Holabird's huge five-day Autumn Splendor Western Americana Auction, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, grosses $500,000
The auction had more than 3,200 lots in a wide array of collecting categories and at price points that appealed to both novices and veteran collectors. Several important collections were offered. Internet bidding was hosted on several platforms.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections
The massive sale featured 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 and more – most anything historical except for bottles and tokens.
In another major collection, Shirley Bovis was a mainstay in Tombstone, Arizona – an avid collector and part-time dealer. She bought longtime Tombstone dealer Joe Soebbing's adobe in the middle of town and turned part of it into a museum. Her collection of gambling items, saloon, cowboy, Native American – pretty much everything Tombstone – was in the auction.
More of the Ken Prag collection was also featured. "We picked up another large group of cards and stocks from Ken and had to move at warp speed to process it all," said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. "It included a large batch of California postcards, plus rare autograph stocks, including American Express, Wells Fargo, Robert Morris and others."
The auction's top lot was a Union Pacific Railroad complimentary pass (#1), issued to General A. W. Marley on Dec. 31, 1871, with a vignette of a stag in the upper left-hand corner ($5,125). Also sold was an art print engraving by Arthur Willmore of Yosemite from an original artwork on paper by the renowned American West artist Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) ($750).
Online bidding was facilitated by iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Anyone owning a collection that might be a good fit for an upcoming auction is encouraged to get in touch. Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC has agents all over the country and will travel to inspect most collections. Their contact information is given below.
To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766;