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Estate sale records philanthropists' lives

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- This area estate sale has just about everything you can think of. It's at the home of two very generous philanthropists, the late Jack and Marjorie Richmond.

There was a line of customers on the porch and every room was filled with treasures. The first customer got in line at 2 am, on the hunt for a painting of an ear of corn. People waited for hours to get a look inside.

Over the years, the Richmonds packed their homes with treasures.

"As we worked in the house, we were uncovering layers of contemporary, then you get the next layer and you're in the 40's, 50's, then you get to the turn of the century and the Victorian era."

Mary Clegg organized the sale and says there's a little something for everyone.

"I think this is one of the biggest sales I've ever been to and they've got lots of nice things."

"Little boxes, little vases, a tea kettle, globe, a tray, very hard to find trays, gems."

Customer Carol Stanek came in the morning and stayed through the afternoon. But, she says the wait was worth it.

"Two hours, literally jogging, looking my worst. 9:30 - 11:30 outside and then, still here at ten to one."

Jack and Marjorie Richmond were philanthropists and big UI supporters. Some gems include Illini memorabilia.

"We're both UI grads, so a basketball Lou Henson signed, so it's not all for me."

From furs to furniture, every room has something to see.

"We're trying to get people in as fast as we can, but when people come in the house, they're staying a long time because there are so many things to see."

Each piece tells a different part of the Richmond's story. Customers say they're happy to see the items not go to waste.

"I wish I knew about this couple because, clearly, they were very sophisticated, well-traveled. I'm sure they had wonderful stories."

The estate goes to the UI Foundation. The home will eventually go on the market. 


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