Fall Americana Auction- October 2019

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Petroliana, Aviation, WWII, Art, Native Americana, Railroadiana
The Ken Prag Collection, The Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot Collection, The Danforth WWII Aviation Collection, Mining, Minerals and Gold! And much more!
Welcome to our Fall Season Second-Chance Sale! If you missed any of our 2019 sales, now is your second chance to fill the holes in your collection. Once again we are offering an incredible selection of rarities covering a broad range of collecting categories, featuring hundreds of new items such as mineral, ore and high-grade gold specimens with runaway potential for gold collectors. We are offering another group of new offerings from Ken Prag’s world-class stock certificate collection, with 1850s and 1860s rare western mining stocks with such incredible vignettes, artwork and colors that they considered cataloguing them with the fabulous selection of artwork we have in this sale. Other items include new Native American silver and turquoise jewelry with vintage pieces from famous Navajo, Hopi and Cherokee artisans, some incredibly rare antique Petroliana and vintage Service/Gas Station signage, authentic Railroadiana and mining artifacts directly from the old Virginia and Truckee Railroad Depot in Virginia City, Nevada, a handful of gorgeous, mint condition cigar box labels from the famous Alexander Bellanova Collection, and more.
In this auction we are honored to present for the first-time a remarkable collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia compiled by a lifetime enthusiast, Robert Wayne Danforth, a man who lived life to the fullest until his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 44. Robert was a well-rounded man: Vice President of a healthcare company, a devoted family man, advanced professional diving instructor, expert skier, herpetologist, gourmand and falconer, but perhaps his greatest passion was aviation. He became hooked as a child when his toy-salesman father took him to Osh Kosh to demo his model airplanes. There he learned to identify planes from the sound of their engines; on some level, they spoke to him. As Robert Danforth grew, so did his passion and his interest in aviation soon included pilots as well, particularly the heroic aviators of WWII due to their skill, audacity and gallantry. Because Robert understood there was very little time to interact with these aging Aces before they were gone, he set out to meet and talk to pilots and aviation artists and read all he could about air battles and sorties. He poured over aviation catalogs…… and he plunged. Because of his passion and enthusiasm, in just a few years Robert Danforth amassed an impressive collection of special aviation art, autographed and remarqued, as well as books, model airplanes, photographs and a treasure trove of memories, which we are proud to represent in this catalog. Robert Wayne Danforth’s Aviation Collection is being offered for the first time to other collectors, who will hopefully enjoy owning a piece of this renaissance man’s lifelong passion.
As promised, this sale has a nice group of items from Pierce Powell’s Collection from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Depot stockpile! We decided to start off with some of the most collectible Petroliana Signage we’ve ever offered, including pieces so rare that collector’s have been waiting for them to appear on the market for over a decade, like the 5 to 6’ brand name gasoline signs from the 1920s-1930s. Sticking to the same theme, we put in some old, hard-to-find road signs, some unique due to their original location and guide information, like one from California Automobile Club we know auto enthusiasts and sign collectors are going to like. This first batch from the V & T Depot is just the tip of the iceberg. Pierce Powell has amassed such an eclectic stockpile that it’s going to take two to three sales for us to lots together all the categories represented. Another lot herein offers some antique cast iron theatre seating from the Virginia City Theatre where Humphry Bogart and number of other famous stars attended a premier event in the 1930s. Powell’s collection has something for everybody so stay tuned to see what comes out of the old V&T Depot next.
Last but not least we are pleased to offer over 100 prized items from the Fred Holabird Collection. Fred has been a well-known Appraiser and Auctioneer with over 30 years of expertise in Western Americana collectibles, with an emphasis on mining, minerals, gold, coinage, ingots, tokens, stock certificates, railroads, bottles and just about anything old, rusty, dug from the dirt, or found in an attic somewhere west of the Mississippi. Fred has appraised some of the most valuable western collections in both public and private holdings, published over a dozen books, articles and papers, researched and sold as least a half a million pieces of the past, and produced over 100 world-class catalogs filled with never-before researched history and considered key reference works for dealers and collectors world-wide. Fred is widely regarded as world renowned expert in his field and despite his best efforts, over his career he has amassed his own modest, but impressive collection of rare and unique pieces he just could not resist, along with his own family heirlooms and childhood treasures that first sparked his interest in antiques, geology, and collectible Americana. Collectors have seen some of Fred’s personal items pop up in his auctions from time to time, but after cleaning out his own attic, Fred (Robin) is finally ready to lighten his load. This noteworthy sale includes a large group from the Fred Holabird Collection that seasoned collectors and dealers have been waiting to snatch up for decades! Some of Fred’s prized bottles and rare documents are worthy of special mention, but of everything in Fred’s collection, it is his personal reference library that deserves the most attention. Over his career Fred Holabird has earned national and international attention for groundbreaking historical discovers, which he has shared with the world through lectures, interviews and his published work. He is credited with solving hundreds of histories mysteries and uncovering key details about America’s past, through his extensive expertise in research and unconventional methods of piecing stories together. With his educational background in geology, Fred applies a scientific thought process to his research work, and through his field work he identifies invaluable sources of information, sometimes never before referenced. With a natural tenacity about finding answers, since high school he has been compiling some of the most valuable reference works extant for mining and western American historical research. Fred’s library has been his most valuable asset throughout his career, second only to his brilliant mind. For advanced researchers and those passionate about knowing the truth of our past, this sale will be a landmark event. Many of his books are extremely rare and hard-to find, while others are relatively unknown and of little use to the general public. Wherever you see “The Fred Holabird Collection” in this catalog, you may want to take a closer look, because even items that appear common at first glance are sure to have value, rarity or significant importance, if they belonged to Fred Holabird.
In addition to the new collections presented, October’s sale is your second chance to bid on select items from the incredible Wigwam Collection of Native Americana, a colorful, tapestry of hand-woven rugs and other textiles made by skilled Afghani, Persion, Serougen Indian, Pakistani, Armenian and other artisans from the early to mid 1900s out of the Ben-Tcahvtchavadze Collection, the last of the beautiful, rare antique marbles from the Stephen Harman Collection, two remaining one-of-a-kind, museum worthy Ordovician Era fossils from the Houghton Estate Collection, and finally the last batch in the building from the massive Brian Thaler Postcard Collection we’ve lotted in mixed groups with rarities and early gems hidden in every lot. Rather than “Second Chance”, this could be your LAST Chance to pick up a piece from these great collections.
Dealers do not want to skip over the re-listed items as many will not be available after this event. Also, we’ve once again devoted a special section to Dealers filled with specials and great bargains we’ve lotted specifically with re-sellers in mind. Lots in this section cover a wide variety of collectible categories with selections of items with good resale potential grouped together and estimated low, so there is high profit potential for Dealers who sell the items individually.

