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Home and enormous collection of antiques, collectibles go to auction

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 9/23/22

From Tiffany lamps and leather furniture to bronze statues and watercolor paintings, thousands of antiques and valuable items will be up for auction starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Home and enormous collection of antiques, collectibles go to auction

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ROME — From Tiffany lamps and leather furniture to bronze statues and watercolor paintings, thousands of antiques and valuable items will be up for auction starting Saturday, Oct. 1, at the estate of the former Dr. Donald A. Weisenberger at 907 N. George St.

Bernie Brzostek, owner of Brzostek’s Auction Service, Inc. and Real Estate Auction Co., Inc., in Baldwinsville, said the sheer volume of Weisenberger’s antiques and collectibles nearly took his breath away. “This is the most I’ve seen in the 59 years I’ve been doing this,” said Brzostek.

Brzostek said there were so many collectibles inside the North George Street home that items had to be cleared in order to make a passageway to walk through.The total auction period for the estate is 16 days — “that’s how much stuff is there,” said Brzostek. “It’s loaded with antiques.”

In addition to the trove of items, the actual one-family residence will go up for auction on Saturday, Oct. 1. The contents of the home will follow and will likely take weeks to complete.

Brzostek said he expects it to take five days to tell just what’s on the first floor of 907 N. George St., with between 500-600 items possibly being sold. “There’s close to 3,000 items,” he said. “Then we’ll spend four days (on auction) on the second floor, and that’s another 2,000 to 2,400 items, and then we’ll take four days selling what’s in the attic and basement.”

For auction dates and times, and more details of what types of items are being auctioned, go to Brzostek’s business website at www.askbernie.com.

As part of the Weisenberger estate, there is also a property at 6082 Stokes-Lee Center Road, home to about 30 antique cars, Brzostek said.

“After the owner passed away, someone broke into where the cars were stored and stole some catalytic converters,” he said. “But there is one rare car, a 1961 Tornado Tycoon — only 300 of them were made in the world. There’s also Cadillacs, a 1955 T-Bird, a 1953 Chevy delivery wagon and a 1929 Marmon, which is like a Packard. We’ll spend four days at auction in Lee Center, and two days at his other residence on Day Avenue.”

The following are included among the items to be auctioned at 907 N. George St.: Mission Oak furniture, Stickley-style rocker, leather armchairs, Italian carved three-piece parlor set, onyx and brass stand, mahogany-drop front secretary, oak dining room table, China cabinet, carved lions head dining room chairs, a bronze Buddha, wooden barrel churn, a Westinghouse 1940s refrigerator and several pieces of art, lamps, Art Deco lights and crystal chandeliers.

And, as Brzostek said, that is just a tiny fraction of what’s inside and will be made available to bidders.

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