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The Last Unicorn Antique Auction & Estate Auction Sale, Chapel Hill, NC

Consider this your personal invitation to The Last Unicorn's latest (and last!) monster sale event. I'm closing the doors, selling practically everything here, and moving.  

(I have put my house and property on the real estate market via Louise Barnum of Weaver Street Realty.)

The Last Unicorn Estate Sale & Auction

We are hosting a huge antique estate auction (on premises) ... on Saturday, August 29 {note details below}.

I am selling 51 lots of my private furniture and collections, in addition to  over 400 antiques collected over a 40 year period. I am selling everything...INCLUDING the kitchen sink!

Antiques, Wrought Iron & Much More...

For this auspicious occasion, I have contracted extraordinary auctioneer, Cindy Smith (NCAL #7208) of Mercer-Smith Auction & Appraisal, Hillsborough. 

Auction hours: 10-3pm  Saturday, August 29th

Auction preview: Friday, August 28 (all day and 2 hours before Sat auction) 

Click Here for auction listing. 

Click Here for auction photo catalog.

til then, Gaines Steer


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The Last Unicorn

Has Been Re-Organized & Re-Designed!

We invite you to wander in

Unicorn Forest

We've re-arranged the inventory into a lovely one acre
wooded area, and retained showrooms in two of the
buildings, instead of five.

This presentation is lighter-in-weight, and features
an intriguing balance of unique yard and garden items.

Saturday 10-6 | Sunday 2-5

or by Appointment.

Come See Us!


Unicorn, Gaines, and WheatAt The Last Unicorn, our specialties are antique wrought iron gates and fences, stained glass and other unique architectural items for the home and garden.

The showroom, unlike any other, stretches across five acres of wooded wonderland. Wrought iron gates lead to hidden paths lined with ornate fences and garden art.

Along the path, hand-crafted wrought iron & glass tables, precious garden ornaments and magnificent stained glass windows – appear as characters in a strange fantasyland.

Strewn with architectural artifacts, our uniquely unorthodox showroom entices you and unleashes your creativity. Ideas are born! In the world of The Last Unicorn, anything is possible, even probable.

One reason for The Last Unicorn’s popularity may have to do with the personal philosophy behind it. Steer believes that The Last Unicorn should be a ‘well for ideas’. When people look at the diverse objects in his collection, they often discover a new or unusual use. With a little welding or painting, the transformation is complete. Pieces of old iron become bed headboards, garden trellises, bookshelves or coffee tables.” - Chapel Hill News

The Last Unicorn was birthed in New Market, Southern Maryland in 1974-5 by Gaines Steer and Sarah Banta Smith. Originally The Last Unicorn was a country antique store, also featuring vintage clothing and arts and crafts on consignment.

Gaines “re-invented” TLU in North Carolina in 1991 both as a means to make a living and to showcase his growing interest in collecting and promoting unique architectural antiques. The original mainstays of the business, the antique wrought iron gate and wrought iron fence, remain to this day our core elements. The original business plan is still intact, a source of pride and accomplishment.

The small, yet unusual, house which Gaines and Paul Konove (Carolina Country Builders designed and built in 1987-8 and “the most gorgeous 5 acres in the South…” soon became host and display to an ever-expanding collection of architectural embellishments….. The outdoor showroom is perhaps the only display of wrought and cast iron that requires a customer map to survey the premises.

The grounds include over a dozen themed display and demonstration areas with names like:

The Secret Garden, The Iron Forest, The Unicorn’s Lair, Chapel Woods, NC Reincarnation Pathway, The Yellow Brick Road, Narnia Wood, & Planter Trail.

Click here for a map of the grounds.

The Last Unicorn 919-302-7235 Chapel Hill, NC


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