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The Legendary Lena Horne’s Well-Deserved Tony Award Up For Auction

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Lena Horne remains a 20th century legend who broke through the walls of Hollywood, racially, politically, as a woman with a singing talent that defied the stereotypes of the time. 

Long blacklisted in Hollywood for both her skin color and politics, Lena Horne, by virtue of her sheer talent, slowly made inroads into the entertainment industry and is considered to have paved the way for several generations of woman entertainers of color.

In our January auction, w…

A Portal Into a Tennis Legend’s Life

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You would think a man as busy, established and pro-active as Arthur Ashe wouldn’t have time to sit down and hand write his goings-on.

But just the opposite is true.

Ashe was a prolific recorder of events big and small in his life, as we’ve been privy to learn. He kept daily planners every single year of his career, from his momentous wins at Wimbledon and Davis Cup, to his ceaseless humanitarian initiatives throughout the rest of his life.

In our current…

Top Items of 2012

2012 was an incredible year for us at Nate D. Sanders, as we broke some of our own records of prices realized, while continuing to auction an incredible variety of items, from Hollywood memorabilia to unique space-related memorabilia.

In Hollywood-related items, it was a big Oscar year for us, as we auctioned 15 Oscar statuettes that garnered an incredible $3 million in February of 2012. Check out each of the Oscars spanning the Golden Era of Hollywood here. We also were proud to auction…

Tennis’ Greatest Ambassador

From No. 1 tennis player in the world to fierce humanitarian, Arthur Ashe knew no limits in every chapter of his exceptional life.

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Ashe won 33 singles titles as a professional, including three Grand Slam events before forced retirement at age 36 after he suffered from a heart attack in 1979.

For many, this could have been career-ending, but for Ashe, it became an opportunity. Ashe began to transition his superstar tennis career into the realm of public service,…

Arthur Ashe in His Own Words — “It’s a long way from Brook Field to Wimbledon.”

July 5, 1975 became legendary for Arthur Ashe, who at the age of 31, became the first African American man in history that day to win the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon.

Tensions ran high at Wimbledon stadium that day, as Jimmy Connors, a 22-year-old, had just defeated the hard-hitting Roscoe Tanner in the semi-finals and was slated to win.


In this original NY Times article covering the event, the reporter captures Ashe’s cool, calm, collectedness — whic…

Renoir Art for Sale, Then Sold

Renoir Art for Sale, Then Sold

In our December 2012 auction, we were proud to offer French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s original pen and ink drawing with ink wash of a young girl with a hat, entitled ”Fillette”. The drawing, created circa 1882, is signed with the initial, ”R”. It sold for an incredible $65,959.20.

The impressionist movement sought to depict light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), to emphasiz…

Wilbur’s First Portrayal

When adults read books, their imaginations conjure imagery of characters therein. But for children, characters best come to life when rendered with illustrations to help guide their formidable minds.

It was Alice in Wonderland, after all, who found illustration-less books, as a child, preposterous, when she said,

“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

In our December auction, we are auctioning an original illustration and first depiction of E.B. White’s most…

Mary Astor in Her Own Words

Actresses in the Golden Era of Hollywood lived a distinctly different life than actresses of today, whose lives fill gossip rags each week, their privacy utterly, and sometimes willingly, up for grabs. But it didn’t used to be that way, especially for young starlets who, under the contract of the top studios, had their personal life guarded to the nth degree.

Mary Astor, the legendary actress who starred in over 100 movies over 45 years, in legendary films like John Hurston’s “The Maltes…

Babe Ruth Memorabilia Focus — His Bat

To auction, buy, consign or sell Babe Ruth memorabilia or Babe Ruth autographs, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com.  To view the current auction, please click here.

Baseball aficionados of course associate Babe Ruth with his epic power swing that forever rattled stadiums in the 20th century with his record-breaking 714 home runs and slugging % of .690.

But look a little closer at what made the HOFer’s swing so powerful, and you’ll find that the size and weight of his bat becam…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Theodor Geisel, known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, used to doodle in notebooks during his English literature lectures while at Oxford University in England. A girl sitting next to him, Helen Palmer, his future wife, took notice,

“Ted’s notebooks were always filled with these fabulous animals,” she said in an interview. “So I set to work diverting him; here was a man who could draw such pictures; he should be earning a living doing that.”

Soon thereafter, he dropped out of…

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