BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Discovery Museum announced Friday that two wooden shelves autographed by popular performing artists Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, George Thorogood, and Melissa Etheridge, and best-selling author Stephen King, will be auctioned off on eBay. Each item will be listed for 10 days and all proceeds will benefit the children’s museum.
Museum Executive Director Niles Parker said the purpose of the online auction is to kick off the November dinner auction, as well as to support the museum.
“Our annual dinner auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the 2011 theme is ‘Top Shelf,’” Parker said in a press release. “This year we are fortunate enough to have the two signed items that we’re putting on eBay as a kickoff to our Nov.19th fundraising auction to support the museum.”
During an interview Friday, he added, “It’s critical for us. It is by far our biggest fundraiser of the year and we desperately need it. To call it our signature event is not overstating it. It generates virtually all of the scholarship money we offer, and funds our summer camps and a lot of our other programs.”
The first shelf up for auction on eBay is the Waterfront Concerts shelf, autographed by four of the headline acts from the 2011 Bangor Waterfront Concerts. The shelf also includes a CD by each of the artists: “#1’s” by Reba, “Bullets in the Gun” by Toby Keith, “30 Years of Rock’s Greatest Hits” by George Thorogood and The Destroyers and “Fearless Love” by Melissa Etheridge. Bidding for the item began on Friday, Oct. 21, and closes on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The second shelf up for auction is autographed by Stephen King and is themed on baseball. It comes with several of his books, a Stephen King baseball card, and a bobble-head. Bidding for this item is scheduled to begin on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, and is scheduled to close on Thursday, Nov. 10.
“We’re very excited to have the autographed shelves on eBay and hope to get some local and national interest on these items,” said Auction Committee Chairwoman Susan Carlisle in a press release. “It’s all for a great cause to support Maine Discovery Museum. Join us for our annual dinner auction on Nov. 19 to bid on the gorgeous pieces our Maine artists have created.”
The Maine Discovery Museum’s ninth annual dinner auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn on Haskell Road in Bangor. The auction features hand-painted wooden shelves that have been transformed by select Maine artists into unique works of art. Special guest host John Rohman and auctioneer Sue McKay will lead the program, which will include silent and live auctions.
“We had over 200 people attend last year and are expecting more this year. We have almost 70 shelves up for auction. The shelves are absolutely beautiful and feature many maritime scenes, Maine landscapes, and different animals, like dogs and bears. It’s a really fun event that showcases the work of our talented Maine artists,” Parker said in an interview Friday.
This year’s corporate sponsors include Quirk Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, People’s United Bank, Dead River Co., Hardwood Products Co. LLC, and Bangor Daily News.
The autographed shelves being auctioned on eBay, as well as the hand-painted shelves for the annual dinner and live auction, can be previewed at the Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., Bangor, during regular museum hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $7.50 with children 12 months and under and members entering free. Tickets for the annual dinner auction are $50 each. To reserve your seats, call 262-7200 or visit Maine Discovery Museum online at www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.