BISCOE, NC -- The Scott family, the original and only owners of the Coca-Cola bottling plant here, are selling at a public online auction Coca-Cola memorabilia, collectibles, equipment and real estate associated with their former business.
Bottling operations began at the plant in 1909 and continued until the business was sold to Coke Consolidated in 1990. Many of the Coca-Cola advertising, promotional, point-of-sale and marketing items date back to the plant's inception and are said to be in museum-quality condition. They'll be offered to the highest bidders.
The sale will include artifacts from a bygone era of independent, small-town Coca-Cola bottlers. The owner is providing a signed and notarized letter of authenticity and certificate of ownership for the collectibles and memorabilia. Some items are new and still in the original shipping cartons.
Coca-Cola vending machines are among the items up for auction. Others include advertising signage, drink boxes, syrup bottles, Coca-Cola clocks, tins, pins, Frisbees, serving trays, bottle racks, coolers and more. Some Tab, Sprite, Fanta and Dr Pepper memorabilia will also be up for grabs.
The auction is being administered by Iron Horse Auction Co. between Oct. 24 and 30. The bottling facility property and several adjoining parcels also will be offered for sale by Iron Horse.
"This is an opportunity to acquire some unique, hard-to-find Coke collectibles that are in museum quality and mint condition," said Thomas McInnis of Iron Horse. "We rarely find Coke items in these quantities and in this condition."