JEANE DIXON (1918??-1997)
++ Born Lydia Emma Pinckert in Medford, Wis, suffered a cardiac arrest and died at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 1997.
A devout Roman Catholic but she was married to James Dixon, a divorced man, from 1939 until his death, but the union was childless. Jeane Dixon was a staunch Roman Catholic who attended morning mass all of her life. She helped hundred's of kids over the years and established the Children to Children Foundation Inc. She donated ALL of her proceeds that she received from her gift to charity and the foundation. Jeane made a comfortable living in her husband's successful real estate company in Washington D.C.
So many of her possessions ended up with Leo M. Bernstein, a Washington D.C. investor and banker, whose clients included Dixon, whose passion for Americana prompted him to purchase Middletown's Wayside Inn in the 1960s and to restore a number of historic properties in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She left her estate to the Wayside Foundation of American History and Arts started by Leo Bernstein.
The Wayside Foundation of American History and Arts developed the Jean Dixon museum and library, which chronicles her life as a psychic, devout Catholic, humanitarian, real estate executive, presidential adviser, animal lover, and devoted wife.
LEO M BERNSTEIN (1915 - 2008)
++ He had been involved with Middletown since 1960, when he drove through the town on a day in May and noticed the crumbling Wayside Inn, in business continuously since 1797. He turned around in a service station driveway, pulled into the inn's parking lot and within a few hours was the owner of the historic hostel.
|Mr. Bernstein, |
friend and banker. (Family Photo)
He later founded the Wayside Foundation of American History and Arts, which operates the Museum of American Presidents, the Stonewall Jackson Museum and Crystal Caverns. He also helped salvage the Burwell-Morgan Mill in nearby Millwood, the Battletown Inn in Berryville and the Hotel Strasburg.
Colorful, indefatigably curious and an unabashed believer in the supernatural, Mr. Bernstein was proud of the fact that he was Jeane Dixon's banker. Dixon frequently stayed at the ghost-friendly Wayside Inn.
In 2002, he opened the Jeane Dixon Museum and Library in Strasburg, 130 North Massanutten Street 22657, Strasburg, Virginia, to display what he owned as a tribute to the psychic and astrologer.
"Jeane thought I was a psychic just like her. And she was right," he told The Washington Post in 2002.
Bernstein died Aug. 29 of congestive heart failure at his home in 2008.
++ Since the death of Leo M. Berstein, his family has been steadily selling off his properties
The quirky second-floor walk-up Jeane Dixon Museum, once a shrine to the famous clairvoyant, is bare wooden floors and rows of barren bookcases.
In July 2009, the possessions of Jeanne Dixon, 500 boxes in all, were scheduled to be auctioned off
In July 2010. the roadside attractions of Leo M. Bernstein, the late Washington financier with a fondness for the history and kitsch of the Shenandoah, go on the auction block July 22, two years after he died at age 93. It's the rare auction that puts a key part of a town's identity up for sale, but it's equally rare that an entire side of a city block goes up for bid -- almost all of it with no reserve minimum price.
Shoppers could buy a walnut cupboard, a homemade quilt, a jar of preserves or just wander upstairs into the Dixon Museum and gaze into the self-proclaimed psychic's crystal ball. (Bernstein, an unabashed believer in the supernatural, took no end of delight in having been Dixon's friend and banker.) He had a house a few doors down (it's up for auction, too) and was an energetic local presence, holding court at the Wayside Inn or at Christina's Cafe-
Included in the auction are Virginia’s largest antique center, a 14-room historic estate with carriage house, and the buildings that housed the American President and Dixon museums. Most of the properties are selling absolute with no reserve prices.
AUCTION OF 2009
++ Members of Bernstein’s family involved in his arts and history foundation, in consultation with Dixon’s own children’s foundation, decided to sell her possessions
Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers in Chevy Chase auctioned the possessions of Jeane Dixon. S & K has spent 32 years in the auction business, sorting through possessions of Washington’s rich and famous and not-so-famous.
Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including Dixon’s jewelry, furniture, crystal ball and Mike the Magicat’s wardrobe.
|Jeane Dixon & crystal ball|
On July 26, After a five-day exhibition starting Tuesday, all of the items — Dixon’s 19th-century alms box, files of typed transcripts of her visions, her Chanel hats, 80 pieces of furniture and her 1993 datebook filled with celebrity birthdays and astrological notations — be sold to the highest bidder.
