charity auction june 27th

country auctionI was asked to post this Briggs Auction House press release :


June 18, 2014



Own a piece of cinematic and/or book-binding history!  On Friday, June 27th, beginning at 3pm, Briggs Auction, Inc. in Garnet Valley, PA will be selling at auction furnishings and accessories from Sundowning, the newest M. Night Shyamalan movie that just wrapped local filming, as well as a collection of antique bookbinding equipment owned by prominent local book binder and restorer Elke M. Shihadeh.


The local set for the Shyamalan movie was a historical farmhouse, so the furnishings and other items from that collection reflect the typical country antiques, continental furniture, and fine porcelains that would be found there. Everything was locally-sourced from Philadelphia and suburban antique shops.


Highlights of the movie collection include a 10′ country farm table with unusual folding and hinged legs; a Southern pine pewter cupboard; a Continental inlaid games table; a fine selection of Chinese Canton porcelains; Majolica; stoneware; decorative lamps, and more.


The majority of the proceeds from the auction will go to the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. Shyamalan and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan started the foundation in 2001, with the goal of removing the barriers of poverty and inequality through closing the education gap in the U.S., as well as other developing countries.


The bookbinding collection from Elke M. Shihadeh will include her personal turn-of-the-century book-binding equipment, including book presses; gold-leaf presses, type tools and trays, oak print and map files, and a collection of 19th century books. Mrs. Shihadeh personally restored the broadsides announcing the Declaration of Independence. She has restored and bound many fine books, including rare elephant folio editions of John James Audubon’s bird renderings. The majority of the proceeds from this estate collection will also be donated to charitable causes.


“The unique triality of these collections is the real draw”, says John Turner, President of Briggs Auction. “You have the opportunity to own a piece from a local movie filmed by a prominent director, or a piece of history from a prominent bookbinder, each with strong ties to the Delaware Valley; the proceeds from bothcollections will go to wonderful causes; and at the same time, you’ll have a beautiful and antique piece that is ready to be displayed in your home.”


“We are proud to work for charitable organizations like the M. Night Shymalan Foundation, and that the Shihadeh estate proceeds will benefit charity. We hope that the local interest of the film and the uniqueness of Mrs. Shihadeh’s collection attracts curious people to become satisfied buyers.” Turner continues.


The 100+ lots of these special collections augment Briggs Auction’s weekly estate discovery auction, which begins at 3:00p, Friday June 27th. Detailed listings and photos will be available on the Briggs Auction website, .  Driving directions are also available on the website.


Auction previews will be held Thursday, June 26th from 4pm – 7pm, and all-day Friday, from 9am on. Absentee and telephone bids are accepted for this auction.


Questions? Please call Briggs Auction, Inc.: 610.566.3138.