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By Kim Fernandez
For The Baltimore Sun
| October 10, 2013
Dreaming of a guided tour of the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center? Tickets to a game? A trip to Mexico? Autographed pro football helmets, jewelry, dinner out, artwork, or wine tasting parties? All of this and more can be yours, and the best part is that it all benefits the Maryland SPCA. The Maryland SPCA's 9th annual online auction, Shop-a-Paw-Looza, is running now through Oct. 29 and offers a variety of items and experiences including those above. There's something for every taste and every price range, and all proceeds benefit the SPCA.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Grille at Peerce's will be sold at public auction on Nov. 10, according to Daniel Billig of A. J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers. The Phoenix restaurant, formerly known as Peerce's Plantation, will remain open until the property settles, Billig said, which will likely be around the end of this year. Established in 1932, Peerce's Plantation was a landmark, family-owned Baltimore County dining destination before it closed in 2001. In 2008, the property was purchased by Joseph W. Bivona, Jr. as a venue for his Signature Catering company.
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BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
A Valentine's Day auction has been scheduled for developer Patrick Turner's Westport Waterfront site. The auction house A.J. Billig and Co. is advertising that sale of the roughly 43-acre property will take place Feb. 14 on the steps of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse downtown. The property is eight parcels but will be sold as a single unit, according to the auction materials . A $500,000 deposit will be required at the time of purchase. In November, lender Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.
FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Prime pieces of farmland like this one on the auction block in northern Baltimore County are few and far between. Ideally situated among the rolling hills of Maryland's horse country, 4101 Butler Road in Glyndon is a 189-acre, horseshoe-shaped estate adjacent to Sagamore Farm, the well-known thoroughbred horse breeding center. A completely renovated, 304-year-old farmhouse, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, is nestled on the property. The current owners farm out portions of the land for soybean and hay. There is also a one-bedroom cottage on a 1-plus-acre building site.
NEWS
October 26, 2011
It was with more than passing interest that I read Jacques Kelly 's account of the auction at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. I grew up in Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in nearby Highlandtown and remember well the summer carnivals that Mr. Kelly described. I am sure that the closing of St. Michael's has been a painful experience for its parishoners. I recently finished reading Jason Berry's "Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, " which discusses the issue of parish closures.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | May 16, 2014
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church plans to sell an 1881 church in Bolton Hill at auction next month. The Strawbridge United Methodist Church property, which stopped being used in 2009 and likely requires “multiple millions” in renovation, will go to the highest bidder at the auction June 19, regardless of price, said Stephen Ferrandi, a principal with the NAI KLNB commercial brokerage, who is marketing the...
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2012
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that it would auction off securities it acquired in 53 banks, including two in Maryland. The government acquired these preferred shares and subordinated debt positions as part of the Trouble Asset Relief Program, which was created four years ago to prevent a widespread collapse of the financial system. Under TARP, the government provided banks with capital in exchange for interest-paying securities. Now that the Treasury is winding down TARP, the government has been auctioning off the bank securities.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
An auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point mill, delayed last week, remains scheduled for Tuesday - at least as of early Monday evening. No announcement changing the time of the auction - or naming a lead, "stalking horse bidder" - was on the bankruptcy court's docket as of 6 p.m. Monday. The auction, originally set for a week earlier, was postponed at the last minute, reportedly to allow the company more time to find such a bidder. RG Steel also plans to auction off its assets in Warren, Ohio on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
The Apex, Baltimore's last adult movie house, sold for $295,000 to a local investor at auction Friday morning. The winning bidder, who identified himself as Sam Singh, has not settled on any plans for the property, said Andy Billig, a partner in A.J. Billig and Co. Auctioneers, which conducted the auction. Singh said he was willing to let the current operators continue running the theater until he makes a decision, Billig said. Opened in 1942 at 108 S. Broadway, the 672-seat Apex began showing adult films in 1972.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The storied Milford Mill Swim Club in Baltimore County sold at auction Thursday for $775,000 to a religious group, said Dan Billig, managing member of A. J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers. He declined to disclose the name of the buyer. Other bidders included two or three developers and another nonprofit, with bidding starting at $500,000, Billig said. The 19-acre property, which includes indoor and outdoor pools plus a spring-fed quarry lake, had been used a location for "The Buddy Deane Show" and movies by directors John Waters and Barry Levinson.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Alas, they still haven't found the missing star. But several fragments of the 30-foot-by-42-foot star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry after the Battle of Baltimore are up for sale this week at a Boston auction house. Pre-bidding is under way for the 3-inch-by-3-inch swatches of the flag, a smaller version of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that became the national anthem. Bidding at RR Auction began at $10,000 but is expected to go much higher. Live auction bidding will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 8, 2014
A run-down uninhabited house at 506 Locksley Road that has been the subject of complaints for the last two years from West Towson neighbors has been sold, County Councilman Marks said. "We're happy to get this resolved," said Marks, who represents Towson. "It's been an eyesore. The county worked very, very hard on this. " Marks said the winning bidder was a builder with plans to raze the structure. The auction company, A.J. Billig & Co., confirmed the sale but would not identify the buyer.
