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Dudley Mansion items for sale, preview the goods this weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Built in 1825, the Dudley Mansion was home to our state’s first elected governor Edward Dudley.

The estate’s most recent owners are moving out, which means you have a chance to get your hands on some of the home’s most luxurious items. From furniture to dolls to chandeliers to animal rugs… It’s all for sale Monday at Big South Auction.

Of the nearly 700 pieces, about 90 percent of them are from the Dudley Mansion. Owner of Big South Auction John Ward said the Picketts, who bought and renovated the home back in 2005, originally bought a lot of the furnishings from him. Now he’s auctioning everything off.

“A lot of it is old and antique, but they have a lot of good, usable new stuff as well,” Ward said. “They’ve got a Yamaha baby grand piano. They’ve got a theater system that costs about $35,000 to $40,000.”

The downtown Wilmington mansion has been considered a party place since it was built in the early 1800’s. The estate is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“I think what the Picketts did for downtown Wilmington and that home in particular was certainly an asset, and I think their improvements that they did to the home were certainly positive for Wilmington,” Ward said. “I think downtown Wilmington will miss them.”

Some people may not agree. In the past several years, the Picketts have had their share of controversy; including rifts with neighbors, a lawsuit with the city and trouble refinancing the home. The Picketts are set to be out this weekend, and according to the StarNews, U.S. Bank will take over ownership. The newspaper also adds that the future of the home is uncertain because of a foreclosure delay with the mortgage company.

You can preview the items this weekend at Big South Auction on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The auction is set for 10 a.m. Monday.

Ward said it will take about six hours to sell all the content. Some of the proceeds will go to area charities.

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