Cordier Auctions To Hold Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission Deaccession Sale

Sale Will Take Place In Harrisburg, Pa., On Sept. 14

September 6, 2019

A deaccession auction, to be held at Cordier’s auction house in Harrisburg, Pa., on behalf of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14. It will feature noteworthy and unique objects from the State Museum of Pennsylvania and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, in addition to several other PHMC sites across the state. This auction will feature a rare 1902 French Gardner-Serpollet steam automobile, horse-drawn and farm implements, and other artifacts. One highlight is a movie prop hotel sign from Oprah Winfrey’s 1998 film “Beloved,” a Lancaster County dray wagon, a restored Portland “Country Cutter” one-horse sleigh, a 19th-century fire hose cart with bells, and a 1926 General Electric monitor top refrigerator.
“We are always pleased to assist the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with this very important process and are honored to be able to bring some of these rare and unusual items to auction. This is a unique opportunity for someone to actually purchase artifacts from a museum collection,” noted David Cordier, owner of Cordier Auctions. The PHMC has worked with Cordier Auctions for deaccessioning since 2014. It is an annual process, and pieces being sold have either no special significance to or direct ties to the commonwealth or they duplicate what is already in the state’s collections.
Prior to being consigned or deaccessioned for sale, the objects were offered to other PHMC properties, state agencies and other historic museums. Money raised from the auction may only be used to buy or conserve artifacts that enhance the PHMC's mission of preserving the commonwealth's natural and cultural heritage as steward, teacher, and advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.
The auction will also include a broad variety of material including ceramics, books and paper, advertising, tools, farm implements, collectibles, and more.
Open to the public, the live auction will feature select items with online bidding. Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is located at 1500 Paxton St. in Harrisburg, Pa.
For additional information and a complete list of items to be offered, visit or call 717-731-8662.


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