And a few years ago, he sold John McAfee’s oceanfront home in Molokai, Hawaii, as well as his primary home in New Mexico, and the contents of his health food store, as well as a private movie theatre he owned, and his antique cars. Gall bought the Hummer, which he still drives.
Before the Orange Bowl was demolished, he auctioned its contents. And during the last year he has auctioned such real estate as a $3 million, nine-acre property across from Tamiami Airport and a $3.3 million penthouse condo on Brickell Key.
“We’ve done as much business in Southern California in the last three years as in Florida,” he said, including a $4.4 million property for the City of Del Mar.
Gall earns his money through commissions, but declined to provide annual revenue.
“I’m thankful that the phone rings,” he said. “It might be a little old lady with a set of china or it might be someone with a multimillion-dollar property.”
Gall’s company is among thousands of auction houses operating in the United States, though the exact number is unknown, said Hannes Combest, chief executive of the National Auctioneers Association, which has 3,900 individual members.
“He has been around the industry for a very long time, and you don’t stay in this industry if you are not successful,” said Combest.
Gall has chosen a profession with a rich history that dates back centuries.
“Auctions have been around since the beginning of time,” Combest said. “We know there have been auctions all the way back to Caesar’s day,” at which time they sold slaves, women, gold and silver, she said.
At the Hallandale home, Gall auctioned a variety of paintings, antique bronzes, furniture and other items — many of which he obtained through his contracted purveyors — totaling about $200,000. As many as 125 potential bidders attended the auction, although some may have stayed only a short while, he said.
“There’s not as much disposable income as there was in years gone by,” he said.
Donna Green and her fiancé Dan Hurtak of Plantation scored two Chagall paintings, a Russian icon, six bronze objects d’art, a pair of earrings and a jade bracelet, totaling about $6,000.
“I got a good deal on the jewelry,” said Green, a race horse trainer, who bought the jade for good luck. “I love things you can wear everyday.”
If the reality show comes to fruition, the excitement of the auctions will be captured on camera for viewers, as the second South Florida show for Peacock Productions. Gladesmen, a reality show based in the Everglades, is also in development, said Ringe, whose company opened a Miami office about a year ago to focus on opportunities here.
Gall said he was skeptical about the show at first, but was sold after the first meeting.
“I am flabbergasted and thrilled,” he said. “And I hope and pray that it works.”