GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — Brian Witherell, an appraiser for ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and owner of Sacramento-based Witherell’s Art and Antiques, recently bought the Grass Valley Old West Antiques Show from Mike and Sally Butler.
Witherell’s father, Brad, and two partners started the show in 1984, operating in San
Francisco. Mike and Sally bought it in 1999 and moved it to Green Valley.
“We were very pleased to be able to sell the show to Brian because we felt that it would be in good hands,” said Mike Butler. Heading into this year’s show, set for May 8-10, more than 100 dealers are slated to display thousands of items. Early admission will be offered on May 8 during dealer setup.
One of the three major shows of Western antiques in the country, nearly 2,000 people attended the show in 2013. Two years ago, sales topped $3 million, with some of the most noted Western Americana collectors flying in to attend.
In the past, celebrities included energy billionaire Bill Koch, who has a Western antique collection on his Colorado ranch which includes 50 period-piece buildings, and Dennis LeVett, Monterey’s Cypress Inn hotel owner, along with actress Doris Day, among others.
Even if you aren’t in the Grass Valley area during the show, don’t fret, because 300 specially selected Western items from the show will be offered during Witherell’s Art and Antiques’ online auction May 1-15. Bidding can be done through www.igavelauctions.com.
“Merging the show and auction exposes the auction items to thousands of attendees, generating interest across the globe and, hopefully, bringing more people to the show,” said Witherell.
Early admission costs $100. All other admission is $7. Parking is free. The show will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Founded in 1969, Witherell’s is part of six companies nationwide that sell fine art and antiques online through www.igavelauctions.com.
For more information on the Grass Valley Old West Antiques Show, visit www.witherells.com/Grass_Valley_Old_West_Show.aspx.