Estate auction full of diverse Americana

Stevens Auction Company is proud to offer at auction the lifetime collection of the late Ken Wadginski of Hollow Rock, Tenn. Wadginski was a decorated, veteran, Marine officer of World War II, Korea and Vietnam before he retired and moved to Hollow Rock 35 years ago.

In the wake of disappearing small towns all across the South, Wadginski started collecting important evidence which proved the existence of these little corners of history. He gathered up old hardware and drug store showcases, as well as timeless items from Southern general stores, hotels, train depots, and other relics in danger of being lost or forgotten. He also amassed a small collection of antique cars and fine antique furniture which he stored in some of the remaining buildings of the ghost town of Hollow Rock.

The first half of Wadginski’s estate was offered at auction in Huntington, Tenn., by Kennedy Auction Service on Feb. 6, 2009. The remaining items to be offered by our firm in Aberdeen in March are the select, prized pieces from the estate. Highlights include one of the finest back bars offered in the U.S. in the last decade (taken by Wadginski from a drug store in Big Sandy, Tenn., a town lost to history), as well as a wonderful collection of guns from various military conflicts.

Reserved seating will be available with advance arrangements. Auction information and new images of items to be offered are continually updated at For information not found online, call 662-369-2200 or email Phone bids are welcome with advance arrangements.

The auction facility will be open for preview on Friday, March 27, 2009, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Terms: Cash, all major credit cards or pre-approved check. All sales will be final with no warranty expressed or implied. Announcements made day of auction take precedence over all written material. A 12 percent buyers premium charged on the total purchase price, with a 2 percent discount for cash, business/personal checks, with proper I.D., or wire transfer. Not responsible for accidents.