The other day, we received brochures in the mail from Sullivan Auctioneers LLC in Hamilton, Illinois for a John Mahoney Estate Auction, taking place this Monday, June 11. 

Curious? We were too. Why would a small town in central Illinois be holding an estate auction for the late, and highly esteemed, actor who ended up calling Oak Park home? Well, the Sullivan name is a hint. Rita Sullivan was John’s sister and the reason, if memory serves, that John came to Illinois in the first place from his native England. 

The auctioneer is John’s nephew. According to the brochure, the auction features “personal items from the life and career of John Mahoney.” That includes memorabilia from his hit TV show Frasier (e.g. the Chihuly vase that was a fixture on the set), mission-style and Stickley furniture, and photos from his personal collection.

There will be an open house this Sunday, June 10 from 12 to 5 p.m. to preview the items, and the auction begins at 10 a.m. on Monday. The auction site is located at 1066 E. US Highway 136 E in Hamilton. For more, call 844-847-2161, email or visit

Ken Traino

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