Holabird presents Marvels of the West Jan. 25-28

Six Nations General Council Seneca Document of 1833, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 at Holabird.

RENO, Nev. – Holabird kicks off its 2024 season with two back-to-back sales, collectively called Marvels of the West. The first will run as a timed-online auction at LiveAuctioneers Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26. The other auction will be a traditional live auction, also carried on LiveAuctioneers, slated for Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.

Both events will contain about 500-600 lots per day, covering Western and Native Americana, Gold Rush, mining, coins and currency, railroadiana, tokens, philatelic items, bottles, ephemera and more.

“We know people love our live auctions, but don’t miss the timed online-only sales,” said Fred Holabird, president and owner of Holabird Western Americana, LLC. “The timed online sale provides a chance for collectors to compete for less expensive items on their own terms of value.”

The live sale is headed by a remarkable and historic handwritten 1833 letter delivered to a U.S. Indian Agent and intended for publication in the Buffalo Journal, an obscure, short-lived newspaper for which no copies have been digitalized, let alone determining how many still exist in any form. Here, the Chiefs of the Six Nations proclaimed through this signed document, written for them by their Indian Agent, that they had no interest and would not trade any more of their lands at the government’s request.

Apparently, skullduggery had taken place between some United States government officials, agents, and a few lesser chiefs to acquire key land parcels in a dubious scheme without the permission or knowledge of the Council of the Six Nations. In the document, the Chiefs of the Six Nations at Council unilaterally proclaimed, “The Chiefs belong to the Nations, not the Nations to the Chiefs” … in short, it states that the chiefs cannot act individually or without consent of the Council for their own benefit. The document carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

A major collection of railroad dining ware continues to emerge at successive Holabird sales. This Gulf, Mobile & Ohio dinnerware set dates to 1950 and is in excellent condition. It is estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

Also included is the Ken Prag railroad and mining stock collection, to be sold in the timed auction on Days 1 and 2. Offered will be hundreds of different U.S. railroad stocks, some of which haven’t been seen in years. Holabird snuck in a few ‘ringers’, such as a stock signed by Declaration of Independence signer Robert Morris. It is estimated at $300-$600.

Longtime Holabird friend Ron Reed passed away last year, and his family asked the house to sell his collection of Colorado embossed bottles. Reed had purchased a number of key pieces out of the previous Gary Bracken sales, so those are now available. A set of three Pueblo dosage (aka shot) glasses carries the top estimate of the collection at $300-$400, while a coffin-shaped liquor bottle marked Victor, Colo. has a broad estimate of $600-$20,000.

A set of 21 promotional paperweights fashioned as miniatures of landmark American steam and diesel locomotives is included in the sale. Most were made by the locomotive manufacturers, given to railroad executives, and decorated to look like their line, with cast legends of each locomotive’s identity. The set includes 12 duplicates and is estimated at $1,500-$3,000.

Massive 4-day Holabird event features scarce stock certificates, soda bottles Aug. 24-27

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RENO, Nev. – Famed Americana auction house Holabird will hold a massive four-day Western Americana auction event from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27, entitled “Raise A Glass To Yesteryear.” The detailed catalogs are now online for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 at LiveAuctioneers.

Known for their deep expertise in Americana, Holabird’s late August event features an amazing array of vintage items, including art, vintage business paper such as stock certificates and bonds, Native American artifacts, books, transportation-related items, period photographs, vintage bottles, saloon and brewery items, stamps and numismatic items.

Describing themselves as a company “we hope will bring back the fun in collecting for many Americana collectors,” Holabird’s August four-day event is a must-watch for any Americana enthusiast. Visit the catalogs now and sign up to bid at LiveAuctioneers.
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Jumbo Centennial exhibit stock certificate, estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers.
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Benjamin Franklin autograph on a land deed, estimated at $25,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers.
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W. S. Wright emerald green glass soda bottle, estimated at $3,000-$4,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers.
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California gold in quartz nugget from the Shasta area, estimated at $15,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers.
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Five gold and silver ingots together total $159K at Holabird

1880 Mathey, Kustel & Riotte silver ingot with documented information, provenance and history, the only known example, with logo punch and weighing 4.97 troy ounces, $42,175
1880 Mathey, Kustel & Riotte silver ingot with documented information, provenance and history, the only known example, with logo punch and weighing 4.97 troy ounces, $42,175
1880 Mathey, Kustel & Riotte silver ingot with documented information, provenance and history, the only known example, with logo punch and weighing 4.97 troy ounces, $42,175

RENO, Nev. – Five 19th-century gold and silver ingots from the Gold Rush and Silver Rush sold for a combined $159,807 at a four-day High-Grade Auction held June 15 through June 18 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, online and live in the Reno gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers. The sale featured nearly 2,000 lots of mining collectibles, railroadiana, numismatics, Native and general Americana, philatelic, bottles, stocks, bonds, sports and art.

