SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The sale of 900 antique bottles over a nine-month period in three different auctions at American Bottle Auctions, the Bryan Grapentine collection, concluded in last December with a total of $1.55 million in sales. This is most likely the most ever paid for one collection of antique bottles.
The highlight of the sale were bitters bottles, with 225 of the 900 bottles being in that category, and with many selling in the $10,000-$20,000 range, and some exceeding that.
A Wonser’s Indian Root bitters bottle that brought $25,760.
Among the top selling bitters was a Dr. Wonser’s Indian Root Bitters that went for $25,760 including 12% buyers’ premium. An Old Sachem Bitters in an off-green color sold for $20,720 with premium and another off color Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters sold for a staggering $17,920. Another yellow-green variant realized $10,080.
The top lot was a green Kelley’s Log Cabin Bitters that sold for a higher than estimated $51,520. A green Cassin’s Grape Root Bitters also hit $40,320 when the dust settled.
Top rated bitters bottles, like this one, brought top dollar at American Bottle Auctions’ sale of the Bryan Grapentine collection.
For more information on American Bottle Auctions and future sales, call 800-806-7722, or go online to www.americanbottle.com.