RENO, Nev. – An Alaska Gold Rush gold nugget from the Atlin mining district in Yukon, Alaska, was the top lot at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ recent sale, after climbing to $10,845.
An oil-on-board painting of two miners on mules loaded with various items, titled Panhandlers, and signed by Texas artist William Forrest Martin, was another top seller with a realized price of $8,540.
Holabird said its massive five-day auction was packed with a staggering 4,379 lots in a wide array of collecting categories, including Western Americana, railroadiana, gold, minerals, music memorabilia, mining, art, Native Americana, militaria, aviation, postal history, coins, tokens and more – online and live in the gallery at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite #308) in Reno. The painting and gold nugget were the two lop lots in a sale that grossed $270,272. Over 5,000 registered bidders participated online.
Other highlights include an original 1909 poster mounted on linen promoting “Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East combined with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” ($4,375); a Parsons & Co. Assayers (Colorado) gold ingot, one of four known examples, marked “1860” and “Twenty Dolls," that changed hands for $3,615; a group of 40 ancient Chinese coins, dating to hundreds of years BC, gaveled for $3,500; and two lots that posted identical selling prices of $1,000: a stock certificate for Ediphone Service, Inc. (N.J.), issued to Thomas Edison (and his brother Charles), for one share, dated July 16, 1928, canceled, with Thomas Edison’s bold signature on the reverse, and a large group of DC comics featuring characters such as Karate Kid, Justice League, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman and Ghosts. The comics were not heavily researched and none were graded, said Holabird.
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