Huge Online Auction for 7-acre estate in Arden

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Dates & Times (US/Eastern)

Items start closing:
Sun, June 25, 2017 4:00PM

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    Bid Range Increment
    $1 to $100 $10
    $100 and up $10
  • 📓 Terms & Conditions


    Online Auction for the living estate of Dr. Mary Helen McConnell Schwarzkopf and consigned estates. 

    Sterling Transitions Inc NCAF#10011

    Betty Baker, Auctioneer NCAL#9997

    The lots listed in this catalog are being offered by Sterling Transitions Inc. as agent for consignor(s) subject to the following terms and conditions. By bidding at the auction you agree to be bound by these Conditions of Sale.

    PREVIEW DATE: Preview available by appointment on Thursday, June 22. Call to set up your viewing time. 828-338-8448

    ONLINE SALE DATES: Bidding starts at 8:00am Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Lots will close every minute starting with Lot 1 at 4:00pm on June 25, 2017. Individual closing will be extended 5 minutes when a new bid comes in within 5 minutes of lot closing.

    PICK UP: Between 3pm to 6:30pm on Monday, June 26 OR 9am to 1pm on Tuesday, June 27. Pick up location is in Arden, NC or shipping is available for some items (at buyer's expense). Exact location will be on your invoice if you win any items. You MUST communicate with us regarding payment and pick up/shipping plans. Please call 828-338-8448 or email with your plans.

    LOCATION: All items are located in Arden, NC. You will receive exact pick up location on your invoice after the auction ends.  If you would like your items shipped, you must let us know via email or phone. See shipping instructions below. Exact address will be on the invoice sent to you after the auction ends.

    SHIPPING: Shipping is available on select items in this auction. Each lot states in the description if it is available for shipping or not. We will be contracting this service to a local UPS store and will drop off your purchase to the store on Wednesday, June 28, 2017(or they will come to the home to pick up for you).  We can NOT determine shipping costs prior to sale ending, so please bid accordingly. We do not offer a refund if the shipping is more than you expected.  You are responsible to pay UPS directly via a credit card by phone at time of shipment.  If you have not paid for shipping your items within FOUR DAYS of them being dropped off/picked up by UPS store, then you will forfeit your purchase and we will donate your items. You will NOT receive a refund for the payment of your goods. If you would like your items shipped, you MUST communicate instructions with us via phone or email within 24hours of auction ending time to let us know you will not be picking up. All items must be paid for PRIOR to shipping.  Shipping charges will come directly from UPS store as a separate charge.

    Once an auction has ended, the items become the property of the winning bidder (buyer). Ownership of items not picked up during pick up times, or left un-paid for within 24hours of auction ending time will revert to the party with primary vested interest in the item to sell or dispose of item as it sees fit. Any funds paid shall be forfeited to satisfy terms of sale. 

    PAYMENT INFO: You will receive an EMAIL with an attached invoice from Sterling Transitions Inc AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE AUCTION, not after the item was sold. This email will include payment instructions via PayPal and instructions for pick up. Paypal requires a secure sign in and accepts all credit card payments. Buyer will need an account on and will use our email address,, for payment on PayPal. We will check IDs at pick up time. We accept Visa, MC, Discover and American Express. A 15% buyer premium is added to final bid price. 

    If you need to make other payment arrangements, you MUST call us to communicate prior to pick up date or your items will be forfeited.  **All items must be paid for within 24hours of sale ending (that means Monday, June 26 at 4pm) using paypal or call us to communicate other payment preferences.  No exceptions.

    No Guarantee: Everything is sold “As-is, Where-is” without guarantees of any kind. No Exceptions! Neither the auctioneer nor any consignor or staff member makes any warranties or representation of any kind or nature with respect to the property, and in no event shall they be deemed to have made any representation or statement at the sale or elsewhere to mean otherwise. Due diligence to verify the condition and description of a lot is the sole responsibility of the Bidder prior to placing any bid. No Returns.

    Sterling Transitions Inc, offers lot descriptions to the best of its knowledge presented solely for the convenience of the Purchaser. Prospective bidders should investigate a lot thoroughly before bidding by reviewing all photos and descriptions and coming to preview prior to bidding. Sterling Transitions inc.does not accept liability for any omissions or mistakes in the description or photos. By bidding the Bidder acknowledges that Bidder has investigated the lot to his or her satisfaction or that Bidder has chosen not to do so, and agrees to accept the lot being bid on with no objections after the sale closes. If you are uncertain please contact us by email at with your questions PRIOR to bidding. If you are still uncertain after we reply, please refrain from bidding.


    ALL SALES ARE FINAL.Placing a bid is a legally binding obligation.


    By Bidding, a bidder agrees to Sterling Transitions Inc. terms and conditions

    Buyer Premium of 15% is added to the final winning bid amount.

    Ownership of all online purchases not picked up during pick up times listed will be forfeited and you may lose your right to bid on items in our future sales. If your items are being shipped, you must pay for your shipping to UPS within four days of items being dropped off/picked up.  After 4 days, we will take the items to donation. You may call us if you have any problems picking up at 828-338-8448

    We will use reasonable efforts to carry out online bids and do not accept liability for equipment failure, inability to access the internet or software malfunctions related to the execution of online sale.

    By bidding on any item in the sale, the bidder permits Sterling Transitions Inc to add them to their email mailing list. Bidder may freely opt out of mailings at any time by following the instructions in any mailing.

    The auctioneer has the right at his or her absolute and sole discretion to refuse any bid, to withdraw any property before and during the sale, as well as reserve the right to group one or more lots into one or more selling lots, or to subdivide into two or more selling lots. Sterling Transitions Inc. shall have no liability whatsoever for such withdrawal.

    Payments Through PayPal using Credit or Debit Card PRIOR to pick up or shipping. 

    Please bring help to load large items as our staff can not assist.

  • 💲 Payment Methods

    Cash, Checks, Credit Cards, Debit

Sale Description

Online Auction with over 250 lots at this lovely Arden 7-acre estate with family history dating back to 1930. Garden enthusiasts paradise, Victorian Era Furniture, dining table ready to accommodate up to 32 ppl., an art collection to envy, and lovely China that is in great condition. There is a framing workshop with all the tools and every size frame, mat and glass you can imagine. Collections from travels around the world include postcards, rugs, ponchos, maps, travel cases, and more. One of the largest cedar chests we've come across as well as a sought-after map chest of drawers, several Antique dining tables and dressers, and even a re-purposed organ to a desk. Vintage clothes, kitchenware, glass,  Christmas decor to name a few. Also includes collectibles such as Lalique Glassware and Pisgah Pottery. Consignees collections included a huge owl collection, small freezer, AC unit, MCM artist Schreiber, wool braided rug and the list  goes on. 

Photos will be added daily until auction starts. Don't forget to set up an alert in your phone for the auction end time at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 25!


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