Going Once, Going Twice ...

The Sixth Annual National Preservation Month Online Auction


Credit: Krista Walton

What do an autographed baseball, a pewter teapot, and an overnight stay in a suite once occupied by the Beatles have in common? They are among the items snapped up in recent years by bidders in the National Preservation Month Online Auction. And from May 1-31, you can ogle the scores of objects and services set to appear on the cyberblock this year.

Donated items, many from local and regional National Trust partners, range from artwork and home furnishings to autographed books by best-selling authors. Some of the hottest lots, says Daphne Gerig, the Trust's manager of member engagement, feature travel to historic locations. Last year, for example, the Willa Cather State Historic Site in Nebraska offered an extensive vacation package for four that included accommodations in the writer's home, tours of Cather-related places, a prairie picnic, and tickets to the Red Cloud Opera House. Philip Johnson's famous Glass House in Connecticut (a National Trust historic site) donated an exclusive tour for six led by Executive Director Christy MacLear. "People are always excited to discover new places and explore sites while knowing their contributions help save places that matter,"Gerig says.

Not all auction items are steeped in history. Tickets to athletic events and unusual sports memorabilia prove highly popular every year. (The signed Green Bay Packers football shown here sparked spirited bidding and sold for $185.)

The auction showcases the contributions of preservation fans from across the country, and all sales benefit the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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