RENO, Nev. – An auction of 270 never-before-offered historic California Gold Rush sunken treasure artifacts, conducted on December 3 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, totaled nearly $1 million. The recovered jewelry, mid-1800s clothing, glassware and other items were retrieved from the legendary vessel dubbed the Ship of Gold, the S.S. Central America, which sank during a voyage to New York in 1857. More than 7,500 registered bidders across the United States and in six other countries participated.
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RENO, Nev. – After a century and a half on the ocean floor, nearly a thousand historic California Gold Rush-era sunken treasure items from the 1857 sinking of the fabled Ship of Gold, the S.S. Central America, have been brought together again, cataloged and conserved for upcoming public displays. Many of them will be shown for the first time at collectors’ shows across the country, then offered in public auctions planned for October and November by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC.