'Got eBay?' exhibits eclectic collectibles

May 29, 2007 at 4:51 PM
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SHELBURNE, Vt., May 29 (UPI) -- Porche posters, the Koran and antique maps have one thing in common: They belong to an eclectic, celebrity-driven exhibit at Vermont's Shelburne Museum.

Museum Director Stephan Jost and his staff came up with the exhibition, "Got eBay? Celebrity Collections Created Online," because the museum's founder was a pack rat, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. For the show, the museum gave notable people -- including comic Jerry Seinfeld, Mick Jagger's former wife, Bianca, NASCAR driver Keven Lepage, New York-based musician-artist John Lurie, and Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas -- $1,000 each to bid for items on the Internet auction site, creating their own collections.

Seinfeld contributed the Porsche posters as well as a early-1970s Heuer Camaro watch.

Jagger contributed the paperback edition of the Koran in her collection of American history and human rights pieces. She's also including a March 1974 Vogue with her posing on the cover wearing a rhinestone veil because "I wanted to be present at my installation."

Douglas bought several Vermont-related items, including antique maps, an old Farmer's Almanac and 19th-century copies of the Rutland Herald.

"It shows that e-commerce can occur in pastoral locations like Vermont," Douglas said.

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