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6-7 Golf Auction
Stan Musial Continues To Rewrite The
Record Books In $7.7M Heritage Sports Auction
A half century after his retirement, Stan "The Man" Musial
exhibited the strength of his enduring legacy with eye-popping
prices realized for the contents of his personal
collection in Heritage Auctions' Nov. 7-9 Sports Collectibles
"We were pleased, but not particularly surprised," said Chris Ivy,
Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "The success is a tribute
to Musial's lifelong service to the St. Louis Cardinals franchise
and to all of baseball. The results are easily interpreted as a
last expression of gratitude from his many fans."
The ring presented to Musial
in recognition of the Cardinals' 2011 World Championship
provided the greatest fireworks of the collection, commanding a
stunning $191,200, the highest price ever paid at auction for a
His 2006 National League
Championship ring was the evening's runner up at $101,575.
A handwritten letter from Ty
Cobb to Musial sold for dozens of times the Georgia Peach's
average, at $71,700, and "The Man's" personal copy of
his 1948 Bowman rookie card drew $11,950, more than 50 times
the average price for examples in the same VG-EX condition.
The auction closed over a three-day period beginning with Trading
Cards on Thursday, Nov. 7, the most successful cardboard offering
in Heritage history. Top billing went to the only known 1914-15 J.H.
Dugan Baseball Calendar Cabinet Card set, which saw a total
price realized of $143,400. A rare 1956 Topps Baseball
uncut sheet commanded $38,838 and a file copy of the Babe Ruth
#144 card from the celebrated 1933 Goudey set realized the same
figure in a PSA "Authentic" slab.
Though The Stan Musial Collection served as the most visible
component of the Memorabilia offerings closing on Friday, Nov. 8,
the Cardinals legend shared the spotlight with some fellow Hall of
Fame residents at the top of the pricing list. A rare Napoleon Lajoie
single signed baseball more than doubled the previous record
with a result of $59,750 and an important signed letter
from Jackie Robinson followed close behind at $41,825, the top
price ever garnered for an autographed artifact of the heroic
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Jesse James' Colt .45 Revolver May Bring $400,000+ At
Jesse James' personally
owned Colt Single Action .45 Caliber Revolver, as seen in
photos and identified by three generations of the James family as
the weapon used by the infamous outlaw, is expected to lead an
important selection of extraordinary and fresh-to-market objects in
Heritage Auctions' Legends of the West
Signature Auction Nov. 24 in Dallas.
First displayed by Jesse James, Jr. in a 1923 exhibition of guns
and related items owned by his father, the classic Colt has a
well-documented, continuous chain of ownership from that point
forward. In light of the gun's rarity and historical significance,
Heritage has set the lot's minimum opening bid at $400,000, said
Tom Slater, Director of Americana at Heritage Auctions.
"There is just no way to predict what a gun like this might fetch
at auction," Slater said. "It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime
The pistol left Jesse, Jrs.' possession in 1924, along with another
of his father's pistols, when it was given as security for an
unpaid medical bill. Jessie's wife later travelled from their home
in California in an effort to reclaim the guns, and when that
effort failed, she filed an unsuccessful suit against the doctor in
question. In 1940 their daughter, Jo Frances James, made another
attempt to reclaim the guns, by then in the possession of Missouri
U.S. Senator Harry Hawes."
The pair had come to the attention of industrialist Henry Ford,
probably as a result of their display at the Missouri Pavilion at
the New York World's Fair. Jo Frances sought to have Ford bring
pressure on Hawes to relinquish Jesse's guns, even offering to let
him have one of them for his museum of American history if he could
prevail on the Senator to relinquish them.
"Hawes stood firm, however, and the guns subsequently passed to
another Missouri political figure, Congressman Frank W. Boykin,"
Slater said. "They remained in his family until 1975, but became
separated when Boykins' son sold the Colt now offered by Heritage
to another Michigan industrialist, William Mitchell, who was
amassing an important collection of guns with historical
connections. It was in Mitchell's collection until earlier this
year," Slater said.
In 1994 Judge James Ross, Jesse James' great grandson, wrote to
Boykin in an attempt to locate the guns to make sure they would be
preserved for posterity. In that letter he gave up the family's
quest to recover the guns, but confirmed their authenticity as
having belonged to his outlaw ancestor. Ross wrote that "hopefully
at some date (they may) reposit in a museum for all to see as they
are definitely a part of Americana."
