New River Valley auctioneer trying to sell nearly 3,000 personal artifacts

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– The saying ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ is a common saying for people who are getting rid of items around their home or in storage.

However, for Larry Linkous, owner of Linkous Auctions, he is trying to clear out 3,000 personal historical artifacts. In just two days, Linkous will attempt to sell everything at his Blacksburg home.

To do that, Linkous set up two large white tents, a stage, chairs, and more.

Each item has a story and a history to how it landed in Blacksburg, but the only person who knows and can tell those stories is Linkous, himself.

For over 50 years, he collected each item one-by-one, learning the local history of it, where it came from, and how much it’s worth.

“There is one hand carved statue from France that is between the years of 1740 and 1750. There is actually some carved chairs that were made in the late 1700s. There is a chest from the late 1700s,” said Linkous while pointing out several different artifacts.

The list is endless. Linkous says he is able to tell visitors the history of every item and the story behind how it ended up in his hands.

However, he’s ready to sell most of his collections. Some of the historical artifacts he is keeping for decoration in his home, because they are priceless. Many of his items include local antiques from the Civil War era — both Confederate and Union.

Linkous was born in the New River Valley and wants to pay homage to the area by collecting only local items. He says his goal is to sell half of his items on Friday, July 30, and the other half on Saturday, July 31.

“I’m just downsizing, and I actually bought a piece of real estate, where I am going to use this money to roll over into another piece of real estate. I am really happy to be able to do it,” said Linkous.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and take place on Merrimac Road.

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