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Auction Continued from page 52 for $200,000 to $300,000." "Number 9" is owned by the es- tate of Elva Bennett Smith of Dover, who died earlier this year. She was the widow of the late J. Gordon Smith, who served as chairman of the state highway commission for over 20 years. There are two undocumented sto- ries as to how Smith acquired the plate, the second being the most plausible, Emmert said. • The first story comes from the executor of the estate, grandson Charles Murphy, who said that in 1934, the owner of the George- town Pharmacy was a Republican committeeman who incurred the wrath of the then-governor a De- mocrat. The governor is said to have snatched the tag from the Republican and give it to his grandfather, Smith. The second story goes that Gov- ernor W.W. Bacon appointed Smith to the state highway com- mission in 1939. The day that Smith was officially instated at the governor's office, "Number 9" was sitting on Bacon's desk. The governor told Smith he could have the tag. For those not in the league to bid for the "Number 9" tag, there are numerous other items to be auctioned off Saturday which also lend considerable panach6. The estate of the late Naon Craft of H.enlopen Acres and Coral Gables, FI. is also to be up for public sale. The eclectic grand A wealthy heiress, Craft counted many movie stars and dig- nitaries among her friends. Craft (at right) is seen in the pho- tograph with gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (left) and star Susan HaywartL dame of the Rehoboth Beach area left no immediate heirs at her death in April but she left behind a treasure trove of antique furniture, china and porcelain, Oriental car- pets, exceptional art, jewelry and collectibles. Carved African statues will go to the highest bidder alongside a painting by Lewes artist Tom Wil- son of Craft herself strolling out- side her home, a painting she had commissioned. Craft's fortune was made by her father, Herbert C. Craft, who "got Pepsi off the ground by leasing them land, and who owned con- siderable property in Miami, in- eluding the ground on which the Miami Herald offices stand," Era- inert said. Craft was a consummate travel- er and friend to the stars. Emmert produced a letter written to her from none other than Jack Lem- mon in the mid-70s, who, in a chit-chatty manner, relates the lat- est news about his children, the weather in California, etc. Last but certainly not least, a pair of five carat diamond stud earrings will be on the block Sat- urday, jewelry not from the Craft estate, but an outside consign- ment. While there's no buyer's premi- um on "Number 9," all other pur- chases will incur a 5 percent charge. Terms are cash or person- al check with I.D. on the day of the sale. A cocktail preview is set for Friday, Aug. 5 (tonight), from 5 to 8p.m. The bidding for "Number 9" is expected to get underway around 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the Craft estate auction to begin at 10 a.m. 4 5 t[/c.00.nnua[ All Saints' Episcopal Parish Tuesday, August 9, 1994 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 1994 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. REHOBOTH BEACH CONVENTION HALL Door Prize Donated by Stuart Kingston Gallery Admission: *3 00 For More Information Contact:Jeane Vest (302)-226-1819 CAPE GAZE'IrE, Friday, August 5, August 11, 1994 -53 SUSSEX HOUSING, INC Rnancing available to qualified buyers, low down payment Call 227-9477 for information WOODED WONDERLAND • 2 BR, 2 BA, room to expand • Lg. LR, formal DR, 2 decks • Mod. kitch, custom oak cabinets • Private setting. Call before rates rise $175,000 (#640) BE A SUNCATCHER • Bike to beach; new listing • 2 BR mobile in Sea Air • All appliances; partly furnished • Financing avail, to qualified buyers • $16,000(#552) REDUCEDj REDUCED Quiet, peaceful, secluded yet convenient 2 BR, 2 BA log cabin On 8.89 acres, can divide East of Georgetown $145,000 (#647) ANGOLA BY THE BAY • 3 BR custom salt box • Overlooks marina & fully furnished • Year round comm.; resort amenities $159,000 (# 636) BREAKWATER ESTATES • Beautiful 1/2 acre lot with trees • 1,450 sq. ft., 3 BR, 2 BA home • L.iving & family rooms, dining area , Ready to occupy; 3 rain. to ocean $499,000 (#617) OPEN HOUSE SPECIAL Sunday, August 7 * 12 - 3 pm #3 Black Duck Reach, The Glade Rehoboth Beach