In need a mounted bison head? Your moment has arrived.
Just in time for Christmas, auctioneers will sell off on Dec. 14 a trove of loot from the recently closed Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus, some of it standard restaurant equipment like chairs, bars, ovens and grills, and some of it just a bit more kitschy.
Among them: 24 Tiffany-style chandeliers, the mounted bison heads, 11 carved-wood cigar store Indians, more than 60 Hilltop poster signs and other memorabilia, reproductions of Frederic Remington bronzes and prints, and many other Native American and Western paintings and prints.
The restaurant, whose 68-foot fluorescent cactus sign and porcelain cows stood as landmarks to motorists along Route 1 since the 1960s, closed in October, and the 13.8-acre lot is listed for sale.
“Everything must be sold,” said auctioneer McInnis. “The auction offers a great mix of cool memorabilia and up-to-date industrial equipment.”
A preview of the more than 1,000 items available at the auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 13.
The first session of the auction, consisting of restaurant equipment, will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 14, and the second session, featuring furnishings, memorabilia and decor items, will start at 2 p.m., McInnis said.
Shortly after announcing its closure in October, the restaurant reported some thefts of its collection.
Antique pots and plates were reported stolen, along with two life-size porcelain cows that grazed on a small grassy area outside the restaurant.
“The sale will include one full baby cow that had been stolen and recovered and many mounted fiberglass cow heads from the interior,’’ said Linda Greenstein, spokesman for McInnis Auctioneers.
Some of the figures that were positioned outside the building have already been sold.
The famous Hilltop cactus sign is not part of the auction.
Jarret Bencks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.