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Cooler fall weather brings plenty of shows and sales!

Last week, I was glued to the television set for Ken Burns’s film series, “Country Music.” The first four episodes have aired and as of this writing there are four more episodes to come. The program is airing on PBS and there are a total of 8 episodes chronicling Country Music’s origins in the 1920s up to the present day.  

Ken Burns films are always entertaining and quite comprehensive. And “Country Music” is certainly living up to the expectations. There’s no one like Burns to present documentary information in such an entertaining way.

One of the focuses of the fourth episode of the series was on an important component of Country Music –Patsy Cline. Despite a shortened career that ended with her death in 1963, Patsy Cline has been a powerhouse of influence. With songs such as “Crazy,” written by Willie Nelson; “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “She’s Got You,” “Faded Love” and scores of other hits, her clear, articulate voice sold millions of records –both before and after her death. Patsy experienced what is known as being a crossover artist, which occurred rarely in the Country Music industry. Many of her songs chartered on both the Country Music and Pop Music lists.

I discovered Patsy Cline since my father played an eight-track tape of her greatest hits –that was back in the early 1970s and I’ve been a fan ever since.

With a hard life in Virginia, Patsy was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia. She left school at 15 to find work to help her family when her abusive father deserted them. Singing was always part of her life and she was enjoying success at the time of her death in a private plane crash in 1963. The following information was found on the Internet about Patsy Cline, who, in addition to being an enormously talented singer, was a witty, friendly and generous person to both her family and circle of friends.

Her music lives on as the following information states:

“Since her death, Cline has been cited as one of the most celebrated, respected and influential performers of the 20th century. Her music has influenced performers of various styles and genres. She has also been seen as a forerunner for women in country music, being among the first to sell records and headline concerts. Various awards and recognition have been given to Cline because of this.”

Searching on the Internet for Patsy Cline memorabilia and collectibles, I found a few. The following items are listed for sale at historyforsale.com. A letter written by Patsy from July 31, 1957 is available, certified authentic, and priced at $12,600; a photo of Patsy inscribed and signed is priced at $6,800; and a piece of paper with her signature is listed at $2,040.

I don’t think I can afford those prices, but I have several records; tapes and CDs of Patsy Cline’s and I always enjoy listening to them –and of course – singing along!

Here’s some upcoming sales and auctions received in the e-mails for this week:

Middendorf Bros. Auctioneers and Real Estate has an antique furniture, glassware, china and collectibles is September 24 (TODAY) beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 903 W. Superior Jacksonville, Illinois. Other interesting items at this auction will be a Tiffany-style lamp; steamer trunks and holiday decorations. More information about this auction is at www.middendorfs.com or at (217) 243-5486.  

A Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Art Auction is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd, by Gray's Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. In all, 438 lots will come up for bid, starting at 11 am Eastern time. Top achievers should include a Van Cleef and Arpels limited edition Alhambra necklace and a vibrant abstract silkscreen on paper by the American artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). Internet bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Serena Harragin at 216-226-3300; or, you can email her at sharragin@graysauctioneers.com.

An online auction is slated for Wednesday, October 2nd, at 10:30 am Eastern time, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The auction is packed with 240 lots of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and photos. Categories include Americana (including Declaration and Constitution signers, Rev.-War and Civil War), foreign leaders and royalty, business and finance, aviation and space, art, literature and crime. Internet bidding is via LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and Auctionzip. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, email him at john@universityarchives.com.

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