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Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize For Discovering DNA Structure To Be Offered

Francis H. C. Crick Nobel Prize Medal and Nobel Diploma
Francis H. C. Crick Nobel Prize Medal and Nobel Diploma

The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick, along with Drs. James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, for "...their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material" will be auctioned with an opening bid of $500,000 when it comes across the block at Heritage Auctions on April 11 as the highlight of the company's Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction.

The auction of the medal is a historic moment, marking the first time that a Nobel Prize has been sold at public auction. It has been kept in a safe deposit box in California since Crick's widow passed away, and has been consigned to auction by his heirs. It is one of 10 lots consigned by the family, including Crick's endorsed Nobel Prize Check, dated Dec. 10, 1962 and one of his lab coats. The trove also contains nautical logbooks, gardening journals and books from Crick's personal collection.

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic discovery of the structure of DNA and 50 years have passed since Francis Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize," said Kindra Crick, granddaughter of the famous scientist and spokesperson for the family. "For most of that time, the Nobel Prize and the unique personal diploma have been locked up. By auctioning his Nobel it will finally be made available for public display and be well looked after. Our hope is that, by having it available for display, it can be an inspiration to the next generation of scientists."

In addition, the Prize's proceeds will again be used to promote ground-breaking scientific research, as a portion of the sale will be awarded to the new Francis Crick Institute in London set to be completed in 2015.

Francis H. C. Crick Endorsed Nobel Prize Check
"The discovery of the structure of DNA launched a scientific revolution and forever changed human understanding of life," said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts for Heritage Auctions. "This medal is the embodiment of the respect and recognition that came with that momentous breakthrough."

Crick showed an aptitude toward science at an early age, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University College London at the age of 21. He met James D. Watson (b. 1928), a 23 year-old American postdoctoral zoologist with a background in genetics, in 1951. The two men, discovering a shared common goal of solving the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, became close friends and partners.

Crick, alongside Watson and Wilkins, received his Nobel Prize from the hand of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 1962. Rosalind Franklin, who also contributed to the discovery, died in 1958 before the Nobel was awarded. It is not awarded posthumously.

"The whole family went to the grand ceremony in Stockholm where the Nobel Prizes were awarded by the King of Sweden." said Michael Crick, Francis Crick's son, "My Dad dressed for the occasion, gave a speech and danced with my sister Gabrielle. It was a great honor to be there."

[Francis H. C. Crick]. Lab Coat
After receiving the medal, however, Crick — never one to rest on his laurels, went right back to work.

"We know he deeply appreciated the recognition by his peers," said Michael, "but he did not talk much about winning the medal after the event. That was the thing about my Dad; he was a very focused scientist and after DNA he went on to work on the mechanism of protein synthesis, deciphering the three-letter nature of the genetic code and determining the origins of life on earth. He was a driven scientist his whole life. At 60, he turned his attention to theoretical neurobiology and for the next 28 years helped advance the study of human consciousness."

Crick's granddaughter echoes those sentiments about his humble nature and attitude of hard work.

"My Granddad was honored to have received the Nobel Prize," she said, "but he was not the type to display his awards; his office walls contained a large chalkboard, artwork and a portrait of Charles Darwin."

Crick's initials are engraved on the reverse of the medal, along with the year of the prize, 1962, presented in Roman numerals: "F. H. C. Crick/MCMLXII." The second piece of the Prize, the Nobel diploma — two beautifully handwritten, vellum pages, 9.5" x 13.5", in Swedish, dated Stockholm, October 18, 1962 — is also included.

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Selections from This Month's Dallas Signature Auction

Have you looked at the offerings in the 2013 March 21 - 22 & 24 Dallas US Coin Signature Auction yet? Here is a sampling:

Early Gold:

1802/1 $2 1/2 AU58 NGC. BD-3, R.5 1802/1 $2 1/2 AU58 NGC. BD-3, R.5 1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS65 PCGS. BD-6, R.2 1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS65 PCGS. BD-6, R.2
1802/1 $2 1/2 AU58 NGC. BD-3, R.5 1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS65 PCGS. BD-6, R.2

1808 $5 MS63 NGC. BD-4, High R.3 1808 $5 MS63 NGC. BD-4, High R.3 1801 $10 MS64 NGC. BD-2, R.2 1801 $10 MS64 NGC. BD-2, R.2
1808 $5 MS63 NGC. BD-4, High R.3 1801 $10 MS64 NGC. BD-2, R.2

