Bob Palazzo RIP 2019

  • January 26, 2019
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My friend of 40 years Bob Palazzo died on Thursday. Cancer grabbed him from behind.

Bobby was a monster of a friend. As a lawyer and CPA, he had terrific insight and knowledge that helped me and this company over the years.

I met Bob about 1980 at the Long Beach Coin show. He and his friend Bob Varlotta would pal around at all the southern California shows looking for additions to their collections.

Bob was an inveterate collector of Inyo County material, especially Darwin, where he owned a small house. I had worked the Darwin district in detail over several years at that point, leading to acquiring an option on the Anaconda property and doing extensive exploration and development work. Darwin was near and dear to both of us. Coincidentally, my great great uncle was the first District Recorder at Darwin in the 1870’s, and the family had retained some papers from that period, which Bob (and the County Recorder) said were the only things known from that period. A few years ago, I gave my family’s Darwin papers to Bob. That’s how close we were.

The two Bobs, particularly Palazzo, were instrumental in starting the Inyo collecting craze. They branched into Mono County, which was also heavily collected by Mammoth resident Chris Martin. Bob’s collections spanned many genres. He was also president of the Manuscript Society and authored several books about Death Valley and Darwin.

It didn’t stop there. Palazzo was a studied Egyptologist, studying the ancient cultures and languages for years. He taught classes in Southern California on a variety of professional subjects. We shared many a story on both Egypt and teaching, as well as Italy, especially after we visited his namesake’s town.

But all Bobby ever wanted was a happy family life. He found it with Vivienne, and the couple have a son Joey. He loved taking drives up through California and the desert on adventures that led them to unknown conclusions.

RIP Bobby!

March 2019 Wigwam Auction

March 2019 Wigwam Auction

  • January 10, 2019
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A Celebration of our Great Basin Culture!

Auction Date

Auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno Thursday through Monday,  March 7-11 beginning at 8am pacific time each day.

Lots can be previewed in person by appointment or at the HWAC office the day before the auction.

Virtual Catalog

Wigwam Auction Cover

Mary & Moe’s Wigwam

Morris Royels collected Native American artifacts since he was a child living in Wadsworth and Fernley, Nevada in 1940. After release from the Army in 1961, he married his first wife Mary and together they operated the “Dainty Cone” in Fernley, a local hamburger and ice cream stop. The business thrived on Moe’s cooking, and over the years came expansion and remodeling. Moe began putting some of his artifacts in the Dainty Cone, which became a popular attraction, since the business was located along the major highway long before the freeway was built. They changed the name to the ”Wigwam” in 1984 to reflect their collection and friendship with the local communities of Nixon, Wadsworth and Fernley. In the 1990’s they completely rebuilt and modernized into the Wigwam as it is today, proudly displaying their massive collection.

Moe and Mary bought and were gifted hundreds of artifacts from their friends over the nearly six decades the business was open. They reflect the wonderful cultures of Native Americans in the Great Basin, as well as other locations throughout America. These artifacts will now be offered at auction during the first few months of 2019. Be sure and request a catalog for this unique opportunity to share in the special history of the Great Basin.