DALLAS — One of the very last Oscar Awards available for purchase on the open market – due to a requirement from the Academy that all awards post-1950 be sold back to them – will anchor the spectacular offerings of Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 6-7 20th Century Icons Auction in Dallas. Anne Revere’s 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar is estimated to bring $150,000+.
Revere’s rare award is just one of the lots in this auction that, as the event name suggests, features items and memorabilia relating to the biggest names from the worlds of music, entertainment, politics and sports that will be crossing the auction block in early November at Heritage Auctions.
"Every sale we present at Heritage Auctions takes on a life of its own," said Doug Norwine, Director of Music & Entertainment at Heritage Auctions. "This 20th Century Icons auction just naturally took shape of its own volition with a simply astounding number of amazing relics coming to us that are related to the people that, more than almost any others, helped shape history and define society in the 20th century. Collectors … are going to go crazy over this stuff."
The lot bound to generate the most excitement at the Heritage Auctions’ sale, according to Norwine, is an astounding John F. Kennedy-signed morning edition of The Dallas Morning News from Nov. 22, 1963, possibly the very last autograph he ever gave – possibly his last signature. On a photograph of the President and Jackie, under the headline Storm of Controversy Swirls Around Kennedy on Visit, JFK signs prominently across Jackie’s skirt. The autograph was given to a maid at the Texas Hotel in Ft. Worth, where Kennedy stayed the night, who asked the President to sign the paper as he waited in the lobby for Mrs. Kennedy. The signature has been authenticated by the three top Kennedy experts in the world. It is estimated at $20,000+.
"We’ve never seen an item quite as extraordinary as this one," said Norwine. "Not only is it the paper from the morning JFK was assassinated, it has the original motorcade route at the bottom, a very controversial move by the Dallas Morning News, which was a frequent critic of JFK."
In support of the JFK-signed paper, Heritage Auctions is offering the fedora that Jack Ruby wore when he fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald at 11:21 a.m. on Nov. 24, 1963, in the basement of the Dallas Police Department headquarters, all before a live national television audience. The stylish 7 1/4 sized gray Cavanagh fedora, embossed with Ruby’s name, is certainly the most iconic symbol of this historic moment, as the phrase "follow the hat" was heard countless thousands of times when it happened, and many millions more in the decades since, when reviewing the tape of the shooting. This is indeed the very "hat" that has been "followed" by generations of Americans, and its grip on the national psyche is no less compelling than the day it was made famous.
Few, if any, movie stars of 20th century American cinema are more famous than Marilyn Monroe and few baseball players can lay claim to greater fame than Joe DiMaggio. The blond bombshell superstar and the renowned slugger are represented together in the form of a children’s menu from the Big Top Restaurant at the Tides Hotel and Bath Club in San Diego, signed by both Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, at some time during their brief and very public relationship. The couple were wed in 1954 and stayed married for only nine months, making this one of the very few items known to feature a signature from both. The menu is estimated at $6,000+.
The world of music icons is amply covered in the auction, with a wide array of material that relates to most every significant music act of the last 50 years, including a very special lot relating to the most recently departed 20th century icon of music, the King of Pop himself. The lot at Heritage Auctions is a Michael Jackson Thriller in-house Gold and Platinum Album Award presented by Jackson himself to Fred Astaire with the inscription "Presented to Fred Astaire, My Hero/Love, Michael Jackson." This is a rare chance to own a piece of memorabilia constructed by Jackson himself. It is estimated at $4,000+.
A rocking chair used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bought for his use by his editor in the last years of his life, Hermine I. Popper, so that the legendary Civil Rights leader could work in comfort at Popper’s upstate New York cabin while the two worked on King’s writings is estimated at $12,000+.
"Occasionally an item will come to Heritage Auctions that is not only an honor to present, but which virtually sends chills up the spine with its provenance, significance and inspirational association," said Norwine. "Such a piece is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Lincoln rocking chair, a relic that is representative of American history and brotherhood. We’re thrilled to be offering the chair Dr. King enjoyed extensively, particularly while writing his seminal 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"
Further highlights include, but certainly are not limited to:
Eric Clapton signed limited edition "Blackie" tribute guitar estimated at $22,000+.
Stevie Ray Vaughan signed and played acoustic guitar estimated at $30,000+.
Boris Karloff’s costume from The Black Cat (1934) estimated at $20,000+.
Raymond Burr’s 1959 Emmy Award for Perry Mason estimated at $6,000+.
Beatles first state Butcher Cover Yesterday and Today Mono LP (Capitol 2553, 1966) estimated at $5,000+.
Bob Dylan Freewheelin’ Rare LP (Columbia 1986/8786, 1963 estimated at $4,500+.
Greta Garbo signed driver’s license application with Permit estimated at $4,000+.
Miles Davis autographed trumpet estimated at $4,000+.
Heritage Auctions, founded by Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin, is the world’s third largest auction house, and the largest auctioneer of rare collectibles, with annual sales more than $700 million, and 470,000+ registered online bidder members.
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Photos courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.