If furniture could talk, a lot of family memories — and maybe a few presidential secrets — would come forward in an ongoing auction taking place in Houston.
Sharon Bush, the former wife of Neil Bush, is cleaning house by auctioning off several pieces of furniture that have been in the Bush family for generations.
"If this table could talk, it would tell you some fascinating stories."
Through BoldBids.com, the ex-wife has listed such presidential-worthy pieces as a white Chippendale sofa and an antique Drexel mahogany sideboard buffet, items from the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The couch was a gift from George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
"This sofa has seen many family holidays and gatherings," Sharon is quoted in the description section for the Chippendale sofa. "I can't even give you an accurate number as to how many times 41 and 43 (George W. Bush) relaxed and stretched out across it or shared a funny story with the family. Or, perhaps, even a hot political debate."
Sharon and Neil Bush, the son of Barbara and George H.W. Bush, divorced in 2003 after 23 years of marriage. Sharon Bush, who now lives in New York, said she put the items up for auction because she is downsizing.
The description of an antique oak Renaissance Revival English table with four leaves says, "This table has had two U.S. presidents, Bush 41 and 43, dine at it. If this table could talk, it would tell you some fascinating stories."
A Baker Furniture dining room table up for auction comes with this note from Sharon: "I recall 41 sitting around our dining table discussing the Points of Light Foundation, hearing the rough draft of the inaugural address and how we were going to contribute as a family to reach out to people in the U.S. through volunteering."
More auction items include an antique federal-style inlaid mahogany breakfront used by the former couple in their Houston home; a oval oak dining table where their children, Lauren Bush Lauren, Pierce Bush and Ashley Bush, gathered to complete homework; and dining room chair sets.
Prices range from minimum bids of $42 for the oval oak table to $320 for the sideboard buffet. New owners receive a provenance letter from Sharon Bush for their purchases.
The auction ends July 17 at the Bold Bids warehouse, 6907 Atwell Drive.