|Sad, awful news about dear friend, Robert Whiteside, a very generous philanthropist|
|by Sharon Adams||Fri, Nov 3, 2006, 10:52 PM|
Wanted to share my email from this afternoon after hearing this tragic news:
Oh, how awful this is. Carl just came home from work and had been talking to the editor of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald about the story she has featured on the front page of this week's paper about his new DVD "Inside Ten Days" and he mentioned we were going to stay at Robert Whiteside's bed and breakfast next weekend. She told him Robert Whiteside was murdered this week. Shot to death in his own house. Such a tragic loss.
Besides being our dear friend, Robert was a gifted artist, artistan, musician and gentle soul. He and his partner had moved to Mt. Vernon and opened their bed and breakfast, The Veranda, for the past 5 years or so. We were going to stay there next weekend when Carl does his Veteran's Day salute with the DVD. His partner found him Wednesday night, after he returned from a trip to Dallas.
Robert kept his jewelry design business in a separate building in the back and had just emailed me some new designs on a new method he was working with. I'll attach them here. I wore one of his rings today:)
He found a friend in everyone he met and will be dearly missed. Such a tragic death ... to be shot to death! Prayers to his family and friends. We miss him already.
Another note: I met Robert in the late 1980s when I was chairing The Western Stomp, benefiting the March of Dimes Women's Auxiliary. He donated a custom designed and handcrafted belt buckle for the live auction and hosted a party in his new shop on Inwood. That's where the friendship started ... and it has lasted ever since. God bless.
written by Lauren Shuford , November 10, 2008
October 30, 2008 (Dallas, Texas) — Two years ago today, acclaimed Dallas jeweler Robert Whiteside was killed during a robbery at his Mount Vernon home. Now, following the murderer’s conviction, Whiteside’s partner Warren Butler has decided to sell some exquisite items from the estate through Dallas Auction Gallery. The auction will be held November 19th at 2235 Monitor Street in Dallas and online through E-Bay Live Auctions.
In addition to paying off some debts, Butler hopes that selling these jewelry pieces, artwork, and antiques will help him begin putting the pain of the last two years behind him.
“Each of these steps—getting the criminal convictions, selling his pieces—is a step toward closure, toward healing,” Butler said. “I’m hoping that this jewelry and artwork will find homes with people who will appreciate and take care of them.”
The auction will include some of Whiteside’s original hand-carved jewelry, including several sets of animal-motif cufflinks and some diamond and rubelite earrings that depart from the artist’s usual style. Butler explains, “In early 2006, Robert was trying out some new equipment and pushing his limits. These earrings represent a new path he was experimenting with.”
In addition to jewelry, the auction will include antiques and artwork from Whiteside’s collection. One highlight is a pair of French Empire (19th century) bronze candelabra, each in the form of a patinated bronze maiden perched on a gilt sphere. The pair is expected to sell for $3,000–5,000.
The live auction will be held on November 19th at the Dallas Auction Gallery from 6 to 11 PM. Bids will be accepted live in person, by telephone, and online through E-bay Live Auctions. The Gallery, located at 2235 Monitor Street, will be open 10 AM to 5 PM November 14th through 19th for pre-auction viewing of all the items being offered.
For more information about how to participate in this sale or offer items for future auctions, please contact Dallas Auction Gallery at 214-653-3900 or see www.dallasauctiongallery.com.
About Dallas Auction Gallery: A family-owned business, Dallas Auction Gallery is the Southwest’s premier antiques and fine art auction house. The Gallery offers only the highest quality antiques and fine art, complemented by impeccable client service. Dallas Auction Gallery takes special care to ensure effortless, seamless transactions for both buyers and sellers. DAG’s highly trained appraisers and auction specialists provide full-service estate consignment management with professional promotion, all designed to maximize values with the utmost integrity and personal service. Both buyers and sellers appreciate the Gallery’s hands-on approach, unmatched integrity, simplified fee structure, and ability to handle estates of any size. For more information, please visit www.dallasauctiongallery.com or call 214-653-3900.
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