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Rare art on auction block in Ti

August 3, 2014

By Lohr McKinstry, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.



Aug. 03--TICONDEROGA -- More than 100 pieces of signed original art and historic postcards and photographs are part of an unusual auction coming up in Ticonderoga's downtown.

Among the items for sale are a Louis Icart bronze statue, 1800s daguerreotypes, an oil painting by Ottmar Von Fuehrer and watercolors by Bruce Raven and Louis Lubbering.

The collection is the property of Terrance "Terry" Walsh of Nantucket, Mass.

Walsh, 67, moved away from Ticonderoga 16 years ago, leaving behind three storage sheds full of art and collectibles.

Now he's decided it's time to sell the contents of the sheds, which haven't been touched since he left.

'PRETTY AMAZING'

"So far, we've only gone through the first shed," auctioneer Rick Harker said. "We don't know what's in the other two. The first was pretty amazing."

Walsh told the Press-Republican that the collection represents a lifetime of collecting art, antiques, pottery and china.

"There's a lot of stuff. There were three storage areas. I haven't even gotten to the main storage area."

He said he hopes he never reaches a point where parting with the pieces is upsetting.

"You get to a point in life where you have so much stuff. I'm paying rent on three storage areas. You have to make some hard decisions at my age. That's what I'm doing."

TALK OF THE TOWN

Harker and his wife, Michelle, operate Mountain Time Auctions on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga, and the first auction of Walsh's items is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matthew Courtwright said people have been talking about the sale for weeks.

"It's going to be a really unique auction. I think it will draw people from all over the area."

The auction house seats 120 people, and Mr. Harker said they're preparing for a large turnout.

"I just need to get two bidders on any given item to bring it to life," Mr. Harker said.

How much the auction brings in is probably dependent on bidders knowing a piece's worth, he said.

"It's a knowledge thing. It may come down to people who recognize the value of the item."

POSTCARD COLLECTION

Other items are a 1939 New York World's Fair folding stool, an 1891 raised-relief world map, Currier & Ives original prints, hundreds of historic postcards of Ticonderoga and the region from the early 1900s and early sketches by Ernest King.

"We have two volumes of the postcards in plastic protectors," Mr. Harker said. "Some are scenes from Ticonderoga, the original Champlain Bridge, Saratoga -- just amazing postcards, in very good condition."

Walsh said he spent 10 years collecting the postcards, many of which are rare.

He said he misses living in Ticonderoga.

"I'm really an Adirondack guy. I'd love to come back."

Walsh said he's not sure if he'll attend the auction.

"I'm a little curious (about the result). I hope the auction goes well. It was the right move for me."

Once this auction is concluded, planning and cataloging for the next one will begin.

"We still have those two sheds to go through," Mr. Harker said. "That will be for the next auction. There's a lot more to come."

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @LohrMcKinstry

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