Auctions cater to changing ages, tastes

In a business where comics can be more prized than 19th-century furniture, R.I. auctioneers try to keep up

ONLINE PRESENCE: Auctioneer Travis Landry takes bids from the crowd, as well as online, during an auction at the Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers gallery in Cranston. Gallery owner and President Kevin Bruneau said most of their auctions feature online bidders from around the world competing with live audiences, pulling in up to 10,000 additional bidders who check in on auctions periodically. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ONLINE PRESENCE: Auctioneer Travis Landry takes bids from the crowd, as well as online, during an auction at the Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers gallery in Cranston. Gallery owner and President Kevin Bruneau said most of their auctions feature online bidders from around the world competing with live audiences, pulling in up to 10,000 additional bidders who check in on auctions periodically. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
There were a few empty chairs at the June 8 antiques and fine arts auction at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers gallery in Cranston, which Nancy Thomas, a spokeswoman for Bruneau, blamed on the sunny weekend weather outside. On rainy or snowy days, she said, the gallery is packed. In the back, four people monitored online…

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