While the auction season may have come to a close this year, you can still get your fix until it all starts up again. And the best part is that you don’t even have to leave your apartment. For a reason that I am still unsure of cable television producers have become fascinated with the auction world and three different channels have created shows around this wicked game. All of the programs are entertaining (you never know what you will see) and educational (you learn about the way an auction house is run and about the unique items which they offer) plus they de-stigmatize the often daunting world of auctions. I guess it must be that with eBay being so popular, and successful, there is an audience out there for these types of shows. They also show that auction houses are not full of intimidating specialists who are selling million dollar Picasso paintings. In fact, the main characters of all of these shows are regular folks who have a passion for this business- while they are educated, it is not in art history, and often they turn to other specialists for advice since their client bring them the most obscure objects.