The Harrisburg Wild West auction recently held was a huge success, with high bids for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday items being auctioned. A document signed by the Earp brothers raised $55,000, although its value had only been estimated between $20,000 and $30,000. Although an internet bidder secured the item, a round of applause rose from the bidders in the audience.
In addition to the sale of the document, the auction audience was once again shocked by the sale of a frock coat which had belonged to Doc Holliday. Although estimated between $2,000 and $3,000, the coat was sold to an internet bidder for $55,000. According to the president of Guernsey’s Auction Co, the proceeds of the auction reached $2.9 million, including the buyer’s premium which amounted to $500,000.
Buying antiques from a dealer is a cheaper option for anyone buying antiques. Although there were many items sold at extraordinary prices, it was Wild Bill Hickok who drew attention, with one bidder leaving the auction with various pieces of antique furniture. Although collectors may not find such pieces of furniture from the Old West at an antiques dealer in the UK, there are many sought after items, like antique bookcases from the same period in Britain. Lancashire dealers have some rare antiques on display.
Over 10,000 interested parties were internet bidders, while most of the 560 lots were sold at the auction. One collector, Mike Ward, believes that the highest internet bidders are avid collectors of western antiques. Other items sold include a coat of Annie Oakley, a pocket watch and a knife of Bill Hickock.
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