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Premier Session debuts at Long Beach Auction

1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS65 NGC
1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS65 NGC

Since we introduced our Platinum Night sessions back in 2004, they have become a smash hit, easily the highlight of any auction event we've held. Not all of our auctions have a Platinum Night, but beginning with our February 7-8 and 10 Long Beach US Coin auction we are introducing the new Premier Session, a single session containing the finest coins in the auction. At Long Beach, Session 2 is the Premier Session, scheduled for 7 PM Pacific Time (9 PM Central) on February 7.

Premier Sessions will not be subdivided into their own catalog; however, if you have a physical copy of the Long Beach catalog, you will notice that the pages are outlined in green, making the session very easy to find. All kinds of material are covered, ranging in the Long Beach auction from Colonials (Lot 3700 is an extremely rare Higley copper) to Patterns (Lot 4048 is a 1999-P Susan B. Anthony dollar struck on an experimental planchet). All coins in Premier Sessions are imaged in the catalog, and many of the images are enlarged.

Here are just a few of the items featured in the Long Beach Premier Session:

1739 Higley Copper, Broad Axe Fine Details PCGS 1739 Higley Copper, Broad Axe Fine Details PCGS
1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS66 PCGS. FS-901 1937-D 5C Three-Legged MS66 PCGS. FS-901

Bid on these great coins and the rest of the Long Beach Signature Auction at www.HA.com/coins. The Internet bidding deadline for the Premier Session is February 6 at 10 PM CT, with bidding continuing through Heritage Live until the lots cross the auction block.

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Seldom Seen Selections: 1838 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike

Judd-85 1838 Gobrecht Dollar, name omitted, graded Proof-65 by NGC
Judd-85 1838 Gobrecht Dollar, name omitted, graded Proof-65 by NGC
In our upcoming 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction in Long Beach, we are pleased to be offering an example of the rare Judd-85 1838 Gobrecht Dollar, name omitted, graded Proof-65 by NGC. This rarity is a variant of the Judd-84 1838 Gobrecht dollar, a rarity in its own right. The difference between the two is the edge; the Judd-84s have a reeded edge and the Judd-85s are plain edge coins.

As noted in the Gobrecht Dollars reference, all Judd-85s show the same reverse characteristics. All show minute die cracks that connect MERI, TE, and LAR (continuing into the field to the right). The spur on the right side of the D in UNITED is also diagnostic. The always-seen depression below the F in OF is very faintly seen on this piece, most likely obscured by the toning. The Judd-84 dollars are believed to have actually been struck in 1838, and are considered by many to be the only legitimate patterns in the Gobrecht series. The Judd-85 dollars are restrikes and were undoubtedly struck by Mint personnel for sale to collectors. The fields on this piece have confirmed reflectivity that is consistent with later 19th century proofs. It is believed these pieces were actually struck during Henry Linderman's second term as Mint director, sometime between 1873 and 1878.

These pieces are extremely rare. Our reference for this series states that probably only a dozen pieces exist, but there may be even fewer. We only know of four other coins. One was offered by Stack's in their 2003 sale of the L.K. Rudolf Collection and graded Very Choice Brilliant Proof; the second was plated in the Gobrecht Dollars book on page 101, a coin owned at the time by Kenneth Goldman; the third is the ANS/Korein PR62 coin; and the fourth is a PR66 piece sold by us as part of the Lemus/Queller Collection, a piece that brought $149,500 in January 2009.

The depth of mirroring in the fields would undoubtedly be even more pronounced were it not for the layers of color present. Each side displays variegated shadings of rose, blue, golden, and brown, lighter in the center of the obverse and deeper around the margin. The color is evenly distributed across the reverse. The strike is generally full. This includes complete definition on the foot of Liberty, the eagle's breast feathers, and the right-side stars on the obverse. The only weakness is noted on stars 4 through 8 on the left side of the obverse. This same area of weakness is seen on the Rudolf coin, but is not present on the ex: Goldman piece, and is only slightly evident on the Lemus coin. The only pedigree markers we see are three short parallel marks in the field above the eagle's wing.

This rarity should be of great interest to the Gobrecht specialist.

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Very Important Classic Stamps At Auction Feb. 23-24

Daniel F. Kelleher, America's Oldest Stamp Auction Firm, will conduct A Major Philatelic Public Auction in conjunction with Heritage Auctions on Feb. 23-24 the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Avenue) New York, NY.

The highlights:

  • The late coin dealer Robert R. Johnson's fabulous "Gold Rush" collection of America's 1847 First Issue stamps highlights the Kelleher Auction. One of the most important collections of its kind ever assembled; full of great rarities including the earliest known on-cover foreign usage of the 5-cent issue.

  • The huge high dollar value Weston Collection featuring every major early 20th century (pre-1940) U.S. rare stamp (including the famous "Orangeburg Coil"), many hardly ever seen in the marketplace.

