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Rockefeller Name Brings Out Bidders

Mon., March 24, 1997

Junk is junk, except when it’s Rockefeller junk.

The kind of used household goods typically sold at garage sales for rock-bottom prices went for up to $800 a box Saturday because the castoffs carried the Rockefeller cachet.

Items tagged from the Rockefeller family’s Overhills Estate, which was sold to the Army, included hula hoops, plastic Easter grass, chipped pottery, fluorescent light bulbs, washing machines, railroad spikes, coffee pots, odd pieces of furniture, and bag after bag of old golf clubs.

The Rockefeller name brought out the crowd, as about 1,000 people showed up for the auction. It also hiked bids.

A box of used Tupperware went for $30. A box of spatulas and a wooden spoons drew a $60 high bid. A box of ceramic pitchers went for $775. A bidder coughed up $800 for a a box of mismatched ashtrays and pitchers.

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