Holy shit, they wear suits over at Tepper Galleries?! NO WAY! I've never seen those guys in more than a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, puffing on cigars (maybe I'm exaggerating the cigars, but you get the idea). But it looks like this auction house is trying to go up against the big boys, now. First, there was the new awning. I started getting really nervous when they stapled a color cover on the xeroxed lot list. Now they've taken the Tepper Galleries website upscale, too. Just look at these mugs on the "about us" page. It pains me to see these steadfast auctioneers in ties, and worse, studio-lighting.
I love Tepper because it's the antithesis of the fancy schmancy Manhattan auction experience. It's the only place to go in New York City where you can wander happily through a big room heaped with a whole bunch of estate detritus. Dealers go there for stock, interior designers to buy for their clients, kids to decorate their apartments on the cheap. Don't get me wrong, there's good stuff and prices can go sky high. But most times there's something even the marginally-employed (me) can afford. The only thing Tepper needed to make them perfect is a coffee and donut vendor at the back (go to Clarke Auctions for that).
I will weep if they've replaced the little tooth-marked golf pencils, the ones in the cardboard box by the door, with gold pens. It reminds me of Banana Republic introducing their premium "BR" monogram line at the exact moment the economy tanked.
What do you think. Is this the right time for an auction house like Tepper to upgrade their image?