An 1844 campaign banner for the Polk candidacy soared to $185,000, setting a new world record, during an auction of the second part of the Merrill C. Berman Collection, presented by Heritage Auctions on June 27.
Buttons are an attractive collecting option, in part, because it doesn’t take a lot of money to participate. Members of the National Button Society are celebrating National Button Week (March 15-21) in grand fashion, with many regional button events planned across the U.S. for new and old collectors alike.
The National Button Society's convention theme ('Get Your Button Kicks on Route 66') says it all, as the society prepares for its upcoming national convention and show, Aug. 11-16 in Springfield, Mo.
Everything from antique political buttons to vintage political propaganda and more, will be showcased during The Midwest Regional Political Collectors annual meeting Sept. 19-21, in Indianapolis.
Amid 1,700 lots of militaria that came up for bid, a flat copper button from the inauguration of George Washington, 34mm sold for $1,645 and a rare “Fighting Observer” wing from an archive pertaining to parachute pioneer Lt. John H. Wilson sold for $8,438.