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Northshore Home Summer 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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102 SUMMER 2018 W HAT WOULD YOU PAY FOR A PAIR OF RED oven mitts? What if they were signed by Martha Stewart? The winning bidder at a recent sale at Kaminski Auctions dropped $360—per- haps hoping to sprinkle a bit of Stewart's magic in their own kitchen. The oven mitts were just one item in a two-day sale the Beverly auctioneer held this spring featuring more than 5,000 pieces from the lifestyle guru's prop ware- house, which held items used on Stewart's TV shows and magazines. Visitors to the auction preview got an opportunity not many people have had: total immersion in the exquisite glassware, cake stands, vases, and other shop More than 5,000 pieces from Martha Stewart's prop warehouse were on sale this past spring at Kaminski Auctions in Beverly. props that have garnered Stewart's seal of approval through the years. "I was thrilled that I could bring this collection to the North Shore," says Frank Kaminski, CEO at the auction house. When he heard from a mutual friend that Stewart was looking for someone to sell off her ex- tensive collection, he zipped down to New York to visit Martha Stewart Living's headquarters on 26th Street in Manhattan and tour the massive warehouse full of carefully cataloged items. "There were racks and racks of items, each one individually labeled," Kaminski recalls. "Every single spatula, candy dish, and cutting board was invento- ried." This was a far cry from the expert evaluator's usual experience of visiting old barns and estates chock-a-block with treasures, sometimes dusty and in no particular order. On his whirlwind tour, Kaminski was able to gain 10 minutes with the successful entrepreneur herself—not enough time for a selfie, but adequate to seal the deal. "She was meeting with CBS in one room, then headed to another meeting down the hall," Kaminski recalls, noting that he complimented her on a recent television appearance and their shared Polish ancestry. Kaminski also slipped in a mention of another famous female businesswomen he'd done work for: Oprah Winfrey. Back in 2013, Kaminski Auctions over- saw a massive liquidation of items from many of the celebrity's homes across the country, from Indiana to Chicago to Hawaii. That event was held under giant circus-style tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Grounds, with Oprah herself in attendance. Kaminski was able to spend several hours with the TV and publishing

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