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In This Issue:
Final Installment for the Merrill C. Berman Collection
Presidential Factoids: James Garfield
James A. Garfield: Campaign & Presidential Memorabilia
Space Exploration News
J. K. Rowling and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Beatles, Elvis, and Alice Cooper
Employment Opportunities
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February 18, 2016
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Final Installment for the Merrill C. Berman Collection
By Don Ackerman

February 27 The Merrill C. Berman Collection Part IV Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas #6147
We're already seeing some good bidding activity for Auction #6147, the last installment of the Merrill C. Berman Collection, being held in our Dallas auction gallery on Saturday, February 27th. We've also received many inquiries about specific items, all of which bodes well. Most of these items have been held off the market for decades and, quite frankly, this may be your last "window of opportunity" to purchase some key rarities from this storied holding.

Merrill was in an envious position of never having to sell items from his collection. Once purchased, they stayed put. In addition, he was the go-to guy for many dealers and he had first crack at many goodies, while the "rest of us" had to settle for the rejects, or cultivate alternative sources. Like all of us, he participated in the auction game, sometimes winning, sometimes losing.

Rather than pointing out the obvious blockbusters, I thought it would be interesting to point out some personal favorites that may go overlooked.

Lot #42011, the Daniel Webster brooch, is perhaps the nicest "campaign badge" for a candidate few people collect, but who should be a household name. He certainly was a giant of the Senate, a member of the political triumvirate comprised of himself, John C. Calhoun, and Henry Clay. We love lot #42014, the Nantucket Harrison ribbon. Among the plethora of Harrison ribbons, it stands "heads & shoulders" above the multitude, as the design elements so graphically reflect. Lot #42091, the Harrison & Morton enamel horseshoe jugate is a real winner. This clever lapel device was produced only in 1888 and hasn't appeared at auction in decades. It is our favorite as the best Harrison & Morton jugate.

Daniel Webster William Henry Harrison Harrison & Morton Eugene V. Debs Roosevelt & Johnson Woodrow Wilson
We've got nine Debs items in the sale. Though not the most valuable one, we gravitate towards lot #42110, the colorful 1¼" button with gold filigree design and youthful portrait of the five-time Socialist candidate for president. Don't overlook lot #42124, the Roosevelt & Johnson jugate wall hanging. It has great graphics and would look great on any wall, especially if you happen to have a Remington or DuPont calendar to hang next to it!

Robert LaFollette: Hands Down the Top Button Variety for this 1924 Third Party Candidate
Lot #42134, the "I Wood-row Wilson and Marshall to Victory" button, is both colorful, clever, and ultra rare! Most specimens have defects of one sort or another, but this example is far better than most and merits serious consideration by any political collector worth his salt! Another great button that eluded us during our collecting "prime" is lot #42153, the LaFollette or Teapot Dome rebus button by St. Louis Button Company. It is the ultimate LaFollette. Outside of an example in the fabled Chick Harris Collection, we can't recall seeing any others cross the auction block.

Have fun with "Berman IV" and thanks, as always, for your participation. Don't forget

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Presidential Factoids: James Garfield
By Jim O'Neal

James Garfield
(Editor's Note: Another in a series of interesting articles written by James O'Neal, former President and C.E.O. of Frito-Lay International. View his biography at this link.)

James Garfield was the last of the Log Cabin Presidents and, in 1880, was simultaneously a member of the House, a Senator-elect, and the President-elect. He remains the only person to ever have this unique distinction.However, he had NOT gone to the 1880 Republican convention seeking the nomination. Instead, his specific intent was the nomination of John Sherman who was Secretary of the Treasury under President Hayes. In fact, he made the formal nominating speech and waited while Grant and Blaine battled it out. Grant dominated the voting and actually led on each of the first thirty-five ballots, coming within sixty-six votes of winning the nomination... but not enough to seal the deal. Then a surprising change took place among the delegates.

Garfield's speech had been so effective that many delegates decided that Garfield would make a great compromise candidate and two ballots later he was the nominee! Delegates said that Garfield was literally stunned by this surprising turn of events. He then ran a low-key campaign against General Winfield Scott Hancock and squeezed out a razor thin win with 48.27% of the popular vote vs. 48.25% for Hancock, or less than 2,000 votes out of almost nine million votes cast. He won decisively in the Electoral College though, 214 to 155.

