The Burns Family

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Adrian Burns first began attending auctions in upstate New York as a small child with his grandfather, a lifetime deal seeker and accumulator of old stuff. A surprise discovery of a gold-plated pocket watch in a box of tools and junk planted a seed that would lead to a lifelong interest in rare, unusual, surprising, sentimental and valuable items. It wasn't long before Adrian was working as a ringer, runner and all around gopher at the auction house of a family friend. Adrian often brought home armfuls of items from these auctions and from meetings with old timers.  Adrian's growing collection of tube radios, military items, bottles and other antiques soon began to overflow the shelf space of his childhood bedroom.

The love for the auction, and the stuff, continued to grow as Adrian went off to college, where he received bachelor's degrees in history and journalism. Following his arrival in Northeast Ohio to work as a newspaper reporter, Adrian began selling many of the things he had accumulated as a child - and for good money, too! Soon, Adrian realized he could go out to Ohio's many auctions and buy up the sorts of things he had previously been given and then sell them for a profit to pay off student loans and generally support the thrill of discovery that the antique trade can bring.  Over time, that buying and selling led to sending items to auction, selling at antique shows and later earning an Ohio license as an auctioneer. Eventually, Adrian left his full-time job of nearly seven years as a banking and finance reporter for Columbus Business First to pursue his dream of running his own auction company.

Today, Adrian owns Burns Auction & Appraisal LLC, the culmination of more than 20 years of rarely ever ducking the near constant pull to find, evaluate and sell all manner of items. While antiques are still near and dear to Adrian, he now auctions  a wide variety of items.

Adrian is married to Gretchen Burns, who holds a degree in photography from Ohio University. Gretchen helps take and process photos, and often serves as our cashier on pickup day. Cora Burns is our pride and joy, and is very interested in antiques, the more fragile and expensive the better.

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