Soda fountain sells for $4.5 million

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Item had been made for 1893 World's Fair

By Amber Coulter

A one-of-a-kind soda fountain from 1893 was auctioned for $4.5 million Sunday at the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown.

The fountain was made by the Liquid Carbonic Co. and exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It has front and back bars made of marble and alabaster with leaded glass lamps as soda dispensers.

It was bought by an anonymous buyer, who was bidding by phone.

An assessment before bidding placed the soda fountain’s value at between $75,000 and $125,000.

Other items sold during the second round of the museum’s auction include a large neon sign for $50,000 and a large sign with the Coca-Cola script logo with blinking lights for $37,500.

The museum brought in $3 million with its first auction, which took place in September.