National Museum of Woodcarvings closing after nearly 40 years

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CUSTER S.D. (KOTA TV) - One of a kind woodcarvings are up for grabs.

The National Museum of Wood Carvings is closing, and hundreds of items are being sold in an online auction.

The Shaffer family opened the museum in the 1970s and decided it was time to sell the property.

The Niblack collection of more than 150 carvings and original art pieces are being sold.

The 25 scenes depict life in the old west, featuring animations that move with just the push of a button.

The online option gives people nationwide the opportunity to make bids.

Currently there are 157 registered bidders from 20 different states.

Everything is up for grabs including gift shop items, furniture and other gallery items.

Pictures and videos of each item is on the online at

One auctioneer said the Niblack collection is one of a kind.

"From what we know, he spent about 70,000 hours doing the carvings in this room. He spent a good portion of his life doing what he loved to do and you can see the detail that you came across when you look online,” said auctioneer Jeff Storm.

The online auction will close March 13 at 5 p.m.