Despite earthquake in Napa, Pope Valley auction item unharmed, auction goes on

  • SACRAMENTO, California
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  • August 27, 2014

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A Wurlitzer juke box is one of the many vintage items in the Pope Valley auction Saturday, September 6 in the California wine country.
Brian Witherell
A Liberty Bell slot machine is one of the thousands of items for auction in the Pope Valley stage coach stop one-day event.
Brian Witherell
A still running 1924 Model T will be auctioned individually at the live Sept. 6th Pope Valley auction.
Brian Witherell

Despite a 6.0 earthquake at the Southern end of Napa Valley, the Pope Valley auction September 6, 2014 still is scheduled to go on as planned.

While the Sunday earthquake only was 47 miles away, there was no damage to the thousands of items housed in the stage coach stop built in 1874.

“Despite one of the worst fires and one of the worst earthquake in decades, there was no damage,” said Brian Witherell, COO of Witherell’s Antiques and Fine Arts, which is handling the one-day auction.

Items such as the 1924 Model T that runs, the American Brewery Company Bohemia advertising sign and the Liberty Bell slot machine will be sold individually.

Most of the items such as the collections of vintage California bottles will be sold in lots.

Items such as the early 20th century telephone exchange housed in one of the upstairs hotel room will be sold by the room.

“It’s turning out to be a combination ‘Antiques Roadshow’ extravagana, ‘Storage Wars’ and ‘Pickers’”, said Witherell.

In its heyday, the Pope Valley stage coach stop had a saloon, hotel, restaurant, brewery, card room, general store and post office

The property and its contents had been in the hands of the McNeil Kilpatrick family since 1912.

Many of the items in the stage coach stop had not been touched since 1971 when owner Brad Kilpatrick, closed the general store.

The live auction will be held at the site at 5875 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, CA 94567 on September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. until close in the early afternoon.

Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

People must be present to bid.

Unlike many auctions today, there will be no phone or online bidding.

Founded in 1969, Witherell’s is part of half-a-dozen companies nationwide that sell fine art and antiques online through igavelauctions.

For information on the auction, go to

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