Augusta Auctions represents museums, historical societies, universities and other institutions bringing to market museum deaccessions & patron donations, with sale proceeds earmarked to benefit their permanent collections. Our company also represents individuals, & select estates in the auction of rare fashion items.

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 our customer base around the globe.

Serious buyers from the international fashion, museum, film and textile worlds travel each year to New York City, Vermont and Massachusetts to attend our specialty auctions. Consigned lots benefit from lively bidding on-line or at our various sale venues. 

Our founder, Karen Augusta, passed away on October 26, 2019 after a  courageous battle with endometrial cancer. During her life, she had dedicated her knowledge and talents to increasing the appreciation of fashion and textiles as an overlooked art form. She purchased, sold and appraised antique clothing, rare laces and textiles over a five decade career. A link to her obituary can be found here.

Augusta Auctions was created in 2000 to assist the family of Sue Varner (The Suzi's), in Farmville, Virginia. Karen and her husband developed the company to market Sue's historic clothing collection after her brutal ax murder. Karen and Sue were colleagues from the early days of the vintage movement. From this tragedy evolved America's premier company for auctioning vintage clothing and historic fashion.

Karen was a member of The Costume Society of America and The Textile Society of America. She served, for thirteen seasons, as a fashion and textile appraiser on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow.

The guiding principles throughout her life were to treat everyone fairly and with compassion. She always went the extra mile to help others and make everyone comfortable. Her warmth and concern for people's needs was genuine.

Incredibly proud of her website and the information it contained, Karen constantly updated its contents as she learned something new. She viewed the site as a teaching tool and the best way to document the incredible pieces that crossed her path. She maintained her past sale archives, photo galleries and the searchable database and made them all available for free to fashion students and researchers around the world.

The staff of Augusta Auctions will continue to incorporate Karen's principles to guide the business as we expand into this new decade.


Bob first met Karen in college in New England in 1969. They had been married and worked together in their historic farmhouse for almost four decades.  In addition to developing several area businesses over his long career, Bob co-founded the Compass School in Southern Vermont and served as a founding director for four years. 

Bob developed the systems needed to track more than tens thousand fashion and textiles objects each year, from many different consignors, and make them accessible to customers around the world.  More than eight years in the making, these databases have now been integrated into this website, providing the most comprehensive searchable clothing and textile guide available anywhere on the web.

Contact Bob

  • 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 Museum
  • 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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