Augusta Auctions represents museums, historical societies, universities and other institutions bringing to market museum de-accessions & patron donations, with sale proceeds earmarked to benefit their permanent collections. Our firm also represents individuals & select estates in the auction sale of rare items and collections that complement our spring and fall catalogued fashion auction sales.

Consignors, both institutional and individual, are assured that their textile treasures will be treated with respect and will benefit from our targeted marketing programs directed to a customer base located across the globe.

Serious buyers from the international fashion, museum, film and textile worlds travel to New York City and Massachusetts to attend our specialty sales. Consigned lots benefit from lively bidding from knowledgeable auction-goers in our gallery, on the telephone, via the Internet or through absentee and order bidding.

Karen Augusta has purchased, sold and appraised antique clothing, laces, textiles and fashion accessories for almost four decades. She is the owner of Antique Lace & Fashion, an historic costume and textile business geared to museums and serious collectors.

In 1996, Karen developed , an award winning web site that has extended her knowledge and love of historic costume to clients in far reaching locales. Its companion site, has been used as a resource and teaching tool in many classes over the past decade.

Karen has curated or acted as consultant for many costume and lace exhibits in the United States and has appraised collections for public institutions and private collectors throughout North America. Karen is a member of The Costume Society of America and The Textile Society of America. She serves as a fashion and textile appraiser on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow.

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Bob first met Karen in college in New England in 1969. They have been married and have worked together for almost a quarter century.  In addition to developing several area businesses over his long career, he co-founded the Compass School in Southern Vermont and served as a founding director for four years. He founded a community radio station, WOOL-FM,  which has just been granted full power status by the FCC.  Since 2001, he has been developing a custom cataloguing system to enable the company to bring museum and private collections organized for public sale. This system has been used to track tens of thousands fashion and textiles objects, from many different consignors, and keep them organized and accessible.  More than five years in the making, these databases have now been integrated into this website, providing the most comprehensive searchable clothing and textile price guide available anywhere on the web.

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  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Connecticut Historical Society
  • National Heritage Museum
  • Chrysler Museum
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Ohio State University
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Ithaca College
  • Fairfield Historical Society
  • Actress Mia Farrow
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Kent State University Museum
  • Maine Historical Society
  • Montclair Historical Society
  • Strong Museum
  • Sue Varner Estate
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Northwestern College
  • Walpole Historical Society
  • Shippensburg College
  • Wadsworth Athenaeum
  • Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
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