The auction is likely to bring out antique collectors and bidders who want a piece of anything Dixon may have touched, whether a cat show ribbon, a Victorian chair or a creepy, enormous, 18th-century Italian gilded mirror with two carved satyrs with cloven feet. Bean, a 27-pound Maine coon cat, was brought in to model the chunky rhinestone collar of Dixon’s mystical pet “Mike the MajiCat” for the $15 auction catalogue.
Dixon kept everything.
Boxes labeled “Dog Horoscopes” and “Nostradamus.” Here is a Playboy magazine tagged for Dixon to use in trying to figure out where Jimmy Hoffa was buried. The Dickensian warren of storage rooms is bursting with her Bob Mackie sequined evening gown in what looks like a size 2; books on astronomy and paranormal studies, files of fan mail; and Laura Ashley bed linens. Dixon’s personal desk, an oak Renaissance-style model.
There are several letters from Ronald Reagan to Dixon and her husband, James, a Washington real estate executive who died in 1984, plus books, letters and telegrams from Billy Graham, Brigitte Bardot, Betty Ford, John Glenn, Joan Crawford, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman.
By example. there is a framed copy of a 1991 Senate roll-call vote on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with a cryptic notation, “Dear Mrs. Dixon, Wow. You hit it right on the head. Many heartfelt thanks. Love, J.P.”
Early on, they unearthed a mother lode of religious/mystical ephemera tied up with scapulars between the mattress and box spring in Dixon’s own bed — which she said was owned by Empress Eugénie of France — where she experienced some of her famous visions. Tucked in the bundle: a dried rose from Fátima, the Portuguese city famous as the site of religious visions; a document in Latin folded around a religious relic; and a white handkerchief with an embroidered cat and hieroglyphic-type symbols.
Dixon was a devout Catholic who worshiped at St. Matthew’s Cathedral downtown. So she amassed Madonnas, busts of cardinals and a curious plastic bottle of holy water from San Damiano, Italy, with a taped handwritten label: “the most powerful water the earth has ever seen.” (It also warns you to say three Hail Marys before giving it to anyone.)
Much of that will be sold in box lots (such as the Dortmunder beer glasses and hideous hand-knitted afghan). S & K declines to put a price estimate on Dixon’s primary crystal ball (there are several others), but thinks it will get a lot of action. She says the 376 lots might normally be worth $100,000 to $200,000, but it’s difficult to determine how much Dixon’s provenance could add.
Lot 1370 was Dixon’s secondary crystal ball and lot 1371 was her primary crystal ball. Both lots open for bidding on Arfact Live! at $500 but are expected to far exceed that amount.
|Jeane Dixon's Crystal Ball; on gilt-metal stand; 4 inches diameter; sold for $11,950. Photo courtesy of Sloans & Kenyon.|
Other highlights of the sale include:
The top decorative art lot in the sale, a large Tiffany Gold Favrille vase, from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, begins bidding at $3,000.
Lot 1366, Dixon’s personal work day desk, a Renaissance Revival Oak Partners Desk, has a minimum big of $400.
Lot 1368, Jeane Dixon’s bed, a Napoleon IIII gilt iron tester bed, has a minimum bid of $1,500. According to the Jeane Dixon Museum and Library, Strasburg, VA, Jeane Dixon maintained that this bed originally belonged to Empress Eugénie of France, wife of Napoleon III.
The sale includes several lots of correspondence and personal ephemera, including letters from Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, George Bush and John Glenn. Lot 1362, three typed and signed letters to Dixon from Ronald Regan, has an opening big of $250.
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Here are current values for items from Dixon’s estate.
Oil on Canvas; portrait of Dixon; Alexander Benjamin Clayton; dated ‘69; 54 inches by 38 inches framed; $1,076.
Crystal Ball; on separate gilt-metal stand cast as three Egyptian cats; 3 ½ inches diameter; $3,346.
Crystal Ball; on separate gilt-metal stand cast as four figural caryatids; 4 inches diameter; $11,950.
Palace Mirror; Italian Baroque; carved gilt-wood; 18th century; 64 inches by 48 inches; $14,340.
Wishing Well; Continental gilt brass-mounted bas relief cast composition; 19th century; 77 inches by 29 inches by 29 inches; $22,108.
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