Rare Buffalo Brewery advertising sign sells for $22,200


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This Golden Buffalo sign, reverse painted on convex glass with gold and silver leaf letters, measuring 17 1/2 inches, was estimated to bring $3,000 to $5,000. When the hammer fell, the final selling price was $22,200, including buyer's premium.

NEW YORK — iGavel Auctions associate seller from Sacremento, Calif., Witherell’s Art and Antiques, auction ended on May 18, 2010, achieving excellent results with 100 percent of its lots sold.

The Charlotte and Don Smith collection of Ruhstaller and Buffalo Beer advertising is the most extensive of its kind. It represents a number of one of a kind items including an important die-cut calendar of an Indian Maiden and large factory scene of the brewery. The comprehensive tray collection comprises 36 versions along with nine tip trays. All prices realized include buyer’s premium.

The top lot in this auction was the Buffalo Brewing sign, Golden Buffalo. This lot had 18 bids, and sold for $22,200. The Buffalo Brewing calendar, Indian Maiden Riding Buffalo Back, had 12 bids, and sold for $18,000.

A rare reverse glass sign and stained glass window commissioned for the tap room of the brewery sold for nearly $17,000 and had 22 bids.

Witherell’s is a boutique, family run antiques business based in Sacramento, Calif. They specialize in buying and selling investment grade American firearms, furniture and regional works of art from California. They are located at 300 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Witherell’s can be reached at brian@witherells.com or by calling 916-446-6490.

iGavelAuctions.com is a leader in online art auctions, offering collectors and dealers high quality fine art, antiques and collectables guaranteed for authenticity and condition. iGavel auctions are modeled on the traditional live auction format, where each lot includes detailed photographic images, a professional description, and an accurate condition report.

Lark E. Mason — President of iGavel — was formerly a Senior Vice President with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department, and Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com, and is asked to be a frequent guest appraiser on national and international media.

Photos courtesy iGavelAuctions.com.

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This 27 by 20-inch lithograph on paper calendar for the Buffalo Brewing Company, by Stecher Litho Co., Rochester, N. Y., circa 1901, went to auction with a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. The final selling price was $18,000, including buyer's premium.

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