August 29 & 30 – 10:00 AM
Landmark Antique Auction
On Friday, August 29th, we’ll start at 10:00 AM Eastern,
with registration and inspection starting at 8:00 AM.
On Saturday, August 30th, we’ll start at 9:00 AM,
with registration and inspection at 7:00 AM.
The Lifetime Collection of World Renowned Opera Singer, the late Frances Yeend, and her husband, pianist and vocal coach, James Benner. Frances Yeend and James Benner toured internationally from the 1940s through the 1960s and developed a love for antique decorative arts (African, Asian, Spanish and more). While residing in Manhattan, they amassed a wonderful collection of artwork, rugs, furniture, decorative arts and thousands of books, many of which are signed first editions. The couple relocated to Morgantown, West Virginia, after Frances retired from the stage in 1966. She joined the faculty at West Virginia University as a Professor of Voice/Artist in Residence where she taught until her retirement in 1978. Frances and Jim continued to feed their love for antiques by filling their two-story home in Morgantown full of wonderful and noteworthy pieces. Ms. Yeend added to her collection until her death in 2008 at the age of 95.
Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service has been commissioned by Jim Benner to liquidate their VAST COLLECTION and all personal belongings in a series of auctions to be held at the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, Sagebrush Auditorium, in Fairmont, West Virginia. The auditorium is conveniently located off of Exit 139, Interstate 79, just 30 minutes south of Morgantown, 1.5 hours south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 3 hours east of Columbus, Ohio and 3.5 hours west of Baltimore/Washington D.C. Come out to the country for an unbelievable selection of RARE, investment-quality antiques you rarely have the opportunity to purchase.