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How bad is it in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.
That city is so deep in the red it's having a fire sale over some the most coveted items from America's wild west.
It did earlier I talked to the man running that auction.
With me now from Harrisburg Pennsylvania Harlan and injures founder and president of Guernsey is auction house and -- what -- unique event this must be.
When you have a struggling city that is bankrupt.
Here's some poor decisions in the past the sell off some of the most coveted wild west items how what why is this even necessary.
Well as you pointed out years ago there then mayor.
Had a vision for creating a city full of museums to attract tourists who in turn would help the city's coffers.
He went out and purchased thousands.
Of historical artifacts.
Many relating to America's old west.
With the hope of filling museums he bought the things spending millions but then the museums were never built.
And these objects -- languished for years and years and city warehouses.
Sort of being rumored about.
Around the collecting world but no one really knowing what was there.
The new mayor mayor Thompson.
Took the step that something had to be done.
And shows -- -- our company.
Out of many many.
Competitors to oversee this massive auction has just.
Remarkable story tell me we think about how many cities across this country are struggling Harrisburg is just one of many.
But you've got items here now you've got a Theodore Roosevelt case guns that.
Now how much could this -- was it.
Well no wonder you know so many of these objects and there are thousands of objects are are so unique.
That it's hard to predict what they'll sell for but -- specific set that you're referring to.
Which consisted of a rifle and shotgun combination three barrels in a beautiful case.
Theodore Roosevelt's name all over it.
Sold just the other day for about a 1151000.
Dollars holy -- do you expect parent.
Not quite we had estimated from ten to 151000 or so never a pleasant surprise -- -- there's a wire -- pistol.
That brought -- I think 43000.
Dollars there's a wider saddle the last one known.
That he that he -- wrote in his life.
Others and Annie Oakley suede coat there's a wild bill hick -- knife and in a -- box and you have everything.
A look at it as -- Jesse James wanted poster.
Buffalo Bills pipe.
Holy cow what a collection.
And we are still finding things up for the last moment for example there was a little letter written.
The -- the day by a gentleman by the name of William -- What some knew was that that he is mr.
-- was also known as.
Billy the Kid.
-- and that that is one of the only written documents known in the world to exist from that famous outlaw John I'm reading you could raise 2.5 million dollars.
It if you get to that on -- -- does that put a dent in Harrisburg financial problems.
I certainly think it puts an emotional.
The folks from Harrisburg have been terrific every step of the way and pulling together.
-- currencies make this event happen it's been a very difficult thing.
Because that these thousands of items were really just thrown in over the years.
Into city warehouses.
Very much unloved.
What the current administration.
And all the folks in Harrisburg have pulled together.
To help us make this happen.
And and I think it's -- uplifting event.
Whether it will be the salvation of the city I doubt.
But I think it's a step in the right direction.
Sign of the times to -- -- get -- thank you at a Harrisburg Pennsylvania is an auction continues thank you certainly to be with.
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