Additional highlights in the Nov. 24 Legends of the West Auction
include more than 14 lots related to George Armstrong Custer
including his personal travelling lap
desk, expected to bring $7,500+, and one of his iconic buckskin
jackets, which may hammer for $10,000+. A particularly
interesting item is a rare 7th Cavalry document
signed by Custer and two other prominent Little Big Horn
casualties: Custer's brother-in-law James Calhoun and Lt. Algernon
Smith, a member of Custer's inner circle, which could sell for
"Anything from the early days of Tombstone, Arizona is highly
prized by collectors," Slater said, "and this auction has some
great examples: a rare letterhead from the
O.K. Corral Livery Stable, a historically-important check signed by Tom
McLaury, who was killed in the famous gun fight, as well as
Wyatt Earp's own
wallet, presented with a minimum bid $7,500. The wallet carries
his embossed name and has just about the best provenance one could
ask for in a Wyatt Earp item, coming from the collection of John
Gilchriese, himself a legend in Western collecting circles."
Few Western personalities are more famous than Annie Oakley, star
of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. The auction features some 40 items
which belonged to Annie and which descended through the families of
two descendants who were both great-grandchildren of Annie's only
brother, John Henry Moses. Some 30 of the items have been consigned
by Bess Moses Edwards , who in 1984 established the Annie Oakley
Foundation to help ensure accuracy in the recounting of Annie's
life and exploits. Having reached the age of 91, Edwards felt that
the time had come to share her treasured mementos. These range from
signed and unsigned photographs — some never-before-seen images —
to Annie's beloved Parker shotgun, used
by her in shooting exhibitions for nearly two decades, offered with
a $10,000 minimum opening bid.
Another Oakley gem — and unknown to scholars until it surfaced in
the estate of her grand-nephew this year — is her gold charm bracelet.
The simple bracelet is adorned with charms given to her by
dignitaries for whom she performed, such as the Consul General of
France, her husband Frank Butler, famous crack shot and Wild West
show performer "Doc" Carver, and Buffalo Bill Cody himself. "This
bracelet must have been among Annie's most precious possessions,"
observes Slater. "During World War I she made a public display of
donating her many shooting medals and awards to be melted to help
the war effort. But she held onto the bracelet, and is seen wearing
it in a 1919 photograph."
An incredibly important complete archive of
photos, documents, and artifacts covering the period from 1873
to 1883 on the Otoe Indian Reservation in Nebraska is estimated to
bring $40,000+ and represents just a handful of archives offered at
"Such a complete assemblage is nearly unheard of, and represents a
rare overview of the halting process through which a Native
American people sought to assimilate into the ever-encroaching
world of the white man," Slater said.
Disney, Hanna-Barbera, The Beatles and Charlie Brown in
1,400+ lot Heritage Auctions animation sale
Two rare Disney treasures — a 1940 Walt Disney
Pinocchio hand-painted Key Master production cel and
background featuring Geppetto, Pinocchio and Figaro and
a 1959 masterpiece
Sleeping Beauty Pan Production background attributed to
legendary animator Eyvind Earle — and the first cartoon drawn
for a studio by animation legend Joe Barbera are the anchors in
Heritage Auctions' upcoming Nov. 20 Animation Art Signature®
Auction and could all bring more than $25,000 apiece.
"We knew that we had to follow-up our $2+ million inaugural auction
in February with something spectacular," said Jim Lentz, Director
of Animation Art at Heritage. "I'm confident we have. This auction
features something from every corner of animation, from Disney to
Bugs Bunny to The Beatles, Peanuts, Winsor McCay, Hanna-Barbera and
well beyond, spanning every era in animation history."
The 1940 Pinocchio,
Geppetto and Figaro Hand-Painted Key Master Set Up cel is one
of a small group of surviving three-character production cells from
the landmark Disney cartoon, with this set-up being among the
finest Heritage catalogers have seen while the epic, museum-quality
Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Background is a
breathtaking example of the master's finest work. The majority of
every background in the film was hand-painted by Earle himself,
many of which took 10 days to complete.
Joe Barbera's first
cartoon drawn for a studio in 1935 for Terry Toons, at 43 pages
long, represents the first cartoon script written by the legend and
the beginning of a career that would influence millions of kids
across a 50 year career. This humble Kiko The Kangaroo
story opened the door for the man that would bring the world
Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Superfriends,
Grape Ape and hundreds more cartoon characters.
Another key component of the Nov. 20 auction is a grouping of more
than 50 never-before-seen pieces of rare production artwork from
the momentous 1968 animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine.
The chief lot of the grouping is a superb and very rare
Color Model Cel featuring all four of The Beatles in the full 1960s
psychedelic glory of their animated avatars' "everyday outfits" as
worn in the film. It is estimated at $12,000+.
There is no arguing that Charles Schulz's Peanuts is the
most influential comic strip in history, or that Charlie Brown's
impact on cartoons was any less spectacular. In that vein, the Nov.
