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Antiques from historic NC mansion up for auction

Posted April 23, 2012

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— From furniture to Ferraris, every moveable item at a historic North Carolina mansion is going on the auction block.

chinqua penn auction Plantation antiques, collectibles up for auction

A preview event Sunday gave more than 300 people a glimpse of the 1,074 antiques and collectibles from Chinqua Penn Plantation which go on sale Wednesday and Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Jeff Penn, a tobacco and dairy farmer and financial businessman, and his wife Betsy built the two-story, 27-room mansion in Reidsville in the 1920s. The couple filled it with art and furniture they collected while traveling the globe.

"This is an extremely unique, historic, landmark auction," Leland Little, with Auction and Estate Sales, told WGHP News.

The Penns "were a people of means," Little said. "They traveled the world, learned culture, activities, and they bought things as they were traveling that they thought would work perfectly in their home."

chinqua penn auction Historic NC mansion items on auction block

Mocksville millionaire Calvin Phelps bought Chinqua Penn Plantation from the state in 2006 with the intent of preserving it and keeping it open to the public. However, several of his tobacco companies got into financial trouble, and Phelps declared bankruptcy.

The auction is expected to bring in $2 million to offset bankruptcy claims.

The public can view items until the auction begins Wednesday.

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  • pbjbeach Apr 25, 2012

    JOEBOB:
    THAT IS O.K FOR HIM AN THE COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS STATE TO BE ALLOWED TO DEFRAUD THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS STATE OVER GOVERNMENT AN STATE CONTRACTS AN THE LINE COED ITEMS WITHIN THEM BUT BUT IT SINT O.K . FOR ANINDIVSUAL TO BE ALLOWED TO DEFRUAD THE STATE AN IF YOU WERE TO DO SO THEY WOULD COME AFTER YOU LIKE WHITE ON RICE BUT IT IS O,K, FOR THE COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS STATE TO DO ANYTHING THAT THEY WANT TO WITHOUT ANY REGARDS TO THE EXPENSE THAT IT IMPOSES ON TO STATES TAXPAYERS OVER FALSE CLAIMS AN FOR HAVING TO REPEATEDLY HAVING TO FIX BA NON -SPECEFICIATION WORK ON HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA WITH THE BLESSING OF THE STATE POLITICAINS MOST ESPECEIALL THE RIULING PARTY WITH IN THE N,C, HOSUE AN THE N.C SENATE THANK YOU

  • kjohnson0131 Apr 24, 2012

    I am so sad about this. I grew up in Reidsville and spent so much time visiting the house and attending programs there. I hate to see what the house will turn to.

  • barbstillkickin Apr 24, 2012

    I still think if we elect all new politicians maybe it will get better. I know for sure it will never get worse. When you vote whoever is already in that office vote for the other person. That is what I am going to do. I want every single politician out of office. ASAP.

  • vjthornes Apr 24, 2012

    Check out the interview with calvin felps and his wife on the tarheel traveler. Where is the pair of silver candleabra and the silver epergne pictured on a table behind the couple? They are not listed in the auction. I wonder what else is missing from the inventory?

  • joeBob Apr 23, 2012

    I remember seeing a UNCTV show on this place not too long ago and I thought to myself, how in the world did this joker get the money to buy this place. Now I know. He has been in jail since January, 2011 for defrauding his companies and investors out of $8 million dollars.

  • thewayitis Apr 23, 2012

    I would rather the state support something like this historic site that benefits all citizens, rather than entitlement programs that only benefit a select few.

  • SmokeWagon Apr 23, 2012

    ..."It's sad but reality. When the plan is to implode our economy, very few will escape losing everything they've worked for. Google "FIAT currency" if you don't believe me.pmck..."

    Absolute truth pmck!!!....however Americans have been warned OVER and OVER and OVER...yet still choose to elect the same ones offering the most entitlements or the do nothings in Congress....!!!
    See for yourself.... http://www.kwaves.com/fiat.htm

  • pmck Apr 23, 2012

    It's sad but reality. When the plan is to implode our economy, very few will escape losing everything they've worked for. Google "FIAT currency" if you don't believe me.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 23, 2012

    "Why would they Auction off some of our History. We have very little left and now this too will be in some one person hands and no one will ever be able to see it. It belongs in a Museum if it is truly part of our state's History."

    That's simple...if you eliminate the actual srtifacts from our history, it makes it MUCH easier to rewrite it later.

  • BubbaDuke Apr 23, 2012

    GoGreen - it was private property before it became public property.

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