The estate of Donna Phillabaum will be sold June 23 in Marianna, Fla. The estate of Donna Phillabaum – a Florida resident who owns many antiques and collectibles, many of them handed down to her by her parents and grandparents – will be sold June 23rd in Marianna, Fla.
The extensive record collection dates back to the early 1950s, when Ms. Phillabaum was a high school student living in California. While some of the records are in poor or fair condition, they are a veritable treasure trove of music from the era, some of it highly sought after by collectors. The records, mostly 45rpm and 33 1/3rpm, are housed in jackets from the era.
The vintage Valentines are very colorful and some quite old, with googly-eyed characters and moving parts. A sheet music collection dates back to when Ms. Phillabaum played the piano, accordion and organ and bought a lot of the music herself but a portion of the sheets came from her grandfather’s brother, who played guitar, banjo and mouth organ. Those sheets are quite old.
The massive collection of matchbooks originated with her uncle and father, both of them collectors, while the NASCAR items are Ms. Phillabaum’s (she’s a Jeff Gordon fan). A group of paper cuttings was a gift from a grade school friend who was a missionary in China, while the embroidery pictures were done and given to her by her great aunt in Ohio. Those are from 1953.
Also sold will be a thimble collection (mostly from family sewing baskets), National Cash Register memorabilia from 1911-1925 (from her uncle’s wife’s father), and autographed items: Adlai Stevenson (from her father’s 32nd degree Mason’s certification in Long Beach, Calif.), the comedian Nipsey Russell, and Pope John XXIII, from an aunt’s trip to the Vatican.
Some of the items are steeped in family history and lore. These include a land deed from 1887, when Ms. Phillabaum’s great-great aunt purchased a lot from the St. Andrews Bay Railroad, Land and Mining Company; her uncle’s wife’s mother’s 1886 Baptism certificate; her grandparents’ 1906 marriage certificate; and school diplomas from 1923 and 1925 (two each).
Many of the items to be sold came over from England and Germany, from the days when Ms. Phillabaum’s father worked in Europe for McDonnell-Douglas (building missile sites) and her parents traveled the continent. Also, her grandmother on her father’s side came over from Germany when she was 16. Her father accompanied her on the boat ride, then returned home.
The sale will get underway at 9 a.m. (CST), with a preview from 8-9 a.m. Previews will also be held the week prior to sale by appointment, by calling The Specialists of the South at (850) 785-2577 (when calling for sale information, please reference this code: KHPA623). Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. A 12 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases and all sales will be final.
The Specialists of the South, Inc., has been serving the Panama City community for over 30 years. The firm specializes in a broad range of services, to include estate auctions, furniture refurbishing, interior decoration (including a Hunter Douglas window treatment gallery), personal property appraisals and business liquidation services. It has been awarded the Small Business of