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And Sold! Cordier to hold another auction of items collected by former Harrisburg Mayor Reed

This 51-inch Yunt Mountain Sheep Kachina will be part of the upcoming auction (photo courtesy Cordier Auctions).

Order up another round.

Next week, Harrisburg-based Cordier Auctions & Appraisals will hold another in a series of auctions of artifacts acquired by long-time Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed.

According to Cordier, the former mayor’s estate released dozens of additional items for sale, many with ties to the historical American West and the U.S. military. These include photographs, statues, firearms, taxidermy, memorabilia and Native American artifacts.

“The late Stephen Reed was known as the Mayor of Harrisburg for 28 years but was also an insatiable collector,” Cordier said, in a statement.

This is at least the third online auction of Reed’s collectibles that Cordier has held since Reed died in January 2020, totaling thousands of individual lots. In addition, the city held several of its own auctions of artifacts that Reed bought with public funds, as he hoped to open a series of museums in the city, including an “Old West” museum.

This gaming wheel will be part of the auction.

The current online auction will be held on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25. Auction preview and pre-bids open on Friday, June 17, via the Live Auctioneers website.

Melanie Hartman, Cordier’s director of catalog and specialty auctions, said that about 800 lots will be up for bid over the two days.

According to Cordier, some of the auction highlights include:

  • Wild West ephemera such as a Billy the Kid reward broadside (estimate $3,000 to $4,000)
  • Firearms including a U.S. Springfield trapdoor carbine (estimate $600 to $700) and an early Winchester model 1894 carbine (estimate $500 to $600)
  • A D.F. Barry cabinet card of Crow Foot, Sitting Bull’s son (estimate $200 to $300)
  • A gambling parlor gaming wheel (estimate $300 to $400)

Other notable items will include mountain lion and wolverine hides, a full coyote taxidermy, a buffalo horn rattle and a bear claw necklace. While some of the artifacts are period items, others are modern but have Old West ties or themes.

For more information about the auction, visit To view the online catalog and bid, visit Live Auctioneers.

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