The living estate of Terry and Karen Kelley will be auctioned October 29th in Panama City, Florida The living estate of Terry and Karen Kelley, an astounding trove of old and rare books, glass and ceramics by many top makers, original artwork and more will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 29th, in Florida
News-Antique.com - Oct 13,2016 - PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The living estate of Terry and Karen Kelley – an astounding trove of old and rare books (many of them first-editions and/or author-signed), glass and ceramics by many top manufacturers, original artwork, furniture and collectibles in a wide array of categories – will come up for bid on Saturday, October 29th, at The Specialists of the South, at 8 am Central time.
The auction will be held in the firm’s gallery, at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City. All of the estimated 500-plus lots will comprise the Kelley estate, with no additions. A wonderful selection of tools and large tool chests will be auctioned (on the ground only), at 7 am, prior to the live and internet auction. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Most of the items were gathered over the years by Karen Kelley, a former Registered Nurse and pediatric nurse who is also an accomplished writer, poet and songwriter. Her life is as colorful as the items in her inventory. While studying nursing, she ran a filling station in Plant City, Fla., and one day Elvis Presley pulled in for gas. He gave her a scarf (with a printed signature) that will be in the sale.
“Sometimes Elvis rode the bus to shows and sometimes he drove,” Kelly recalled of that day in the 1970s. “On this day, he was driving. He had three other men with him, who might have been singers. He got out and we talked for awhile. I remember he had a Coke with some bourbon in it. He played his Gibson guitar a little bit, gave me the scarf and a photo of himself and drove off.”
Other celebrities who she's crossed paths with include Merle Haggard, Kim Carnes, Jerry Reed, Lee Greenwood and the group Bandana – performers she met at outdoor concerts where she had a ringside seat, as an attending nurse, in case of accident or illness. She got signed photos from some of them, and these will be sold as well. Poor health is forcing her to part now with her many treasures.
An avid reader, Ms. Kelley is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers of America. She also traveled with John Stark of the Ohio Booksellers and was personally given many books in her collection by Van Allen Bradley, the former book editor of the Chicago Tribune. Many of her books are signed, numbered and “tipped in” - with the author's signature or artwork inserted into the book. A copy of John Steinbeck's book, The Moon is Down, for example, with Steinbeck's signature tipped in, will be included in the auction.
The book that's expected to fetch the most is a signed copy (#45 of 95) of Kahlil Gibran's Sand & Foam. Gibran (1883-1931) was the noted Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer of the New York Pen League, best known for the book The Prophet. Sand & Foam is expected to sell for $2,000 or more. Also offered will