Minnesota Senate furniture up for auction

Minnesota Senate furniture up for grabs at auction

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans are getting a chance to purchase a piece of the state Senate.

More specifically, they can buy a piece of furniture.

"Vintage is hot right now," auctioneer Greg Christian says. "The 70's and 80's. Everybody likes those years. Those were fun times."

The Minnesota Senate is auctioning off some extra furniture used by senators and staff over the past few decades. The items up for sale include desks, chairs, bookcases, tables and other pieces from the State Capitol and State Office Building.

"It's really hard to judge what these things are going to bring, because you have the true value, the quality of the item, but then you have the mystique, which is really, who knows what's going to happen with that," Christian says.

Representatives with the Minnesota Historical Society wanted to clarify that none of these items up for auction are original to the initial construction of the capitol in 1905. 

"There were 1,600 items with that original construction," historic site manager Brian Pease says. "We still have over 800 of those original pieces here at the State Capitol. The others are either in private hands or we just don't know what happened to them."

A group paying tribute to Cass Gilbert, the original architect of the Minnesota State Capitol, is now trying to track down all of those items. They sent representatives to the auction site to make sure none of the items for sale are connected to the original designs for the building.

"We're pretty confident that we're not going to be selling anything that's original to 1905 in that auction," Pease says.

The auction is taking place online, and is open for online viewing Monday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If anyone wants to look at the items in person, they can do so Wednesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 321 Grove Street, St. Paul.

The official online auction will take place Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m.

Auctioneers say all items need to be picked up by the end of the day on Thursday, May 18th.

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