Brown Tool Auctions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Where do the tools in the auctions come from?

A: The tools in all of our auctions are consigned from people in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. We have auctioned off some astounding collections.

Q: What is Fine Tool Journal, LLC?

A: Fine Tool Journal, LLC is the corporation that owns Brown Tool Auctions. Jim Gehring serves as the President of this corporation.

Q: If I am looking for a certain tool could you possibly have it?

A: Yes, at any given time we often are in possession of more than 10,000 tools. We will check our inventory for you. Just call us at 1-800-248-8114

Q: How do I consign a tool for auction?

A: We are always interested in tools for consignment.
The Fine Tool Journal Absentee Auction and The Annual International Antique Tool Auction in Camp Hill, PA, both often have room. If you have tools you are thinking of selling, give us a call -– we will work out the details to meet your needs. Distance is not a problem as we travel coast to coast several times a year. We also buy many quality tools. We will travel to look at a collection, or one of the many nationwide events may bring us into your area. Our knowledge and wide circulation mean we can pay top money, so do not sell without talking to us. No obligation and all contacts held in strictest confidence.

Consignments for the Annual International Antique Tool Auction must be received by the end of June for the Fall Auction, and by the end of December for the Spring Auction. 

Q: What are the current world records of tool sales?

A: The Brown Tool Auction holds many world record prices. First, Brown Auctions are the largest tool auctions in the world. The total sale amount plus the average price per a tool is higher at a Brown Auction then any other sale. The world record price for a tool at auction is the Sandusky Three-arm plow plane that sold for $114,400; Browns sold this plane in 2005. Other records include a Chelsea pencil sharpener for $17,000, rosewood Sandusky center-wheel plow for $22,000 along with many other great tools that are current records in their tool type.