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July 24, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

When Victor Dolezal died on 17th March this year, he left his entire estate to the Oregon Humane Society. Dolezal had previously shared his home with the late Fred Sylvester, who was believed to have been either his uncle or partner. Following the death of Dolezal, the society enlisted the help of an antiques expert to sort out the contents of the house and arrange a sale.

Gary Germer & Associates examined the house along with the attorney of the estate and were stunned when they finally entered the property. Although Sylvester and Dolezal had lived in a modest home, the interior was crammed with antiques. Among the items were curio cabinets, marble topped tables and a vintage baby grand piano. In 1999, Sylvester and Dolezal had spoken with Gary Kish from the OHS about the internment of a deceased pet. Since that time, they had donated a modest sum annually. According to Germer, when he entered the house the antique dining table was still set for two, with Baccarat crystal, Gorham silver and Spode china.

Sylvester died following a stroke four years previously. During the month before Dolezal died, he refused to eat. The two men have been buried in Belle Passi Cemetery, side by side. The antiques were sold at an estate sale and raised around $150,000. The total amount expected to be raised from the sale of the entire estate is over $300,000. The furs collected by Dolezal and Sylvester weren’t included in the sale.

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