  • Full of rarities, the giant Towson Collection of Great Britain and British Empire stamps and other major material from Europe, the Middle East, Independent countries of Asia and Africa, Scandinavia, South America and worldwide. A jumbo collection encompassing over 100 large albums dating back to the 1950s!

Session 1: The 'Weston' Collection of U.S. Stamps Session 2: The 'Gold Rush' Collection of the U.S. 1847 Issue

Session 3: The 'Towson' Collection of Worldwide Stamps Session 4: The Robert R. Johnson Stock and Other Worldwide Properties

The complete full-color catalog for this significant public auction is available. Contact the Kelleher firm at 203.297.6056 or at info@KelleherAuctions.com. View the full-color online catalog and bid in this sale at www.KelleherAuctions.com.

More information about Stamps auctions.

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Website Tips: Tracking Details

Can't wait for your purchase to arrive? We have added a new method of checking the status of your shipment from Heritage.

Each completed invoice in MyOrders contains a tracking link. Click on it, and a new section displays with the brief shipping details, including shipped date and delivery status.

Brief Tracking Details

Brief Tracking Details

If you like, you then have the option of viewing the complete shipping information by clicking the "Show Complete Tracking Details" link.

Complete Tracking Details

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten most commonly offered circulation strike Mercury Dimes in Heritage auctions:

  1. 1916-D 10C AU55 NGC
    1916-D 10C AU55 NGC
  2. 1916-D
  3. 1944-D
  4. 1942/1
  5. 1943-D
  6. 1937
  7. 1916
  8. 1944-S
  9. 1941-S
  10. 1945-S Normal S
  11. 1921-D

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

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Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!

Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
As the nation moves closer to raising its debt ceiling, some say the solution can be found in a Trillion Dollar Coin. Minted by the U.S. Treasury and deposited in the Federal Reserve, a trillion dollar coin made of platinum could suddenly fund the nation's debts for the next two years! The Fed says a Trillion Dollar Coin isn't a practical solution but what would the United States' largest single denomination look like? What would it be called? The Deficit Dollar? The Philly Trilly? Who or what should be pictured? What should it say? E Poorhouse Unum?

As legislators debate the debt, let your voice to be heard in Heritage's Trillion Dollar Coin Naming Contest! Enter your best name for the Trillion Dollar Coin in the form to the right. Our panelist of judges will pick the top names. You will then have the chance to vote on your favorite name. The voting period is open from February 13, 2013, to February 20, 2013.

The winner will receive a $1,000 coupon good for any Heritage Auctions purchase, and one runner-up will be awarded a $200 coupon.

Click here to enter!

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Bidding Increments in Heritage Auctions

We have revised the bidding increments in our Internet-only auctions, effective immediately. For these auctions, the increments are now:

Bidding Increments
Current Bid Bid Increment
< $50 $1
$50 - $99 $2
$100 - $199 $5
$200 - $499 $10
$500 - $999 $20
$1,000 - $1,999 $50
$2,000 - $4,999 $100
$5,000 - $9,999 $200
$10,000 - $19,999 $500
$20,000 - $49,999 $1,000
$50,000 - $99,999 $2,000
$100,000 - $199,999 $5,000
$200,000 - $499,999 $10,000
$500,000 - $999,999 $20,000
>= $1,000,000 $50,000

These are roughly half of the previous increments, and are designed to let our bidders place more precise bids. Affected auctions include:

  • Sunday and Tuesday Internet Coin auctions
  • Weekly World and Ancient Coin auctions
  • Thursday Modern Coin auctions
  • Monthly Internet Wine auctions
  • Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles auctions
  • Sunday Movie Poster auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Luxury Accessory auctions
  • Weekly Internet Rare Books auctions
  • Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Currency auctions
  • Sunday Internet Comics auctions

The increments on Signature, Grand Format, Non-Floor Session, and Sports Catalog auctions with extended bidding have not changed. This is to keep the increments consistent between Internet bidding and the live sessions on these auctions.

Of course, Internet bidders still have the option to bid between increments as they see fit, so long as they bid the next increment or higher. For more information, please see HA.com/c/ref/web-tips.zx#increments.

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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 an 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
  • Coins Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: 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

Original Disney, Looney Tunes, Peanuts, Sponge Bob, Jackson Five, Simpsons and more in Heritage's inaugural Animation Art Auction

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' The Evil Queen and the Old Hag Production Cel with Courvoisier Background (Walt Disney, 1937)Heritage Auctions will hold its inaugural Animation Art Signature® Auction Feb. 21, signaling a major step into the category from the world's third largest auction house. The auction is deep in prime examples of animation art from a wide variety of subjects, including key animation cels from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hannah Barbera, Peanuts, Simpsons, Sponge Bob Squarepants and many other titles from across the spectrum of animation.

"This auction serves as nothing less than a complete survey of the history of animation art from its inception in the 1930s through the turn of the millennium," said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. "Fans of the classics will have choices from Disney to Warner Brothers and everything in-between, while modern collectors will find pop culture classics from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This is a tremendous opportunity for smart collectors to get in on the ground floor of a resurgence of the category."

