12-year-old Jonah Martin loves to attend auctions. He can often be found cruising through our back gallery or diligently bidding from the front row. We wondered what got him interested in auctions; here’s what he had to say
Q: Why do you like to go to Auctions?
A: I like to meet new people and find lots of cool treasures that tell about the past. I once bought a stock receipt from 1849 and I also purchased fractional currency there. We went online and learned the history of fractional currency after that.
Q: What is your favorite part of the auction experience?
A: I like the bidding, the satisfaction of winning a bid, and learning about the history of items being sold.
Q: What have you learned from going to auctions?
A: I learned about fractional currency, Japanese “Mickey Mouse” money (Japanese government issued Philippines Peso). I’ve also learned a lot about the business side of selling things. I want to own a store someday
Q: What would you say to someone who has never been to an auction?
A: Come out to an auction even if you just want to watch because it’s fun to watch and meet new people. I would also tell them not to spend all their money.
Q: Why should people go to auction?
A: You can meet new people, learn a lot about history, and get things cheaper than they are in stores.
Q: What were the best things you ever bought at auction?
A: My favorite items were 1837 fractional currency, my knight’s shield, and a gumball machine.
Q: What made you want to start going to auctions?
A: I like to watch auctions on TV and it’s more fun to be there in person. My favorite auction is the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction- I hope to see it in person someday.
Our sincere thanks to Jonah! We love seeing him at our auctions and hope that he will be an avid auction fan for years to come.