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Fans buy 'Little House on the Prairie' star's memorabilia

By The Associated Press
Posted 1:40PM on Thursday 17th January 2019 ( 4 months ago )

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More than 200 items belonging to "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert and her husband, Emmy-winning actor Timothy Busfield, have been purchased in an estate sale in Michigan.

Items sold in the American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company online auction this month included a red wedding dress, signed memorabilia and awards Gilbert received, The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reported.

Interest in the sale exceeded expectations, said auction house owner Kenny Lindsay. The online auction catalog received about 58,000 views and more than 300 bids were placed.

"The amount of exposure the auction got was off the charts," Lindsay said, though he declined to disclose how much money was raised during the auction.

Lindsay said one standout item was a photograph signed by the cast of "Little House on the Prairie" that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Minnesota purchased for $1,200.

"Another cool piece was sheet music signed by composer David Rose, who wrote music and the theme song for 'Little House on the Prairie' ... it went for $1,100," Lindsay said.

Redford resident Stacy Luoma was one of the bidders. The 45-year-old took home a variety of items, including a nightgown, dresser, quilts and boots. Luoma said she grew up watching Gilbert, who is one of her favorite actresses.

"You're buying the story to go with it," Luoma said. "I don't think I would have bought as much as I did if it weren't them (Gilbert and Busfield)."

Gilbert and Busfield had been living in Livingston County since 2013, but relocated this year to New York City.

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Information from: Livingston Daily Press & Argus, http://www.livingstondaily.com

In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Stacy Luoma, right, holds up the hand-made roses and butterflies knit top nightgown she bid on and won in the Gilbert/Busfield estate auction, against her grandmother Arbilla Moore, in Genoa Township. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Kenny Lindsay, owner/auctioneer of Kenny Lindsay's American Eagle Auctions and Appraisals Co., holds an original cast and crew photo from the production of the television show, "Little House on the Prairie," in Genoa Township, Mich. The photo sold for $1200 to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum from the estate of Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Kenny Lindsay, owner and auctioneer of Kenny Lindsay's American Eagle Auction and Appraisals Co., at left, and auction manager Bob Goetz help load a dresser to the car of high bidder Stacy Luoma of Redford after the close of the Gilbert/Busfield estate auction in Genoa Township, Mich. Giving guidance to the two is Lindsay's son Carson, who tells them when a step is coming. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)

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