Last Updated on 11/13/2007 by bidz

Old West sale helps city in East | 11/12/2007
The New York Times

“DALLAS — Prospective bidders looking to buy a piece of the Old West were greeted by an intimidating view straight down the barrel of a Model 1883 Gatling gun. Behind the weapon, a vast exhibit hall at the Hilton Anatole hotel was arranged FAO Schwarz-style, with row upon row of exquisitely beaded moccasins, revolvers and well-oiled Western saddles.

The items were included in an auction of more than 800 artifacts from a trove of period photographs, American Indian artifacts and historic memorabilia acquired by Mayor Stephen Reed of Harrisburg, Pa.

Gross sales on Saturday exceeded $1.5 million. Some of the most sought-after items went on auction Sunday, including the Gatling gun, which sold for $280,000; the stagecoach; and the wagon.”

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