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Haunted Historical Ocala Mansion & Antique Contents To Be Auctioned Saturday, October 3rd At 10am
Florida Auctioneers C Fudge of Professional Appraisers & Liquidators of Crystal River & Albritton of Lakeland Liquidate Contents & Building of Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Saturday October 3, 2009 at 10am. The House is Rumored to be Haunted.
By: Diane Fudge
Ocala, FL, October 1 2009 - This Saturday, will be an important day for Antique Collectors, Dealers, curiosity seekers, and ghost hunters alike when a Crystal River auction firm liquidates the contents of Upstairs, Downstairs Antique Galleria at 725 E. Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala Florida beginning at 10am. Besides over $200,000 worth of antiques that will cross the auction block, the 1885 Victorian Mansion zoned for commercial use, which is rumored to be haunted, will also be auctioned. This is the second "haunted" historical building in the Fort King district to be auctioned in the last year.
The Historic District of Ocala is an important spot on the map for those interested in all things paranormal. Sci-Fi Channel's Television Show "TAPS Ghost Hunters" featured The Seven Sisters Inn on an episode last year. Ocala Ghost Walks, a local firm offerning walking and carriage tours of the district, features several historical buildings in the Fort King area including Seven Sisters and the Ritz Historic Inn. The ghost tour owner, Catherine Wendell said, "The hauntings throughout the area seem to be in clusters of 2 or 3 houses near each other, with no rhyme or reason". The former Upstairs Downstairs Antique shop building is an important stop on their tour.
When Professional Appraisers & Liquidators was hired to liquidate both the contents and Victorian building at 725 E Silver Springs Blvd, they were told that the painting of a gentleman, circa 1840s, that was hanging in the shop was NOT for sale. The owner stipulated that it "went with the house" and would be given to the person who purchases the Victorian seven-bedroom mansion. Why? Because it seems that strange occurances seem to happen whenever that painting is moved.
Auctioneer Charles Fudge stated, "The comment about the painting sparked our interest as to the history of the building". His firm's research led them to an Ocala firm that had investigated the mysterious occurances in June, 2009 and posted audio and video of their overnight surveillance of the Victorian home on their website. According to a spokesman for American Paranormal Project Inc, the not for profit volunteer based organization, made up of citizens, each with unique backgrounds who have an interest in the paranormal, "It is truly one of the most haunted places I've seen". Besides their findings of EVPs and ENPs, they heard footsteps upstairs while the entire team was "locked down" on the first floor. He also told them that "something" besides their team turned a light on during their overnight investigation.
Whether you've always dreamed of owning a Victorian Home, commercially zoned in a high traffic area, or you'd just like to own a building that has been "verified" as haunted, now is your chance. The building will be auctioned at noon to the highest bidder (with owner approval). If a haunted house is out of your price range, then you still might want to take home some of the fine antiques that will be auctioned from 10am until about 5pm. Who knows? Maybe one of the antiques you purchase will bring a spirit with it. And you'll have it just in time for Halloween.
For further information regarding the auction of Upstairs Downstairs Antique Gallery and the historical Victorian mansion, contact Professional Appraisers & Liquidators Antique Auctions at 800-542-3877 or visit their website at www.charliefudge.com. The website for Ocala Ghost Walks is www.ocalaghostwalks.com and video footage of the ghost hunt conducted by American Paranormal Project Inc can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/
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