John Sherman was eager to become president, but after three failed attempts he gave up. His brother was William Tecumseh Sherman, the general who made the famous "March to the Sea" from Atlanta to Savanah in a scorched earth (total war) campaign that was devastating to Georgia and the Confederacy. His telegram to Lincoln on December 25 1864, "I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton." was literally the death knell of the Confederacy and ended the Civil War four months later.General Sherman was far less political than his brother and at the 1884 Convention declared "If drafted I will not run, if nominated I will not attempt, if elected I will not serve". We still hear variations of this declination yet today, some 130 years later.By the way, Garfield was ambidextrous and could write Latin with one hand while writing Greek with the other. Since he favored his left, he is considered to be the first left-handed President.

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James A. Garfield: Campaign & Presidential Memorabilia
By Michael Riley

James A. Garfield
Heritage has had the privilege to offer some great and rare pieces from both Garfield's 1880 presidential campaign and his too-short presidency. Let's first take a look at some items in the soon-upcoming Auction #6147, Part IV of the monumental Merrill Berman Collection (February 27, 2016). We have a Fancy Ferrotype Badge (Lot 42084) with a choice portrait, suspended from an eagle hanger. Also, a very displayable red, white, and blue vertical Garfield Cotton Flag Banner (Lot 42086) with a large portrait (note that a companion Hancock piece exists). For the Garfield & Arthur ticket, we are offering a Rare Shield Jugate (Lot 42085) with its original pin on the verso. Our Don Ackerman just stopped by my office and commented that this is "the ultimate Garfield campaign badge."

In past auctions, cloth items loom large (so to speak). In 2007, we offered an 81" x 68" "Streak of Lightning" Pattern Folk Art Campaign Quilt made up entirely of hundreds of Garfield and Hancock campaign ribbons that brought $14,340. Other Garfield banners from our archives include (shown below, left to right): a Garfield & Arthur Name Flag ($5377); a Hand-Painted Parade Banner ($5078); a Garfield & Arthur Jugate Campaign Banner ($4481); a Garfield & Arthur Flag with a $20 Gold Piece Motif ($4370); and a large Garfield & Arthur Jugate Banner ($2750).

Garfield & Arthur James Garfield Garfield & Arthur Sensational 1880 Garfield Flag Garfield and Arthur


James Garfield Letter Signed James Garfield Letter Signed
Other interesting and popular Garfield items include portrait pitchers, ferrotype badges, posters, bandannas, and ribbons. The fact that Garfield was only in the White House for 200 days before his death from an assassin's bullet, letters and documents signed by him as president are very scarce and quite desirable. Heritage has sold several of these in past auctions. One, a Letter Signed regarding the ill health of his wife Lucretia, was dated June 7, 1881 (only twenty-five days before he was shot), sold in 2011 for $14,340. A Letter Signed to the President of Peru, dated May 27, 1881, sold in 2005 for $17,250. A Document Signed as President sold for $11,352, and a Postmaster's Appointment Signed sold for $10,157. A very interesting item, an Executive Mansion Card Autograph Letter Signed as President that was sent to John Sherman (see above article) sold for $9560.

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Space Exploration News
By Michael Riley

Dr. Edgar D. Mitchell (1930-2016)
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Edgar D. Mitchell
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a great space hero, the sixth man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. Dr. Mitchell was a regular consignor to our Space Exploration auctions since our second offering (#6000) in 2008 and was always a pleasure to work with. Heritage had the privilege to offer numerous items from his personal collection through the years.

This is the biography we published in that 2008 catalog: Born Edgar Dean Mitchell on September 17, 1930, in Hereford, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). He then joined the U.S. Navy where he trained as a pilot and taught at the Navy's research pilot school. While in the Navy, he received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Science in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mitchell was chosen as part of the fifth group of NASA astronauts in April 1966. He flew as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 14, becoming the sixth moonwalker. His cumulative hours of space flight are more than 216. Since his retirement from NASA, Mitchell has been active in the fields of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. As a speaker, he delivers numerous lectures each year and has authored two books, Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science and The Way of the Explorer, as well as numerous articles and academic papers. Mitchell has been awarded multiple honorary Doctorates. He is an inductee of the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

His most recent book, Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut was published in 2014. Other of his many awards include: Presidential Medal of Freedom; City of New York Gold Medal; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; and NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 4, 2016, at the age of 85.

R.I.P. Captain Mitchell. Thank you for your service.

