If The Good Lord’s Willing And The Creek Don’t Rise, Be At The Zeek Rewards Auction On Dec. 16 And 17

This commemorative poster of the concert Hank Williams never made it to is among dozens of items up for auction in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme case.

This commemorative poster of the concert Hank Williams never made it to is among dozens and dozens of items up for auction in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme case.

UPDATED 7:42 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) Not only is the court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi-scheme case selling Zeek’s old headquarters (with attached coin-operated laundry) in Lexington, N.C., he’s also selling a hefty collection of country-music memorabilia and other entertainment keepsakes. Among them is a “Saturday Night Live Script featuring Johnny Cash and musical guest Elton John from April 17th 1982.”

There’s also a “Slam” grand piano with no working components and no top. The wooden shell is signed by Jerry Lee Lewis, a legendary keyboard pounder known as rock ‘n’ roll’s first wild man and “The Killer.” (Expect the piano to have “minor wood damage,” the receiver’s auctioneer says.)

The screen shot above is taken from an image of just one of the items up for auction: a framed poster advertising an appearance by legendary country performer Hank Williams in Canton, Ohio, on New Year’s Day 1953. (The poster appears to be a Hatch Show Print commemorative, rather than an original show promo. Even so, some collectors might want it to round out their Williams collection or for discussion value: Williams died on the way to his scheduled Canton performance, and the “if the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise” line is a classic American idiom.)

Iron Horse Auction Company Inc. is conducting the auction for Zeek receiver Kenneth D. Bell. (See Day 1 auction items; see Day 2 auction items.)

The live auctions will open in Lexington on Dec. 16 and 17 and will be simulcast online. Bidders must register at the site of proxibid. The catalog for Day 1 is here; the catalog for Day 2 is here.

Day 1 items are described by Iron Horse as real estate (former buildings associated with Zeek), and as “Memorabilia from numerous country music artist[s], to include stage costumes by Nudie, autographed  pictures & prints of NASCAR personalities, shadow boxes, reproduced Hatch Show Prints; record label awards & more

“Porter Wagoner, George Strait, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and many more.”

Day 2 items are described by Iron Horse as “Like new bedroom suites, couches, living room furniture, office furniture, electronics and more.”

Read receiver’s announcement of the auction. Visit receiver’s website.

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5 Responses to “If The Good Lord’s Willing And The Creek Don’t Rise, Be At The Zeek Rewards Auction On Dec. 16 And 17”

  1. Do any of the items to be auctioned come with a “Certificate of authenticity”??….
    I’m asking cos if I buy a table and chairs I want to know 100% for sure that it was used at Zeek offices to sign someone up and scam them…..))

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  2. Other than the receipt you get from Zeek receiver, probably not. :D

    Why, you’re gonna put one up with a label “Where you scammed in this chair?” or something?

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  3. Burks was known as the “Singing Magician” and had pretty good Country connections, it seems. This Ponzi phase was a late career change.

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  4. K. Chang:
    Other than the receipt you get from Zeek receiver, probably not. :D

    Why, you’re gonna put one up with a label “Where you scammed in this chair?” or something?

    Could be a market for “Scam used memorabilia”…..Zeek table and chairs….BannersBrokers office partitions….Tri-star coffee cups…))…LOL….

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  5. Not gonna be a penny auction is it???

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