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Velma Morrison estate sale

George the Turtle helps kids learn about endangered species.

photo by Jessica Murri

George the Turtle helps kids learn about endangered species.

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When iconic Boise philanthropist Velma Morrison died in June 2013, she left behind her "Camelot," a mansion overlooking Ann Morrison Park on the Boise Bench. The 12,000-square-foot home, complete with a two-story stained glass window depicting a princess reaching for a knight on horseback, was left chock full of Morrison's possessions. This past spring, Corbett Auctions rolled in and sold every last piece of jewelry, jade, china, oil painting and piece of furnishing. Even Morrison's half-empty bottle of Windex went for a price. Zoo Boise made a sweet score when an endangered taxidermy sea turtle named George was donated for educational purposes and will help the zoo teach kids about protecting endangered species.

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