Up For Auction — The Apollo 15 Hand Grip From Al Worden Used in Space

Apollo 15
Al Worden served as command module pilot for Apollo 15 which commenced on 26 July 1971 , becoming one of NASA’s great Apollo missions. Along with spacecraft commander David Scott and lunar module pilot James Irwin, the team successfully led the fourth manned lunar landing mission, becoming the first to visit and explore the moon’s Hadley Rille and Montes Apenninus.

The mission was completed on 7 August 1971 as the flight splashed down in t…

The Ever-Winsome Helen Hayes & Her First Tony Award

Nicknamed “First Lady of the American Theatre”, actress Helen Hayes career spanned 70 years, earning her the impressive “Showbiz Award Grand Slam”, or EGOT status — a prestigious title shared by just 11 performers including Hayes who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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We are proud to be auctioning Helen Hayes incredibly scarce Tony Award from the first-ever ceremony in 1947.

At the time of this first Tony, she had already won her…

David Crosby’s Famed Green Cape Up For Auction


Defining the Golden Age of 60’s rock-and-roll music in America is no small feat, and David Crosby remains one of the era’s pioneers. As a founding member of two of the era’s most renowned bands — Crosby, Stills and Nash & The Byrds — his talents as a guitarist and singer/songwriter remain unparalleled. 

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In our current auction, we’re proud to be offering a group of Crosby’s personal items:

At the top of the bill is David Crosby’s…

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

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.

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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.
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In our January…

A Portal Into a Tennis Legend’s Life

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.

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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.

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…

Tennis’ Greatest Ambassador Arthur Ashe

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…

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 Arthur’s cool, calm, collectedness — whic…

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…

Mary Astor in Her Own Words

Actresses, like Mary Astor, 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.
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Mary Astor, the legendary actress who starred in over 100 movies over 45 years, in legendary films lik…

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