All in all this October sale represents an opportunity that many advanced collectors, researchers and historians may never see again.
October’s event is filled with great new offerings, and this auction is scheduled right on time to give yourself or the Collector in your life a little piece of history for the holidays.
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Western History Books  862404800 - Western History Books 86240
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 14 Western History books and publications. Utah, Arizona, Apache country and more. City: State: Date:
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to p********n for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Western Mining Lot  1085754801 - Western Mining Lot 108575
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five western mining stock certificates: Moulton Mining (2), Craig Mining, American Mining, Leonard Mine Extension. Panning gold in the Klondyke, Alask
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Estimates : 120.00 - 160.00
Sold to y**********j for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Western Mining Stock Certificates  863694802 - Western Mining Stock Certificates 86369
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four western mining stocks: 1) The Honest John Mining, Milling and Tunnel Company; South Dakota, 500 shares issued 1904, vcancelled.Vignette: f
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Estimates : 50.00 - 60.00
Sold to d*******n for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Whiskey Items and Chinese Pot/ 4 Items  788234803 - Whiskey Items and Chinese Pot/ 4 Items 78823
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Item # 1 of 4: Beige colored , handled whiskey jug. 8 1/2" tall x 5 3/4" wide at the base. Base embossed : Malcolmb Stoneware Co.( au) / M...
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 75.00
 
 
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White Pine County Dog Tags  863784804 - White Pine County Dog Tags 86378
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of six tags, five from White Pine County, one from Salt Lake City. City: State: Date:
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Start Price : 15.00 | Estimates : 30.00 - 60.00
 
