Friday, September 19, 2008

Neurosurgeon, Commander, Lawyer, Engineer

We handle the liquidation of over 100 estates a year here in the Denver and Colorado Front Range Area. Most of the items from these estates end up being sold at Public Auction, either onsite or at our Eaton Auction Center in Downtown Eaton, Colorado. Some of the estates we handle are more memorable than others. We have recently been hired to liquidate an estate I am sure we will all remember for some time.

Long time Denver resident Dr. Lawrence M. Robertson passed away unexpectedly recently. The Personal Representative of his estate hired us to liquidate all his personal property on VERY SHORT NOTICE! Dr. Robertson was well known in Denver, Colorado and the surrounding states. Not only was he a Neurosurgeon but he was also a US Navy Commander, Electrical Engineer and Law School Graduate. In his spare time he loved building model aircraft and adding to his huge model railroading collection. I never was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Robertson but I am sure he was a very interesting man. We learn about people as we sort through their personal belongings in preparation for an estate sale or auction.

Dr. Robertson’s Estate includes some wonderful merchandise. There are some great old family antiques including an original Maria pot, Kachina dolls, a rare 1860 US Calvary Civil War sword with the original belt & brass eagle belt buckle, antique furniture, artwork, new and like new tools, antique medical instruments, over 100 model airplanes, over 1000 scale model train items, medical, law and other books, laboratory items and tons more. Visit to see the complete details and all the items in this auction. Check out some of these items in the slide show below.

Dr. Robertson’s office was located at 1635 Gilpin in the Capital Hill area of Denver. Due to an extreme lack of parking, we will be selling all of his possessions at an internet only auction. This is just like a live auction except there is no auctioneer and all the bidding takes place over the internet. The auction items will all be posted online so anyone can view the items and place his or her best bids. At 1:10 PM on Saturday, September 27, 2008 the auction will start to close with lot number one. Each successive item will close every thirty seconds until all the items are sold.

If you have bid on eBay before then you will have no problem bidding here. We even make it easier to make sure you win. There is an auto-extend feature that extends the closing time on any item that receives a bid in the last five minutes of the bidding. This feature keeps extending the item’s ending time until no more bids are received. This helps to prevent last second sniping. Many times more than 50% of the bids come in during this extended bidding time. Of course, you can always just leave your best bid beforehand and not watch the closing. Learn about this auction at our auction website,

Make sure and check out all of Dr. Robertson’s items. It is interesting what you can learn about a person from the possessions they had. If you are handling an estate or downsizing, feel free to contact us for free advice. Most people only handle one estate in their life. We have handled thousands and can surely help you with what seems to be an overwhelming task.

Happy Auctioning!


Thursday, September 11, 2008


Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers Inc. Auctioneer David P. Whitley CAI CES recently joined fellow members of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) in Washington, DC for the association’s annual Auction Action on Capitol Hill Day. This annual event brings industry leaders from across the nation to meet with members of Congress to educate them about the quarter-trillion dollar live-auction industry and discuss issues of concern to professional auctioneers.

Participants this year educated members of Congress about the current foreclosure crisis and the current system for disposing of foreclosed home. Contrary to popular belief, professional auctioneers do not manage the sales of foreclosed home at public auction and the reality is that the majority of foreclosure auctions fail, costing distressed homeowners their homes and equity, as well as costing the American taxpayer billions of dollars.

Whitley is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Colorado Auctioneers Association. He is the President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers Inc. and has been an active member in the auction industry for 23 years.

“I was honored to join my fellow auctioneers in Washington DC to discuss with members of Congress the foreclosure crisis impacting our country and educate them about the current system which is flawed, “ said Whitley. “ There is a better solution available for homeowners and America’s taxpayers when selling federally insured homes at foreclosure auctions and I am excited to be part of the discussion and potential solution.”

Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers Inc. and its sister company Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers Realty LLC provide quality auction and auctioneering services to the Rocky Mountain Region. Through its staff, they service Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska clients that desire professional auction services and sales for real estate and personal property. RMEB conducts many auctions at its 20,000 square foot Eaton Auction Center centrally located in downtown Eaton, Colorado. There they sell tools, machinery, cars, trucks, antiques, firearms, fine art and more. RMEB’s auction services extend beyond its main areas of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Boulder, Longmont and Denver, Colorado into Wyoming, Nebraska and beyond.

They offer live, real-time internet bidding on most of their auctions and have sold items to buyers from all over the USA, Mexico, Canada, Germany and other countries. Auctioneers David P. Whitley, Catherine "Casey" L Giddings and Robert L. "Bob" Johnson are all graduates of the Certified Auctioneers Institute and maintain the prestigious CAI designation. RMEB can be contacted through its websites at or or by telephone at 970-454-1010.

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