2020 Predictions: These 5 Items Will Be in Demand

EJ’s Auction & Appraisal to Host 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Auction on Jan. 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (December 17, 2019) – The economy, fashion, politics, cars, food – this is the time of year when we learn predictions of what will be “hot” in the next 12 months.

In the auction industry, the big question is: What items will be in demand?

As EJ’s Auction & Appraisal prepares for its 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Auction on Wednesday, January 1, Erik Hoyer, EJ’s owner and auctioneer, is sharing his predictions for five items that will be in demand in 2020:

  1. Chinese Collectibles: Hoyer believes Chinese antiquities are in demand because many of these items were smuggled out during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s and exported to the United States. Now that China has become a wealthier country with more disposable income, many Chinese collectors are seeking to collect their history.
  2. Mid-Modern Century Designs: Like last year, the minimalist movement continues to drive demand for 1950s Herman Miller Eames chairs, anything Danish modern teak, and brands like Heywood-Wakefield, Finn Juhl, and Edward Wormley. People will also pay top dollar for Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window and door panels as well as other architectural designs from Wright and other renowned architects.
  3. Jewelry: The value of gold and silver is expected to rise in 2020. In addition, some brands and patterns are becoming rare as time goes on. Brands that do well include Cartier, Georg Jensen, Kristoff, and costume jewelry manufacturers, like Weiss and Eisenberg.
  4. Antique Russian Icons: There’s a big demand for antique religious icons, particularly from Russia. Hand-painted icons from certain iconographic schools, such as the Palekh school, the Novgorod school and others tend to be more valuable than unknown iconographers from smaller Russian villages.
  5. Vintage Toys: Demand is high for old, collectible toys in good condition, especially those that are more than 40 years old. Examples include vintage Star Wars toys, Hot Wheels toy cars, Lionel trains, PEZ dispensers, Masters of the Universe action figures from the 1980s and old friction toys.

EJ’s Auction & Appraisal’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Auction will feature high-end antiques and collectibles from several affluent estates. Items expecting to create a bidding frenzy include an antique Chinese painted porcelain table screen, a pair of Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass door panels, a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, antique silver Russian icons dating back to the mid-1800s, and oil paintings by David Burliuk and Henry Hubbell.

Doors open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 with the New Year’s Day auction starting at noon. A free public preview takes place Monday and Tuesday, December 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Collectors also can preview items and bid online.

EJ’s Auction & Appraisal conducts exciting, high-energy auctions at 10 a.m. every Saturday at the full-service auction house, located at 5880 W. Bell Road, in Glendale on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road. For details, visit or call (623) 878-2003.


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