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||November 2, 2013
Annie Oakley's Stunning and Elegant Charm
She was not given to ostentation, but Annie Oakley liked beautiful
things. As soon as she and Frank could afford it, they purchased
fine china, crystal and cut glass, and sterling silver. Frank
indulged Annie with such luxuries as an embroidered silk dressing
gown. He also bought jewelry for her. She frequently was
photographed with simple post earrings, sometimes with bead
necklaces, and often with pins and brooches. The inherent
distraction of dangly wrist jewelry for a shooter kept her from
wearing bracelets, at least publicly. One rare photograph shows her
with a simple wrist band and heart.
That makes the wonderful charm
bracelet we will be offering in our November 24 Legends of
the West Signature Auction all the more extraordinary. It is,
of course, unique. It consists of hinged gold pipes (about 1/8" in
diameter) with a spring-blade clasp and safety chain. The inside
circumference is 7". From the wrist band and chain hang twelve gold
charms. But they are not just charms. Each is a gold coin: one
British gold sovereign (c. 7/8" dia.); four British gold
half-sovereigns (c. 3/4" dia.); four U.S. five-dollar gold coins
(c. 3/4" dia.); and three U.S. $2 1/2 gold coins (c. 1/2" dia.).
The oldest coins are an 1873 $5 gold piece and an 1873
half-sovereign; the newest is the sovereign which was first issued
in this style in 1887. As charms, they date from 1885 to 1892.
The earliest charm (the 1873 gold coin) was presented to Annie in
1885 by the U.S. Cartridge Company. The others are from friends and
family (e.g. Ed and Emily), Wild West companions (e.g. "C. G.",
possibly George Crager, Sioux interpreter), from competitive
shooters ("Doc" Carver; New Jersey sportsmen Morford, Baldwin,
Brockton, and Steele), from admirers (e.g., Henri Journu, Secretary
General of France in 1892; and "Miss Mary Blaine"), from Frank,
naturally, from Nate Salsbury, and from W. F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
with his initials engraved in imitation of his familiar script,
This is not a piece of jewelry that Annie would
wear every day, but we now know that she donned it for special
occasions. Another photograph in
this auction shows her with the treasured charm bracelet on her
left wrist. The occasion? The 1919 Valentine's Day Ball at
Pinehurst. She danced with the governor of North Carolina that
evening and was awarded the prize for best costume.
How precious was the charm bracelet to her? By 1919, the first
charms were nearly thirty-five years old; the newest had been given
to her twenty-seven years before. During 1917 and 1918 Annie had
melted down almost all of her silver and gold medals, cups, and
trinkets to buy Liberty Bonds, setting a public example of support
for the war effort. So apparently it was not the intrinsic value of
the gold (about 1.35 troy ounces) that made her continue to
treasure it. The bracelet meant too much to her to part with for
several reasons. It provided a sentimental attachment to
significant events; it was an emblem of loyalty to the memory of
Buffalo Bill and the others; and, it was a beautiful piece of
jewelry, tasteful, understated, elegant, and perfectly suited to
her sense of herself.
With the bracelet is a selection of family photographs, including a
cabinet photo of John Moses with his wife, Laura, and the two
eldest children, Elza and Ben. Of particular interest to any
students of Annie Oakley is a very rare cabinet photo of her
mother, Susan, inscribed on the back to her "dearly beloved
The bracelet is in
excellent condition: the clasp, the hinge, the safety chain work as
if new. It could be worn by any woman now and look as elegant and
modern today as it did in 1892. But then, Annie Oakley was a woman
ahead of her time.
This auction will open for bidding soon at HA.com/Historical.
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Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest
Heraldic Eagle Silver Dollar
One of the highlights of the Selections from the Eric P.
Newman Collection Part II Signature Auction is the Green-Newman 1799
dollar. This coin is, quite simply, the finest known 1799 B-5,
BB-157 die marriage, the finest known 1799-dated dollar (for those
collecting by date and major type), and the finest known of any
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle silver dollar dated 1798 to 1803. It is
tied with a 1795 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dollar for the finest
known early dollar of any kind dated 1794 to 1803.
