Historic MacMurray College closed in the spring. Now you can own a piece of campus.
Buyers have until Thursday to bid on items online from the downstate school’s buildings, offices and president’s house.
MacMurray College alumni and Illinois history buffs have one more day to participate in the now-shuttered college’s online auction before having to wait for the big auction day in November.
Williams & Williams Real Estate Auctioneers launched the online auction of the historic college’s possessions on Sept. 23, according to a company press release. The auction concludes October 15 at 6 p.m., but an in-person auction will be held in the Gamble Campus Center, 613 E. Beecher Ave., at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.
Items include antique furniture, paintings, sterling silver items and office furniture, among other items. Many chairs, tables and paintings are going for anywhere from $3 to $300, and silver pieces, including a spoon set dated 1893, are available for less than $100.
Founded in 1845, the Jackson-based school announced it would be closing at the end of the spring 2020 semester due to declining enrollments, rising competitive costs and an insufficient endowment, the release said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruption it caused complicated MacMurray’s financial condition, but they were not the principal reasons for the Board’s decision to close,” the release clarified.
The full collection can be viewed here, but here are some of the highlights of the collection: