GREENSBORO -- People at the Chinqua Penn auction in Greensboro hope to get their hands on a piece of history. Whether online, over the phone, or in person, thousands of people are bidding on items from the historic plantation.
"Hopefully we will be going back to Chinqua Penn to pick up something we got," said Helen Patterson.
Patterson said she had her eyes on a few things at the auction.
"There's some goblets I'm interested in. But I think everybody wants the small things," Patterson said.
There are many price points at the auction. Some of the items sold for $200, while others sold for $20,000.
"These things have never been disturbed in this home. It's their first time to market and as we can see by the prices today we are having some real world class objects being sold," said auctioneer Leland Little.
Money raised from the auction will offset bankruptcy claims involving the current owner of Chinqua Penn.
"It's just such a shame that it's all going to go away. That's the only thing that bothers me. It's just beautiful," said Patterson. "The house, the care, the love, the thought. Everything that went into putting that house together."
The collection of items is expected to generate nearly $2 million.