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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.

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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 50 years of Nominations, spanning decades in a cornucopia of original Oscar and Golden Globe nominations from some of Hollywood’s greats.

Here’s a “Top of 2012” roundup of some of our most noteworthy items auctioned. In Hollywood related memorabilia,

1. We auctioned Joan Crawford’s Oscar for her role in “Mildred Pierce” for a record price of $426,732. Read about the lore of Crawford accepting the Oscar in bed, here.

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2. Orson Welles screen-used trophy from his epic film, “Citizen Kane” was auctioned for an amazing $275,544. In 2011, we auctioned his original Oscar won from the epic film for  $861,542.00.

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3. A whole range of personal Johnny Carson items, like this hand-written monologue that Carson prepared to open on his show — the monologue sold for $7,919.00.

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4. We had a great mix of items from the King of Pop this year, including Michael Jackson’s famous glove worn at the 1984 American Music Awards, accompanied by an autograph book signed four times, attesting to the authenticity of the glove; Jackson writes, ”My original glove / Love / M.J*”.  The glove sold for an incredible $199,069.20.

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5. We auctioned MJ’s iconic ”Beat It” jacket, worn by Jackson during the 1988 Madison Square Gardens tour, and signed by the superstar. The jacket fetched an impressive $84,422.40.

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6. Al Pacino screen-worn suit jacket as Michael Corleone in ”The Godfather Part II” sold for $7,199.

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7. A stunning Miss America crown and stately trophy awarded to a woman who competed for the title of Miss North Carolina in 1964. It sold for $15,786.

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8. Tom Hanks screen-worn robe from his unforgettable role as Forrest Gump sold for $4,061.

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9. John Wayne’s wardrobe trunk from Republic Pictures sold for $5,027.

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10. Luxurious pink terrycloth robe worn by Marilyn Monroe while she was in makeup for the filming of ”The Prince and the Showgirl” in 1957. It sold for an incredible $25,428.

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11. Marilyn Monroe’s own red feather silk-lined purse. The bold handbag sold for $25,428.

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12. James Dean’s shirt from his role as Cal Trask in ”East of Eden” sold for $11,858.

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13. Steve McQueen sunglasses screen-worn in the film ”Le Mans,” about the Battle of the Titans, the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race. Sold for $11,858.

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14. Clark Gable’s gold ID bracelet engraved with the dashing movie star’s name and even his blood type. It sold for $9,582.

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15. In history-related items, we auctioned an historic collection of rare autograph letters signed by revered author Jonathan Swift. Like this 1736 autograph letter signed by Swift which sold for $19,103.00. Read about the collection here.

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16. In space-related items we auctioned an incredible amount of Neil Armstrong items, such as this Apollo 11 signed photo, and this signed postcard which sold for $2,384.

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17.  As well as many unique NASA items, like this Swatch of Alan Shepard’s space suit from the Apollo 14 mission. This is a portion of the outermost layer of Shepard’s spacesuit worn while he conducted Extra Vehicular Activity on the Moon. It was bought for $6,691.00.

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18. In sports, we auctioned an incredible amount of baseball-related items from the estate of Larry Jansen. In November, we sold over 30 items from Jansen’s personal estate, from his 1951 special-issued NY Giants World Series bat, which sold for $2,886.00. Read about the other items here.

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19. We auctioned Muhammad Ali and rival Joe Frazier dual-signed World Heavyweight Boxing Championship contract. The 12-page contract signed by both ”Joe Frazier” and ”Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay” for the bout between undefeated Ali and undefeated Frazier in the ”Fight of the Century.” It was bought for an incredible $11,858.00.

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20. In original art-related items, we sold an original piece done by Impressionist master, Renoir. The drawing fetched $65,959.20.

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21. As we’ve sold many of Charles Schulz’s original “Charlie Brown” strips over the years, in our December auction we sold an early 1957 four-panel strip for $21,013.

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22. We also sold a 15-panel ”Peanuts” Sunday strip signed and inscribed by Schulz for an incredible $40,954. The strip ran on Halloween in 1965 as part of his classic storyline, ”It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

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Read about our other Schulz strips that have been bought here.

And in 2013, may the best be yet to come! Happy New Years from Nate D. Sanders auction house.

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