Premier Western Glass To Be Sold Through Two-Part Auction

American Bottle Auctions Will Conduct Sale Of Two Major Bottle Collections

January 12, 2017

Two major fine bottle collections – the Vince Madruga collection of Western bitters and medicines and the John O’Neill collection of mostly early San Francisco bottles, whiskeys and sodas – will headline Auction #63, a two-part online and catalog auction scheduled for Feb. 10 to 18 for Part One and March 3 to 11 for Part Two, by American Bottle Auctions.
Interested bidders may register for Auction #63 now on the American Bottle Auctions website at Inquiries may be made via e-mail to
“Auction 63 will offer quite possibly the top Western glass auction ever presented,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “Vince Madruga amassed his collection over a 50-year span, and his bitters include many of the top Western examples known. All are relatively fresh to the market. And many bottles in John O’Neill’s collection are one-of-a-kinds or extremely rare.”
Highlights of the Madruga collection will include a turquoise Catawba Wine Bitters and an extraordinary E.G. Lyons from San Francisco. “These are simply the tip of the iceberg,” said Wichmann. “Of the 89 western bitters being sold from the Madruga collection, many are either one of a few known or market fresh, having never been sold at public auction before. The number of bottles that have never come up for auction from the O’Neill collection will give collectors a chance to bid on items previously unavailable or even unknown to the hobby. His collection of Pacific Glass Works base embossed items are not only rare, many are unique and never before seen. O’Neill’s collection is an eclectic mix of rare and highly desirable examples.”
“Together, these two collections presented in a two-part auction should elicit a ton of excitement among the Western bottle community and, really, collectors all over the country,” continued Wichmann. “There have never been so many rare and beautiful Western bottles representing so many collecting categories, all assembled in one sale. We are anticipating a truly spectacular auction.”
Part One of Auction #63 will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, Feb. 10, and will end on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. The same start and finish times will apply to Part Two, starting at 12:01 a.m. March 3 and ending at 7 p.m. March 11 (all times Eastern). The split will allow bidders to see every lot available and plan with time in between, if they plan on bidding in both Parts One and Two.
The lots will be numbered in consecutive order. Invoices will be issued after the second auction unless American Bottle Auctions is instructed otherwise. There is a buyer’s fee of 15 percent for this auction only, up 5 percent from the previous auction. The additional 5 percent will be used for extensive national advertising and additional costs associated with an auction of this caliber.
Standard auction rules will apply. American Bottle Auctions does not do callbacks but, rather, has a 10-minute rule that applies to bids at the end of the auction. In essence, every bidder has a last opportunity to make a last winning bid. An online printable color catalog is available, and all of the lots are photographed and displayed in a streaming video.
Every effort will be made to present the items as close as possible to the real bottle. Additional photos or videos are available on request. Potential customers are encouraged to visit the American Bottle Auction showroom for an in-person look at all the bottles in the sale, although an appointment must be made in advance. To schedule, call 800-806-7722.
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