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Mystery Unfolds from Saxonville Civil War Era Envelope

Filed under: General Interest,Politics by Randy Harris at 1:36 am on September 28, 2011
Civil War Era Postal Cover Mailed to Saxonville, Mass.

Seymour & Blair Civil War era postal cover mailed to Mr. John Lewis, Saxonville, Mass. is one of only two known to exist. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

FRAMINGHAM, MA -After ten days on the online auction site eBay, an envelope mailed over 100 years ago to Saxonville sold for $688.76 to the high bidder.

The envelope, or "cover" as it's more accurately called by philatelic collectors, bears a patriotic image of Horatio Seymour and Frank P. Blair campaigning for President and Vice President of the United States in the election of 1868.

Seymour lost the election to Ulysses S. Grant.

The cover had been mailed from Auburn, Mass to a "Mr. John Lewis, Saxonville, Mass." in the 1890's, (as noted in the auction listing -- the date is uncertain as ...[read more]

Addilson Belknap Mansion Back on Auction Block

Filed under: General Interest,Legal Notices by Randy Harris at 6:45 pm on April 29, 2011
35 Waveney Road, auction January 27, 2011

This fire damaged 22 room mansion located at 35 Waveney Road will be auctioned Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 2:00PM.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham has ordered the historic Addilson Belknap property at 35 Waveney Road be auctioned off to recoup back taxes owed on the fire damage mansion.

The property which was was originally scheduled be auctioned off  in January, has now been set to go on the auction block Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 2:00PM(bidder registration begins at 1:30PM on site).

Those interested in the 13 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, two-story "22 rooms-in-all" Greek-revival, 8,000 sq. ft. style home which was originally built in 1699 and presently sits on approximately 1.65 acres of prime North Framingham real estate must ...[read more]

State Auctions 1000 Items on eBay

Filed under: Uncategorized by Randy Harris at 11:37 pm on May 20, 2010

18K GOLD NECKLACE sold for $1,875.00

BOSTON, MA - In the old days, when Massachusetts State government had items to auction off they would publish a public notice in several major newspapers and mail out a list to a few hundred in-the-know auction hounds, junk dealers, surplus buyers and collectors of all sorts of things.

The state would then take sealed bids for larger items, and arrange public auctions  where a real live auctioneer would call out, "Who'll give me $5.00?, ...$4.00? $3.00?" ...the bidding would start -- and then usually end just as quickly -- with many valuable items selling for pennies on the dollar.

Times have changed and now the State aims to get the most they can for ...[read more]

Marian High Gala Auction in April

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 11:34 pm on March 21, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Marian High School, Union St., Framingham, is delighted to announce the annual Marian Gala Auction and Dinner: “The Best Ticket in Town.”

Please join us on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at Indian Meadows Country Club in Westborough. Our live and silent auctions will include many fabulous items including sports tickets and memorabilia, weekend adventures, and much, much more!

The evening will culminate with our Grand Raffle drawing for a 2006 Ford Mustang. Raffle tickets for the Mustang are $100 each. Gala tickets are $75.

For all tickets or more information, visit or contact Jim Waldman at 508-875-7646 ext. 217 or


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New Auction Hall in Saxonville

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 9:47 pm on January 18, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Pop Culture guru and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Gary Sohmers announced the opening of his newest venture, The Saxonville Auction Hall, in the Roxbury Carpet Mill Complex.

His first auction will be an online catalog auction.  Bidders can preview the items in the hall, but the auction won't be live as the occupancy permit has not been issued.

In Person Preview Times: Friday Jan. 20 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. & Saturday Jan. 21 from Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Auction items include: antique & collectible toys, dolls, tin windups, 1940s-50s television sets, radios & accessories, victrolas, marx toys trains & playsets, catalogs, comics, children's books, sports, action figures, small antiques, box lots & more!

Saxonville Auction Hall, 1650 Concord St, Framingham, MA - located at the Saxonville Industrial Complex in North Framingham, at the intersection of Concord, Elm, Water & Central Streets. Park anywhere in the Lot after 4:00 p.m. Friday or all day Saturday. Parking also available in Public Lot across Concord Street.

There is a 10% Buyers Premium, Left Bids Accepted, Cash, Checks & Credit Cards Accepted (service fee on all credit cards). Register and Bid on Auction Items online.

For more information call: (508) 788-5474 or (617)296-4510 or email or visit


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