Just a quick reminder that the consignment deadline for our May 20, 2016, Space Exploration Auction #6158 is coming up on March 29th. We already have quite a bit of great material in-house as you can see at the above Preview link. We are now working through the consignments, writing descriptions, and taking photographs. If you have quality material related to manned space exploration, please send a detailed inventory with clear scans or photographs to me at MichaelR@HA.com. We'll give you estimated auction values and explain the easy steps to consigning. In next month's Newsletter, we'll take a closer look at some of the most interesting lots.

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J. K. Rowling and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
By Kasey Ryan

Chair Used by J.K. Rowling
Life did not take kindly to the teenage and adult years of Joanne Rowling, otherwise known as J.K. Rowling. She watched her mother battle multiple sclerosis for ten years before passing away. She moved to Portugal and married a television journalist with whom they had a child, a short time after which the marriage crumbled. She was jobless, a single parent, diagnosed with Clinical Depression, and had to return to Scotland and sign up for welfare. She was then set up in welfare housing, given a free set of four mismatched chairs, and began a teacher training course.

It was a modern Dickensian plot that was much too real. Of course, most Dickensian-like tales are met with some redemption for the protagonist. For during this wayward time, she had completed the manuscript for her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The London publisher Bloomsbury published the book in 1997, an initial run of only 1,000 print copies of which half were donated to libraries. The Philosopher's Stone went on to gain recognition in the United Kingdom and won the National Book Award as well as the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. This success would be repeated with the publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, only to exponentially grow with the third book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Rowling benefitted not only financially but also creatively, having some control of the film adaptations with credit as a producer as well as a consulting figure in the development of the future Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme attraction at the Universal Orland Resort. However, all good things must come to an end, and in 2007 the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released worldwide.

Chair Used by J.K. Rowling
Chair Used by J.K. Rowling
The years following Harry Potter's conclusion saw Rowling contributing new works to modern literature, from The Casual Vacancy to her Cormoran Strike crime series written under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith." She also used her influence to bring awareness to her charity work for causes such as children's welfare and multiple sclerosis. In 2002, she decorated one of the chairs from her welfare days—taking care to paint "I wrote Harry Potter while sitting in this chair" on the seat's apron—and donated it to a private charity auction for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Her philanthropy inspired her fans as well who used their own communities to bring awareness to social causes, including the non-profit organization The Harry Potter Alliance.

Yet despite Rowling's statement that Deathly Hallows would be the conclusion of her time in the Wizarding World, even the author herself felt the need to return for additional tales to tell. It began with Tales of Beedle the Bard, followed by the digital platform Pottermore and a few facts and tidbits Rowling mentions on her Twitter feed. But it does not stop there...

Rowling's first screenplay, based on her Harry Potter world-building work Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, follows Newt Scamander (Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne) during his journey to New York City in the 1920's—meaning that we are seeing a different era as well as how the Wizarding World relates to places outside of the walls of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. More importantly, the story continues for the Boy Who Lived, this time for the London stage at the West End's Palace Theatre. Years after Voldemort is defeated, Harry's family must contend with his legacy which is proving to be hardest on his son Albus, who was introduced in the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows. The already sold-out run of the two-part play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin previews on June 7th, 2016 and has already cast its Harry (Jamie Parker), Ron (Paul Thornley), and Hermione (Noma Dumezweni).

Join us for the Rare Books Signature Auction on April 6th, 2016 for a chance to bid on assorted Harry Potter items and own a part of literary history–the very chair used by J.K. Rowling as she wrote the first two books of the Harry Potter series.

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Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Beatles, Elvis, and Alice Cooper
By Michael Riley

Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction
Quick quiz: what do the above names have in common? Of course, they are all popular entertainers but more importantly, we are offering rare and important memorabilia related to each in our upcoming Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction #7159, on February 20, 2016, at our Dallas headquarters. Three times a year, they let me out of the Historical Department temporarily to help research and write lots for our Entertainment auctions. That's a great pleasure for me and I always like to inform our Historical News readers of just some of the cool items offered in these auctions.

A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, 1955
Auction after auction, department Director Margaret Barrett somehow manages to unearth new and exciting material related to the legendary Marilyn Monroe. This sale is no exception. Among the twenty-seven Marilyn lots are ten lots containing her autograph (seven on photos)! No Hollywood collection is complete without one and this offers you a great opportunity to add to your collection.

John Wayne is another "bigger than life" entertainer, one that has become a symbol of what is great about America. This auction offers a dozen lots related to "The Duke" including clothing, his American Express card, his briefcase, and a gun holster. Don't miss out on these great items.

