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January 20. 2014 10:17PM

Legend's legacy goes to auction


Raymond S. Burton's yellow 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 is up for auction as part of the late executive councilor's estate. (COURTESY)

LISBON — In terms of number of items, auctioneer Mike Carver said this weekend's estate sale of many of the late Executive Councilor Ray Burton's possessions is about average.

"Ray was a very modest guy," Carver said Monday.

"Some of the items were his mother's," Carver added.

Thanks to Burton's big, yellow convertible, everyone knew when the 18-term New Hampshire executive councilor was coming, especially to fair-weather events like parades and car shows.

The 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was a familiar sight for years on the highways throughout the Republican's massive District 1, with its 108 towns and four cities that touched seven counties.

"We have both of his parade cars, including the 1988 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Brougham," Carver said.

District 1 voters will head to the polls today to decide a three-way Republican primary. The winner will square off against the only declared Democratic candidate in the March general election to fill Burton's seat.

Burton, who helped advise the state's governors over 35 years, was admittedly slow to enter the brave new world of computers, preferring to stick to his circa-1930 manual typewriter.

That will be available, along with an array of his political memorabilia, including campaign pins, buttons and presentation pieces.

Some of the items have vintage automotive origins, such as a large, neon Cadillac clock and enameled auto dealership signs.

The collection ranges from Burton's hundreds of player-piano music rolls to an array of family furniture that includes his mother's antique Hoosier cabinet, still, Carver said, in its original condition.

The auction will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Carver's Ammonoosuc River Auction Company on Route 302 in Lisbon, north of the village and about three miles south of the Littleton line.

Buyers can preview the items for sale Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and again Saturday morning for two hours prior to auction.

bhookway@newstote.com


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