Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, who was once dubbed “mayor for life” and years later charged with stealing artifacts, will have his full estate auctioned off during two events in early November, according to Cordier Auctions.
“It really is an honor to be entrusted with the Reed estate,” Cordier Auctions founder David Cordier said in a statement.
Reed died in January, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer, according to a statement from his family.
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The two auctions will include items such as a vast array of militaria from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm, baseball collectibles from local and national teams, vintage and modern political memorabilia, African and Ethnographic arts, local collectibles, art, and a large collection of historic ephemera, in addition to Southwestern, Western, and Native American artifacts and collectibles, Cordier Auctions said.
Serving as mayor for 28 years, Reed is often credited with helping to bring Harrisburg back from financial troubles in the 1980s.
Reed’s passion for antiquities became something he tried to share with the city, spending $4.8 million in public money to bring the National Museum of the Old West to Harrisburg’s Reservoir Park.
The museum would never be completed, and Reed ended up facing hundreds of criminal charges related to his collecting. He eventually pleaded guilty to 20 counts of receiving stolen property, calling it “carelessness” that more than $19,000 worth of antiques meant for the museum ended up in his personal collection.
Reed did not serve any time when he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He did spend time on probation.
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Cordier did not specify how many items would be up for auction.
The first auction will be held on Nov. 1 and the second on Nov. 15, according to the company. Both auctions will be online only.
The Nov. 1 auction will be available for online viewing and pre-bids on Oct. 26. Those interested may visit www.CordierAuction.com for more information.
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