Frank Sinatra is a legend both as a singer (eleven Grammys and 150 million records sold) and as an actor (Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). He is represented in this auction with nineteen lots, several of which are related to his love of the game of golf.

Beatles
Switching over to the Music Memorabilia division of the auction, we come to the "Everything Beatles" section. These are always the items that I leap at the chance to catalog and this auction has some amazing finds. You've probably already read in the news about the Substantial Lock of John Lennon's Hair that was trimmed off in 1966 in preparation for his role in How I Won the War along with the two other lots consigned to us by the German hairdresser who had this enviable task. No serious Music autograph collection is complete without the Beatles. As you can see from the image, you're not likely to find a more desirable Beatles signed photo than the one we're offering here. This was signed for the Australian promoter who brought the lads to Australia and New Zealand in 1964 and it comes with Letters of Authenticity from both Frank Caiazzo and Perry Cox who deemed it: "…very likely the greatest Beatles signed photograph known to exist." I could go on and on about the Beatles material but I'll let you take a look and pick your own favorites. Sorry, I lied. I just have to point out the amazing Gem Mint First State "Butcher Cover" with the original letter of transmittal letter as well as an LOA from Perry Cox. Okay, I promise that's all on this subject.

Our "Everything Elvis" section offers some great early signed photos as well as memorabilia for every pocket book. Some key pieces for the record collectors include a Sun 78 of his first Number One hit "Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember", and RIAA Gold Record awards for "The Wonder of You" and Elvis As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. Those would look great on your wall.

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One of my very favorite bands during my college years was Alice Cooper. Heritage has the privilege to offer some absolutely mind-blowing memorabilia in this auction: The Neal Smith Alice Cooper Collection. Smith was the dynamic drummer for the band during their 1967-1974 heyday, playing on their albums Pretties for You through Muscle of Love and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2011. For all us baby boomers who saw them on the Billion Dollar Babies tour in 1973, did you think that you would ever have a chance to own the Stage-Used Guillotine or the Mirror Ball Drum Set? I sure didn't. These iconic items are just two of the many stage-worn, autographed, or tour memorabilia lots from Smith's amazing collection.

If you can't join us on Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 AM (CT) for the live auction, you can view the auction as it happens and bid from the comfort of your own home on our patented Heritage Live! platform. Don't miss it.

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Employment Opportunities
As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:
  • Animation Art Specialist
  • Fine Art Specialist Beverly Hills
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist San Francisco
  • General Manager: W. Palm Beach
  • Trust & Estates Specialist
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Graphic Designer/ Art Director
  • Linux Systems Administrator
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  • Shipping Associate
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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Arts and Estates Auction this weekend

A Framed Italian Renaissance Intarsia Panel in Two-Parts
This year is already shaping up to be very busy for the Fine and Decorative Arts department, with specialty Signature sales planned this quarter for Fine Silver, Design (two sales), American Art, Modern & Contemporary Art (two sales), Illustration Art, Photography, Texas Art, and Native American and Ethnographic categories. If you have been by the Slocum showroom recently, you have noticed setup is well underway for the upcoming Fine and Decorative Arts including Estates Signature Auction, February 20-22. The sale features a variety of furniture, paintings, ceramics, and antiquities, including selections from the estate of local Dallasite and adventurer Richard D. Bass. If you are looking to spend your tax return early, here are some hidden gems in this sale:

  • Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012)
  • A Framed Italian Renaissance Intarsia Panel in Two-Parts: This amazing 16th century panel was featured in the 2013 season of a well-known appraisal show. Its construction is a predecessor to the marquetry technique and demonstrates a similar degree of complexity and craftsmanship. The intarsia technique uses individual, high-relief carved pieces of wood in a mosaic-like pattern to create a three dimensional effect. The panel has a storied history, purportedly seized by an American soldier who fought in the European Theater in World War II. The two-board panel is comprised of several woods and features a richly illustrated battle scene, perhaps depicting the Battle of Pavia in 1525. Accompanying the lot is a 19th century photograph showing the panel hanging on a wall in a European estate.
  • Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) Portrait New York New York: This work incorporates screen-printed portraits of the artist by Andy Warhol, who was a good friend of Jenkins. General Electric commissioned Jenkins to create variations of these works for the General Electric Company Meeting held in New York City in 1981. Jenkins was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts he saw while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII, and later used the G.I. Bill to study at the Art Students League. Jenkins was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, and his work was characterized by his colorful palettes in the style of abstract expressionism.
More information about Fine Art auctions.

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