood’s Ohio Design Centre, is a local auction house with international reach, offering Clevelanders an easier, more affordable way to sell their prized possessions to the top bidder, wherever he or she might be.

Cynthia Maciejewski started the company in 2018, offering the same luxury experience buyers and sellers have come to expect from top auction houses in places like New York City, but from the comfort of their own backyard.

“The buyers aren’t in New York, the buyers are global,” Maciejewski said. “They’re bidding online and phone bidding and the stuff is getting shipped.”

Plus, as a smaller auction house, Neue Auctions can offer complimentary walk-throughs of estates and the like, earmarking items that an owner might not realize can fetch some money.

“Unless you’ve got a massive estate, (bigger auction houses) are not going to send anyone out there,” Maciejewski said. “They’ll have you send photos, but then you have to deal with shipping it out there, getting insurance, higher commissions, higher fees.”

Young liked the one-on-one consultation he received from Neue Auctions throughout the process.

“From the moment we met, it felt like we were speaking the same language, and if she could deliver in the way she was talking, this would be a great fit,” Young said.

Young was also thrilled to learn that the same movers who were shuttling his furniture to Moreland Hills worked with Neue Auctions. And so they handed over the Gilliam painting and the Meadmore sculpture as well as the other pieces. Neue held an auction one Saturday in September, and Young and his wife logged in to watch the bidding commence.

“They said if you adjust down the reserve, you’ll have a better outcome,” Young recalled “We said, you guys are the experts, and we trust you. Once that happened, we just waited.”

The strategy worked. After some painful seconds in which the Gilliam listing stood stagnant, the $50,000 reserve was met with an opening bid and the number crept up slowly after that, finally selling for $73,800. The sculpture sold for $45,510.00. (prices corrected to include the buyers premium)

Neue’s Spring Auction; Sneak Peek!

-I Heart Cleveland

I had the privilege of visiting the rather new-ish auction house in town; Neue Auctions. The team behind this fierce auction house and gallery has been at the forefront of the Cleveland art world for decades, but for the first time are collaborating together as one team. The powerhouse behind this new auction destination includes Cynthia Colling Maciejewski, Ron Greenwald, Ricardo Bernabe and Bridget McWilliams.

Neue Auctions bids for success with new online auction house

-Cleveland Jewish News

“Neue Auctions will allow us to respond to our customers’ desires with an array of options and white-glove treatment. We have a similar approach to customer service and our dovetailing will allow us to build upon our strengths.”

Neue Auctions’ September catalogue has something for everyone, from the first-time auction goer to seasoned collectors

-ArtFix Daily

The maker and artisan movement is everywhere: people crafting and building things with their hands, a few tools and one grand vision. At neueauctions.com you can view a collection of several hundred fine works by established masters from around the world; some centuries old, and you have the chance to make a purchase.

Upcycling, restoration promote sustainability

-Cleveland Jewish News

Most people know what recycling is, but how many know about upcyling? “We try to get younger people involved,” Maciejewski noted. “It seems like the younger generation is the one that is finding creative reuse of products. They seem to be a little more aware of not having unwanted items in their life. Even in my generation, we’re the ones who can afford to purchase higher-end pieces. We’re trying to get the younger generation aware of it so they’re not going out there and living a life where they constantly buy something new.”

Breaking ground: Neue Auctions caters to a new generation of antiques enthusiasts

-Freshwater Cleveland

“What separates Neue from the other five auction houses in the Cleveland area is its audience, as Maciejewski and Greenwald are catering to the next generation of enthusiasts. ‘Millennials and women are the fastest-growing segment of art collectors and we want to better reach this growing market,’ says Maciejewski, citing a recent article on artnet. ‘They are the guardians of our shared human story.'”

Neue Auctions is Cleveland’s newest full-service auction house

-WOIO CBS-TV

Cleveland’s newest auction house brings the best online.

-Antiques and Arts Weekly

The Neue Auctions’ team behind this exquisite collection of items has been at the forefront of the Cleveland art world for decades, but this is the first time they are working together.”