Rare Dimes:

1796 10C MS63 NGC. JR-4, R.4 1796 10C MS63 NGC. JR-4, R.4 1805 10C 4 Berries MS64 PCGS. JR-2, R.2 1805 10C 4 Berries MS64 PCGS. JR-2, R.2
1796 10C MS63 NGC. JR-4, R.4

1805 10C 4 Berries MS64 PCGS. JR-2, R.2

1831 10C PR65 Cameo NGC. JR-2, R.7 as a proof 1831 10C PR65 Cameo NGC. JR-2, R.7 as a proof 1846 10C PR65 NGC 1846 10C PR65 NGC
1831 10C PR65 Cameo NGC. JR-2, R.7 as a proof

1846 10C PR65 NGC

Private and Colonial Issues:

1796 TOKEN Copper Company of Upper Canada Token PR66 Brown PCGS. CAC. Breen-1076, W-8910, R.7 1796 TOKEN Copper Company of Upper Canada Token PR66 Brown PCGS. CAC. Breen-1076, W-8910, R.7 1817 1/2 RL New Spain (Texas) Jola Half Real VF20 PCGS 1817 1/2 RL New Spain (Texas) Jola Half Real VF20 PCGS
1796 TOKEN Copper Company of Upper Canada Token PR66 Brown PCGS. CAC. Breen-1076, W-8910, R.7

1817 1/2 RL New Spain (Texas) Jola Half Real VF20 PCGS

(1837-42) $5 C. Bechtler Five Dollar, Colons Obverse AU55 PCGS. K-21, R.7 (1837-42) $5 C. Bechtler Five Dollar, Colons Obverse AU55 PCGS. K-21, R.7 1853 $20 Assay Office Twenty Dollar, 900 Thous. MS63 PCGS. K-18, R.2 1853 $20 Assay Office Twenty Dollar, 900 Thous. MS63 PCGS. K-18, R.2
(1837-42) $5 C. Bechtler Five Dollar, Colons Obverse AU55 PCGS. K-21, R.7

1853 $20 Assay Office Twenty Dollar, 900 Thous. MS63 PCGS. K-18, R.2

Collector Favorites:

1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 PCGS. CAC 1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 PCGS. CAC 1919-D 50C MS64 NGC 1919-D 50C MS64 NGC
1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS65 PCGS. CAC

1919-D 50C MS64 NGC

1911-D $2 1/2 Strong D MS64 PCGS. CAC 1911-D $2 1/2 Strong D MS64 PCGS. CAC 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 NGC 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 NGC
1911-D $2 1/2 Strong D MS64 PCGS. CAC

1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66 NGC

This is only a sampling of the offerings in our Dallas auction. We're sure you'll find something to interest you, regardless of your US coin interests or numismatic budget. Take a look now at HA.com/coins!

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Website Tips: Editing Individual entries in MyCollection

If you've ever been to HA.com's MyCollection, you've undoubtedly seen some of the great features, such as:

  • All purchases from Heritage auctions added automatically
  • Up to date valuation of all US coins
  • Set your own Buy Now price for items from Heritage auctions
  • Organize your items into collections and subdivisions of your choosing
  • Handy wizard for quickly entering lots of US coins at the same time
  • Add PCGS, NGC and ANACS coins by scanner

But once a coin has been entered, there are reasons that you might want to change some of the information. To do so, click on the coin in your MyCollection listings. This will open a new page, covering only the specific coin. Here is a guide to what you can do:

