April 16, 2007

Old Town Auctions Features Lucille Ball Memorabilia

As reported by Antique News, Old Town Auctions will be held May 11-12 at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Maryland and will be structured like a mini convention, featuring hotel room trading and ample opportunities for socializing in addition to the main event: an auction of 1,000 quality lots, with no estimates and no Internet bidding.

Much of the auction inventory has come from private collectors who've been involved in the hobby for many years.

A West Coast consignor who "loved Lucy" was the source for a mind-boggling 1,000-piece collection of Lucille Ball memorabilia. The collection – part I of which will be offered in the May sale – features advertising signs, toys, dolls, paper and ephemera; and practically any Lucy-related item that was made under license. This includes nearly every Lucille Ball movie poster ever made – there are about 20 – promotional pieces from Desilu Studios, one of two known boxed Ricky Ricardo conga drums, and even a Ricky Jr. doll stroller, which was autographed by Keith Thibodeaux, who played Little Ricky on the TV show.

The auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The preview will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and will take place from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday. While there will be no Internet bidding, absentee and phone bids will be gladly accepted. Room trading is encouraged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during times when the auction is not in progress, as well as after the auction. Located close to the intersection of Interstates 70 and 81, the Hagerstown Grand Venice is an easy drive from many East Coast and Mid-Atlantic points. Full-color catalogs and additional information on the sale and its contents may be obtained by calling Keith Spurgeon at 781-771-3998. View auction highlights online at www.oldtownauctions.com. To make reservations at the Grand Venice Hotel, call 301-733-0830.

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