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I just had a terrible experience with them, so I thought I'd warn others.
During one of their recent auctions, I won a terrific magic lithograph that was already beautifully framed.
Prior to any bidding, I had e-mailed with the owner of the auction house to confirm that the frame was included in the sale. (You can never be too careful.) Well, you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when I showed up to collect my poster but the frame was nowhere to be seen.
I was told that their policy is to remove all artwork from the frames. (They admitted that said policy does not show up anywhere in writing.) It seems that all of the frames were thrown out after the unframing. (They also suggested that the frames were likely destroyed in the unframing process.)

So there I am, holding my poster NOT in an expensive looking frame, but in a plastic sleeve, when things got even worse! I was told that they couldn't let me take the sleeve/backer board, so I would have to remove the unmounted, 100 year old poster and bring it home unprotected. (They didn't have any tubes that I could use, and after spending that sort of money, it never occurred to me that I'd have to bring my own shipping supplies for an in-person pick up.

Since they couldn't offer me any sort of discount for the missing frame, and I didn't think transporting it home unprotected in a car with two occasionally unruly children under the age of 5 was a good idea, I told them to keep the poster tore up my check.

It was disappointing, and frustrating, but not nearly as bad as it would have been if I'd won all 6 lots (11 total posters) that I'd been bidding on!
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Doing "business" like that will ensure they are not around for long. This is a small community and people talk. Saving a couple of bucks on a sale while losing a customer who may spend hundreds more down the road, is naive and ignorant.

I spend quite a bit at auctions. I shall avoid this gallery like the plague.
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Wow! I had no idea they have such a bad reputation! Terrible.

On Mar 29, 2017, Michael Baker wrote:
They have MANY bad reviews:
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Why on earth would they remove artwork from the original frame? If they are going to do this as a policy, it should be posted somewhere in writing.
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Quinns Auction Gallery is a fraudulent scheme, targeting the elderly for financial exploitation as reflected in the reviews on the Yelp page for Quinns Auction Gallery.

Other victims of this scheme also reported this elderly scam on Revdex:

More victims of the financial exploitation of the elderly were also reported on The Magic Café:

David Quinn is the owner and President of Quinns Auction Gallery with dual citizenship in Arizona, and is believed to be the same David Quinn with a criminal record of fraudulent schemes, conspiracy, and theft of property, which would account for these myriad of complaints for this scheme:

This same David Quinn incorporated another scheme also targeting the same victim population as in Virginia, elderly retires and estates of loved ones, under an enterprise called 360 Estate Sales & Cleaning:

This new estate scheme targeting the elderly for financially exploitation is marketing estates of deceased retires in Sun City, Arizona, a popular retirement destination for retirees from the east coast:

Any past or present victims of these fraudulent schemes are encouraged to contact law enforcement, your state's attorney general's office, the BBB, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Victims of the Quinn family's schemes are also encouraged to post reviews on these several review sites to alert families and relatives of deceased estates to avoid further victimization of vulnerable adults in our community.
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