20 auction presents what can only be viewed as the birth of that TV
juggernaut with the offering of a superb range of
material from the Peanuts Gang's first animated appearances in the
1959-1962 Ford Falcon ad campaign, with a Sequence Production Cel
Set-up featuring Charlie Brown and Schroeder being a prime
example from the period. The cel is expected to bring $5,000+.
More key modern lots include a 1966 "How the Grinch
Stole Christmas" Key Master Set Up cel, from the Chuck Jones
Archives, estimated at $10,000+, featuring a classic
moment from the beloved cartoon with the Grinch looking down at
poor Max the dog over the lip of his sled, and a very early and
rare 1987 Simpsons/Tracy
Ullman Show key master Set Up cel from the first season episode
"House of Cards." It is estimated at $2,500+.
A separate Signature® Internet
Session offering more than 650 unique lots, including
production drawings from classic feature films and animated
specials, will be held Nov. 24 on HA.com.
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Rolex Collection and Vacheron Constantin "Skeletonized"
wristwatch highlight fine timepieces at Heritage
One of the finest private collections of Rolex watches and an
Extremely Fine Vacheron
Constantin 'Skeletonized' Pink Gold Wristwatch, estimated to
sell for $50,000+, will headline a wide-ranging selection of rare
and exclusive watches and timepieces Nov. 21 at Heritage Auctions'
New York location, 445 Park Avenue (at 57th Street).
Models include a Piaget Protocole
Exceptional 18k White Gold Diamond & Sapphire Wristwatch,
which may hammer for $50,000+, and a rare and very fine Audemars Pigue Rose Gold
Rubens Barrichello Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, estimated to
bring $30,000+. An important Swiss Gold Minute
Repeater With Perpetual Calendar, Moon Phase & Chronograph
could sell for $20,000+.
"These are among the finest names collectors seek when buying the
very best," said James Wolf, Consignment Director for Watches and
Timepieces at Heritage Auctions. "In particular, the market for
Rolex continues to see strong demand but quality examples are
difficult to come by. Collectors should be pleased to see what
we've uncovered for them."
Notable discoveries include a rare Minute Repeating Tandem
Wind Pocket Watch fashioned by Tiffany & Co. with a highly
unusual combination of complications. The superior time train and
repeating element is accented by the sophisticated rattrapante
chronograph that was perfected by master craftsman Louis Audemars.
The rare pocket watch is expected to sell for $30,000+.
The event features Heritage Auctions' special presentation of
"Timepieces from a Distinguished Gentleman," a singularly-important
collection of 360 first quality wristwatches. The collection
includes 200 Rolex watches, such as a rare Oyster Perpetual
Submariner made for The British Royal Navy, circa 1974, which
could sell for $30,000+, and a rare, 18 karat Gold Oyster
Cosmograph, circa 1982, which may sell for $20,000+.
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High-grade 1893-S Morgan Dollar Realizes $235,000 To Lead
Heritage Auctions' $11.3+ Million U.S. Coin Event In New
An 1893-S Morgan Dollar MS64
NGC, from the famously low mintage of any regular issue Morgan,
brought $235,000 to take top lot honors at Heritage Auctions' U.S.
Coin Signature® Auction Nov. 1-3 in New York. High-grade silver
coinage, gold rarities, and a 1943-S Bronze cent achieved the top
prices at the event, which realized $11,353,383 with post-auction
"This was a deep auction with many coins performing well," said
Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "When key rarities in
high grades came up for bid, prices were strong regardless of
Leading the way was the 1893-S Morgan dollar, as
eight bidders drove the price of the near-Gem example to $235,000.
The 1893-S dollar's translates to a small supply that has to meet
huge collector demand, particularly in Mint State grades.
Two more silver coins were close behind. An 1839 No Drapery half
dollar, PR64+ PCGS Secure, CAC, is one of only five known proof
examples and realized $223,250. A 1799 silver dollar with 7x6
Stars Obverse, B-12b/BB-160 variety, MS65 NGC, CAC, realized
A pair of 19th-century gold highlights round out the top five
prices realized. An 1861-S double eagle with
Paquet Reverse, AU58 NGC, brought $176,250. An 1854 three dollar gold
piece graded PR64+ Cameo PCGS, CAC, went for $164,500.
"As with silver, the top gold lots show the importance of quality
and rarity together," said Rohan. "The 1861-S Paquet double eagle
is one of the finest available and that showed in the price.
Likewise, the proof 1854 three dollar was a very rare coin from the
year it was struck, but it was condition that sent the price so
A 1943-S Bronze cent, struck
in a copper alloy instead of steel and the top seller in The
Geyer Family Collection, realized $141,000. An 1849 Mormon twenty dollar gold
piece, Genuine PCGS, enjoyed pre-auction
publicity from Salt Lake City's NPR affiliate and brought
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