• August 19, 2022
    What Minnesota’s millionaire hairdresser Horst Rechelbacher, of Aveda fame, left behind
    Star Tribune: Rechelbacher, known as the “father of safe cosmetics,” put plant-based, natural products on the map through Aveda… Meandering through Revere Auctions’ high-ceilinged warehouse showrooms filled with objects and artwork that Rechelbacher collected during his lifetime is like poking around the attic of an eccentric artist-entrepreneur. Rechelbacher, who died in 2014 of pancreatic cancer at 72, left behind a trove of precious objects. Read more


  • September 20, 2021
    A painting created outside the Minneapolis courthouse during the final moments of the George Floyd murder trial will be put up for auction
    The Art Newspaper: An abstract painting by the artist Sean Garrison created in downtown Minneapolis on the day Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, hits the virtual auction block on Wednesday. “Walking on Air” will be sold by Revere Auctions, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a starting bid of $150,000 beginning at 10 a.m. on September 22. Read more


  • July 1, 2021
    The M makes a major acquisition: the MPLSART 2020 sketchbooks
    MinnPost: In July 2020, with a global pandemic raging and the nation reeling from the murder of George Floyd, Garrett had invited some artist friends to respond to the moment in a series of traveling sketchbooks. At first, it was a way for artists to stay connected in a world that was trying to keep us all apart. The logistics were challenging. Nearly 70 artists got involved, some drawing or painting on one page, some on two. Each time a sketchbook changed hands was a risk, or a series of risks. Read more


  • May 18, 2021
    St. Paul businessmen help return century old birchbark scroll to Minnesota’s Ojibwe tribe
    Duluth News Tribune: An Ojibwe scroll lost since the late 1800s, is on its way home, thanks to the efforts of two St. Paul businessmen. Sean Blanchet and Robert Snell, owners of Revere Auctions, noticed an Ojibwe birchbark scroll with Minnesota ties pop up on a Boston auction website. Thinking it may be of cultural relevance to the local Ojibwe, Blanchet contacted the auction house and offered to buy it outright. He also reached out for help from other interested parties and donors. Read more


  • September 8, 2020
    Q&A: Sean Blanchet & Robert Snell, Revere Auctions
    Antiques & The Arts Weekly sat down with Revere Auction owners for an interview to discuss navigating the potential moral hazards in the field of Native American antiques and antiquities. Revere Auctions, in St Paul, Minn., which was started in 2017, is taking a slightly different approach by working with collectors and Native American groups to return to First Nation Tribes objects that have significant cultural value. Antiques and The Arts Weekly reached out to Revere Auctions’ co-owners Sean Blanchet and Robert Snell to explain the nuances of this initiative and why they think it is a game-changer for the field. Read more


  • May 22, 2019
    Chinoiserie Made Modern
    MidWest Home: This spring, forgo the usual florals and add some unique patterns and textures to your abode with these Asian-inspired accents. Read more


  • June 23, 2018
    New local auction house is changing the way Minnesotans buy and sell art
    Star Tribune: Minnesota has a new player to compete with high-flying auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Revere Auctions claims to be the first such company in the Twin Cities that specializes in the sale of fine art.The auction house has been welcomed by local art connoisseurs, who say it provides new opportunities for collectors here, while helping to keep Minnesota-owned treasures from leaving the state. Read more


  • June 21, 2018
    Revere Auctions provides a new — and surprisingly affordable — marketplace for art collectors
    City PagesWhen Asian art specialist Sean Blanchet moved to Minnesota five years ago, he noticed that all the high-level fine art was being shipped out of town to be sold.Thanks to Blanchet, along with painting and sculpture specialist Robert Snell, Minneapolis has a new fine art auction house. It’s called Revere Auctions, and is located in the International Market Square. They held their first auction there in March.

    If an art auction sounds out of your league, think again. Read more


  • June 19, 2018
    Minnesota’s First Fine Arts Auction House
    Minnesota MonthlyLast year, Sean Blanchet and Robert Snell met at the Minnesota Antiques Dealers Association’s Antiques and Decorative Arts Show. This year, they came back, young kids in tow, and set up a huge booth together under the name Revere Auctions. They brought some contemporary paintings to show, but those paintings were just part of the wide variety of items on display—and with this duo, their expertise diversity is something they want to emphasize. Read more


  • June 14, 2018
    Minnesota’s First Fine Art Auction House Finds an Eager Market
    Midwest HomeFive years ago, Robert Snell opened Hiro Fine Art Gallery in International Market Square. The gallery focused on work by historic Minnesota artists—championing such luminaries as Alexis Fournier, George Morrison, and Cameron Booth. Snell also represented many Twin Cities’ collectors. Over time, he found himself handling more clients and even auctioning their art holdings, which included works from ancient to modern and from countries around the world. He also began to recognize an opportunity. Read more


  • June 7, 2018
    Minnesota’s first-ever fine art auction house opens
    Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalA venture claiming to be Minnesota’s first fine art auction house opened in International Market Square west of downtown Minneapolis in late March.The auction house, Revere Auctions, was co-founded by Robert Snell, 36, and Sean Blanchet, 34. Snell owns St. Paul’s Hiro Fine Art Gallery and Blanchet has previous experience in auction houses. On June 23, the house will host its third auction, focused on Native American and decorative art. Read more


  • May 9, 2018
    Revere Auctions becomes first U.S. Auction House to Accept Cryptocurrency
    Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalRevere Auctions, a world-class fine-arts auction house known for their digital savvy and diverse range of local, national, and international clientele, will become the first U.S. based auction house to accept Bitcoin for their upcoming auctions on Saturday May 12th. The move to accept cryptocurrency is in part a reaction to the growing fine-arts repatriation movement from Asian bidders and will feature predominantly Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern art. In China alone, a total of 280,080 fine art pieces sold for $5.1 billion were put up for auction in 2017, which is also an increase of +5.44%. Read more