The Jennings Osborne auctions this week have so far have focused on homes and properties.
Friday begins the sale of the contents and collectibles that filled up those homes.
We asked Blackmon Auctions for a "Top 7 Items of Interest."
At Number Seven….a photograph of gangster Al Capone. It's not the pic but the signature that will interest collectors. Unfortunately there is no certificate of authenticity with this item.
Number Six is the pride of Osborne's ventriloquist dummy collection: Rutherford the Bum. Made by master craftsman Tim Selberg of Selberg Studios in Michigan, Rutherford does come with a certificate of authenticity.
"Of course I'm real, dummy. And guys like me sell for thousands online…so I'm also real valuable."
Number Five is a gigantic jade hand-carved double dragon ship. Osborne saw it in Vegas and paid over $25,000 to get it. It was one of his favorites and a symbol of his excessive style and personality.
Number Four: a collection of signed and authenticated photographs of General Paul Tibbets and others who were a part of the 1945 mission that dropped atomic bombs on Japan and helped end World War II.
Number Three is a limited edition Donald Duck bust called Tantrum on the Way," #120 of 200. One just like it sold at auction two months ago for $1,000.
At Number Two…another limited edition. A work of optically animated glass art by Boston area artist Rufus Butler Seder. It moves when you move, without electricity or moving parts. Galleries sell the same piece for about $4,000.00.
There is a tie at Number One, and both were born out of Jennings Osborne's love of Graceland and everything Elvis. A Gibson guitar signed by Priscilla Presley. And a 2004 Elvis pinball machine…one of a limited edition of 500.
These Top 7 items will all be sold Saturday. Friday will focus more on home furnishings and furniture. Right now one of the hot items online is a set of three red leather Razorback office chairs. At news time the top online bid for the triplets was $650.00.
A service called Proxibid handles the online bidding, which can be done prior to or during the auction. The auction itself is being held at 4545 West Bethany Road in North Little Rock near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Prothro Junction. A $20 entrance fee will be required and things will begin at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Successful online bids will be subject to a 20% service charge, while in-person winners will have to pay an extra 15%. Sales tax will apply to all winning bids.
For more information and to check out current online bids visit www.blackmonauctions.com.
Air date: June 7th, 2012
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