Conditions Of Sale

1. As with most auctions, all lots and items offered are sold “as is”. Both the auctioneer and the consignor make no guarantees or representation of the lot/item and will not be responsible for the correctness and condition of the lot/item for auction. In essence it is “buyer beware” although the auctioneer will offer the best description of the lot/item for auction. The auctioneer and Withington Auctions in its description of the lot/item will not assume any liability of the correctness and attribution of the lot/item.

2. Some lots in any sale will be subject to a reserve. A reserve is a minimum price agreed upon with the consignor and Withington Auctions. A staff member of Withington Auctions will bid for the consignor until the reserve price is obtained. (Doll Auctions Normally Do Not Have Reserves)

3. The auctioneer in case of a disputed bid will have the sole authority to determine the winning bidder or in some cases withdraw the lot/item from the sale.

4. All lots purchased on site during an in-person auction must be paid and removed from the premises the day of the auction. Lots purchased on line or by absentee/phone bid must coordinate pickup/shipping NLT week after the auction. Arrangements for shipping and storage can be made in advance during or after the auction. We have a partnership with the UPS Stores in Manchester and Bedford NH for your convenience. Withington Auctions shall have no liability for any damage or loss to the lot/item once in storage. After 14 days there will be a storage fee of $50 a month for every lot/item in storage. After 60 days if the lot/item is not removed, at the discretion of Withington Auctions, the lot/item will be considered abandoned and placed in a future auction without reserve. (Does not Apply to Doll Auctions)

5. Withington Auctions will accept credit cards, cash and checks for payment for each live auction. Timed, on-line auctions, will be by credit cards only. Personal checks will be accepted if accompanied by an acceptable identification and a bank authorization has been received guaranteeing the personal check. If credit is established by Withington Auctions in advance, personal checks will be honored. Any check returned for any reason; a $25 handling charge will be applied.

6. If the buyer breaches any of the conditions above, including the obligation to pay or remove the lot/item from the premises, Withington Auctions may exercise its rights and remedies under the law. This may include the offering of the lot/item in a subsequent auction.

7. Bidding on any lot/item means that you have accepted the above conditions of sale as well as any other conditions announced by the auctioneer during the auction. This includes bidding in person, phone or absentee bidding or on-line bidding.

Additional condition of sales for Doll Auctions

All items MUST be inspected and returned within 10 minutes of purchase and be of $100.00 valuation or more to qualify for a refund if not as described in catalogue. ALL BOX LOTS and LOTS are sold AS IS. All items designated AS IS are FINAL SALES. Due to the sufficient time allowed for inspecting the dolls, all bodies are sold as is. All Madame Alexander Dolls are sold AS IS. All cloth, composition, wood and hard plastic dolls are sold AS IS. Speckling and wear is a normal condition for bisque and China dolls, therefore it will be up to the buyer to inspect for these conditions.



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Withington Legacy & Current Staff

Dick Withington Lives On

“Grand Master of the Auction Block” – As a boy he worked for the local country auctioneers during the summer, as well as helping his mother in her Antique Shop. Dick then worked for Keene auctioneer, Jim Hall, doing everything from setting up the tents to calling on occasion. Under his guidance, Dick learned how to combine entertainment & humor, while selling some of the finest New England antiques. In 1949, armed with ambition & lots of natural ability, Dick started his own auction company. He soon surpassed his competition to become the best Country Auctioneer in the business. Demonstrating that Auction selling can be entertainment, he has deservedly earned the title of “The Bob Hope of the Auction Block!” Through the years, he led almost 2,500 auctions, as a leading player in the auction world, he sold some of the finest American Antiques and Furnishings.  His involvement in selling Dolls at Auction began back in 1959 when he sold Mrs. Alexander Smith’s Doll Museum and since then has sold doll collections for individuals and museums continuously.

As New Hampshire Auctioneer’s License #1, Dick would sell until his last days … “as long as he was able to stand up and talk!”  Dick always worked tirelessly promoting the business he so loved. We are enormously grateful to be allowed to preserve his legacy We have been fortunate to be able to learn from the master and will always miss him.

