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Smith's Auction Gallery: A Renowned History

The History of Smith's Auctions & AppraisalsHalf A Century of New England Auctions and Appraisals

In the spring of 1962 Bill Smith and his wife Merilyn, Hillsboro N.H. natives, held their first auction: the Estate of Silas Row. The auction was held on the grounds of the estate, and was a great success. The business grew over the years and in 1971 Bill held what was proclaimed as the "auction of the century": The Estate of James Cambell Lewis. That auction set records and gave the William Smith firm national recognition.

Today our auction firm conducts on the average of 45 auctions per year. We hold five major annual auctions: Labor Day, Memorial Day, a Thanksgiving holiday sale, a New Years holiday sale, and a mid winter sale. Our other auctions consist of "on site" estate auctions. These auctions are conducted from May to October, and have proven to be very successful (more information about our on-site auctions can be found here).

Our other sales are evening estate auctions and specialty sales. We have several experts on staff to assist those with specialized items such as jewelry, stamps, coins, artwork, books and ephemera, and toy trains.