December 1, 2023

Everard Auctions might occupy a nondescript building on Waters Avenue, but the company’s online auctions attract considerable attention from collectors in the Savannah area and beyond.

The Spring Southern Estates Auction, which takes place on June 1-2, seems likely to generate even more interest than usual for Everard since it features pieces from the collections of two Savannahians – Murray C. Perlman and Alex Raskin – who have had myriad influences on the city’s culture and identity.

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Perlman, who passed away in January, was an owner and partner of Savannah Galleries, which started selling antique furniture in 1968. Perlman and his late spouse Wayne Spear were major supporters of various organizations around town. In April, the Historic Savannah Foundation hosted the ribbon cutting for the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center in the former Kennedy Pharmacy on Broughton Street.

Myrtle Jones (Georgia, 1913-2007), ‘Savannah Scene,’ oil on canvas. Estimate $1,200-$1,800; starting bid $800.

The two-day auction also has items from the collection of Alex Raskin Antiques, which has occupied the Noble Hardee Mansion on Monterey Square since 1990. Raskin is now retiring after more than 50 years in the antiques business. It feels like the end of an era on Bull Street.

Other estates and collections are also represented in the auction, which includes almost 600 lots. About 120 of the lots come from either the Perlman estate or Raskin collection.

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