ENTERTAINMENT
Mary Carole McCauley | September 8, 2014
A rare and previously unknown letter by George Armistead, commander of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, is going under the auction gavel this week at an auction house in Chesapeake City, Cecil County. The May 3, 1811 letter, which has an estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000, throws new light about the commissioning of the giant flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. It will be auctioned off Tuesday or Wednesday at Alexander Historical Auctions on behalf of a private collector.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Marie E. Scott, a homemaker who enjoyed attending auctions, playing bridge and traveling to France, died of cancer Aug. 27 at her Homeland residence. She was 87. The daughter of George Grant Thomas, a banker, and Marie Elise Donahue Thomas, the former Marie Elise Thomas was born in Philadelphia and moved with her family to Oakenshawe. She graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1945 and from the Bard Avon School, a Baltimore business and secretarial school, in 1946. In 1947, she went to work as a secretary for a doctor and in the late 1940s, she became secretary to the chairman of the engineering department at the Johns Hopkins University.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
An Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declared US Wind Inc. the provisional winner of a daylong auction for a pair of federal leases 10 nautical miles offshore, where federal officials say enough turbines could be placed to power 300,000 homes. US Wind is an offshoot of Renexia, the renewable-energy arm of Italian construction giant Toto S.p.A.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Hundreds more problem properties in Baltimore are finding new buyers as the city steps up the use of decades-old law designed to root out negligent owners. The law, which community groups pioneered in the early 1990s, allows property owners to be sued for code violations and lose their buildings if they fail to make repairs. But until recently, transferring homes to new owners through a court-appointed receiver happened in just a few dozen cases each year. Now as part of its Vacants to Value initiative, the city is putting more focus on the law, swelling the auction lists.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
The pony swim is a summertime tradition that's not to be missed. The wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island — the Virginia portion of it — are rounded up for a swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island, where they will be herded down Main Street and auctioned off at the carnival grounds. The event takes place on the last Wednesday of July. The plan: The action starts at "slack tide," which can be any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the ponies swim across the Assateague Channel, south of Memorial Park on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2010
The former McCormick spice plant property, one of the last major undeveloped parcels near Baltimore's Inner Harbor, is headed back to the auction block. The 1.9-acre parcel at Light and Conway streets will be up for sale Jan. 11 in a foreclosure auction on the premises handled by GoIndustry DoveBid's offices in Owings Mills. An auction scheduled for Nov. 5 was canceled after the property owner, an affiliate of Philadelphia-based ARC Wheeler Equities, sought bankruptcy protection the day before.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 13, 2014
Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale.
FEATURES
By Jake Nevins, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
You could call it the house that canned spaghetti built, but the Penderyn Estate in Queenstown is grander than that. The 22,500-square-foot mansion was built in 1989 for Mario Boiardi, a Mid-Atlantic businessman and son of Hector Boiardi, the New York City chef who created the Chef Boyardee brand of products. The property, originally listed for $29 million, will be auctioned July 19 by DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions. Mario Boiardi, who died in 2007, and his wife, Maureen, sold the home to Morgan O'Brien , the former CEO of Nextel.
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