The Great Hoboken Auction 2010

5/5/2010 Update:

Hoboken Historical Museum spokesperson Melissa Abernathy is proud to announce a fantastic success at last weekend’s Great Hoboken Auction at Stevens!

Annual Great Hoboken Auction a Big Success

“When the final gavel banged down, over a hundred lucky bidders had snapped up hundreds of packages of unique experiences, framed prints and original paintings, a year of indoor parking or yacht-club memberships, and other unique items at the Great Hoboken Auction on Saturday, May 1. One of the Museum’s major fundraising events, the Auction typically raises over $40,000 for the operating budget (this year’s event is still being calculated, but it looks like it will be on par). Nearly 200 people from Hoboken and the surrounding area attended the annual social gathering, held this year in Stevens Institute’s SC Williams Library.

The Silent Auction offered an eclectic array of antiques, collectibles, and unique experience packages, plus gift certificates for meals, services, and merchandise from local businesses, residents and artists. Sandwiches and treats from Park and Sixth, beverages from Sparrow Wine and Liquor, and live piano music by John Keim kept the evening festive.

When auctioneer Eugene Flinn stepped up to the microphone to call out bids for the Live Auction, bidding was heated for some of the new items, such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Carlo’s Bakery, with the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, himself. Other hot items included a week’s use of a Winter Park, Colo., condo; a private tour of the Macy’s Parade Studios and grandstand tickets to the Parade itself; and membership in the Shipyard pool, with views of Manhattan. Each of these garnered a thousand dollars or more, and some of the donors generously allowed the Museum to offer the packages twice.

On behalf of the entire Auction Committee, Board President Carol Losos would like to acknowledge the contributions of many generous donors and the cheerful efforts of board members and a large corps of volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible. We are grateful to Hank Dobbelaar, VP for Facilities & Community Relations, and Library Director Ourida Oubraham at Stevens Institute of Technology for allowing us to use their remarkable library building. “


Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 1st!

Great Hoboken Auction packed with goodies!

This year’s annual Great Hoboken Auction to benefit the Hoboken Historical Museum is so exciting, it’s hard to fit it all in.

Taking place on Saturday, May 1, the event this year moves to a new venue, the S.C. Williams Library on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology, with free parking available. Delicious sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase all evening. Admission is just $15, free to children age 14 and under. Doors open at 6pm to the Silent Auction, which offers an eclectic array of fine art and historic prints, antiques and new furniture, collectibles, and gift certificates to suit almost any taste or budget.

The pace quickens at 7:30 p.m., when auctioneer Eugene Flinn, owner of Amanda’s and Elysian Café, opens the Live Auction.

New items include:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour with the “Cake Boss” himself, Buddy Valastro, of Carlo’s Bakery and The Learning Channel fame;
  • Chocolate-making lessons from the master chocolatier at Schnackenberg’s;
  • A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Metropolitan Opera, with one of the Met’s artists as personal guide, providing insights and insider stories.

Returning favorites:

  • Macy’s Parade Studio tour, plus four grandstand seats to the big event;
  • A guided tour of Stevens Institute of Technology’s Davidson Lab Wave Tank and Ocean Engineering Lab, home of America’s Cup yacht designs, led by Dean Michael Bruno, with a demonstration of the facility in action;
  • A year of indoor parking at the Shipyard, or a family membership in the Shipyard pool;
  • Membership in the Hoboken Yacht Club, including free sailboat rentals;
  • Giorgio’s pastry baking lesson by Mary Grace Castiello – in your own home.

Hoboken’s most inclusive auction

The Museum’s auction is truly an event for everyone – it’s affordable, festive and full of unique experiences to bid on. Imagine sailing the Hudson River on a 32-foot sloop, along with three of your friends, with a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. Fulfill a childhood dream of being a fireman for a day: Bid on a chance to ride in this year’s Memorial Day Parade seated on a Hoboken Fire Truck, or lunch at one of the beautifully restored historic firehouses with members of Hoboken’s bravest.

The auction offers a chance to commission a local artist to paint a portrait of your home or favorite Hoboken scene, or a professional children’s photographer to take a unique, artistic portrait of your kids. We’ve even got a lovely bunch of coconuts: A friend of Museum donated three vintage coconut heads, two pirates and one monkey, a must-have for a Tiki Bar! You’ll never know what treasure you’ll find on over a dozen tables of items. More details are available at

The Museum welcomes additional donations of antique furniture, collectibles, and, of course, products and services from local businesses. The Great Hoboken Auction is a major fundraising event of the year, and it helps support the Museum’s exhibits, programs and publications. Because the HHM is a nonprofit organization, donations are tax-deductible, call the Museum at 201-656-2240. Volunteers are also needed, no experience necessary. For more information, email

About the Hoboken Historical Museum

Founded 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends, with special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, and educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. Visit, for our calendar and online catalog. The Museum is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c) entity.

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Sounds like a load of fun. NJ surprisingly is one of a handful of states where you do not need an auctioneer license to have an auction. Anyone can be an auctioneer. Hoboken would be a great place for a weekly or bi weekly auction of goods and junk.