Estate auction earns $24,000 for USM Foundation

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — An auction of an alumnus’s vintage knick-knacks — including a turn-of-the-century brass cash register and a 1955 Schwinn bicycle — grossed $24,000 for the University of Southern Mississippi.

But Jennings Gilmore of Columbia Auction Co. tells the Hattiesburg American (http://bit.ly/ni4C6K ) he still has about two-thirds of the items James Wayne McWhorter left to the university, so there’ll be a second auction.

It will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Southern Miss plays at home against Rice, and Gilmore hopes to attract alumni returning for the game.

The auction house is about 35 miles from Hattiesburg.

McWhorter died in March at age 73, leaving the USM Foundation three properties and everything in them.

Remaining items include another brass cash register and a collection of more than 800 license plates.