May 4, 2013
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - A museum on Virginia's Eastern Shore is preparing to auction of its inventory of nautical items and waterfowl decoys.
The Refuge Waterfowl Museum in Chincoteague is holding a set of auctions in May and September from its collection after the museum owner's death.
The local auction firm is billing it as the "largest and most prestigious decoy and nautical auction ever to happen east of the Mississippi."
Carvings by famed Eastern Shore carvers are among the 3,500 decoys being sold.
Businessman and hunter John Maddox spent most of his adult life in pursuit of wooden wildfowl art. He died in December 2011.
His son Richard Maddox told The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/YuTTWG ) that the family decided to close the museum and sell its collection because it wasn't a money-making venture.