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Elko bottle among Western Americana to be auctioned in Reno

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This aqua mint hutch-style Elko Bottling Works soda bottle, circa 1899-1901, could sell for more than $1,000 in a Reno auction, according to Holabird Western Americana.

RENO – A dinosaur fossil from China, a bottle from Elko Bottling Works, and a 1940 Western movie poster are among the items being auctioned this month in Reno by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC.

The Jan. 20-21 event will feature nearly 1,500 lots both online and in Holabird’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive, starting at 8 a.m. both days.

The Saturday session will showcase mining and minerals, art, foreign items, Native Americana and general Americana. The Sunday auction will feature cowboy, firearms and weaponry, militaria, gaming and tokens, coins, tokens, bottles, saloon, railroadiana, Wells Fargo, World’s Fair and Expositions, bargains and dealer specials.

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Minerals include a Triassic reptile fossil discovered embedded in black shale in Guizhou, China and measuring 6 inches by 11 inches. The sale estimate is $600 to $1,000. A rare aqua mint hutch-style Elko Bottling Works soda bottle, circa 1899-1901, has an estimated value of $1,000 to $1,500. And a one-sheet original poster from the 1940 Western movie Triple Justice, starring George O’Brien and Vivian Vale, may be sold for $500 to $1,000

One of the top items on the block will be a pocket watch with a gold-in-quartz chain, made by the Illinois Watch Co. in 1899, which is estimated to fetch $6,500 to $10,000. A rare silver chalice made in the 1870s or 1880s in Virginia City, and stamped on the bottom by maker M. M. Frederick, could go for $2,000 to $5,000. A star of the mining category is a 1908 stock certificate for the Great Cariboo Gold Co. of British Columbia, estimated at $500 to $1,000).

Online bidding will be provided by the platforms,, eBay Live and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A virtual catalog of the sale in its entirety, showing all lots, is up and online, at

Color catalogs are also available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird auction is encouraged to call as well.


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