George and Agnes Whittington are the ones who owned all the antiques that will be auctioned off. Whittington fought at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He earned Purple Hearts and other military honors.
Two unique items that is being auctioned off are sets of Samurai armor.
Curran Miller Auction Realty is putting together the auction and they brought in an expert who lives in Japan to check out the armor and help display it. He believes it dates back to the 1820s and says it is in very good condition. The expert says he's seen things like it sell for $10,000 to over $100,000.
"The collection is very interesting to me, and I think it's a reflection of the people who collected it. One important thing is they had a really good sense for quality and artistic value as well as the cultural value of the items," says Andrew Manciabelli, a Japanese appraisal expert.
There will also a large collection of mounts, including a rhinoceros and cape buffalo, a nine foot polar bear rug, and footstools made from elephant feet will also be auctioned. They are animals Whittington hunted decades ago.
Also on the list- many weapons, including Samurai swords, vintage clothes, books, art, furniture, and many other items. The couples 6,000 plus square foot home in Henderson is also up for auction.
14 News is told that some of the collectibles were brought back by Whittington's family members who traveled the world in the late 1800s.
"We have things from all over the world spanning four centuries. We have books from the 1600s. So, certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for folks to come out and see things that are museum quality and they may never be able to see again," says Wendy Miller with Curran Miller.
The auction is online-only. Bidding opens on Thursday, and depending on what items you're bidding on, it closes either on September 25 or 26.
There are two chances to see the items in person. Those dates are September 18 and 19 from 4 to 6:00 p.m.
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