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Hundreds of Mayo heirlooms go on auction block

Descendants of Rochester’s famed Mayo doctors auctioned off four generations of silver, artwork, furniture and books at an auction at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

Several family members were in attendance at the auction, which attracted bidders from all over the country.

Some of the members came to say goodbye to the heirlooms, and others to keep them in the family.

Mary Mayo Balfour Calvert told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that she paid $7,000 for a needlework piece created by Mrs. Will (Hattie) Mayo in 1889. Hattie Mayo was Calvert’s great-grandmother.

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April 20, 2014