This amazing Superb Gem exhibits a bold, complete strike that is
truly remarkable for its exceptional detail. Brilliant satin mint
luster appears beneath delicate original champagne toning,
complementing peripheral accents of blue, violet, and rose over
virtually flawless surfaces. The opportunity to bid on and acquire
the finest existing Heraldic Eagle silver dollar will likely
not present itself again anytime soon, once this piece crosses the
This 1799 B-5a, BB-157
dollar from the Newman Collection is the only Heraldic Eagle
silver dollar of any variety certified MS67. The only other MS67
early dollar of any type is an NGC-certified example of the 1795
Draped Bust, Small Eagle silver dollar. NGC has only certified four
dozen early dollars in MS65 or finer grades, attesting to the
rarity of high-quality examples of the series. The connoisseur who
seeks an amazing early dollar with a wonderful provenance back to
"Col." E.H.R. Green will want to bid accordingly.
Prior to the certification of this specimen from the Eric P. Newman
Collection, the finest known 1799 B-5, BB-157 silver dollar was the
so-called "Boston specimen" in MS66 PCGS that we handled in our
FUN Signature Auction
(Heritage, January 2012), lot 3292, which brought
$260,015. That piece exhibits similar sharp details, toning, and
luster, with just a few more surface marks than the present
specimen. The old thumbprint that appears on the Boston example
will differentiate it from the Newman coin. The next finest 1799
B-5 silver dollar is the MS64 NGC Eliasberg coin. Unlike the Boston
dollar and the Eliasberg coin, both appearing in multiple auctions
over the past two decades, the Newman specimen has been hidden away
for more than three-quarters of a century since the 1936 death of
The Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection
Part II Signature Auction will take place at the
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York on November 15 - 16, as well
as over the Internet at HA.com/Coins.
Items being sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P.
Newman Numismatic Education Society (a Missouri not-for-profit
corporation) and have been assembled over a period of 90 years.
Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used exclusively for
supplementing the Society's museum operations and scholarly
numismatic research efforts and for the benefit of other
not-for-profit institutions selected by Eric P. Newman Numismatic
Education Society for public purposes.
Coin and Numismatic Domain Name
As you may know, Heritage Auctions is
holding our inaugural auction of domain
names and intellectual property. This is a new category for
Heritage Auctions, and it's being directed by Aron Meystedt,
who is very familiar with domain name valuations and
There are a few names in our first auction that
may appeal to you in the coin and numismatic category. Many of
these names are perfect for company branding, industry news or a
Reserve prices will be posted on November 14th, so there
will be no surprises. Most reserve prices will be twice the opening
bid amount. Bidding is open until November 21st.
Click here to see all 68
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Website Tips: Batch Bidding With Batch Rebid
If you have already decided which lots in
one of our auctions you would like to bid on, but do not want to
enter your name and password individually for every single lot, you
can place your bids using our Batch Bidding feature.
Initially, you can batch bid from any of four places:
- MyBids, for items on which you have already placed a bid.
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not yet placed a bid.
- MyWantlistMatches, for all items that match your MyWantlist
- Any Heritage search page.
From any of these pages, enter the amounts that you wish to bid
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At the bottom of the page, a box will appear, showing the amounts
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have second thoughts, click "Cancel Batch Bids" to start over on
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Batch Rebid Feature: Once you have placed the bids, the
results will show up very much as in the following example:
Here you will see a complete list of the lots you have just placed
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In addition, it will show you whether are the high bidder or not,
and it will even allow you to place new batch bids on the same lots
without having to change pages!
Once you are on this page, you can immediately return to "My Bids"
by clicking on either the "Return to My Bids" link at the bottom of
the page or the "Show Items I'm Bidding on" link at the top. You
can also return directly to your tracked items or to your Wantlist
matches by clicking on the appropriate link.
Important: Tracked items that you have bid on will no longer appear
on the "Items I'm Tracking" page; rather, they will appear on the
"My Bids" page.