  • Collection: Click on the link if you want to move the coin to another collection – even if the collection doesn't exist yet
  • Service: If the service is wrong, change it here. This change will appear on the main listings.
  • Your Reference Number: If you have your own cataloging system or want to enter a brief visible note on the coin, add it here.
  • Amount paid: Add or change the amount paid for the coin. This is useful if you want to add sales tax/shipping, or if you're adding material that you didn't buy from Heritage.
  • Your Value: This is an override value to the automatic value we provide for US coins, and it is included in the full value of the collection printed on the collection listings. This feature is especially useful for world coins and varieties that are not individually valued.
  • Date Acquired: Heritage provides this information for all coins we add to your collection. If you like, add this for coins you bought from other sources.
  • Grade: The numerical grade of the coin, ranging from Poor-1 to Mint State (or Proof) 70. This will appear in the collection listings, and all value calculations are based on this grade.
  • Quantity: If you have more than one. This is useful if you have multiples of the same coin, often in roll quantity. Not recommended for slabbed coins. Note that the calculated value and the Your Value entry are based on a single coin, then multiplied by the quantity.
  • CertID: The certification number of a slabbed coin. This number, combined with the grading service, uniquely identifies the coin.
  • PCGS No: The PCGS Index number for the coin. Changing this will allow you to change the date, denomination, designation (such as Red or Prooflike), or finish (such as proof) of the coin without having to create a completely new entry. All calculated values are based on this index number.
  • Source: Where you bought the coin. This is added automatically for all coins purchased in Heritage auctions; you may wish to add it for other coins.
  • Coin Notes and Misc. Notes: Two fields where you can keep notes about the coin.

  • Description: This is the description of the coin that displays in the collection listings. If you wish change what the listings say, edit it here.
  • Image One and Image Two: Places to keep images of the coins. Obverse and reverse images should be added automatically for coins purchased in Heritage auctions. If you wish to add images for your other items, you can browse for the proper image.

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This Week's Top Ten

The eleven most valuable coins to sell in Heritage coin auctions in Dallas:

1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS
1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS
  1. 1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS. Realized $2,990,000
  2. 1927-D $20 MS67 PCGS. Realized $1,897,500
  3. 1921 $20 MS66 PCGS. Realized $1,092,500
  4. 1907 $20 Small Edge Lettering PR68 PCGS. Realized $920,000
  5. 1921 $20 MS65 PCGS. Realized $805,000
  6. 1884 T$1 PR65 PCGS. Realized $603,750
  7. 1854-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $603,750
  8. 1792 Disme, Judd-10, PR62 Brown NGC. Realized $587,500
  9. 1856-O $20 AU58 NGC. Realized $576,150
  10. 1895-O $1 MS67 PCGS. Realized $575,000
  11. 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS69 PCGS. Realized $575,000

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson Square. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.

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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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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:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

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:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Front-end Web Developer: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Upcoming Charity Auction: Meet Dirk Nowitzki And Help Fight Childhood Hunger

Dirk Nowitzki is giving you a chance to meet him! Bid in the Kroger "Give & Go" online auction benefiting North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Program. You can win two tickets in a suite, an autographed jersey, tour of the Mavericks facility and meet the 2011 NBA Finals MVP — Dirk Nowitzki! Proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids program that feeds 12,000 chronically hungry children in North Texas each weekend during the school-year.

Now through March 15th, you can bid on twenty (20) packages that include:

  • Invitation for two (2) for a special meet & greet with Dirk Nowitzki, including a tour of Mavs practice facility and locker room after Mavs-Bulls game on March 30. With photos and autographs!
  • Two (2) tickets inside a catered suite for the Mavs-Bulls game on March 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas
  • One (1) Mavs player jersey autographed by Dirk Nowitzki
Meet Dirk Nowitzki!

Meet Dirk Nowitzki!

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Start a blockbuster collection with Weekly Movie Poster Auctions

Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161310The Oscars may have come and gone but for collectors of movie memorabilia it's a never-ending search for the latest blockbuster for their collection. Sometimes the values for the best vintage movie posters sold at auction can be a bit intimidating to new collectors: $388,375 for a three sheet movie poster for "King Kong"; $35,850 for a poster from "The American Venus"; or $191,200 for an insert from "Casablanca." But the beauty of the hobby is that it is immediately accessible to new collectors of every taste, imagination and budget, said Grey Smith, Director of movie posters at Heritage Auctions. Smith said he has seen the type of buyer attracted to his weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions change during the last few years, with younger buyers seeking posters from contemporary movies.

"It's a great place for a starting collector to educate yourself about what collecting movie posters is all about," Smith said.

Smith said the weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions average about 500 lots each and are curated with a consideration for the collector's eye. Each auction has a nice mix of popular genres as well as vintage and popular contemporary posters. "We offer a cross section," said Bruce Carteron, auction coordinator for movie posters at Heritage.

