Old West collection heads into sunset at Showtime Auction Sept. 29-Oct. 1

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Original 1860s Concord stagecoach once owned by Wells Fargo Express Co. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Showtime Auction Services image


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What will quite possibly be the largest and most important collection of Old West, cowboy and Native American items ever offered at auction will come up for bid on the weekend of Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. The three-day event will be held by Showtime Auction Services. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Approximately 2,000 lots of museum-quality artifacts will cross the auction block, the majority of them coming from the lifetime collection of Brad and Mary Watts of Phoenix, Ariz. “Mary passed away not long ago and Brad has decided to unleash this incredible trove of material onto the collecting public,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services.


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Ed Bolin parade saddle, silver and gold trim with complete provenance of ownership. Estimate: $75,000-$100,000. Showtime auction services image


The Watts collection is filled with Native American Indian objects as well as traditional cowboy antiques and collectibles. “Even the cigar tins are Western themed with cowboys and Indians,” Eckles remarked. This is a rare chance for Old West fans to enhance their collections.”


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One of four rare large Apache olla baskets. Estimate: $25,000-S$35,000. Showtime Auction Services image


All items in the auction are guaranteed authentic, with no reproductions or fakes. In addition to the Watts collection, the auction will also feature investment-grade items from other advanced collections, to include cash registers, drugstore show globes and holiday collectibles.


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Original Dakota Plains butterfly peace pipe tomahawk in exceptionally good condition. Estimate: $5,0900-$10,000. Showtime Auction Services image


Another highlight for collectors: The auction will be held at the same time as the 8th annual Indian Art & Frontier Antiques Show, which will be one day only – Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern time – also at the Washtenaw Farm Council Ground.

Hours for the auction are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time all three days.


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Long’s Covered Wagon Syrup tin, H.C. Long Syrup Co., San Francisco. This is the only one auctioneer Mike Eckles have ever seen. Showtime Auction Services image


For details contact Eckles and Showtime Auction Services 951-453-2415 or mike@showtimeauctions.com .