Central City Opera Offers Rare Opportunity to Invest in Pieces of Colorado History
May 15, 2009

Central City Opera Offers Rare Opportunity to Invest in Pieces of Colorado History

Denver , Colo. — Take home a piece of Colorado history at Central City Opera’s Public Auction of a selection ofantiques and memorabilia from The Teller House and The Chain O’ Mines Hotel in Central City. This once in a lifetime opportunity will take place on Saturday, June 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Baker Auction House located at 5001 Oakland Street, Denver, CO 80239.

The majority of items for auction are from the rooms of the original Teller House Hotel, now owned by Central City Opera. Built in 1872 and said to be the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River, the hotel’s antiques date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s and include mirrors, furniture such as couches, chairs, ornately carved wooden bed frames and matching dressers from the rooms in the hotel.  A bookcase and desk from the law office of the original owner of the Teller House Hotel and Colorado’s first Senator, Henry Teller, and other items, like six Victorian rocking chairs used around the Teller House’s lobby stove and a lovely, curved “courting bench” are among some of the additional one-of-a- kind pieces up for auction. Bedroom furniture donated to Central City Opera from the historic Chain O’ Mines Hotel (now Century Casino), founded in 1930 at the corner of Main and Lawrence Streets in Central City, will also be available for purchase.

The articles for auction were housed in an off-site warehouse and represent a select portion of Central City Opera’s collection . Offering our Festival artists a look into Central City’s colorful past, the majority of the company’ antiques will continue to be used as furnishings and displayed at Central City Opera’s more than 30 historic properties that serve as artists’ residencies, rehearsal and performance space each summer.

“We could think of no better way to celebrate and memorialize the remarkable history of Central City Opera than to offer the citizens of Colorado the opportunity to own items from a city that was integral to the founding of Colorado,” states Nancy Brittain, Central City Opera Board Member and Co-Auction organizer along with Central City Opera Board Member/President Emeritus, Nancy Parker. “We are thrilled to share these antiques with the community as we are no longer able to properly display them in their original home. We have been fortunate to grow exponentially over the years and have increasingly utilized the amazing space in the Teller House for our endeavors. Our hope is that these antiques will be purchased by people who will properly treasure their value to Colorado history by displaying and using them in their own homes.”

Preview opportunities are available on Thursday,May 28, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.;Saturday,May 30, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, June 6, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.baess.com or www.centralcityopera.org.

Baker Auction and Estate Sale Services
For 19 years, Baker Auction and Estate Sale Services (BAESS) has been dedicated to helping individuals in the Denver and Front Range area with their auction and appraisal needs. Owners, James F. Baker and Carolyn M. Baker, hold the highest professional designation available in the auction industry: CAI (Certified, Auction Institute) and the GPPA designation (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser). A five-time Gold Star recipient from the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau, BAESS has conducted over 1,000+ auctions and estate sales in the state of Colorado.

Central City Opera
Auction proceeds support Central City Opera’s programs including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House, the Teller House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties, as well as its education and community programs, which serve more than 100,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

For the 2009 Summer Festival June 27 to August 2, Central City Opera will feature three new productions. The Festival includes Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the popular Italian bel canto style opera about feuding families in Scotland and young Lucia’s forbidden love; Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, the Tony Award® winning musical that portrays the romantic lives of couples in Swedish society; Georg Friedrich Handel’s Italian opera Rinaldo, a heroic story of battle and love set in the time of the  First Crusade. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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Celebrating its 77 th year, the Central City Opera House Association is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Central City Opera, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.