Auction Status: Closed
Auction 114 closed:
Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 10:00pm ET; 9:00pm CT; 8:00pm MT; 7:00pm PT
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It is with great excitement that I open this 114th issue featuring some of the rarest items I have handled in
over 35 years.
This auction catalog is the debut of three impressive collections that I am honored to have been entrusted with, that of Frank Kidd, and the late Craig Neros and Ken Liess. Craig was from Minnesota and spent his career working for the Burlington
Northern. He and his wife Marty were involved in the RCAI as well as very
active in the collecting community. My late husband Bill and I were fortunate
enough to have met them both at the Chicago show and then over the years I
would see him at the Helena, Montana show. Craig was a true gentleman and
always a pleasure to deal with. He amassed an amazing collection focusing largely
on Great Northern & Northern Pacific relics. His dining car collection is
incredibly impressive with several very rare offerings that will be showcased over
the course of this and future sales. His daughter Jody was kind enough to share
this photo which shows his love of music as well. I know he was a friend to so
many of us and is sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Railroad Memories is excited to be offering pieces from Frank Kidd’s impressive collection. Frank has been
a client of mine for many years, and I am privileged to be asked to help find new caretakers for his
extraordinary pieces. The Kidd Museum, that was in Portland, Oregon was a testament to Frank and his
love of antiques, not only railroad but also included toys & banks. He has assembled over 700 padlocks as
well as several extremely rare lanterns, keys, dining car china and so much more. This is one of the most
superb offerings I had the pleasure of dealing with. Obviously, it will take some time to find homes for the
locks, but by spreading them out I think it will give everyone an equal opportunity to obtain one or
more. I urge you to look at the many online postings including videos and articles that feature Frank and
his labor of love.
Ken Liess lived in Alda, Nebraska and passed away in September of this year. He too had some wonderful
pieces of history in his collection, and I am honored to be asked to assist in finding new homes for these
It has truly been an honor to write this auction catalog as the individual pieces of these collections are
incredibly rare. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
With the holidays fast approaching, I wish everyone continued health and happiness.
All the best
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Englewood, NJ 07631-4810
Basic Membership $30 US
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Travelers Rest, SC. 29690
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