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Items owned by late Duke heiress to be auctioned

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 30 2013 11:14:20 PM CDT
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
DURHAM, DURHAM COUNTY -

Antiques, art and other items owned by the late heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune are going up for sale.
    
The items from the family of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be auctioned on Aug., 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 cataloguing the items, so a pre-auction estimate of their total value is not yet available.