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Mount de Chantal
June 16, 2010 - Heather Ziegler
The auction held Saturday at Mount de Chantal brought out an interesting mix of people including some alumnae, but more collectors and dealers filled the seats. The crowd was not as large as expected but that could be because of the heat -- it was steamy hot under those tents. And it rained. However, the crowd was not shy as the first decorative plate auctioned off went for $450. I don't know what type it was or why it was so valuable but I believe a lot of items were bought for sentimental reasons. The auction didn't start until 2:30 p.m. which was a bit late for many people. It was just after 7 p.m. when things wrapped up with the final bids on those beautiful chandeliers and the Steinway pianos. That was exciting to watch. And when Margaret Brennan was successful in her $8,200 bid for one of the crystal chandeliers made locally many years ago, she was elated. It will now be moved to West Virginia Independence Hall where it will be displayed in memory of Beverly Fluty who was the driving force behind local preservation efforts for many decades past.
As for the money raised at the auction, it goes to the Sisters of the Visitation. It was their items that were auctioned and they even set minimum bids on the large ticket items before the auction was held. The auctioneers made that clear when the bidding began. While the auction emptied many of the rooms of old furniture, pictures, statues, mementos, etc., another auction may be planned. Then the real question will be: What is Wheeling Hospital going to do with that property after it finalizes the purchase with the sisters? We will just have to wait and see not won't we?
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