Auction at Henry Ford Museum

By Staff
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Hudson & Marshall, Inc., Realtors and Auctioneers, is
pleased to announce that on October 19,1985, they will be
conducting an auction for The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn,
Michigan. The following statement has been prepared by the Museum
and provides the reason for the auction:

‘The most basic function of a Museum is the preservation and
interpretation of its collections. To effectively carry out the
responsibility a Museum must continually review and evaluate its
collections to assure that they grow and develop in concert with
its basic mission.

‘All of the objects that will be sold through the auction
have been subjected to a rigorous review process and have been
determined to be either redundant to other objects in the
collections or out of the scope of the Museum’s collecting
areas. In all cases this determination has been made by the
appropriate curator, collections committee (made up of members of
the Museum’s staff), the President, and the Board of
Trustees.

‘Funds from the sale of collection materials are restricted
by the Board of Trustees to the acquisition of new collection
objects or the conservation of existing collections.

‘Items to be included in this auction are basically of a
mechanical nature and range from some small electrical devices to a
full size 1865 Grant Mogul 2-6-0 Locomotive. There will be
approximately 400 items in the auction.’

General categories of items to be auctioned are as follows:
Automobiles, Horse-Drawn Vehicles, Motorcycles, Truck, Bicycles,
Marine Items, Railroad Items, Hot Air Engines, Steam Engines,
Internal Combustion Engines, Portable Steam Engines, Agricultural
Items, Metal Working Machinery, Woodworking Machinery,
Miscellaneous Electrical Items.

Steam engines to be sold include a Bucyrus, a Reeves & Co.,
and a Westinghouse. Portable steam engines by Geiser; Wood, Taber
& Morse; Nichols & Shepard; Upton; Birdsall; Watertown; and
Messinger will also be included in the auction.

Admission to the Auction will be by catalog only. The cost of
the catalog is $15.00. There will be No Bidder Registration or
Buyers Fees. The catalog will contain many photos and descriptions
of each of the items to be sold, and will also contain a bidder
registration form and complete information about bidding and
removal. Each catalog will admit 2 people to the Auction Area.
Catalogs may be purchased by sending $15.00 to Hudson &
Marshall, Inc. Dept. E.I.C. 717 North Avenue Macon, Georgia 31211.
Catalogs will also be available at the Henry Ford Museum prior to
the auction and at the gate the weekend of the auction.

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