Screen Legend Jack Palance Auctioning Off Contents of His Pennsylvania Home

Screen legend Jack Palance is auctioning off the contents of his Luzerne County home — more than 3,000 items collected from around the world.

The three-day, onsite auction starts Thursday, and items going on the block range from an old straw hat of the actor's to a 1878 Steinway & Sons grand piano.

"People can spend $5 or $50,000 at this auction," said Phil Eagle, an antique appraiser who traveled from California to sort and catalog the items to be sold.

Palance, the son of a coal miner and a native of nearby Lattimer Mines, collected most of the items during trips around the world filming movies.

The 87-year-old actor, who won the best supporting actor Oscar in 1992 for "City Slickers," also is parting with more than 1,400 books, posters from his movies, his high school championship football banners and memorabilia, movie props, his saddle, boots and vest.

Several classic cars will be sold, along with a horse-drawn carriage that is being stored in the barn alongside furniture, antique store display cases, salvaged railings and architectural pieces.

Palance, who is of Ukrainian descent, had purchased the contents of a Ukrainian church that closed, and stained glass, pews, icons and other religious items also will be auctioned.

Keystone State Auctioneers Inc., the South Williamsport company overseeing the auction, is preparing for a crowd of up to 1,000 at Palance's property.

The 150-acre Holly-Brooke Farm, named for Palance's daughters, was a retreat for the actor and his family. It is not known what will happen to the site, about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia.