Holabird's 5-day Autumn Splendor Western Americana Auction will be held Oct. 28th thru Nov. 1st
The auction has more than 3,200 lots in a wide array of collecting categories and at price points that will appeal to both novices and veteran collectors alike. Important collections will be sold. Internet bidding is available on several platforms.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
The massive sale will feature several important collections, beginning with the Stuart "Scotty" MacKenzie Montana collection. Stuart was a lawyer, inveterate collector and dealer. He scoured the backroads of northern Montana looking for documents, archives, company files, libraries, correspondence – most anything historical except bottles and tokens
"After Stuart's death, we brought back two 28-foot trucks and a large, tall van full of goods, probably 18-19 tons of collectible material," said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. "A local auction was held for some of the items in his store, which had been closed for about ten years."
Stuart had a strong love of mining items. He acquired major collections in Butte, Virginia City, Pony, Helena and many other towns. "We put together a massive Montana town document collection of over 500 different locations – nearly 600," Mr. Holabird remarked. "There are document archives from many of Montana's most famous towns that are being offered in this sale and upcoming sales."
Another major holding are his fruit labels and other labels, from the 1870s through about 1950 that came from all over America and even Europe. MacKenzie also acquired a major printer's archive of Victorian wall art, mostly pretty ladies in attire of the times, the kind put up in saloons or used today in interior decorating. There are also postcards, postal history, bird prints and a fantastic Montana library.
To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766;