Friends, students gather for auction of minister’s treasures
Sale brings back memories of the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes
The crowd mingled amidst the empire giltwood mirrors, classical busts, silk upholstered settees, and oil portraits of British royalty. These were the items that the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the renowned Harvard minister, spent a lifetime acquiring. For years, they filled Sparks House, his home in Cambridge, and Oceanside, his home in Plymouth. Yesterday, they were sold at auction, in an event that was part Harvard reunion, memorial service, and tribute to an unabashed anglophile’s lifelong passion for collecting.