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Gerald Ford items auctioned to expand museum

Published On: Dec 04 2012 07:48:36 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 04 2012 08:09:02 AM CST
 Gerald R. Ford

 Gerald R. Ford was the nation's 38th president.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -

Personal items of President Gerald Ford and former first lady Betty Ford are being sold at auction to support a $15 million update and expansion at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

Betty Ford died in 2011. President Gerald Ford died in 2006. They lived in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for decades. Their hometown was Grand Rapids.
   
MLive.com reports http://bit.ly/VvOatY that the Ford family donated more than 50 items for the auction, including an American flag that flew over the White House. Other items include golf clubs and bag with two American flags, the presidential seal and "Jerry Ford" emblazoned on it.
    
There's also a gown worn by Betty Ford in 1979 among the auction items.

The estimated total value of the items is more than $100,000. A live auction organized by Heritage Auctions in Dallas is planned for Dec. 11.

An online auction already is taking place.
    
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                http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov