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Guernsey’s to sell contents of prominent Indiana family’s mansion

Asherwood in Carmel, Indiana. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s will be conducting a monumental, unreserved auction of the contents of Asherwood, one of America’s most prominent homes, on Nov. 17 and 18, Carmel, Indiana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The public will be invited to inspect the Asherwood treasures up for auction on Nov. 10 and 11, as well as Nov. 16. The unreserved auction will be the first time the public will have access to the fabled estate that will benefit the Great American Songbook Foundation.

The auction promises hundreds of ornate examples of antique and bespoke 20th-century furniture, furnishings and decor, substantial works of art, Oriental rugs and countless smaller objects, virtually all in pristine condition. In addition to these approximately 1,000 lots being sold, a separate section of the event will be devoted to selling a substantial portion of Asherwood’s vast library of antique books.

An interior view of the Asherwood mansion. Guernsey’s image

Situated on more than 100 acres, the 50,000-square-foot mansion, massive second home and private golf clubhouse were generously donated to the Great American Songbook Foundation by Bren Simon, wife of the late respected commercial real estate developer Melvin Simon.

Also located in Carmel, the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by accomplished vocalist, pianist and music preservationist Michael Feinstein, will directly benefit from the remarkable sale. Dedicated to preserving America’s rich musical legacy, the Foundation’s efforts focus on the work of such noted composers as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe and many other composers and performers whose collective body of work will live on through the important efforts of the foundation.

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