With the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) poised to take possession of the historical Pigman Ranch property in Oregon County for the purpose of developing a hotly-contested state park, the former owners are set for one last hurrah.
An auction Buildings for Babies officials tout as “your last chance to own a piece of Beatles history” will be held at 3 p.m. July 23 at the property, located outside Alton.
Auctioneer Jeff Lawrence, who will be conducting the sale, notes, “Last chance to come out and see the ranch where the Beatles stayed 51 years ago. There are a few items that are being sold from the ranch headquarters from when the Beatles visited Oregon County. Good, clean sale.”
Items for sale include household furniture and appliances in place when the Beatles visited the property for three days in September 1964: an antique fridge, antique chairs, original windows from the main house, an old green lamp, a yard swing, an old lantern, old doors, and occasional chairs.
Other items for sale include farm equipment, guns, and household implements. Trailers, machinery, a generator and accessories, feed supplies, a boat, fencing supplies comprise a partial list of farm equipment; guns include .50 caliber muzzleloaders with scopes, .22-caliber rifles, and a Ruger .45-caliber pistol with its original case.
Household items include a commercial six-burner stove and grill, furnishings and décor, washers and dryers, and holiday decorations.
Dale Schamel of Buildings for Babies, the entity that sold the property to DNR, said no tours of the properties will be given and the houses will be locked, but buyers will have access to the grounds. He said the DNR has plans to promote the grand opening of the new state park, but the date has yet to be determined.