Antique auction features old west wagons and buggies

Wagons, buggies, and surreys used in the 1800's have been sitting on a Payson property for possibly more than a century. Now they're going up for auction this weekend.

The pieces are part of Arizona history and come from the Richard Bunger estate in Payson. Bunger was a fourth generation Arizonan, an entrepreneur who owned a huge, 1,200 acre ranch. The area is known as the Dutch Joe Ranch and named after the man who homesteaded the land in the 1870's.

As you're about to see some of the buggies, wagon wheels, and equipment are up for auction and look like they were used during that era.

They're pieces from the old west, and some are as old as 150 years old. Still in one piece they are now up for auction in the 21st century.

"Were they pulled by ox? Were they pulled by horse? It's so exciting to see this stuff and think did this possible come thru the Oregon trail," said Cassie Todd-Jameson.

The items came from the Dutch Joe Ranch in Payson. Dutch Joe was a loner and bootlegger who lived a mysterious life and died a mysterious death. Legend has it he was found frozen on his property.

Red Bunger, an entrepreneur, purchased the property in hopes of sharing it with the public.

"It was collected to make a western town in Payson, and it just didn't come to fruition," said Todd. Now, the rare wild west pieces will be won by the highest bidder. "And these are very old bathtubs, I would not want to have to take a bath in this, most likely it was located outside."

One of the unique items on the auction block is a 1918 Dodge Brothers convertible, this car is nearly 100 years-old and it still has the original parts, the horn and engine appear to be the original.

"We haven't done any work to it ourselves, and there's no record of the estate that anything has been done to it," said Todd. And it's not just antique vehicles. Several original carved wood pieces by Scottsdale artist Dee Flagg are also being sold, including this piece that depicts Billy the Kid pulling over a stagecoach. "All of them are hand carved, there are no power tools used."

Bidders will find some rare gems from the 1950 and other antiques, including a vintage Coca Cola cooler.

There's a total of 700 lots up for auction at the Avondale Auction House. The wagons could fetch hundreds of dollars each, the vintage car, and the Dee Flagg carvings are all expected to be sold for thousands of dollars.

The Pot of Gold Estate Liquidations in Avondale will be holding the auction on Saturday. Preview begins at 10 in the morning and the auction kicks off at noon. They are also accepting bids online.

They've received a lot of interest from buyers who are looking at the pieces for their personal collection, or even to use as yard displays. They've also heard from several Arizona resorts looking for old west items for decorations.

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