About Berkeley Brown

Anson Brown, co-founder and principal of Auction Exclusive, is an expert in rare books, prints, antique maps, historical manuscripts and autographs. He is also well versed in a variety of fine and decorative arts and antiques and has 7 years experience in the auction industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from George Mason University and and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Website: http://abmctech.com
Berkeley Brown has written 17 articles so far, you can find them below.
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The Mad Men Art of Japan in Bertram Cooper’s Office

Once widely collected, but today rarely appearing on people’s homes, Japanese woodblock prints can be seen lining the walls of the old office of senior partner Bertram “Bert” Cooper, (played  Robert Morse) in seasons one through four of the television series Mad Men. Woodblock printing is one of the oldest techniques of creating prints dating back […]
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Bidding: How to Beat The Computer in the Room

The internet has revolutionized auction, changing the way auctions are conducted worldwide. With internet auction sites like Live Auctioneers, Art Fact, Auction Zip and The Sale Room, anyone can bid in real time during an auction almost like they were there on the floor. Online bidders have a way of increasing the auctioneer’s bottom line but to […]
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! National Read Across America Day

Imagine my surprise when I stopped at Google today and did not find a Google Doodle tribute to Dr. Seuss as they customarily do for famous and beloved authors. Born March 2nd, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, he is best know by the pen name Dr. Seuss. He would author 46 children’s books throughout his career […]
"A Brush for the Lead", lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1867. Source: Wikipedia.org.

Print & Graphics Series I: Identification of The Lithograph

Lithograph is a a word you will hear thrown around a lot if you spend any amount of time in the art or auction industry looking at antique prints and graphics. To many people, every print is a “lithograph” though this is not technically correct. Lithograph is NOT a term, it is a medium of […]
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Buyer’s Premium Explained

Buyer’s Premium: At auction, the Buyer’s Premium is an expense, added to the Hammer Price, which is price the auctioneer sells an item for on the sales floor during the auction.  For example, if you go to an auction with a buyer’s premium of 15%, buy something on the sales floor for $100, when you […]
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A Brief History of the Vince Lombardi Trophy by Tiffany & Co.

In honor of the Super Bowl XLVII here is a brief history of the Vince Lombardi Trophy The Baltimore Ravens just took home the fabled Vince Lombari Trophy tonight with their 34-31 point victory over the San Francisco 49\’ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Before I was in the auction business, Tiffany & Co. had a […]
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Selling Gold & Silver at Auction

Advice on how to get you the best deal from an auction house for your precious metals. When it comes to selling gold, silver and other precious metals at auction, there are advantages and disadvantages; but for most auctioneers, selling gold and silver at auction is a no-brainer. They want to sell it for you. […]

George Edwards Dodo Ordeal

This is an auction story about the one that got away. The moral of the story I will tell you right away: If you love something coming up for auction, buy it because you can always sell it later! As I sit here staring at my photographic reproduction of a George Edwards engraving of a […]

Should I Sell at Auction? What you need to know…

By Anson Brown As an auction professional, there is nothing worse in this business than disappointing consignors. It would seem, there is nothing we can say or do to really prepare a consignor for what to expect at auction. Disappointment happens when you bring your treasures to auction that you think are valuable only to […]

What Encyclopedia Britannica and The Dodo Have In Common

Encyclopedia Britannica is Out of Print I still remember when my parents bought our family encyclopedia set form the door to door salesman in 1990. Who knew that just a few years later the company would layoff their entire sales force in 1996? After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica is no longer issuing its printed version […]