15 Apr 2021
March 22, 2014 - Filed under: History of Antiques — Richard

The Rockin’ K Steak and Rib restaurant in Mulberry, Kansas, will be holding an auction later this month to sell the huge collection of antiques and collectibles that is part of the building’s history. Among the items, those attending the auction will discover a sleigh that was used in movies, farming items, railroad collectibles and a mechanical bull.

The building was a school until the 1960s, when it was bought and turned into a commercial property. It spent time as a disco before being turned into Rockin’ K Salon. During the 1990s, the owners, one of whom is Steve Kuplen, turned the concern into a restaurant. Following 20 years in the restaurant trade, the building will now be transformed into a venue for parties and wedding receptions.

A lot of the antiques belong to Kuplen’s 80-year-old mother, who has been collecting them since she was 16. The Gilli’s mechanical bull is expected to be popular with collectors, along with other antiques associated with coal mining, farming and the rail road. The auction will be held so that the antiques can be shared with the residents of the Four States who have supported the restaurant.

Perhaps some of the items bought at the auction will be safely stored in an antique chest. Blackburn, here in the UK, is the home of reputable antiques dealers that have fine pieces on display – perhaps at a lower cost than at auction, since a buyer’s premium won’t be added.

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