Born in Kiev, Russia, Abraham N. Abell immigrated to the United States in 1907, settling in California. Shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, he ventured into the business world by purchasing a furniture store from a relative. During World War I, the modest store was transformed into a thriving auction house called Liberty Auctions.
In 1916, after relocating to the West Adams area, Abell Auction Company received its current name. Catering to the trust and estate communities of Southern California, Abell was the first permanent auction house in Los Angeles showcasing fine estate property – a tradition that continues today.
On a devastating night in 1992, Abell was destroyed by fire during civil unrest. Within three weeks, it reopened for business at its current location, approximately 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Today, Abell’s weekly general and quarterly fine art and antique sales drawing a global following of in-person and online bidders. Located in the nation’s second largest market, it has successfully fused its century-old brick and mortar business model with internet sales while maintaining a key differentiator—its personal touch.
Abell’s skilled professionals are among the best, ranging from appraisers, catalogers and gemologists to translators who speak Mandarin and Cantonese to accommodate the growing Asian market. So respected is Abell’s reputation for trust, integrity and the ability to sell, that many clients and employees have stayed with the company for decades.
In today’s competitive marketplace, Abell combines the intimacy of a live auction with the global reach of internet sales. These are ingredients for success that come only once in a hundred years.