From mermaids to manatees, bidders can take home a piece of the past
As the Orange County Regional History Center prepares for a massive, multi-year renovation, the museum is saying goodbye to dozens of decorative items representing Florida’s history and culture at a live auction on August 10.
“The items to be auctioned range from 7-foot-alligator models to giant flamingos to a compact King Kong,” says the museum’s director, Michael Perkins. “We think lovers of Florida will find something fun to bring a touch of the Sunshine State to their home or office.”
Most of the models and props were built by exhibit professionals, Perkins says, and although some are large, many are lightweight. “We’re talking about everything from massive manatees to models of the Space Shuttle and a Spanish sailing ship – objects that touch on a great many aspects of Florida’s past,” he notes.
On August 10, the History Center will offer free admission, and visitors can examine the exhibit items beginning at 10 a.m. The live auction will take place from noon to 2 p.m. All buyers must be present to purchase items. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society and support History Center programs.
On August 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., the public is also invited to a Fabulous Floridiana Preview, where the treasures to be auctioned will be on display. The History Center will also preview a selection of auction items on its website, thehistorycenter.org, and on social media.
“Most of these props or models date from almost 20 years ago,” Perkins notes; “we’re selling them ‘as is,’ and are offering two preview opportunities so that potential buyers can check them out before bidding.”
The live auction on August 10 will be conducted by Alan Frenkel Auction and Realty (license numbers AB3436AU1522). A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all sales.