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Hattiesburg native leaves unique treasures to Southern Miss

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg native by the name of James Wayne McWhorter collected rare 1950's advertising items from the age of ten, and in his will he left everything to Southern Miss.

Columbia Auction Company owner, Jennings Gilmore says he was contacted by Southern Miss to handle the auction. Once Gilmore took a look in Mcwhorters house he soon realized he stumbled upon every collector's dream.

"Old advertising pieces like an old 37 Coca-Cola clock, which is one of the most desirable wall clocks out there. A 1937 Coca- Cola sign. A Jax Beer sign, " said Gilmore.

Gilmore found some items he is sure collectors will swoon over. "The Memphis newspaper from the day after Elvis died. Lots of albums that are collectable," said Gilmore.

And if you don't swoon for Elvis, you might when you hear this number.

"We have a solid brass National Cash Register. It's value is around $3,000," said Gilmore. "A 1910 Nickle Slot Machine, and its value is about $3,000," said Gilmore.

Gilmore says there are so many collectibles he can't wait to auction them off.

"Our first auction will be in the Trent Lott Center at USM on the tenth of September. It starts at 1 p.m. I expect a good crowd. I expect good active bidding cause it's some of the stuff you will never have an opportunity to buy again," said Gilmore.

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