American Bottle Auctions Sets World Record with Sachem’s Bitters

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  A fine scarce example of a crown shoulder Cutter whiskey in light amber brought $4,256.
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A scarce Jockey Club Gin with embossed horse and rider and backward embossed "N" in green was hammered at $6,720.
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A “Renovo For The Hair” bottle from Seneca Falls, N.Y., crossed the block at $6,720.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif., set a new world record at its April 27 to May 8 auction, with a winning bid of $26,880 for a pure green Sachem’s Bitters.

Other lots that crossed the block were a rare drapery inkwell in cobalt blue at $5,152; a scarce Jockey Club Gin with embossed horse and rider and backward embossed "N" in green for $6,720; a fine scarce example of a crown shoulder Cutter whiskey in light amber at $4,256; and a “Renovo For The Hair” bottle from Seneca Falls, N.Y., at $6,720. All prices include a 12 percent buyer’s fee.

The auction brought a total of $220,875 including buyer’s premium, averaging $751 per bottle, with a 98 percent sell through. Only six of the 302 lots failed to meet the minimum bid, and they all sold at minimum bid after the auction ended.

According to Michael Polak, a bottle collector for more than 30 years and author of “Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide, 6th Edition,” the high sell-through and high average bottle price “reflect a strong sentiment from the bottle collecting community that the hobby of bottle collecting is alive and well, with a positive outlook for the future…and that the bottle hobby continues to gain more recognition by more collectors.”

For more information about American Bottle Auctions or upcoming auctions, visit www.americanbottle.com.

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