Richard W. Oliver is founder of Oliver's Inc. Auction Gallery located in Kennebunk, Maine, selling antiques, fine art, specialty collectibles, and estates. Oliver's grew from a one-person operation to a serious organization with many specialty departments including Americana, Fishing Collectibles, Golf Collectibles, Decoys, Toys & Dolls, Victoriana, Fire Arms, Fine Art, and Advertising. It became a dominant force in a number of antiques and collectible markets, and achieved many world record prices at auction. Oliver's cultivated business in excess of $100 million through skillful consulting, appraising and auctioneering for clients dealing in antiques and in the fine and decorative arts.
The auction catalogs of Oliver's are well-researched and well-written. They are continually sought after by dealers, collectors and researchers as a source of excellent reference material. Oliver's catalogs can be found in bookstores, fleamarkets, and online on eBay.com, Abebooks.com, Amazon.com & other sites.
Mr. Oliver has also authored the book Business Auctions: An Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling Business Equipment and Real Estate at Auction. The book describes the nature and size of the liquidation market, the opportunties and difficulties. A new and innovative variation of the standard auction is introducted: the Sealed Bidder's Auction.
Currently, Oliver's, LLC is active in appraisal work, in consulting, and in conducting independent auctions.