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Items of late NC tobacco heiress to be auctioned

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 30 2013 03:44:49 PM CDT
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
DURHAM -

Antiques, art and other items owned by the late heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune are going up for sale.
    
The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the items from the family of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be auctioned on August 25.
    
Brunk Auctions spokesman Aaron Edwards said the family has kept several sentimental items but would like the remainder to go to what he termed "good homes."
    
According to Brunk Auctions, items to be auctioned include paintings by artists such as the American painter Thomas Anshutz, 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelains and jades, French antique furnishings and an inlaid art case Steinway grand piano.
    
Edwards said the company is still researching and cataloging the items, so a pre-auction estimate of their total value is not yet available.