Unsurprisingly, the most valuable posters sold during Heritage's weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions are dominated by those from the most popular films: An 1962 Italian 4-folio reissue for "Casablanca" sold for $8,962 and a 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" poster sold for $8,962. Collectors are willing to pay big dollars for monster movie posters with a "Creature From the Black Lagoon" one sheet bringing $6,572, a poster for "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" selling for $3,943 and an insert for 1942's "Ghost of Frankenstein" reaching $3,737.

However, for every poster worth thousands there exist posters snapped up for pennies on the dollar, Smith said.

"We get great posters in these auctions but there are always deals to be had," Smith said. "There are a number that are just absolute bargains and that's OK. Auctions are meant to have deals in them, although many go for more than expected!"

According to statistics available to everyone on ha.com, Heritage has sold more than 156,000 posters through its Internet and final session auctions, including its weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions. More than 143,000 of those posters are grade fine or better, which Smith said exemplifies his staff's push to offer quality over quantity. Prices realized for those lots show thousands of posters with average prices well within a new collector's budget. Every lot starts at $1 with a $14 buyer's premium.

Buying trends sometimes mirror current box office blockbusters, Smith said. A recent spike in popularity for James Bond posters could be attributed to the success of "Skyfall", the latest addition to the franchise. A one sheet for 1965's "Thunderball" recently sold for $836, nearly double the price paid for the same poster in a 2011 Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction.

Another trend Smith has documented is a greater volume of contemporary posters sold each week. "It tells me we have a younger generation coming to us weekly buying posters for their favorite movies." A rare lenticular one sheet for "Avatar," James Cameron's 2009 epic about blue-skinned aliens being harassed by human explorers sold for a surprising $1,553. Posters for "Star Wars," "Back to the Future," and "Gran Torino" are brisk sellers as well.

"A new movie to us is one that came out in the 1990s," Smith jokes. "It's exciting to see posters for newer releases attracting new buyers to these auctions."

Highlights from some of our past weekly internet auctions include:

A one sheet for "Gun Crazy," a 1950 film noir movie by United Artists sold for $4,780 on Jan. 27, 2013. The unrestored poster retains its original bright color and a clean overall appearance.
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This British Quad poster on linen, measuring 30 inches by 40 inches, for the 1964 United Artists James Bond film "Goldfinger" sold for $6,931 on Jan. 27, 2013. The restored poster's gilded price may be due, in part, to the popularity of the current James Bond flick "Skyfall."
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Younger collectors are turning to vintage posters leading to brisk sales of posters such as this 1977 one sheet release for "Star Wars," which sold for $1,027 on Jan. 27, 2013. This poster stands out because it is rolled, not folded, and is a first printing graded fine/near mint.
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Vintage posters abound in Heritage's Weekly Internet Auctions such as this 1961 one sheet for "West Side Story," which sold for $161 on Feb. 17, 2013.
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This poster for Jaws (Universal, 1975) sold for $513 on Feb. 24, 2013.
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Internet movie poster auctions offer unrestored posters in as found condition, such as this one sheet for the 1957 Elvis Presley flick "Loving You", which sold for $418.
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More information about Movie Posters auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

Which of the following legendary rarities would you rather own?
       A) 1804 dollar
       B) 1907 Ultra High Relief double eagle
       C) 1913 Liberty nickel
       D) 1787 Brasher Doubloon
       E) 1936 Canada cent with dot




Last week's questions:

How much do you usually pay for new coins for your collection?
A) Under $50 (13%).
B) $50-$100 (19%).
C) $100-1000 (45%).
D) Over $1000 (19%).
E) I collect from pocket change. (5%).

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  Is it Time to Sell?

It's not too early to begin thinking about consigning your important coins and notes to our March Dallas auction of US coins and our Official Auctions of the 2013 Central States Convention. For a confidential discussion, call us: 800-872-6467 ext. 1000 (coins) or ext. 1001 (currency).

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 11, 2013

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183
March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131311
Closes March 10
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131311
Closes March 12
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241311
Closes March 14
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231311
Closes March 14
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141311
Closes March 12
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Other Signature Auctions
March 15 Kroger GIVE & GO Auction Benefiting North Texas Food Bank #533 March 15 Kroger GIVE & GO Auction Benefiting North Texas Food Bank #533
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March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132 March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132
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March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072 March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072
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March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143 March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143
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March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151310
Closes March 10
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161310
Closes March 10
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121310
Closes March 10
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251311
Closes March 12
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171311
Closes March 12
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201311
Closes March 14
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221310
Closes March 14
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