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“I think certainly anybody who wants to obtain a bit of history from Ranchman’s– this is the only opportunity you’re going to get to buy some of that stuff,” said Stewart.
The bar was famous for housing rodeo memorabilia such as saddles and trophies, which had been loaned to the bar by various winners over the years, but would-be bidders won’t find any of that up for grabs. Those loaned items were released by the bank last September and picked up by rightful owners.
One of the largest items available is the famous — or infamous — party bus which once ferried patrons on pub crawls. The listing for the bus describes it as a “very dirty” 1995 Oshkash prison bus. As of Wednesday afternoon, there had been 20 bids on the bus, driving the price up to $825.
But Stewart said there is more interest in a large, mobile smoker that comes ready to roll on a trailer. Bidding for that item on Wednesday afternoon sat at $2,000 with seven days left to go on the bidding.
I expect that to go for substantially more than two grand seeing as it’s mobile and it’s got a shack and it’s already on wheels, and it’s a fairly large size smoker,” said Stewart. “You could do a large quantity of product in it.”
He expects there will be a lot of interest from collectors in bar stools and tables. Bar stools are mostly being sold in lots of 12, while smaller round and square bar tables can be bought in lots of one and two.
All items can be viewed and bid on online, but potential bidders can make an appointment to view assets this Friday.
Anyone hoping to get a view of the building itself will be disappointed. All the merchandise has been moved off site.
Stewart said they have spaced the lots out over several days, so that people wont be showing up all at once to collect their purchases, in accordance with AHS guidelines.
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