The estate of Elwin West, who died aged 80 years old in February 2012, was left to the township of Spring Arbor. The sale of his personal items and property attracted large numbers of people, all looking to bid for items. Among the items were antiques, including automobiles to office supplies and modern pieces. Stanton’s Auctioneers and Realtors organised the sale and dealt with the bidding.
West had left all his possessions to the township, although he did hope that his home, a farmhouse, would be converted into a bed and breakfast after his death. There were 1,100 sales made on the day, although it was impossible to know the exact number of items for sale. Many of the items included antiques, furniture, garden equipment and supplies, collectibles and modern items like televisions. The township supervisor, Marston Fortress, had known West and said that he used to have a shop in Albion. After the store closed, he brought most of the stock home, which would have all been included in the sale. One antique automobile sold for $2,700, while the house and land were sold for undisclosed sums. The sale lasted for around six hours and more than 200 people attended.
Although auctions of people’s property create interest in those looking for that rare piece, many people prefer to know what they are buying and be assured of its authenticity, especially when it comes to antique furniture. For those looking for furniture like antique chests, Cumbria has antiques experts who will be happy to display authentic items.
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