Batch bidding is intended as a labor saving aid only. Depending on
the number of bids you submit at any one time it may take a while
to transfer those bids into our system, so you should not count on
being able to snipe bids at the last minute. We make no guarantee
that your bids will be executed on time. Other bids may be coming
in during the time that your "Batch Bids" are being processed
causing you to lose to a tie bid entered before yours. We recommend
that you not use batch bidding within one hour of the close of the
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The ten most frequently offered Peace dollars in Heritage
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Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas
Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad
range of expertise to join our Dallas office. If you have a good
working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are
comfortable dealing with the public, we have openings for permanent
positions as a buyer. 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
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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 Nature & Science 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
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
- 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 &
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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
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.
- Asian Art Specialist
- Automobilia Specialist
- Coin Buyer
- Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
- European Art Specialist
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York,
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:
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- Client Services Representative
- Color Imaging Specialist
- Consignment Coordinator
- Currency Consignment Director
- eCommerce Content Specialist
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- Maintenance Assistant
- Nature & Science Auction Coordinator
- Shipping Associate
- Web Marketing Specialist
- U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
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Introducing our new Domain
Names & Intellectual Property department
Most people know that the best domain word combinations have been
registered for years. However, very few are aware of the massive
domain name aftermarket. Each year there are thousands of domain
transactions, and dozens of these names fetch six and seven figure
Given the strength of this quickly growing market, Heritage
Auctions is proud to announce our Domain Name and
Intellectual Property Division. We will hold our first premium domain
name auction on November 21st in New York. This auction offers
the opportunity for companies and private investors alike to secure
the best Internet real estate available.
Auctions would like to make you aware of the following domains in
Advantages of owning a premium domain name:
We have domains in this auction for all price points. Please visit
participate in this auction event.
Bidding is open now and will continue through November
- Perceived authority status in your industry
- Ranking higher on search engines
- Using existing traffic to generate income
- Blocking potential competitors
- Advertising a single URL to convey exactly what business your
- Helping customers to remember your company whenever they are
ready to do business
about Domain Names & Intellectual Property auctions.
Pair of Paul Storr entrée dishes expected to bring
$20,000+ to highlight Silver & Vertu
A rare pair of Paul Storr George III
silver entrée dishes on silver-plated stands is expected to
bring $20,000, to spotlight nearly 500 lots in Heritage Auctions'
Fine Silver & Vertu
Auction taking place at the company's Dallas Design District
location, 1518 Slocum St. Also by Paul Storr is a cruet stand and a
set of 12 George III plates,
circa 1799-1800, which is expected to bring $20,000+.
"From the 18th century to Modern and even Contemporary,
encompassing work from Continental Europe, the Far East, Mexico and
a strong selection of American silver, this truly is a silver
auction with incredible breadth and is sure to delight a wide range
of collectors," said Karen Rigdon, Consignment Director of Fine
Silver and Decorative Arts at Heritage. "The quality and diversity
of silver available in this auction is truly exquisite."
Topping a fine selection of Gorham silver is a highly desirable
Martelé vase, which
required a total of 108 hours of work to produce and chase
according to Gorham's own records, expected to bring $9,000 and a
123-piece Christofle French flatware
service in the elegant Royal Cisele pattern, is
expected to sell for $8,000+. A highly unusual nautical-themed
German silver repoussé
water pitcher, chased in gorgeous undulating waves centered
with a striking open-mouthed mask personifying the wind, is
expected to sell for $3,000.
A very rare cup marked by the Texas
silversmith/retailer Samuel Bell & Brothers of San Antonio
is sure to bring interest. Its pure simplicity and weight are a
pleasure to behold in hand and is sure to draw interest with an
estimate of $3,000.
