About Burns Auction Columbus Ohio

You Can Trust Us to Care as Much as You Do

When it’s time to sell entire estates and auction off the contents, you need industry experts you can trust to care as much as you do. You need the experienced, kind and hard-working team at Burns Auction.

About Burns Auction Columbus, Ohio
Adrian Burns: A surprise discovery sparks a lifelong passion

Adrian Burns: A surprise discovery sparks a lifelong passion

Adrian Burns began attending auctions in upstate New York as a small child with his grandfather, a lifelong wheeler dealer and accumulator of old stuff. A surprise discovery of a gold-plated pocket watch in a box of tools and junk planted a seed that would lead to a lifelong interest in rare, unusual, surprising, sentimental and valuable items.

It wasn’t long before Adrian was working as a ringer, runner and all-around gopher at the auction house of a family friend. Adrian often brought home armfuls of items from these auctions and from meetings with old timers.

Adrian’s growing collection of tube radios, military items, bottles and other antiques soon began to overflow the shelf space of his childhood bedroom.

From avid collector to accomplished auctioneer

The love for the auction, and the stuff, continued to grow as Adrian went off to college, where he received bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism. Following his arrival in Northeast Ohio to work as a newspaper reporter, Adrian began selling many of the things he had accumulated as a child – and for good money, too!

Soon, Adrian realized he could go out to Ohio’s many auctions and buy up the sorts of things he had previously been given and then sell them for a profit to pay off student loans and generally support the thrill of discovery that the antique trade can bring.

Expanding the Burns Auction family and business

Over time, that buying and selling led to sending items to auction, selling at antique shows and later earning an Ohio license as an auctioneer. Eventually, Adrian left his full-time career as a journalist, and later as a business consultant, to pursue his dream of running his own estate auction company.

While the really cool “stuff” still gets Adrian going, today he’s focused on providing a valuable services – to help overwhelmed executors and administrators sell and empty estates.

Adrian is married to Gretchen Burns, who keeps the home fires burning, pitches in with pickups and photography, and is an ever present sounding board as we continue to improve our business. Cora Burns is our pride and joy, and is very interested in vintage toys, particularly Barbies and any other type of doll.

Adrian continues to write frequently on the subject of estates, grief and loss, and the meaning that material possessions play in all of our lives. He also conducts appraisal events, and speaks to groups about downsizing, estates and managing through the difficult process of letting go.

He even gets on TV once in a awhile, and perhaps most notably was seen on a Good Morning America segment broadcast nationally.

Expanding the Burns Auction family and business

Burns Auction Team

Burns Auctions’ devoted team members wear many hats while helping with every facet of our auctions, estate sale auctions and liquidations. They are our customer service representatives, movers, and antiques aficionados, who bring skill, knowledge, patience and a ready smile to each assignment.

Team members are also compassionate and courteous, as they work with consignors who are often stressed, grieving and nervous. And did we mention hardworking? See them in action in this time-lapse video conducting an auction pickup at a crowded machine shop.

Adrian Burns

Adrian Burns

Licensed Auctioneer

Nathan Bellomy

Nathan Bellomy


Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Licensed Auctioneer

Dwain Chrysler

Dwain Chrysler


Dirk Crist

Dirk Crist


Jenna McGee

Jenna McGee

Licensed Auctioneer

Laura Orbash

Laura Orbash


Kaitlin Rover

Kaitlin Raver


One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

At a Burns auction event, there are treasures just waiting to be discovered – everything from high end items, artwork and antiques to household goods, knick knacks, tools, and more. Call us to learn about upcoming online auctions, ways to bid on current auction items, and for information about our estate liquidation and complete estate cleanouts.

Over 100 auctions successfully conducted each year

Auction and liquidation industry professionals who are licensed, bonded and insured

Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV

Better Business Bureau A+ Rated

Complete Customer Satisfaction

One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure

We Take Away Worry with each Estate Auction

Schedule a Discovery Meeting

1. Schedule a Discovery Meeting

Call us. At Burns Auction, we want to get to know you and learn more about your family and estate. Consultations are totally free.

See Your Property

2. See Your Property

We’ll schedule a visit to the property so we can best help you through the tangle of emotions and logistics associated with estate liquidation.

We Sell It All

3. We Can Sell it All (Or Just About)

Now we get to work identifying, photographing, and cataloging the contents of the estate. We get everything prepped and ready to present to buyers via online auction.

You Get Paid

4. You Get Paid

We promote and manage the auction process from beginning to end, and work to get you top prices for all items sold during the online auction. We pay each customer on the 10th business day following the auction, without exception.

Call us to find out about upcoming auctions, how to bid on current online auction items, and get information about Burns Auction services including auctions, appraisals, and complete estate clean outs in the Columbus area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has to happen to prepare for an estate sale?

If you find yourself having to conduct an estate sale, you should strongly consider hiring a professional to manage the process for you. Estate sales are more complicated and time-consuming than you may think, especially where there is a huge variety of items, a range of potential values, large amounts of items to be sold and the need for a complete clean out.
A professional estate liquidation company like Burns Auctions offers services that will make the auction and cleanout process immeasurably easier.

They’ll start by sorting the items to sell and separating them by category such as high end items, antiques, collectibles, knick knacks, tools, etc. By doing this, the staff of Burns Auction service can determine which are the more valuable items, which will fetch the most and least amount of cash, and which items may have to be sold in bulk or possibly donated to charity after the auction. Everything is cataloged, photographed, and displayed in a way that appeals to buyers.

The timing and schedule for the auction is determined and Burns Auction service manages all aspects of the online auction from promotion and marketing, to sales, reconciliation and cleanout. A Burns auction gets you top prices for your valued items, without any of the headaches associated with preparing for an estate sale.