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To view our current auction’s selection of movie memorabilia, click here.

If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell memorabilia or autographs with, please email Nate@natedsanders.com.

To view our current auction’s selection of Presidential memorabilia, click here.

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Not too many auction houses have their hands in mostly all types of memorabilia but we specialize in memorabilia.  We deal in the Big 5 of memorabilia — movie memorabilia, music memorabilia, Presidential memorabilia, space memorabilia & sports memorabilia.  Authentication is most important to us as there are many memorabilia fakes out there.  Second most important is obtaining top dollar for consignors.  Third thing is to gain international publicity for these items..

Merriam-Webster states that the first mention of memorabilia was in 1785.  But, the memorabilia marketplace including memorabilia auctions like we have didn’t really gain steam until very recently.  The auction markets were mostly dominated with art & antiques not memorabilia.  Just in the last 2 years, we have sold almost $10 million dollars worth of just memorabilia.  In our November auction, we have a huge selection of Bruce Lee memorabilia consigned by the son of Bruce Lee’s close friend and student, Herb Jackson.  We sold a great bunch of these Bruce Lee memorabilia items in our October auction.

Our most expensive piece of movie memorabilia sold was Orson Welles Citizen Kane Academy Award that sold for $861,542 in December 2011.

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In music memorabilia, of course Michael Jackson is the highest price item of rock memorabilia that we have sold.  We sold his glove for $199,069 in December 2012.

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For Presidential memorabilia, our highest ticket item was eyeglasses worn by Abraham Lincoln, photographed with the President in the portrait taken by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C. in 1865 that sold for $84,422 earlier this year.

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The highest ticket item of space memorabilia that we sold was Al Worden’s Apollo 15 hand controller which sold for $72,556 in April 2013.

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Lastly, for sports memorabilia, the most expensive lot we sold was for $96,216 for Ray Guy’s 3 Super Bowl rings in August 2011:

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But, those were for 3 rings in one lot.  The most expensive price we obtained for just one piece of sports memorabilia is just a few weeks ago, when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring awarded to Chet Walker sold for $49,555.

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This might not be part of our Big 5 grouping of memorabilia categories, but we should mention that the most expensive item of tv memorabilia was also just auctioned off a few days ago.  The original Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit puppets from Captain Kangaroo sold for $224,579.

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To search our prices realized for tens of millions of dollars worth of memorabilia and autographs sold by us, please click here.  The items mentioned above are just the best items we have sold.  Many other one-of-a-kind pieces of memorabilia have been sold.

Regarding selling movie memorabilia and autographs — Our next auction after November will be Tuesday, December 17th.  The consignment deadline is the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27th.  We are the only MONTHLY memorabilia auction meaning consignors get paid up to 5 or more months faster than the competition, of course, on top of the highest prices realized in the hobby.  Full payment for the December auction will be made to consignors at the beginning of February unlike the other auction houses which will settle in the summer or fall. We give large cash advances interest free and without an additional loan fee unlike our competitors.  Also, we are the only auction in the business with certain clients who pay more.   See http://natedsanders.com/auctionresults.aspx.

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Almost all newly listed memorabilia items sell without many passes like the competition.  No one promotes consignors items like we do.  Not only do we get publicity in top media including international key media like the BBC, but we have been ON THE FRONT PAGES of sites like CNN and Fox News which almost always translates into items selling for double or triple versus had we not received the free exposure.  See http://natedsanders.com/inthenews.aspx.  Plus, the upcoming Christmas auction always obtains the highest prices of the year.  Lastly, we accept reserves.  With all of these advantages, we obtain the consignor at least tens of thousands dollars more than anywhere else when you are selling memorabilia.  Here is an anecdote from this weekend.  In August, a potential consignor phoned us with a tablet Oscar award that we consistently get $100,000 for. See http://natedsanders.com/inthenews.aspx. We have sold 30 Oscars in the past 2 years.  The person decided to NOT GO WITH US and put the Oscar up for auction in a Beverly Hills film memorabilia auction.  The consignor was reassured with the $80,000 – $100,000 estimate the auction house put on his Oscar.  However, the Academy Award sold for just below $23,000 including the buyer’s premium, where the consignor should net less than $15,000.  With us, it was a sure thing that he would have netted $55,000 more.

If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell memorabilia or autographs, please email Nate@natedsanders.com.

To view our current auction’s selection of movie memorabilia, click here.

To view our current auction’s selection of Presidential memorabilia, click here.

To view our current monthly auction, click here.

 

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There are 7 comments .

Donna —

I have the pirate, cowboy and santa….I know we sold these for 500-600$ in 1987

edward goshkarian —

i have 2 framed UP Poatal sheet of one hundred stamps of Humpfrey Bogard and Marilyn Monroe

Is this item a sellable momorabitia

Angela Hastings —

I .have a leather belt with 21 half dollars riveted
on to a 45 inch belt , 2 and one half inches wide
and a heavy buckle. The half dollars are dated
1964. The coins were , at one time, painted
black.

Douglass Harris —

Mr. Sanders , I currently posess a wide variety of celebriry Autographs. Somewhere in the range of 500 items. Alot of actors, mostly women and several have passed away since I acquired them, every photo, letter, playbill, trading card, etc., etc., etc. have been stored in archival grade Avery document protectors since I received them and kept them in a climate controlled dark storage. I am in the middle of a financial crisis and would sincerely appreciate if you could direct me towards the best way to sell my colle

Douglass Harris —

Mr. Sanders, hello. My name is Doug. I have a collection of over 500 celebrity autographs, mostly womens, that I began to acquire around 1996. Many of the signatures are from celebs that have passed away and can no longer be given as freely as were when I acquired them. I worked at this collection for approximately 15 years and though it pains me to part with my treasures times and creditors have made it necessary for me to seek a method of turning my time into $$$. I have a valid e-mail, scanner, 54 mps internet and the hope that your auction connections can help me get out of debt. You can reach me at doubled.harris_batmaniam@yahoo.com or (505) 373-9300. Please contact me any time, at your earliest convenience, to discuss how we may market my collection in whatever manner may best profit both of us. Sincerely, Douglass Harris.

Miles Crenshaw —

I have an original 1994 Chicago Suntimes Tribute to Michael Jordan, I was wondering if it’s worth anything?

Dave Bulger —

Hi I have a Paul Mcartney wings over America 1989 Jacket is it worth selling

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