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Massive Peterson estate for sale online; in person
By Susan Blower

DECATUR, Ark. — Thousands of lots of Majolica, porcelain and glass from the massive estate of Dorothy Mae Peterson are now being sold online with Estate Road Show, arousing interest around the country in weekly sales on Sundays at 1 p.m., CST.

The final event will be an auction with more than 1,200 lots at the Decatur Community Center in Peterson’s hometown of Decatur, Ark., on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m., CST and Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon, CST.

So far, the weekly sales have been “over the top” with good results and indicate that many people will attend the live auction in Decatur, said Andy Stone, spokesman for Kruse Energy and Equipment, auctioneers based in Tulsa, Ok., who will call the final event.

Go to or ArtFact or AuctionZip or to view the listings. About 400 items are listed for sale each Sunday until the main event.

Stone said the last two sales generated 18,000 bids total. Stone said he asked Estate Road Show for help with smalls because the company is the only one that is doing live auctions on eBay and can reach a massive audience.

“People are coming from all over the country. Some who have bought furniture have said, ’Don’t bother shipping it. I’m coming to the main event,’” Stone said.

Peterson began her collection during the Depression by selling or trading chicks and eggs for antiques, especially Victorian pieces and Carnival glass. She worked with her older brother, Lloyd, who founded Peterson Industries and developed the Peterson Male, a world-renowned breeder line in the poultry business.

Described as unique and headstrong, Peterson was engaged three times but never married, according to her niece, Debbie Peterson Evans, whose family consigned the auction.

“Her antiques became her babies,” Evans said. “Every room in the house she grew up in was full of antiques, but she knew where everything was. She had a sharp mind.”

Evans, who became a collector also, kept some of her aunt’s special things to remember her.

“She instilled in me a love of antiques. I treasure many of her things. We are both sentimental,” Evans said of herself and her son, Blake, who now runs the family poultry business.

Her memories center around a lady who liked to drive a Cadillac convertible to a local dance club, where the young men would line up to dance with her.

“In her early years she was dressed to the nines. She was perfect in her coordinating hat, gloves, handbag and heels,” Evans recalled.

Stone said the best items of the collection are reserved for the live Decatur auction. A 20 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on all purchases at the auction site and 25 percent on all Internet purchases.

The preview will be at the Peterson estate, 194 Grant Ave., Decatur, Ark., on Tuesday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 23 at 9a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The preview is the only way to see everything, said Michael Whelchel, CEO of Estate Road Show.

For a full-color catalog of all lots, call (877) 885-3253.

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