The Auction Approaches, and Preview Night is Nigh!

Hundreds of treasures, ranging from classic to kitschy, will be there for the bidding at this year’s 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction, to be held at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Saturday, April 23, 2016 starting at 10:00 am! The vintage and antique lots include a circa-1830 Windsor rocker in original paint, country store scales, Victorian buggies, commemorative flow blue, spinning wheels, the famous “Asparagus Man” oil-carved paintings of Adam Berg (more information here!), and much more!

Houston, Heywood Buggy

There is no charge to attend the Saturday auction, and all items will be sold without reserve. A 10% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price, all in benefit of Wisconsin’s state historic sites. Carol Miller, auctioneer and owner of Bailey’s Honor in Oconomowoc has, for the third time, graciously volunteered to call the auction. The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association is the founding and continuing sponsor of this biennial event.

Drier, c1830 Windsor rocker, original paint and stencil

A preview party and dinner (by advance reservation only, with a $40 donation per person) will take place at Old World Wisconsin’s historic Clausing Barn on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 4:30 to 9:00 pm. Festivities will include a delicious baked or fried fish dinner, dessert, a cash bar, Susan Caya Slusser of Villa Louis speaking about Victorian furnishings, a silent auction, door prizes, complimentary antiques appraisals by Debbie McArdle of Iron Horse Antiques, a preview of Saturday’s auction, and the opportunity to leave an absentee bid. For tickets or further information for this event, contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or

Kozlowski - Berg Heaven on Earth 1 (2)

As with previous auctions, all proceeds will benefit Wisconsin Historical Society state sites; in particular, this year’s auction will fund restorations at the H. H. Bennett Studio, the oldest operating business in the Wisconsin Dells, and possibly the oldest operating photography studio in the United States! Bennett is considered one of the best landscape photographers of the 19th century. Nearly all of his landscape photography was devoted to creating “eye-popping” 3D stereoscope views of the Dells, Devil’s Lake, and the rock formations in Adams and Juneau Counties where he captured the spirit of late 19th-century Wisconsin.

Dlugos, 402 Stereoscope Cards, one lot

For questions about the April 23, 2016 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction or the April 22, 2016 Preview Party, or to make a tax-deductible donation of a vintage or antique item, please contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or, or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272 or


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