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Decoys, Coca-Cola and vintage guitars headlining Feb. 8 auction

The Feb. 8 Winter Estates Auction at Ahlers & Ogletree will feature more than 500 lots, representing a dizzying array of categories, including duck decoys, militaria, collectible coins, vintage guitars, original artwork, baby boomer items, and celebrity and political memorabilia.

ATLANTA, Ga. – A Winter Estates Auction packed with more than 500 premier lots in a wide array of categories – some of them with connections to iconic luminaries ranging from JFK and Elvis Presley to Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe – will be presented in an auction Sunday, Feb. 8th, by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle (Ste. 210), starting at 11 a.m. EST.

The auction will feature duck decoys, animal taxidermy trophy mounts, militaria

Gibson guitar Ringo Starr

Gibson Barney Kessel Cherry Sunburst electric guitar, circa 1968, signed by Ringo Starr. (Photo courtesy Ahlers & Ogletree)

(including World War II items), collectible coins, a fabulous group of vintage guitars, original artwork, baby boomer items that include a ‘50s-era Coke machine and a ‘50s-era Seeburg jukebox, and items from the prominent African-American figures Booker T. Washington and J. R. Clifford. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was an educator, author, orator, adviser to U.S. Presidents and, from 1890-1915, the dominant leader in the African-American community. Items from the private estate will include correspondence, personal items (including his monogrammed napkin ring), handwritten Tuskegee Institute documents, and large circa 1870s/1880s ambrotypes, one by John Karl Hillers (Germ./Am., 1843-1925), titled A General View of Zuni, and one by James Fennemore (Am., 19th century), titled Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Looking West.

A related lot, but more recent, is a complete collection of both the Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver U.S. commemorative half-dollars – 28 coins in all, from the Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, struck between 1946 and 1951. Also, items consigned by the granddaughter of J. R. Clifford (1848-1933), the great civil rights pioneer, will also be sold.

A wood section of the platform from John F. Kennedy’s last official speech, delivered at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas on Nov. 21, 1963, the day before his assassination, will come up for bid. The platform was divided up into four sections; one was given to Mrs. Kennedy. Also, a baseball signed in green pen by the Georgia Peach (“Ty Cobb, 12/16/59”; not authenticated) will be sold.


Vendo Coca-Cola ten-cent vending machine, circa 1950s. (Photo courtesy Ahlers & Ogletree)

Fans of vintage guitars and popular music will have a field day with what’s in the auction: Justin Bieber’s personal 2010 Gibson Les Paul Studio left-handed solid body electric guitar; a 1968 Gibson B. Kessel cherry Sunburst hollow body electric guitar signed by Ringo Starr; and a 1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins hollow body electric guitar, Nashville Orange finish, with the original case.

Additional guitars will include a 1969 (or 1970) Fender Telecaster solid body electric guitar with applied circular Grateful Dead logo; a 1964 Gibson ES335 Bigsby hollow cherry body electric guitar; a 1987 Martin D-41 acoustic guitar with abalone inlay, rosewood back and sides; and a 1967 Gibson ES345 Sunburst archtop stereo electric guitar. All are accompanied by their cases.

Two photographs are bound to attract attention. One is a photo print of a nude Marilyn Monroe, reclining on a red velvet expanse (from Playboy Magazine’s inaugural issue in 1953). The photo is signed by the photographer, Tom Kelly (Am., 1914-1984). The other is an original photograph of Abraham Lincoln, believed taken on July 4th, 1856, before the Lincoln-Douglas debates, by R. Hodgman (Princeton, Ill.). It comes with an 1865 newspaper account of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Elvis lot is a framed presentation, consisting of a 24kt gold-plated record of his Aloha From Hawaii concert from 1973, cover art from the album, three concert tickets from 1977 (two from Savannah, Ga., one from Terre Haute, Ind.), and a photo of Presley. Also sold will be a men’s Rolex Tudor “Tiger” watch with a black leather band and paperwork signed by Tiger Woods.

Enjoy a performance from Elvis' Aloha From Hawaii concert....

Sportsmen in the crowd will be drawn to a rare carved wood and polychrome Drake Widgeon decoy made during the 1930s by Benz Wood Products Co. (Jefferson City, Mo.); large full-size taxidermy mounts of an African Sable and a Northwestern Wolf (or Northern Timber Wolf); and a late 19th century Springfield Model 1884 trapdoor rifle and bayonet with U.S. Army brass.

Two paintings depicting ducks in flight by the Italian-born Atlanta artist Athos R.

Menaboni gouche

One of two gouache under glass paintings of ducks in flight by Athos Menaboni to be sold. (Photo courtesy Ahlers & Ogletree)

Menaboni (1895-1990), both gouache under glass, will come under the gavel. One, titled Mallard, depicts a male and female mallard in flight and is pencil signed and titled. The other, titled Black Duck, shows a male and female black duck in flight, also pencil signed and titled. Both are framed.

Keeping with artwork, an original oil on canvas painting by the British artist David G. Steell (1856-1930), titled Horsed in a Field, measuring about 37 ½ inches by 52 ¼ inches (framed) and showing two pairs of horses amongst grassy rolling hills, is signed and dated. Also sold will be a circa 1800s hand-carved and painted model of the Connecticut Navy ship the Oliver Cromwell, carved by Samuel Chapman, who served in the Connecticut Navy during the Revolutionary War.

Baby boomers will be transported back in time when they see a Silver Age 1958 Seeburg Model 161 Select-O-Matic jukebox with twin grill fins (1958 selling price: $1,275); the Vendo Coca-Cola vending machine (Model H81-D), produced in the mid-to-late 1950s, holding up to 81 bottles and with a 10-cent coin mechanism; and the absolutely adorable black leather couches (or sofas) embedded into the back ends of actual 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Airs – with working tail lights!

Previews will be held Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 4-6, from 10-6; and on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10-3, at the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery. A preview party will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5-9 p.m. Doors will open on auction day, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. The sale starts an hour later.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by, and Bidders wishing to participate online should register with their platform up to 24 hours prior to auction. Phone and absentee bids will be taken up to 24 hours prior to sale. Inquiries regarding bidding may be made via e-mail ( or by telephone, at (404) 869-2478. Individuals wishing to place absentee bids may now do so online, at

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the Feb. 8 Winter Estates Auction, visit To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call 404-869-2478; or e-mail