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Danny Robinette, ‘Summer Garden,’ estimated at $50-$25,000

Leland Little to auction estate of esteemed NC newspaper owner, Mar. 31

Danny Robinette, ‘Summer Garden,’ estimated at $50-$25,000
Danny Robinette, ‘Summer Garden,’ estimated at $50-$25,000

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – On Friday, March 31, at 9 am Eastern time, Leland Little will auction the estate of the late Frank Daniels, Jr. and his wife Julia Jones Daniels. The Daniels family owned and operated the Raleigh News & Observer for 101 years. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Born into a newspaper family, Frank Daniels Jr. had, as he would say, “ink in his veins.” He and his wife, Julia, met in high school, but did not marry until after each had graduated from college. Frank moved up the ranks within the Raleigh News & Observer from advertising, to circulation, to business manager and, eventually, president and publisher. Under his leadership, the newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes. Dedicated to his profession, Frank served as chair of the Associated Press’s Board of Directors for five years.

Portrait photograph of the late Frank Daniels, Jr. and his wife, Julia Jones Daniels, whose family owned and operated the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper for more than a century.
Portrait photograph of the late Frank Daniels, Jr. and his wife, Julia Jones Daniels, whose family owned and operated the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper for more than a century.

As best said by the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2008, “From art to science to history, there’s hardly a museum in Raleigh that has not benefited from the leadership skills, spirit, and generosity of Frank A. Daniels, Jr., and Julia J. Daniels. Married for more than 50 years, the Daniels have worked tirelessly for not only the N.C. State Museums of Art, History, and Natural Sciences but almost every aspect of community life, including health care, business, and education.”

Committed to history, Julia served as chair of the National Trust Council for the National Trust for Historic Preservation for numerous years. Frank served as chairman of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Board. Julia and Frank both deeply believed that art and history should be accessible to all. Julia and Frank raised two children, welcomed grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and continually gave back to their community, both in North Carolina and beyond.

224-piece porcelain dinner service in Herend’s Rothschild Bird pattern, estimated at $50-$25,000
224-piece porcelain dinner service in Herend’s Rothschild Bird pattern, estimated at $50-$25,000

Leland Little will auction more than 500 lots of furniture, porcelain, art, and decorative objects in the March 21 sale. Of note is an acrylic on canvas by Danny Robinette (American, 1954-2005) titled Summer Garden and estimated at $50-$25,000; a 224-piece Herend Rothschild Bird porcelain dinner service, also estimated at $50-$25,000; an antique French carved and gilt sunburst ceiling medallion; and an Italianate marble top painted and gilt wood console table.

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