Guernsey's Auction Co. holding second Harrisburg artifacts sale
Guernsey's Auction Co. will be selling more of Harrisburg's Wild West artifacts in a two-day auction next week.
The first part of the auction was held in July, where thousands of registered bidders from around the world bid on nearly 10,000 artifacts — the majority of which focused on the Old West.
On Oct. 8-9, the New York City-based auction house will sell an additional 1,000 unreserved lots of rare documents, historic correspondence, printed material, photographs, maps, rare books and related items. About 70 percent of the items pertain to the Old West, with the balance relating to American history from the Revolutionary War to mid-20th-century politics.
Former Mayor Stephen Reed spent millions for the objects, hoping to have a city filled with museums that would attract large numbers of tourists. That didn't happen, and those items languished in storage.
The first part of the sale netted around $2 million. The city’s COO, Robert Philbin, said the expectation is at least $500,000 from next week’s auction.
Interested parties can participate in the auction on proxibid.com or liveauctioneers.com. The auction catalogue is now available. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Guernsey's at 212-794-2280.