Part 2, the Ken Fee bottle collection, Feb. 14-23
Part 2 of the legendary Ken Fee collection of mostly Western bitters bottles will be offered in online auction #67 that begins on Friday, February 14th, and ends on Sunday, February 23rd by American Bottle Auctions (www.americanbottle.com). Almost no one had seen Ken Fee’s collection of over 300 bottles in four decades. It only came to light following his death in November 2018. Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions has been working with the family ever since to sort through it all. Many are outstanding examples that were expected to bring anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars. Many exciting and rare Western bitters bottles will come up for bid, as will some hard-to-find bitters from the Eastern part of the country. American Bottle Auctions has reduced the buyer’s premium for this auction to 13 percent for everything purchased under $10,000, and a flat 10 percent for everything over that. 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 will be available soon, and all of the lots will be photographed and displayed in pictures and a streaming video. Every effort will be made to present the items as close as possible to the real bottle. Additional pictures or videos are available on request. Potential customers are encouraged to come by 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 an appointment, call (800) 806-7722. To learn more about American Bottle Auctions and Part 2 of the Ken Fee collection (online from February 14th-23rd), visit www.americanbottle.com.
- Jeff Wichmann