Fine Real Estate, Jewelry, Vehicles and Antiques to Be Sold to the Highest Central Virginia Bidder Dec. 17, 2005

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Hillsman/King Estate Auction to feature high-end holiday gift items for the discerning recipient.

On Dec. 17, 2005 at 8 a.m., the estates of Pete & Dot Hillsman and W.H. (Bill) King will be placed on the auction block. Well-known throughout the greater central Virginia region, these late long-time Burkeville residents have left behind not only a lasting legacy but also a treasure trove of antique and collectible items. Now, through Carwile Auctions, Inc., their estates are being liquidated just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Why fight the crowds and hassles of the mall when a one-of-a-kind Christmas present can be had at a friendly country auction? Those who are interested in attending this never-to-be-repeated event can find a full listing of items up for bid as well as directions to the sale online at the “Upcoming Auctions” link of

Some of the excellent to brand new condition items that will be put through the “going, going, gone” warble include Mr. Hillsman’s family home on Agnew Street, antique pine and oak cabinets, a mahogany bedroom suite, pine dining furniture, a cherry desk, an 1850 Melodeon reed organ, four Rolex watches, numerous 14k and 18k gold jewelry pieces and three well maintained vehicles. A hand-painted vanity with mirror, a drop-leaf table with six embroidered chairs and a pecan hutch are just a few of the notable items the King estate will contribute to the combined estate sale.

Research conducted by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) in 2004 revealed that live auctions account for $203.2 billion a year in sales. The association also noted that more than 50 percent of Americans have attended live auctions. The reason most often cited for attending is the bidding frenzy and excitement that is generated. With Virginia state champion auctioneer James (Jimmy) Carwile behind the gavel, Carwile Auctions, Inc. is locally renowned for rousing that energy and excitement.

Carwile Auctions, Inc., however, doesn’t stop with their well-liked auctioneer. They go the extra mile in lending that down-home neighborly appeal to their auctions, and the Hillsman/King event will prove no exception. The home-cooked aroma of tangy stew or roasted chicken is likely to greet attendees’ noses. Compliments of the Rice Volunteer Fire Dept., bidders can help out the local community while simultaneously wrapping up their Christmas gift lists. Enclosed heated tents will also be available for guests’ comfort in the event of inclement weather. Sated bellies, warm hearts and elated smiles on Christmas morning are sure to result from the Hillsman/King estate auction.

For more information on Carwile Auction, Inc., contact Sandy Henderson at (434) 392-5604. To learn what one-of-a-kind treasures can be had at the Hillsman/King estate auction, visit the company online at and click on the “Upcoming Auctions” link.

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