Both the business and the residence of Philip and Emily Weiss on Long Island, New York, were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Philip Weiss Auctions had staged monthly auctions out of its Oceanside gallery for more than 25 years.
“The business took a direct hit, and our home sustained a good bit of damage too,” Philip Weiss said. “It was hard to sit by and watch two months pass without any sales. The Oceanside facility was a total loss. We can’t do business there. Fortunately, the bulk of consignors’ material was safe, as the staff spent days raising and securing the property.”
After a brief search, Weiss and his team found a suitable replacement gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, New York, not far from Oceanside. “It was important to reestablish the business in the same general area, because we have clients, consignors, and buyers who know us and depend on us to be nearby. Also, most of our employees live in this area.” Lynbrook, like Oceanside, is located in western Long Island, in Nassau County, just outside New York City.
November had been scheduled as an active month for the firm. On tap were a two-day auction event on nonconsecutive days (November 15 and 17) and an important estate sale on November 29. Those sales were postponed. An Internet-only sale is scheduled for January 31 via Proxibid and AuctionZip; for details, see the Weiss Web site (www.weissauctions.com). Live sales in Lynbrook will follow, starting February 26.
“On behalf of myself and my wonderful and loyal staff, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and say thanks to everyone who supported us with words of encouragement and offers of help during this trying time,” Weiss said. “Our hearts go out to everyone who sustained damage from this horrific superstorm. We wish everyone a very speedy recovery.”
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Originally published in the February 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest