Gale Molovinsky here.
Just got back tonight from KY where I spent some time with Mario Carrandi at the Jay Marshall sale.
Here is the deal on the Swann Auction: Since Fechner dropped out for the October auction, Mario was engaged by SWANN TO ASSEMBLE the annual auction. His responsibility is to gather consignments, catalog & prepare estimates. THIS IS NOT A SALE OF "THE CARRANDI COLLECTION"......far from it.....in fact, of the approximate 350 lots gathered, only about a dozen have been personally contributed by Mario (the inventory is essentially completed; principal photography for the catalog starts next week). The bulk of the lots came from one main source who is essentially unknown to the magic collector community... but who has been a long time primo buyer of Mario's. There are also, of course, a few lots from the usual suspicious characters. Mario is not the auctioner; the regular Swann staff (i.e., Nick, George, Gary, et. al) will be. In my viewpoint, Mario is a consultant here, the same as when an attorney engages an expert witness to examine & testify at a trial. I was told there are going to be quite a few unusual pieces from all fields of magic, and of interest to me, especially posters and memorabilia from prominent past (now deceased) performers.