A striking selection of centerpieces in the auction is led by a
circa 1960 Buccellati Italian
swan, offered among several lots of fine Buccellati silver,
which is estimated to bring $5,000+, a Walker & Hall Edward
VII reticulated epergne, circa 1907-1908, featuring three
suspended baskets, could fetch $4,000+, a Gorham figural
centerpiece retailed by Tiffany & Co. with a standing
figure supporting the bowl with birds perched to either side
anticipated to hammer at $3,000+, and a modernist centerpiece by
José Marmolejo, circa 1965, has been estimated to bring
Of significant interest is a large collection of George W. Shiebler
& Co. silver incorporating enamel work and 14 karat gold: a
cabinet vase with painted
enamel chrysanthemum, expected to sell at $3,000+, and a
letter opener with a
beautiful geometric shaded enamel handle expected to bring
$2,000+. Among the examples incorporating 14 karat gold medallions
and embellishments is a 10-1/8 inch vase with
gold poppy blooms topping sinuous leafed stems expected to
The depth and breadth of an extensive group of tableware includes
an imposing Italian oval buffet meat
server for Tiffany & Co., which is expected to bring
$5,000+, and a pair of ewers and a tea service of the same pattern
retailed by Tucker & Co of San Francisco but made by
silversmiths on opposite coasts: a five-piece Gorham coin
silver and silver gilt coffee service, could bring $4,000+ and
its mate, a pair of W.K. Vanderslice
& Co. coin ewers, circa 1860, which are expected to bring
Following continued interest from bidders we are presenting a
series of Tiffany & Co. Silver and Enamel Circus figures by
Gene Moore, including the prized standing elephant
with a dragon emblazoned on its cloak expected to bring $3,000 and
a collection of 40+ American silver match safes to be presented
starting with the rare Shreve & Co. 14
karat and gold quartz match safe to bring $6,000+.
More information about Silver & Vertu
Major Impressionist, Post-Impressionist works from
Texas collections lead European Art Event
Cellar by Anders Zorn, a major work and a singular example
of his unique perspective and direct stroke impressionist
technique, could sell for $400,000+ in Heritage Auctions' European Art Signature®
Auction Nov. 8 in Dallas.
Spending at least the last 40 years in private collections,
Entering the Cellar resonates with Zorn's most popular
themes of portraiture, rural life and an unconventional frame of
reference. Entering the Cellar and Little Girl in
Traditional Dress, a second work by Zorn and expected to
bring $50,000+, both appear at auction to benefit Southern
Methodist University and Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.
In fact, many of the top works in the sale come to auction
predominately from private collections found in Texas, said Brian
Roughton, Director of American and European Art at Heritage.
"This auction reflects the sophistication of
Texas collectors who sought excellent examples of European
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces for generations,"
Roughton said. "Many of these excellent outstanding examples of
paintings, sculpture and prints are fresh to market and underscore
the quality of work behind each artist."
Highlights include a reduction of August Rodin's The Kiss,
standing 15-2/4" high, which was discovered in a private collection
in Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to sell for $250,000+. Ranking
alongside The Thinker as one of Rodin's most recognizable
works, Le Baiser, third reduction, was designed in 1886
with the cast executed between 1905 and 1910, according to Jérôme
Le Blay, who has added the work to an upcoming catalogue critique
de l'oeuvre based on the artist's life work.
Two featured works by Henri Martin, found in an important private
collection in San Antonio — Petit bassin près de
la tonnelle sud de Marquayrol (Jardin de l'Artiste)or
Small Pond near the south arbor Marquayrol (Garden of the
Artist), and Charmille —
are each estimated to sell for $150,000+. The Nov. 8 auction marks
the first time the two works have been available for purchase since
Already generating extensive pre-auction buzz are two paintings by
French Impressionist Pierre-Eugene Montézin from the esteemed
collection of former Dallas mayor Starke Taylor and his wife,
Carolyn. Les Paons, a
lush work depicting a male and a female peacock on the banks of
pond, could sell for $30,000+, and a Le Casino, a
lively landscape of Cannes, could bring $25,000+.
Several works from non-Texas collections include Polishing
Silver by Thomas Frederick Mason Sheard, which may realize
$25,000+, and two works by Maurice Utrillo, including Rue Lepic à
Montmartre, an example of the artist's coveted
Post-Impressionist technique, which is estimated to hammer for
$60,000+, and Rue
Saint-Vincent, which could sell for $50,000+.
More information about European auctions.
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