Records Made at Holabird Auction

The Hot August Auction of Holabird-Kagin Americana in Reno this weekend produced both world records and great deals for collectors. The two day auction featured a packed house at the Atlantis Hotel Casino. All results include buyer’s premiums.


The largest American 19th century silver ingot, from Colorado, sold for $100,050. Its 44 bids were the most of any item in the sale. Six silver ingots from Nevada, Colorado and Montana sold for an average of $17,875 each. Two gold ingots from a famous Brazilian mine sold for an average $39,100 each.


Railroad lamps got huge attention from bidders with most Nevada railroad lamps receiving 20 to 25 bids each. Bids averaged $3226 for the Carson & Colorado, Virginia & Truckee, Tonopah & Tidewater, Tonopah & Goldfield and Nevada Copperbelt Railroad lamps The Virginia and Truckee Railroad broadside reached $11,950.


The Tombstone token collection received dozens of bids on the way to $43,000. A number of good-for saloon mirrors sold for $2000-2500, as did many of the great Nevada rare tokens.


The Tahoe stage coach broadside for Benton’s livery sold for $45,410. A number of others performed well, selling in the $10,000-15,000 range.

The Pacific Union Express treasure box brought $16,730.

Miners Candlesticks:

The great collection of Ken and Rosemary Roberts was hotly contested. The Canon City silvered candlestick was the most popular lot in the section, receiving 31 bids, selling for a record $51,385. The fancy Butte stick sold for $29,875. The uniquely marked folding Varney stick went for $23,302. A number of other sticks sold for over $5000 each, setting new records across the board.

Rare Western Bottles:

Records were set in this category in many categories. The two amber Bakersfield flasks fetched a whopping $4660 each. While a number of the pumpkinseed whiskey flask lots sold for over $1000 each, the big surprise was the Santa Cruz flask which sold for a record $2988. The unique Tea Cup whiskey barrel found in a Nevada cabin sold for $6273. The four rare Seven Troughs, Nevada ghost town drug store bottles sold for a record $1464 each (average). The G.P. Morrill Virginia City green apothecary bottle from 1863 brought $4780, also a record. A rare early 1870’s medicine bottle of White Sage cure from Elko brought $2629, while an Elko dose glass brought $1673.

But there were great deals among the records, particularly in Nevada siphon and medicine bottles, where many lots were procured for minimum bids.

Holabird Kagin plans for its next sale in December.

For more information, please call 775-843-0229

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