Marcia and Larry Leizure

Larry Leizure – “President, Computer Tech, Appraiser”Began working part-time for Withington a generation ago, running the auction business when Dick was wintering in Florida.  Innovations such as a WEB-site and full color catalogues have helped to bring the auction company into the 21st c.  Withington Auction Inc.  was formed in May of 2005, separating the auction business from the many-faceted business dealings of Richard W. Withington Inc. This enabled Dick to stay involved and active in the auction business, without the drudgery of daily operations.  Since then, Larry and his wife Marcia have owned and operated the company, using Dick's principles of Honesty and Integrity as the guidelines for running the business. With a degree in business management, a builder of custom homes and historic restorations, and 12 years as director of Buildings and Grounds at Lawrence Academy, Larry can correct, create and solve almost any problem... from plumbing to WEB-site maintenance... he does it all!

Marcia Leizure – Auctioneer, Publishing &  Merchandising”  Graduating college with a degree in Art and moving to NH with Larry as newlyweds, the world of antiques became a major part of their lives.  Both as collectors and  dealers, they owned and operated many shops since the 70's.  In addition having 20 years experience in  financial management, Marcia brought her skills to Withington’s in January of 2005.  Prior to that time, she would assist with an occasional estate clean-out or an appraisal and was responsible for setting up the country auction previews in the barn.  Over the past 18 years, she has learned the gentle art of auctioneering from the “Master” and received her NH Auctioneer’s License (#4028) in the summer of 2004.

I am sure Dick Withington would be extremely proud of both Larry and Marcia for maintaining his legacy. Withington Auctions is still a force to be reckoned with in the auction world.

Mike Reopel

Partner/Chief Executive Officer, Auctioneer


Auctioneer, collector, veteran, and successful business owner and executive, Mike is passionate about continuing the legacy of the Withington Auctions company.  He is a seasoned antiques collector with a special interest in White Mountain (New Hampshire) paintings, rare books, historical documents, early firearms and Dunlap and Seymour furniture.

A graduate of West Point and Harvard University, Mike served as an airborne ranger in multiple infantry units, taught economics, worked in the White House and created and led several successful businesses.  He received his New Hampshire auctioneer’s license in 2005 and currently owns several small businesses in New Hampshire and abroad.

Mike is a current board member and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Ken Labnon

Partner/Chief Auctioneer, Appraiser


Professional auctioneer and appraiser, Kenneth Labnon, brings 50 years’ experience in the auction business to the Withington Auctions team.  Having worked for multiple auction companies, Ken has completed over 2,000 auctions during his career.  Along the way, he has acquired an excellent working knowledge of antiques market values, as well as expertise in valuing silver and jewelry.ent board member and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Ken has donated many hours calling auctions for numerous charitable organizations including, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD), the New England College Alumni Association, the Henniker Rotary Club, the Cardigan Mountain School and others.

Ken’s extensive experience, professionalism, energy and integrity make him a welcome addition to the Withington Auctions team.

Gary Yeaton

Partner/ American Furniture and Clocks Specialist, Appraiser


As a professional antiques dealer, appraiser and furniture conservation specialist, Gary brings his knowledge and expertise in valuing American furniture and decorative arts to the Withington Auctions company.  Over his nearly 50-year career buying, selling, restoring and appraising antiques, Gary has acquired a broad range of knowledge in such areas as early paper, books, glass, tools, art, clocks and furniture from every period.  Over time, he developed a particular interest in furniture and clocks of the 18th and early 19th century, with a special focus on New Hampshire furniture makers, including the Dunlaps, for which he is well-known.

Gary’s excellent professional reputation and wide-ranging knowledge of antiques and the antiques market make him an invaluable member of the Withington Auctions team.

Gary is a current member of New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association.

Conditions Of Sale

Phoenix Auction October 1 - October 8


All lots must be picked up by 13 October or make other arrangements by phone. We have arranged for UPS shipments for your convenience.