The estate of Earlene S. Bowen -- "the Antiques Lady" -- will be sold without reserve Apr. 6, 12-13 The estate of Ms. Earlene S. Bowen, known as “the Antiques Lady” until her recent passing at age 95, will be offered without reserve Apr. 6 and Apr. 12-13 at her home in Eupora, Miss.
News-Antique.com - Mar 25,2013 - (EUPORA, Miss.) – The massive and prodigious estate of Ms. Earlene S. Bowen, known affectionately as “the Antiques Lady” until her recent passing at age 95, will be offered without reserve (everything sells, regardless of price) over the course of three days on back-to-back weekends – Apr. 6 and Apr. 12-13 – by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. Ms. Bowen's entire estate – complete and untouched since the time of her death – will be sold.
The auction will be held on-site, at Ms. Bowen’s property in Eupora, Miss., a small and quaint town in central Mississippi, located north of Jackson and south of Memphis, Tenn. It is there that Ms. Bowen for years operated Bowen’s Antiques, which wasn’t so much a store as it was a veritable antiques village, with ten buildings plus a brick residence all on one tract of land.
The address is 14511 U.S. Highway 45 in Eupora (zip code for GPS: 39744). “This will be an old-fashioned country auction for an old-fashioned country lady,” said Dwight Stevens, the sale’s auctioneer and a longtime friend of Ms. Bowen. “There will be no Internet bidding, and because there are so many lots and limited reception, there will be no phone bidding as well.”
Absentee bids will be accepted at open house preview only, scheduled for Friday, Apr. 5, from 10-6 (CST), and Apr. 11, also from 10-6. Hundreds of photos are on view at the Stevens Auction website (www.stevensauction.com). A color brochure can be obtained by calling (662) 369-2200 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Start times all three days will be 10 a.m.
“Ms. Bowen had a keen eye for wonderful pieces,” Stevens said, “and her love of antiques spanned many eras of furniture, including Southern primitive as well as Federal, Victorian, Empire and Eastlake antiques. Her inventory also included beautiful porcelains, fine china, antique lamps, original works of art and many hundreds of rare and collectible items.”
Stevens added, “When you went to visit Earlean at her shop, everything was for sale – including the jewelry she was wearing and the bed she slept in. If someone wanted to buy, she would figure out a way to make a sale happen. She also prepared a full dinner every day, with various meats and two or three different desserts. She’d feed pretty much anyone who came by.
“I had the privilege of knowing Earlean Bowen, as did many other fortunate folks, and I would be hard-pressed to name a person who was more loved or full of life than she was,” Mr. Stevens continued. “She attended many of my auctions and even though she was a dealer, it was the buying that excited her, the hunt. She died this past November, just shy of her 96th birthday.”
Bowen’s Antiques was not an overnight success story, nor was Earlean Bowen a lifelong player in the antiques business – far from it. Born in Eupora, she worked at the Montgomery Ward store there for years before getting a job