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And the Oscar Goes To………….Ronald Colman

Known for his suave debonairness and crushing good looks, Ronald Colman became a leading British actor who successfully transitioned during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the silent era of film to the talkies.
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Many years later and his illustrious career has endured the Hollywood canon. We sold in a past auction the following statuette —

1947 Oscar for “A Double Life” — Best Actor Award

As a four-time Academy Award nominated actor in his…

The Legacy of the Ever-Appreciating Value of Flight-Flown Items

The Apollo astronauts had to pack light as they made their way up to the moon at 18,000 miles per hour in their various journeys through space history.

Thus, mementos from their epic journey had to be paper thin and feather-light. As there were stringent volume and weight limits for the astronauts’ Personal Preference Kits that they carried with them on flights, small American flags became mementos marking the journey in a lightweight way.

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Space-Flown Auction
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Andy Warhol Memorabilia: King of Pop Art, Master of His Own Domain

It would make sense that besides being one of the most prolific and iconic pioneers of modern art, Andy Warhol would have accumulated a lot of, for lack of a better term, stuff in his lifetime.
Andy Warhol Memorabilia
In 1988 an historic auction took place in New York City, as Sotheby’s amassed 10,000 items of Andy Warhol memorabilia from his personal collection.

We are excited to have had in a 2013 auction, two pocket watches personally owned by the famed Mr. Warhol —

Andy Warhol Art…

“We Are The World” Legacy Lives On

It was late in the evening of January 26th, 1986, when the creme de la creme of the music industry left the American Music Awards to head over to A&M Studios in Hollywood for an all night recording session of a song written to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia, We are the World.
We Are The World
With the release of the famous song, “We Are The World,” the charity “USA For Africa” raised over 60 million dollars and the song became one of the best-selling singles of all time. T…

Lewinsky: The Early Years

Of all the famous quotes uttered by Presidents throughout American history, the following is one that still screams scandal –“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” said President Clinton in a nationally televised White House news conference in 1998 amidst the most salacious scandals ever to rock the White House — and which caused his infamous impeachment.
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Yet, as few remember, the Clinton – Lewinsky scandal was not isolated.

In fact, clothing seemed to…

A Presidential Medal of Freedom That Leaves One Speechless

We are proud to be auctioning Robert McNamara’s Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award the US can offer.
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McNamara, Defense Secretary under JFK and Johnson, received the prestigious award with Distinction in 1968 after a tumultuous period in American history — the Vietnam War.

His prestigious medal became symbolic in his career because of his and Johnson’s further and further differing of opinion in strategy as the war escalated.

His…

And the Award Goes To… Captain Kangaroo! Captain Kangaroo! … Captain Kang-a-roooo!

After more than 9,000 television performances as the ever-memorable, iconic children’s show host, Captain Kangaroo, it’s true blue that the man in the red jacket be lauded for his lifelong pursuits.
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Bob Keeshan was a pioneer of children’s television at every stage in his career. His awards include five Emmy Awards in 1978, 1981-1984, three Peabody Awards in 1958, 1972, 1979 and many, many more — including the Clown Hall of Fame!

Asked once if he ever dreamed of parlaying…

Good Morning, Captain!

Millions of children in 1950s America remember the jovial man who entertained them on television for 30 years, Captain Kangaroo, with his whimsical wit, his charming presence, his iconic moustache.

On the premiere episode of Captain Kangaroo, which aired on 3 October 1955, he addressed the camera with the following:

“Let me introduce myself. My name is, uh, Kangaroo… Kangaroo — Captain Kangaroo … I’m the keeper here of the Treasure House.”

Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo,…

What a Week!

What a week! This week’s auction was a huge success here at Nate D. Sanders, with total sales reaching $744,664.

In Hollywood-related memorabilia, we sold an Academy Award from 1936 — the first year the word “Oscar” was used to describe the hallowed award. It sold for a remarkable $106, 231.

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Oscar statue was presented Charles MacArthur for ”The Scoundrel” at the 8th Annual Academy Awards. Trophy was bestowed on MacArthur in the category of Writing Best Story at t…

Haught Costume Couture

It was Mark Twain who famously once said, “Clothes make the man…” and in no other world is that true, than in the world of costume and Hollywood film-making.
Costume
Actors become characters the moment the costume goes on, the makeup is set in place. Be it a space alien, medieval knight or queen,  the costumes that fill the screen help draw us into realms of history, both true-to-life and imagined, and make the viewing experience a truly sensory one.

Over the years, we’ve had t…

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