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Auction to sell collection of American in Oxford

Items once belonging to Frank S Whyman, an American who lived in Oxford, are on sale this week in a special ‘American in Oxford’ auction

Published on January 27, 2020

Lots from the Frank S Whyman Collection Lots from the Frank S Whyman Collection

An auction is being held this week featuring a collection of fascinating items once ownwed by a long term American who lived in Oxford, Frank S Whyman.

Mr Whyman was born in Burlington, North Carolina in 1927, and grew up in the town of South Boston, Virginia. Whilst serving in the military corps, he graduated from Virginia Tech before going on to serve in the US Navy during the Second World War. He was later recalled to the army during the Korean War, where he worked alongside Princess Pat's Canadian Light Infantry.

After attending the Amos Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University, Frank became a member of the New York Stock Exchange, retaining his membership for over 40 years. According to Mallams Auctioneers, who are hosting the auction, "Traders loved his southern accent, brightly coloured shirts and jovial manner".

From 1993 until his death in 2015, Mr Whyman and his wife, Susan, spent part of each year residing in Oxford, England. Whilst living in the UK, he sought out small antique shops, looking for interesting artefacts and items, including objects made of wood and metal, to fill his flat in Oxford's Polstead Road.

His vast collection represents a fascinating insight into an American's perspective on British antiquity, with the auction including small items, paintings, furniture and other objects that shed a light both on the man himself, and his interest in British heritage. Particularly for Americans who like historic furniture, the catalogue has plenty of interesting items.

Viewing days for the auction, at Mallams Auctioneers in Oxford, are Monday January 27 (9am to 5pm), Tuesday January 28 (9am to 5pm), Wednesday January 29 (from 8:30am) and Thursday January 30 (from 8:30am). The auction begins on Wednesday January 29 at 11am. For the full auction catalogue and further enquiries, go to https://www.mallams.co.uk/sales/oxford/the-collection-of-the-late-frank-s-whyman-esq

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