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History San José Auction and Book Sale
June 4, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pmFree
Come out to History Park on Saturday, June 4 starting at 8:30am for History San José’s Spring Cleaning and Auction, where “deaccessioned” items from the History San José Collection will be available for purchase by the public. Proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the History San José Collection. Items for sale span over 100 years of San Jose history and include: furniture, hand tools, vintage advertising, art, arms memorabilia, pianos, rare books from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and a huge sale of local and California history books!
A preview of auction items will take place at History Park on Friday, June 3 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Deaccession is a necessary museum practice that eliminates items in poor condition; already exist in great number; or have no relevance to the Mission. Recently, our curators have been moving objects from our former collections warehouse to make room for the new Bay Area Glass Institute studio. As part of this process, they have inventoried and moved artifacts to HSJ’s state-of-the-art Collection Center and done extensive research on each item, making certain it was relevant to the History San José’s mission. More than 32,000 artifacts were kept and 1,400 were marked for deaccession.
These deaccessioned items will be be sold at the History San José Spring Cleaning and Auction on Saturday, June 4. The auction will take place in the warehouse adjacent to the Electric Light Tower at History Park, with an additional preview at 8:30am and the live auction beginning at 10:30am. This is a great opportunity for collectors, decorators, dealers, or anyone interested in unique finds! O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor will be also be open throughout the day. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind auction event!