Associated Press
International pianist and vocal coach James Benner looks at a 16th century Burgundian French Dressoir, Thursday Aug. 28, 2014, at the Sagebrush Roundup, in Fairmont, West Virginia. The piece crafted in 1560 is one of the many items that he and his late wife, international opera star Frances Yeend, owned. Yeend sang with the New York City Metropolitan Opera for 12 years. She also performed with the Pittsburgh Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. After retiring, she led the West Virginian University voice faculty from 1966-78. Yeend died April 27, 2008. Benner was a freelance coach and accompanist in New York City. For 15 years he was pianist for all major tours of the Obernkirchen Children’s Choir from Germany, playing more than 1,000 concerts on five continents. Yeend and Benner toured internationally from the 1940s to the 1960s. Their lifetime collection will be sold at auction beginning Friday at the Sagebrush Round-Up. Collectors from every continent except Antarctica have signed up to bid on the vast collection of artworks, rugs, furniture and decorative arts. (AP Photo/Times West Virginian, Tammy Shriver)

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