Gold Rushes in Georgia and North Carolina? Yup, and in Holabird’s March 15th-18th auction in Reno

HWA 1 Stock certificate # 93 in the amount of 20 shares for the Acworth (Ga.) Gold Mining & Smelting Co., issued to a Mr. William H. Dickinson, dated 1869 (est. $500-$1,000).

Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will conduct a major Gold Rush Sale – celebrating America’s gold rushes from Georgia and North Carolina to California – in a four-day auction planned for March 15th-18th, online and in their gallery at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno, Nev. Gold rushes in Georgia and North Carolina? Yes, they happened, and decades before the far more famous California Gold Rush of 1848-1855. It began with the discovery of a single gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. Three decades passed before substantive gold discoveries were made in the two states, by men with no training in mining.

HWA 2 1909 poster for Pawnee Bill, 30” x 40”, mounted on linen, frame ready. Pawnee Bill was a Wild West showman who partnered briefly with Buffalo Bill (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Up for bid will be the first gold company stock certificate from 1807; an 1830 letter from a Georgia bank to the US Mint, asking what to do with all the gold coming in; gold lottery tickets for Georgia land; Georgia Gold Rush land deeds with medals, rarely seen by collectors; a Pigeon Roost Mining Company scrip collection (1835-1838); Georgia and North Carolina gold coins; Georgia gold nuggets; American gold specimens; a Belfast Mining Company scrip collection from the 1830s; gold bullion receipts from Dahlonega (Ga.), Charlotte (N.C.) and other cities; and private assayer bullion receipts from seven Western states. For more info, click here.

HWA 3 Miners Bank (San Francisco) $10 US gold coin, 16.7 grams, showing an eagle with spread wings and California above and between the wings, 13 stars (est. $45,000-$80,000).



Shapiro Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Art Auction on March 7th will feature Russian artworks, much more

SA image 1 Oil on canvas painting by the renowned Russian artist Franz Roubaud (1856-1928), titled Meditation in the Desert (1887), 48 ½ inches by 76 ½ inches (est. $100,000-$150,000).

Shapiro Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Art Auction on Wednesday, March 7th, promises to be a feast for the eyes, starting with a stellar selection of Russian fine art (an area of expertise for Shapiro). Offered will be Franz Roubaud’s Meditation in the Desert (1887), a colorful Maliavin, two works by Vasily Shulzhenko, and several paintings by David Burliuk and Anatoly Zverev. Asian fine and decorative arts will feature an important book of autographs (circa 1941-1958) from the collection of Chinese Ambassador Hu Shi Xi, plus several medals awarded to U.N. Under Secretary Gen. Victor Chi tsai Hoo (1894-1972).

SA image 2 Oil on cut-out steel by Tom Wesselmann (Am., 1931-2004), titled Monica Sitting with Legs Spread, signed, titled, inscribed with edition # (24/25) verso (est. $25,000-$35,000).

European and American artists will include such names as M.C. Escher, Paul Cezanne, Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Jean Metzinger, Moise Kisling and Maurice de Vlaminck. Polish modern art will feature works by Anna Guntner, Jan Cybis, Aleksander Kobzdej and Tadseusz. Also sold will be antique and modern jewelry, Faberge, and decorative art pieces with intricate silver, gold and enamelwork. Book collectors will be able to bid on the Kammerfurier Journals (1853-1917), and the (in English) Antiquities of the Russian State. The auction will be held online as well as in Shapiro’s Manhattan gallery. To see more, click here.

SA image 3 Lithograph by M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972), titled Belvedere, dated May 1958 in plate, monogrammed, artist signed, inscribed in pencil, edition #8/51 (est. $15,000-$20,000).




Items from many different sports will be in Hunt Auctions’ internet-only sale March 14th

HA image 1 Rare John Havlicek autographed Boston Celtics game-worn warmup jacket, circa 1960s, signed on the back in black marker, “John Havlicek HOF 84” (est. $15,000-$20,000).

Hunt Auctions’ Wednesday, March 14th auction will be an internet-only sale, different from their live auctions in that it contains items from many different sports, to include baseball, golf, football, basketball and hockey. Some entertainment items are also up for bid, unrelated to sports. The first 100 lots are “featured” items, which are higher dollar items. All other lots have a $10 opening bid, which is attractive for collectors at all levels. Hunt Auctions’ prices realized are always among the leaders in the field and they are constantly exploring new avenues of advanced collecting to expand the sports memorabilia marketplace.

HA image 2 Circa 1976 Pele New York Cosmos professional model soccer jersey (EX), yellow, with the “Cosmos” team logo patch, number “10” and “Pele” on the sleeve (est. $5,000-$7,500).

Hunt Auctions is based in Exton, Pa. The company has over 24 years’ of experience in the sports memorabilia industry and has a broad-based knowledge and understanding of the market in numerous categories, to include autographed materials, advertising items, game-used items, equipment, early cards, pennants, display pieces and photography. The firm takes great pride in the internal knowledge base within its staff, as developed over many years in the sports industry. Hunt Auctions has sold items from such sports luminaries as Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Unitas and others. To see more, click here.

HA image 3 Jackie Robinson 8 inch by 10 inch photograph, signed, “To Marion, with best wishes, Jackie Robinson” at lower left; with letter of provenance and LOA (est. $1,000-$1,500).