 
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WIld West Show RPCs  914474805 - WIld West Show RPCs 91447
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a set of 2 RPCs at the Wild West Show of Buffalo Bill Cody. The first photo is a staged portrait photo with Old Yellow Horse. The second phot
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Witham Navigation Co 1813 Stock Certificate  1062054806 - Witham Navigation Co 1813 Stock Certificate 106205
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1 share certificate # 239 issued to Francis Brown of Welbourne, Lincoln Esquire county, dated Oct.1, 1813. Black print on vellum with folds. An o
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Start Price : 80.00 | Estimates : 160.00 - 220.00
 
 
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Zuma Mining and Milling Stock Certificates  863654807 - Zuma Mining and Milling Stock Certificates 86365
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Sixty six stock certificates from the Zuma Mining and Milling Company dated in the 1930s. City: State: Date:
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Famous Marilyn Monroe Picture  614774808 - Famous Marilyn Monroe Picture 61477
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Well if you are the kind of man, who likes " Nice Things" ,and after a hard day at work want something nice to welcome you home....HERE IT...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to R***x for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Playbill Collection - 27  910684809 - Playbill Collection - 27 91068
Holabird Western Americana Collections
27 Playbills, many from Broadway shows. Includes: Oaklaoma! at the St. James Theatre including cigarette advertising for Chesterfield (Copyright 19
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Hollywood Collectors Archive  1000484810 - Hollywood Collectors Archive 100048
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Hundreds of Hollywood press and 8x10" promo photos. Magazines, press releases and more. Some names you may recognize in photo group-Jack Lemon,...
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Start Price : 350.00 | Estimates : 700.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Fake Financial Documents for use as Movie Prop  441464811 - Fake Financial Documents for use as Movie Prop 44146
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Rare! Over 35 Hollywood financial documents that were for movies--all are fake! Stocks, bonds, mortgages, depositions, summons, ID cards. City: Holly
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Start Price : 45.00 | Estimates : 90.00 - 180.00
 
 
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Fake Gold Bonds for use as Movie Prop  441294812 - Fake Gold Bonds for use as Movie Prop 44129
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 bonds. Consolidated Gold Mining Corporation $1000 Gold bond at 10%. Both unissued, No. 8724. Nothing is filled out. The coupons are blank. This make
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Start Price : 15.00 | Estimates : 30.00 - 60.00
 
 
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Notorious Landlord Poster with Jack Lemon Sig  1027114813 - Notorious Landlord Poster with Jack Lemon Sig 102711
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Theatre lobby poster for The Notorious Landlord with Jack Lemon autograph. 40x27" City: Hollywood State: California Date:
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Newspapers - Jesse James Denied Train Robbery  639004814 - Newspapers - Jesse James Denied Train Robbery 63900
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Aug. 30, 1876 article on Jesse James (and lots more!). Here, Jamed denies haveing anything to do with a train robbery. Articles on the notorious James
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Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to d*******f for (10.00 + 2.50) x 1 = 12.50
 
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Newspaper - James Younger Gang, Cole Younger Killed  639024815 - Newspaper - James Younger Gang, Cole Younger Killed 63902
Holabird Western Americana Collections
New York Tribune, Sept. 21, 1875, under Miscellaneous News, discussion of the robbery of $10,000 from a Huntington Virginia bank. The posse, headed by
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Estimates : 90.00 - 180.00
Sold to d*******f for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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Movie and Entertainmnet Ephemera  632534816 - Movie and Entertainmnet Ephemera 63253
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of three pieces: 1) Program to Juliet Prowse starring in "Mame" at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. 2) Promotional flyer for &quo...
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Estimates : 35.00 - 70.00
Sold to d*******f for (10.00 + 2.50) x 1 = 12.50
 
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Madge Kennedy, Strand Theatre Broadside  851394817 - Madge Kennedy, Strand Theatre Broadside 85139
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nice approx 11" x 21" 2 sided cardboard broadside from the Strand Theatre on Market Street in San Francisco, CA. Sept. 29, 1918 showing of...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Framed Bob Dylan Columbia Records Poster  799584818 - Framed Bob Dylan Columbia Records Poster 79958
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Original multi color 1980 Columbia Records in store promo Bob Dylan with acoustic guitar poster. 44 x 28" in black frame with plexiglass front....
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to R***x for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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