TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – Local auctioneer David Hall, age 47 of Spencer, is facing a charge of grand larceny in the second degree following accusations that he took property valued at more than $50,000 from an estate.

Hall is the owner of National Book Auctions and Worth Auctions, and in two civil lawsuits in Tompkins County Court is listed as the owner of Bid Club, Inc. and JLF Holdings, LLC.

The civil lawsuits allege that Hall owes thousands to multiple people who consigned items, saw them sell at auction, and never received payment.

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The new criminal charge alleges Hall owes more than $200,000 for items taken from an estate, according to New York State Police.

Hall turned himself in at New York State Police barracks on Monday, Nov. 19 and was arraigned in Dryden. As of noon Wednesday, he is being held at Tompkins County Jail on bail, set at $100,000 cash or a $200,000 property bond.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.