Invaluable Announces Online Bidding on Historic Collection of Presidential Memorabilia from Raleigh DeGeer Amyx in Partnership with RR Auction
Top lots offered at auction include Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Rolex watch, a lock of John Adams’ hair, Abraham Lincoln’s eyeglasses and a bone-handled cane used by Franklin D. Roosevelt
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invaluable, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, today announced that it has partnered with RR Auction to make their upcoming auction of historical Presidential memorabilia available for online bidding through the Invaluable platform. The auction, which includes items from the historic collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, former messenger to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, will take place during a two-day event September 17-18, 2014, at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston. Bidders can view the full collection on Invaluable.com and bid online in real-time during the live auction.
“The collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is truly a collection of a lifetime, and is something we have pursued for a long time – and we’re very pleased to offer these rare, historic items to the public”
Headlining the auction is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Rolex watch, which is expected to realize $1,000,000 - $2,000,000. The iconic yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust features Eisenhower’s engraved initials, and was presented to him by Rolex in recognition of his achievements in World War II.
Additional lots of note include a very rare lock of founding father John Adam’s hair which is expected to realize $8,000 - $10,000, Abraham Lincoln’s gray metal eyeglasses which are estimated at $10,000 - $15,000, and a walnut cane used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt which is expected to realize $40,000 - $60,000. Other noteworthy items from Franklin D. Roosevelt included in the sale are a personally-owned and worn Wool Cape which is estimated at $100,000 - $150,000 and his 1933 Inaugural Top Hat which is expected to realize $20,000 - $30,000.
“With so many rare and historically-significant lots being offered as part of the sale, this is one of the most interesting auctions of Presidential memorabilia that we’ve hosted on the Invaluable platform,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “It’s exciting that this incredible auction is taking place in our hometown of Boston, and we are thrilled to be working with RR Auction to make these amazing items available to history enthusiasts both here in our local area, and around the world.”
In addition to the collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, RR Auction will also offer additional rare historical items for online bidding on September 18. Headlining the Remarkable Rarity session is Nelson Mandela's Torch of Freedom, which he received on February 11, 1990, upon his release from prison, which is expected to realize $400,000 - $600,000. Additional noteworthy lots include a very rare signed photograph of Albert Einstein, expected to realize $40,000 - $60,000, a manuscript autographed by Martin Luther dating back to 1543 which is estimated at $40,000 - $60,000, and a limited edition screenprint by Andy Warhol entitled 'Portraits of the Artists,' estimated at $30,000 - $40,000.
“The collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is truly a collection of a lifetime, and is something we have pursued for a long time – and we’re very pleased to offer these rare, historic items to the public,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President of RR Auction. “We’re equally as excited for the Remarkable Rarity session, which consists of hand-picked items from the best collections we’ve seen throughout the year. We plan to offer this type of sale on an annual basis in a live-auction format, with live online bidding to give auction buyers around the world access to this incredible merchandise.”
For more information, or to view the fully illustrated catalogs for upcoming auctions through RR Auction on Invaluable, please visit www.invaluable.com/rrauction.
Invaluable is the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, featuring a live online bidding platform that allows collectors to bid in real-time in auctions held around the world. As the leading developer of SaaS and ecommerce applications for the auction industry, Invaluable provides auctioneers with marketing and e-commerce solutions across Invaluable and AuctionZip web properties, as well as access to the company’s auction management software. Invaluable’s best-in-class historical price database includes more than 58 million complete auction results, totaling more than $204 billion in value. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Invaluable.com.
About RR Auction
Headquartered in Boston’s North End, RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. Since its inception in 1980, RR has achieved countless record-setting prices in over 425 successful sales, including Truman Capote’s hand-notated manuscript for Breakfast at Tiffany’s for over $300,000, President Kennedy’s 1963 convertible for $318,000. Internationally known and frequently featured in all media outlets—with appearances on NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the London Times—RR Auction prides itself on selling authentic material, thoroughly examined by in-house experts and third-party authenticators, to uphold the guarantee of authenticity. With a stunning full-color print catalog and a massive online presence, RR Auction’s nearly four decades of business continue to grow, achieving record prices for clients around the world. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com