No, you will not be able to bid on vintage film of Nebraska Husker football.
The owner, or rather, the heirs of the owner have been located.
The state Treasurer’s Office reports a large, round metal canister containing film of the Huskers has been removed from an online auction scheduled to begin Monday after heirs of the owner stepped forward.
The film grabbed the attention of many after the news conference held by Treasurer Don Stenberg Thursday. It was listed among the items left in abandoned safe deposit boxes to be auction on eBay, beginning Monday morning.
Kay and Steve Torrence of Maple Grove, Minnesota contacted the Treasurer’s Office Friday after learning about the auction from news accounts. Kay’s grandfather, Clarence Swanson, played for the Cornhuskers in the 1920s, earning All-American and All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1921. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Swanson was president of the former Hovland-Swanson Department Store in Lincoln and served three terms on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Swanson died in 1970.
“We are very happy to see this piece of Cornhusker history be returned to the Swanson family where it belongs,” Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg said in a written statement released by his office. “Family members told us they are very grateful to reclaim the film. The Swanson family has deep ties to Nebraska and to the University of Nebraska, and we are indebted to several generations of the family for their contributions to our state.
The Treasurer’s Office says also included in the Torrence claim were children’s movie films including “Puss in Boots,” “Mighty Mouse,” and “Kiko the Kangaroo” and architecture renderings for “A New Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Wells” in Lincoln. The architect was the late N. Bruce Hazen of Lincoln.
The eBay auction featuring 940 items left in abandoned safe deposit boxes begins at 10am CT Monday at stores.ebay.com/nebraskaunclaimedproperty Bidders also may access the auction site from the home page of the Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov.
The auction ends October 5th.