Gettysburg, PA – Auctions are very common; however a wax museum auction is a once in a lifetime event. The Gettysburg Heritage Center, formerly the American Civil War Wax Museum, is preparing to auction off the contents of its museum on March 15 beginning at 9 am. Now under new ownership, the museum will refocus its storyline to that of the town before, during and after the battle. The auction will allow the museum to re-develop the space, updating it and making it relevant to all visitors.
The auction will include approximately 95 life-sized museum figures; nevertheless, they are not the sole items up for sale. The props used to create the 52 year old vignettes, such as antique furniture, light fixtures, backdrops and scenery, old books, oil paintings and some store displays are also scheduled to be sold. “Not everyone is looking to purchase a wax figure,” states museum president Tammy Myers. “We feel the auction will appeal to a diverse audience including theater groups, both community and professional; antique collectors; and those who would like to own a piece of Gettysburg history.”
There will be three opportunities for the public to preview the items for sale prior to the auction. Wednesday, March 12 from noon till 5 pm, Thursday, March 13 from 4 pm till 8 pm, and Friday, March 14 from noon till 5 pm.
The auction will be conducted by PA Onsite Auction Co., on Saturday, March 15 beginning at 9 am sharp. The snow date will be Sunday, March 16. To view the catalog, visit www.paonsiteauctionco.com.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center will begin working on the new gallery immediately following the on-site auction. It is expected to open sometime in June. Renovations to the gift shop and theater are currently underway, and are expected to open to the public in mid-April.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center is located at 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA 17325. Visit online at www.GettysburgMuseum.com, or on Facebook at Gettysburg Heritage Center.