Holabird to host ‘Pike’s Peak or Bust!’ auction, Jan. 19-22
RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s first live auction event of the year will be a four-day affair – Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22 – featuring collectibles in more than a dozen categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction, starting at 8 am Pacific time each day, is officially titled Pike’s Peak or Bust! Western Americana, Bottles, Numismatics & More. “With a healthy dose of exciting Colorado and Western states material, we decided to name this auction in honor of the great Colorado Gold Rush of 1859,” said Fred Holabird, owner of Holabird Western Americana Collections.
Day 1, scheduled for Thursday, January 19, will feature 514 lots of general Americana, which will include geographic sort and miscellaneous categories, among them cowboy, sports, books and toys.
A document written and signed by William Henry Ashley, Lt. Gov. of Missouri in 1824, giving notice to an appointed Sheriff of Cooper County, with the Seal of Missouri at the lower left, has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Also, an original circa-1897 Ringling Brothers broadside, advertising “Three Famous Aerial Ladies” who performed under the names of Miss Leon, La Bella Carmen and Miss Carroll, is estimated at $500-$1,500.
Day 2, taking place Friday, January 20, will contain 546 lots of transportation material, including railroad and steamer passes and transportation ephemera, and bottles and saloon items, featuring Colorado whiskey and medicines.
A circa-1868 Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters bottle, dark green lime with an applied top – an exceptionally rare Western bitters bottle and one of maybe only five or six known – carries an estimate of $4,000-$10,000; and a near-mint M. Goodman half-gallon jug, an unlisted variant of Preble (J 32) and very scarce, having a brown glaze on the top, a lighter glaze on the bottom and sloped shoulders, is estimated at $1,200-$2,000.
Day 3, on Saturday, January 21, will be filled with 533 lots of art by Ansel Adams, Salvador Dali and Paul Strand as well as Native Americana; political collectibles, including early American autos; militaria; firearms and weaponry; minerals and mining; and stocks and bonds.
A land deed signed by Benjamin Franklin as president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, dated April 11, 1787, for 282 acres known as “Powersburg” on the west side of Pine Creek, has an estimate of $25,000-$50,000. Also, a photo print of Paul Strand’s White Horse, dating to 1932 and taken in Taos, New Mexico, from a collection of prints likely sent to Ansel Adams by Strand himself, is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Speaking of Ansel Adams, a signed print of the renowned photographer’s El Capitan Winter Sunrise from an edition of 250 and inscribed on the back to Andrea Gray and Gardner/Fulmer Lithograph, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. In addition, a framed lithograph by Salvador Dali titled The Thumb, number 12 of 65, reserved for Dali himself and others in his circle, carries an estimate of $3,000-$7,000.
Day 4, set for Sunday, January 22, will be devoted to numismatics, starting with 13 different Nevada banknotes and continuing with US coins (including Carson City Morgan silver dollars), medals, and a large offering of tokens from Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma.
A $20 Nixon National Bank of Reno, Nevada 1902 red seal banknote (CH. #8424, Fr. 641), one of four known and signed by George S. Nixon as president of the bank, graded Very Fine 20, boasts an estimate of $50,000-$75,000. Also, an 1871 silver U.S. Peace Medal (Julian IP-42), depicting Ulysses S. Grant on the obverse and the saying “On Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men” on the reverse, in almost uncirculated condition, is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. To consign a single piece or a collection, call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, visit www.holabirdamericana.com.
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