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Nearly 4,000 lots of Americana come up for bid in Holabird's Sweetheart Express Auction, Feb. 11-15

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The auction, held online and in the Reno, Nevada gallery, was a record-breaker for a multiple consignor Americana sale. It enjoyed a nearly 90% sell-through average per auction day. Items in a wide range of collecting categories came up for bid.

RENO, Nev. - eTradeWire -- An 1862 Abraham Lincoln silver Peace Medal in About Uncirculated condition sold for $18,750, an original 1865 tintype of George Armstrong Custer from a photograph taken by the iconic Civil War-era photographer Matthew Brady rang up $5,750, and three scarce and historically significant ingots (two silver, one gold) brought a combined $86,792 in a five-day Sweetheart Express Auction held Feb. 11th-15th by Holabird Western Americana Collections.

The auction was held online and live in the Holabird gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno. The sale was bursting with nearly 4,000 lots in a wide array of collecting categories. "We broke nearly every record anybody's ever heard about for a multiple consignor Americana sale," said company president Fred Holabird. "We enjoyed a nearly 90 percent sell-through average."

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The auction was titled The Sweetheart Express because it was loaded with sweet deals right around Valentine's Day and contained thousands of great gift ideas. The sale was headlined by two major collections: the Gary Nelson collection of railroadiana and the Stewart MacKenzie collection of Montana mining. Both attracted great interest as bidders added to their collections.

The Lincoln silver Peace medal dated 1862 was one of just 200 made at the Philadelphia mint, 100 each in two sizes (the one in the sale was the smaller size, 62.5 mm). The reverse showed that the medal was an Osage Indian Award. The Peace medals were given to tribal Chiefs, or sometimes to Indians involved in friendly treaties by the various regional superintendencies.

A collection of 42 original folio lithographs drawn by artist David Roberts (1796-1864) during his visits to the Holy Land in 1838-1839 was from a catalog that was published in two forms: as a book titled The Holy Land, Syria, Ideuma, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia: From Drawings Made on the Spot, and as folios, which he sold on a subscription basis. The collection sold for $18,125.

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Internet bidding was provided by iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee bids were also accepted. The full catalog could be viewed online, at www.HolabirdAmericana.com. For those attending the auction in person, all state and CDC regulations and protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus were strictly enforced.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, visit www.HolabirdAmericana.com. Updates are posted often.

Fred Holabird

Source: Holabird Western Americana Collections
Filed Under: Hobbies, Auction

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