Want to buy a Senator’s seat? How about his chair instead

For those who aspire not to the office of a Virginia Senator or House member, but to similar comfort and luxury, Motely’s Auction and Realty group is in the position to make dreams come true.

On February 24 and 25, items removed from the Virginia State Capitol during the 2007 renovation will be up for public auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the “Virginia Capitol Foundation, the nonprofit organization designated to support the Capitol, Executive Mansion and Capitol Square with program development, fundraising and marketing, said Michelle Olgiers, executive vice president for Hall and Partners, in a press release.

From the press release:

Among the featured items that the sale will include are a solid-mahogany horseshoe shaped desk used by The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder when he served as the first African-American Lt. Governor in the history of the Commonwealth and additional furnishings from his office. The leather upholstered chairs used by senators and delegates in their respective chambers will make a noteworthy addition to any office. Solid wood chairs found throughout the historic Capitol are included in the sale, as well as spectacular crystal chandeliers, both modest in size and scaled for a ballroom.

“This sale presents an unmatched opportunity to acquire a piece of Virginia history to add to your collection,” said Darrell Olgers, Motley’s Vice President, Antiques & Estates Division. “For those who want to have a large gathering for dinner or meeting there is even a 27’ mahogany table” Olgers added.

The auction will also include items from historic museums and collections, including pieces of fine art, a silver collection, jewelry, antique furniture, a collection of clocks, oriental rugs, and a 2002 Cadillac Deville.

The first day of the two day auction will consist of in person, phone, absentee, and internet bidding, while the second day will be strictly internet bidding.

All items will be viewable at www.motleys.com by February 12. The gallery will also be open to preview all lots Monday, February 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, February 23, as well as the days of the sale, starting at 10 a.m.


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