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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 1 year ago

County history center holding Fabulous Floridana auction

Here’s a chance to buy some Florida culture, including a cattle horn, mermaid or space shuttle.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

The Orange County Regional History Center is preparing for a multi-year renovation and must part with a multitude of decorative items that represent Florida’s history and culture.

A live auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at the center, and guests can begin viewing the exhibit items at 10 a.m. Admission is free that day. The auction will take place from noon to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit programs at the history center. None of the pieces is from a historic exhibit.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the public can attend a free Fabulous Floridana preview from 6 to 8 p.m. A selection of items is available at

Among the items to be auctioned off:

Alligators (2 to 7 feet), anvils, wooden barrels and buckets, camper and trailer models, cattle horns, citrus trees arrangement, two tall Corinthian columns, crop-dusting airplane, Cuba-made tiles from the Orange County Courthouse Annex, drive-in speakers, egrets, flags, flamingos, gavel, large-wheel bicycle, locomotive and train cars, manatees, mermaids, Model T, pelican, mounted postcards, red diving girl figure, Red Lobster sign, rockets, sailing ship, Seminole dolls, Singer sewing machine, faux shells, giant sloth claw, space shuttles, spinning wheel and Stetson-style hats.

All items are sold “as-is” and will go to the highest bidder, no matter the price.

The history center is at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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