Silent Auction Preview & Proxy Bidding

Each year an integral component to the Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display is the Silent Auction & Raffle. We gather an interesting array of items that we hope visitors will enjoy, with all proceeds benefiting the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, which supports children’s educational programs at the Marshall Steam Museum. Enjoy the preview below.


Proxy submissions have ended — but come see us at the event to get in on the action! And check out our great Silent Auction below.


#1: Model T Driving Lessons

Donated by Lou Mandich

Learn from Steam Team member Lou Mandich how to drive this quintessential American auto. Must be 25 years old and hold a current valid driver’s license — and not too tall! Yes, height matters because Ford designed his earliest autos for the “average” American, which includes a tight driver’s area. Unsure if you’ll fit comfortably? This antique truck (the training vehicle) will be the Photo Op car at the Invitational, so you can climb aboard and see for yourself. Lesson is for one (there are only two seats — for the driver and his trainer) and will include watching a video in advance, lessons in a private lot and then on-the-road experience once the trainee has mastered the basics. Check this one off your bucket list now!

Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $100 (bid increment: $20)

#2: 7-Day Getaway to Fenwick Island, DE

Donated by Margaret and Marlay Smith

Enjoy a 4-bedroom 2-bath, fully equipped house, just 4 blocks from the ocean and within walking distance of all activities in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Stay up to one week in October 2018 or June 2019. Amenities include: Central AC, gas grill, all appliances, cable TV and DVD, 6 twin beds, one queen. Beach chairs included, along with boogie boards, skim boards and other sand toys.

Value: $1,700
Starting Bid: $700 (bid increment: $50)

#3: Original Oil Painting

Donated (and lovingly painted) by Dorothy Boxler

Brighten your day with this beautiful bouquet, painted by Dorothy Boxler and custom framed. Size: 8″x10″.

Value: $400
Starting Bid: $200 (bid increment: $25)

#4: Hand-Crafted Steel & Copper Garden Fountain w/ Remote

Donated in memory of Joseph D. Boxler by Dan Boxler

This electric fountain made of copper, steel and wood is a one-of-a-kind work of art by a true renaissance man, Dan Boxler. Having achieved accolades as the master butcher and owner of Country Butcher in Kennett Square, he began expressing his artistic side with welding, crafting amazing metalwork using found items and natural components. This amazing fountain is now in search of the perfect garden setting… will it be yours?

Value: $800
Starting Bid: $450 (bid increment: $25)

#5: Gourmet Food Basket and Country Butcher Gift Certificate 

Donated in memory of Joseph D. Boxler by Dan & Dorothy Boxler, Anthony, Sarah & Leo Boxler

This basket contains too many tasty items to list PLUS a $50 gift certificate to the Country Butcher Fine Foods Market in Kennett Square. No one will go hungry!

Value: $200
Starting Bid: $75 (bid increment: $10)

#6: Country Butcher Whole Beef Tenderloin Package   

Donated in memory of Joseph D. Boxlerby Dan & Dorothy Boxler, Anthony, Sarah & Leo Boxler

Enjoy some of the best of what Country Butcher has to offer with this whole beef tenderloin package. Includes a certificate for a whole beef tenderloin from Country Butcher, plus a signature cutting board & steak seasoning.

Value: $200
Starting Bid: $75 (bid increment: $10)

#7: Hand-Turned Spalted Beech Bowl with Turqoise Inlay

Donated (and hand crafted) by John Bacino

Each year Steam Team member John Bacino amazes us with his handcrafted turned bowls. This “Spalted Beech” bowl is made from the Copper Beech that once graced the front lawn of Auburn Heights. It is finished to be food-safe and measures approx. 4″ high and 10.5″ in diameter.

Value: $125
Starting Bid: $50 (bid increment: $10)

#8: Insider’s Tour of Winterthur Museum by Greg Landrey

Donated by Greg Landrey

Gregory Landrey, Winterthur’s director of academic affairs, will take the winner (and up to three friends) through a behind-the-scenes tour  (90-120 minutes) of Winterthur, including the conservation facility, the museum rooms and hidden portions of the this extraordinary country house. 

Value: Priceless 
Starting Bid: $100 (bid increment: $10)

#9: Wilmington & Western Railroad Print by Larry Anderson

Donated by Bill Rule

This framed print from renowned Delaware artist Larry S. Anderson features the Wilmington & Western Railroad in a snowy Christmas landscape. Professionally framed, measuring 25″ x 32″ and no longer available so get this one while you can!

Value: $250
Starting Bid: $120 (bid increment: $20)

#10: Rare Wilmington Train Station Print

Donated by Cody Hoffman 

Rare commemorative print following the renovation of the Wilmington Train Station, the last railroad masterpiece by famed architect Frank Furness, one of the most prolific railroad architects of the 19th century. Built in 1907, the renovation/restoration in 1983-84 was celebrated with this limited edition print. Beautifully framed.

Value: $200
Starting Bid: $50 (bid increment: $10)

#11: Pearl Necklace & Earring Set

Donated by Rose Ann Hoover

Details to come.

#12: Directors Case of Wine 

Donated by FAHP Board of Directors

Let FAHP wine & dine you. Okay, the dining part is on you, but members of the Board of Directors have donated a case of their favorite selections for you to enjoy!

Value: $220
Starting Bid: $100 (bid increment: $10)

#13: Hand-Carved Wooden Decoys

Donated by Chazz Salkin

Canada Goose decoy by David C. Berari (carving wildlife since 1983) and Canvasback Duck decoy by Ed Green, whose work has sold at major decoy auctions. Both carved and painted with amazing attention to detail.

Value: $200
Starting Bid: $75 (bid increment: $10)

#14: $50 Country Butcher Gift Certificate & Insulated Market Bag

Donated in memory of Joseph D. Boxler by Josephine Boxler

Fill the included market bag with plenty of tasty goodies using the $50 gift certificate from the Country Butcher in Kennett Square.

Value: $55
Starting Bid: $20 (bid increment: $5)

#15: $100 Gift Certificate to The Back Burner Restaurant 

Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel C. Lickle  

Enjoy a lovely (and delicious) dinner at the Back Burner, named a Best of Delaware restaurant by Delaware Today!

Value: $100
Starting Bid: $50 (bid increment: $10)

 #16: To Come




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