BOISE-- Friends of Velma V. Morrison agree the arts supporter and philanthropist left behind a legacy after she died in June. She also left behind vast collections of art, furniture and jewelry.
Now, those who want to own something that belonged to the woman who helped shape Idaho will get their chance during a series of auctions to disperse Morrison s possessions to the highest bidder.
At Morrison s Boise home, Kent Corbett of Corbett Auctions and Appraisals is getting ready for next month s live bidding. Morrison s family hopes to sell everything from the philanthropist s fine china to art and sculptures and her jewelry collection which includes a massive six-carat diamond ring.
The online auction is going on now, with bidding in the three categories slated to end May 7, 8 and 9. A $10 per person preview will be held May 2 and 3. The live auction will be held at Morrison s home May 10.
The 12,000 square foot estate on Crescent Rim Drive is also for sale. The mansion, which comes with a glass-walled elevator and panoramic views, is currently listed at zero dollars, according to Corbett.
That will change. Corbett said the house has already received one offer, although he declined to reveal how much. After 23 years in the auction business, he says he has learned the worth of something correlates directly with what a buyer is willing to pay. For a house like the one Morrison named after King Arthur's fictitious court Camelot, that s hard to guess.
People ask, well, what s it worth? he said. That s the multi-million dollar question.
But the auction won t be limited to those with deep pockets. Corbett estimates some of the items will sell for as little as five or ten dollars, giving almost everyone a chance to own something unique.
Some things are not for sale, including a taxidermied sea turtle and a coat made out of leopard s fur. Both were legal when Morrison acquired them, but the estate can t sell them due to their endangered status.
The turtle will be donated to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Morrison s family opted to keep some of her possessions.
I think the house will be hard for the family to sell, Corbett said. There s another family that wants to move into it, but still it was built for her, so there is some emotion tied to it.