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Shelves & Bookcases - General

Bookcases in traditional styles can be a valuable accent piece. They are both useful and attractive. Vintage bookshelves produced in the late 19th to early 20th centuries are particularly valuable. An antique barrister bookcase for sale can range into the thousands.

The collectible Macey barrister bookcase and Heywood-Wakefield hutch are well- made with distinctive character. Macey bookcases often have a protective glass front to preserve books and documents, while Heywood-Wakefield hutches are typically made of rounded northern yellow birch. Pieces are often in good condition due to their sturdy construction.

Traditional antique bookcases, particularly those from sought-after manufacturers, continue to bring high prices at auction. Auctions for these pieces may range from the hundreds into the millions.


Quick Facts

    A Hale Manufacturing Co. circa 1910 barrister bookcase sold for $1,320 at a Phillips auction in 2007
  • A Globe-Wernicki oak five-stack barrister bookcase sold for $923 at a Skinner auction in 2015
  • A 1965-1975 Connecticut cherrywood blockfront desk-and-bookcase sold for $1,082,500 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2013

Recommended Items at Auction

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Oak five tier stacking corner unit by Minty, height 174, depth at centre 53cm
Mar 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
Oak five tier stacking corner unit by Minty, height 174, depth at centre 53cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,200- AUD1,500
AUD1009 Bids
Vintage Eight Cubby Wooden Wall Shelf, 10 X 18 X 4
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Eight Cubby Wooden Wall Shelf, 10 X 18 X 4
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$169 Bids
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MAHOGANY TWO PIECE BOOKCASE
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
MAHOGANY TWO PIECE BOOKCASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD908 Bids
White Wooden Picket Fence Birdhouse Three Tier Shelf With Glass
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
White Wooden Picket Fence Birdhouse Three Tier Shelf With Glass
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$327 Bids
Large early 20th century, Oregon industrial, pigeonhole shelf unit 203 cm high, 83cm wide, 31cm deep
Mar 06, 7:00 PM AEDT
Large early 20th century, Oregon industrial, pigeonhole shelf unit 203 cm high, 83cm wide, 31cm deep
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD606 Bids
2pc Maple Wood Mantel/wall Shelves
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
2pc Maple Wood Mantel/wall Shelves
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
Pair of Gilt Decorated Wood Hanging Wall Shelves
Mar 05, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of Gilt Decorated Wood Hanging Wall Shelves
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$354 Bids
Vintage gilt metal 'Bamboo' etagere
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage gilt metal 'Bamboo' etagere
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$1753 Bids
2 Tier Shelf 25” X 28” X 15”
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
2 Tier Shelf 25” X 28” X 15”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Billy Bags Designs Iron Audio/video Shelves
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Billy Bags Designs Iron Audio/video Shelves
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
5-tier Rattan Shelf
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
5-tier Rattan Shelf
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Arts & Crafts Style Revolving Bookcase
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Arts & Crafts Style Revolving Bookcase
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1001 Bid
Chippendale Style Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chippendale Style Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
(2) Wall Mount Shelves
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Wall Mount Shelves
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
BRIAN GLADWELL - Hanging Shelf
Mar 24, 1:00 PM CST
BRIAN GLADWELL - Hanging Shelf
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $1,500- $1,900
$4801 Bid
Pair of Metal Etageres
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Pair of Metal Etageres
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Pair of Brass Etageres
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Pair of Brass Etageres
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
CONTEMPORARY BOOKSHELF
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
CONTEMPORARY BOOKSHELF
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
French Louix Xv Illuminated Marquetry Curio Cabine
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
French Louix Xv Illuminated Marquetry Curio Cabine
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A SET OF WHITE PAINTED METAL SHELVES, BY DREW PRITCHARD LTD.
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
A SET OF WHITE PAINTED METAL SHELVES, BY DREW PRITCHARD LTD.
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shelves & Bookcases - General


EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd

Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions