Sweet: Bitters bottle tops $50K at American Bottle Auction

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The second batch of approximately 300 bottles from a single Arizona collector totaled more than $500,000 in the online sale conducted by American Bottle Auctions.

“Numerous records were broken and this has put the Bryan Grapentine collection so far over $1 million with another auction to go,” said Jeff Wichman, owner of the auction company.

530.jpgA rare colored Kelley’s Old Cabin Bitters bottle, sold for $51,520 (including 12 percent buyers premium), while a Cassins Grape Brandy Bitters bottle made $40,320.

A Keach Baltimore “torpedo” bottle with stand sold for $17,920, and an R.L. Higgins Virginia City master inkbottle, one of only two known, realized $14,400.

The bottles come from collector Bryan Grapentine, 70, of Phoenix, who has been building his collection for 25 years. Grapentine now wants to “make some room in his house” and concentrate his efforts on specialized areas of glass, like scent bottles and ink containers.

Part three of the collection will be in November and full-color catalogs are available at no charge. For more information, visit www.americanbottle.com or call 800-806-7722.
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Cassins Grape Brandy Bitters bottle,
$40,320.

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R.L. Higgins Virginia City master inkbottle, one of only two known, $14,400.

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Keach Baltimore “torpedo”
bottle with stand, $17,920.

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