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Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
Pete's Place
HISTORY SELLING: Closing auction at Pete’s Place.

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Rare and historical items for auction are drawing strong interest nationwide, Webbs managing director Neil Campbell says.

The contents of Pete's Place in Kerikeri is up for auction on site on Saturday.

"It's extremely rare to see a museum going like this, including pioneering stuff relating to the early history of New Zealand," Mr Campbell says.

The collection comprises 40 historic and vintage cars, classic British motorcycles and colonial collectibles.

The museum features pioneer exhibits including memorabilia, fashion, tools, and furniture, a blacksmith's foundry, pioneer house, grocery shop and late-19th century school house.

The Pioneer and Transport Museum, trading as Pete's Place, was established in 2004 by Peter and Cecelia O'Dell who dreamed of showcasing Bay of Islands history.

It developed a reputation as one of the best small museums in the country.

The O'Dells set up the museum as a gift to the community and to satisfy a gap in the tourist experience. But the Pioneer and Transport Museum Charitable Trust, which managed it, found that admission fees and the cafe / functions operation did not generate the income to meet maintenance and operating costs.

Pete's Pioneer & Transport Museum closing auction: Saturday December 7, 12pm at Pete's Pioneer & Transport Museum, 460 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri

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Vintage and classic vehicles include: 1926 Dodge Ute, 1968 Triumph, 1969 Triumph Bonneville, 1929 Sunbeam Model 90, 1966 Norton 650 ss, 1961 Holden EK, 1910 Sizaire & Naudin, 1968 Trekka, 1958 Nash Metropolitan, 1965 Hillman IMP plus other rare machines.

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