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Western Americana revisited at Holabird, June 15-18

Hopi coil Olla basket by Annette Nasafotie, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
Hopi coil Olla basket by Annette Nasafotie, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
Hopi coil Olla basket by Annette Nasafotie, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections will burst into summer with a four-day High-Grade Auction, spanning Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18, and starting each day at 8 am Pacific time. It features nearly 2,000 lots of mining collectibles, railroadiana, numismatics, Native and general Americana, philatelic, bottles, stocks, bonds, sports and art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Spectacular coins, some from shipwrecks, will emerge at Holabird, Apr. 29

1857-S $20 U.S. gold coin with a deep golden-red patina, known as the ‘Golden Gate’ coin, estimated at $75,000-$200,000
1857-S $20 U.S. gold coin with a deep golden-red patina, known as the ‘Golden Gate’ coin, estimated at $75,000-$200,000
1857-S $20 U.S. gold coin with a deep golden-red patina, known as the ‘Golden Gate’ coin, estimated at $75,000-$200,000

RENO, Nev. – For the first time, two numismatic companies that are giants in their field – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC and Finest Known, LLC – will join forces to hold a sale titled Treasure Trove of Rarities: Coins & Treasure Shipwreck Auction on Saturday, April 29. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Holabird promised a four-day Big Bonanza, and delivered

Circa-1870s-1880s beaded buckskin vest made for a small child, $2,375
Circa-1870s-1880s beaded buckskin vest made for a small child, $2,375
Circa-1870s-1880s beaded buckskin vest made for a small child, $2,375

RENO, Nev. – An 1859 document dating to the beginning of the Comstock Lode silver rush in the U.S. and including mention of the most important mining claim – the Ophir – sold for $16,875 at a four-day Big Bonanza auction held March 30 through April 2 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC.

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Buffalo Bill Cody CDV leads parade of delights at Holabird, March 30-April 2

Circa-1870s carte de visite of Buffalo Bill Cody, estimated at $20,000-$50,000
Circa-1870s carte de visite of Buffalo Bill Cody, estimated at $20,000-$50,000
Circa-1870s carte de visite of Buffalo Bill Cody, estimated at $20,000-$50,000

RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections will hold a four-day Big Bonanza Auction online from Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 2, with more than 2,000 lots in categories that include mining, philatelic, numismatic, railroad and Native Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Two-pound gold ingot tops final SS Central America sale at Holabird

32.15-ounce Kellogg & Humbert assayer’s California Gold Rush gold ingot, recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S. Central America, $138,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections
32.15-ounce Kellogg & Humbert assayer’s California Gold Rush gold ingot, recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S. Central America, $138,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections
32.15-ounce Kellogg & Humbert assayer’s California Gold Rush gold ingot, recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S. Central America, $138,000. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections

RENO, Nev. – From lumps of coal and crewmembers’ keys to tableware and exquisite jewelry, collectors bid $1.1 million to acquire 422 lots of California Gold Rush-era artifacts recovered from the 1857 sinking of the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America. The two-day auction took place March 4 and 5, and was conducted in Reno, Nevada and online by Holabird Western Americana Collections.

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Last call for S.S. Central America treasures at Holabird, March 4-5

Large 18K Gold Rush ore engraved brooch, estimated at $10,000-$100,000, which California’s first millionaire, San Francisco businessman Samuel Brannan, was sending to his son in Geneva, Switzerland as a gift to the son's teacher. Photo credit Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large 18K Gold Rush ore engraved brooch, estimated at $10,000-$100,000, which California’s first millionaire, San Francisco businessman Samuel Brannan, was sending to his son in Geneva, Switzerland as a gift to the son's teacher. Photo credit Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large 18K Gold Rush ore engraved brooch, estimated at $10,000-$100,000, which California’s first millionaire, San Francisco businessman Samuel Brannan, was sending to his son in Geneva, Switzerland as a gift to the son’s teacher via the S.S. Central America, which sank in 1857. Photo credit Holabird Western Americana Collections

RENO, Nev. – The second and final auction of never-before-offered, historic California Gold Rush artifacts recovered from the 1857 sinking of the fabled Ship of Gold, the S.S. Central America, will be held on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5 by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Holabird’s ‘Pike’s Peak or Bust!’ auction reached the summit

Circa-1868 dark lime green Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters bottle, $8,435
Circa-1868 dark lime green Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters bottle, $8,435
Circa-1868 dark lime green Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters bottle, $8,435

RENO, Nev. – A ten-dollar 1902 red seal banknote from the Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Reno, Nevada sold for $12,500, a runaway slave broadside from 1862 brought $8,750, and a circa-1868 lime green Dr. Boerhaave’s Stomach Bitters bottle finished at $8,435 at a four-day auction held Jan. 19-22, live and online, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC.

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