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Eager Bidders Add to Their Collections at Holabird's Huge Five-Day Holiday Sale, December 17th-21st

2021-01-19 01:10:57 Art & Entertainment


Reno, NV, USA, January 5, 2021 -- A portfolio of five aquatint etchings by the Chilean artist Sebastiàn Matta sold for $3,750, a pictorial letter-sheet from 1856 illustrating all the major types of gold mining done in California by 1855 brought $3,500, a monumental 12-volume railroad survey report published from 1855-1860 compiled to find the best rail route to the Pacific coast realized $3,125, and a pair of Chinese publishing company stock certificates from the 1920s fetched $2,125 at a five-day Holiday Auction held December 17th-21st by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC.

The auction was held live in the Holabird gallery at 3355 Airway Drive (Ste. 308) in Reno, as well as online via,, and The sale was packed with hundreds of lots of mining collectibles, philatelic material, Americana and more and featured a number of important collections in a wide range of collecting categories.

Day 1, December 17th, was dedicated to stocks and bonds – 712 lots in total, led by 208 lots of mining stocks and 66 lots of railroad and transportation stock. Additional categories included agriculture, banking, breweriana, the entertainment industry, Express, firearms and printing and publishing. Headlining the day was Ken Prag’s massive industrial stock certificate collection.

“Within the Prag collection were some fantastic sub-collections,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “Among these were Ken’s banking collection, American entertainment, brewing, telephone and telegraph, turnpikes, firearms, printing and publishing collections. A few categories are so big they’ll be split between this sale and an early 2021 sale.”

The two Chinese publishing company stock certificates were a Day 1 top lot. Both were rare. One was for the Young China Publishing Company of San Francisco, issued in 1920 for seven shares to Chan Chung Pong. The other was for the Chinese Times Publishing Company, Inc., in California, issued in 1927 for five shares and signed by the company’s president and secretary.

Day 2 saw a wild flurry of bidder activity. Categories included transportation (railroad passes and cap badges, ephemera and more), mining artifacts and ephemera (including geographic sort), general Americana (more geographic sort, badges, bottles, circus, cowboy, World’s Fair and Exposition), numismatics (coins, currency, medals and tokens), jewelry, fire, toys and more.

The 12-volume railway report, titled Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean (1855-1860) was a Day 2 hit and is inarguably one of the most important historical works about the U.S. government’s development of the West, as hastened by the California Gold Rush.

An 1865 letterhead for the Kenyon Mining Company (Black Hawk, Colo.), on which a letter has been written and signed by “S.H. Buttrick” and is addressed to “My Dear Colonel”, together with a stereoview with great depth and superb content, went for $1,125. Also, a stock certificate from the World’s Columbian Exposition, a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World, for 50 shares, finished at $625.

A check dated Oct. 24, 1879 from the Boise, Idaho branch of the Northwest Stage Company, regarding operations in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Nevada and Oregon, in the amount of $36.20, signed by John Hailey (Genl. Supt.), made $610. Also, a Native American $5 silver certificate, Series of 1899, the only issue of U.S. paper money for which a Native American was selected as the central feature, with a bust of Ta-to-ka-in-yan-ka of the Oncpapa Sioux tribe, rose to $343.

Two popular 1860 Smith and Hartmann (Miller, N.Y.) brass trotting horse medals, both having an obverse of an Indian head left with “United States of America” and “1860” below, and similar trotting horse depictions on the reverse, earned $687; while a group of five railroad passes from the Pacific Northwest Railroad, spanning the years 1904-1932, including Puget Sound Electric Railway, Pacific Coast RR Co., and the Northwestern Pacific RR Co., changed hands for $312.

Day 3, December 19th, featured Wells Fargo and other Express, postal history (including the California Gold Rush letter sheet), major collections of first flight covers (US and Canada), 600 lots of postcards from the massive Ken Prag collection (Native Americana, Black Americana, holidays, political and military, California, foreign and miscellaneous), stamps and ephemera.

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