Animation art saw a surge in popularity and prices in the 1980s and 1990s before summarily dropping off the radar of major collectors. In that time, however, the landscape of animation and collecting has changed in radical ways.

"Around the turn of the millennium animation became almost completely digital," said Lentz. "Hand-drawn and colored art became the exception, not the rule. In the meantime, an entirely new generation of collectors has grown up and come into the means to buy what they want, and what they want is nostalgia for their youth; specifically for the beloved cartoons they spent their Saturdays and weekdays after school with. The result is the revival we're seeing now."

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Snow White and the Old Hag Production Cel Set-Up (Walt Disney Studios, 1937)No conversation on animation art can be had with talking about Disney, and the legacy of the great studio is very much in evidence in the auction with several pieces representing the best the name has to offer, including a pair of original, one-of-a-kind hand-inked and hand-painted production cels of the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," along with another cel showing the Queen with an image of herself as the Old Hag. All told, this auction has one of the largest assortments of original artwork from "Snow White" ever offered, which includes — besides the cel art — original drawings, concept art, model sheet and in-studio gags.

'Lady and the Tramp' Three-Cel Set-Up With Disney Oil-Painted Art Props Background (Walt Disney, 1955)More Disney highlights include an original black and white production cel of Mickey Mouse from the 1934 Disney short "Traffic Troubles," one of roughly less than 50 black and white Mickey production cels known to exist, and an original production cel set up of one of the most memorable scenes in Disney history, the Belle Notte scene from 1955's "Lady and the Tramp," where the pair are pictured famously eating spaghetti and original concept artwork by legendary Disney Artists Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair.

Chuck Jones Early Wile E. Coyote Concept Sketch (Warner Brothers, 1950s)From the Chuck Jones Archives, consigned by the Jones family, one of the very early developmental sketches that legendary animator Chuck Jones made of Wile E. Coyote, dating back to within a few years of the character's creation, leads a 30+ piece grouping — with more than 20 pieces that come directly from the hand of Chuck Jones himself — marking the first time since the 1990s that the family has released any "new" work, with none of the pieces in the trove ever having been offered at public auction.

More Looney Tunes greatness is represented in the earliest known artwork to come from the hand of legendary director Robert McKimson, including a beautiful pen and ink drawing for the cover of "Mousetales," a proposed children's book written by his mother. The artwork is illustrated on page 21 of the new coffee table book by Robert McKimson Jr. "I say I say... Son!," a tribute to animators Robert, Chuck and Tom McKimson.

'The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show' Production Cel and Drawing Group (Lee Mendelson/CBS, 1983)Gen-Xers are sure to be keen to get a look at an original hand-painted production cel from the 1983 Saturday morning Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on CBS depicting Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace, hiding behind enemy lines to avoid a tank, just one of several Peanuts cels in the auction.

Fans of The Jackson Five will thrill to the inclusion of a significant grouping of original production cels from the short-lived ABC cartoon "The Jackson Five," including one spectacular cel from the opening credits depicting all Jackson Five members — Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Michael.

'The Simpsons' Bart and Homer Production Cel with Background From First Episode of First Season (Fox, 1990)Few cartoons in the history of animation are as influential as The Simpsons and original hand-painted production cels from the early run of the show are highly coveted by fans and collectors alike. The auction boasts several important first season cels, including a spectacular cel of Homer and Bart on a cel key master background from the first episode of the show, "Bart the Genius," which ran on Jan, 21, 1990.

'The Jetsons' Publicity Cel (Hanna-Barbera, 1985)The Jetson's is one of the most popular "prime time" cartoons in history and the show is represented in the auction by a fantastic cel, depicting all the characters and signed by the actors who gave them voice when the final episode was recorded, capturing a distinct moment in animation history: George O'Hanlon (George) Penny Singleton (Jane), Daws Butler (Elroy), Janet Waldo (Judy), Don Messick (Astro) Jean Vander Pyl (Rosie the Robot), Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely) and Frank Welker (Orbity).

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Production Cel (Nickelodeon, 1999)The art of Nickelodeon is quite popular when it comes available and this auction boasts several prime examples from the groundbreaking, and still wildly popular, SpongeBob Squarepants, all with the original background art. It is important to note that SpongeBob was only drawn by hand in the first season of the show; after that point all the shows were done digitally, making these cels even more desirable to modern collectors.

The Art and Making of Toy Story - Signed, Limited, First Edition, with Sketch (Hyperion Press, 1995)While Pixar, and its signature "Toy Story" films are important specifically because they were done in full digital animation, a first edition copy of the book "The Art of Toy Story" signed by many of the artists who worked on the film — as well as Don Rickles and singer Randy Newman — is sure to draw collector attention. The highlight of the lot, however, is a drawing by Pixar President John Lassetter depicting Buzz Lightyear and Woody with the words "To Infinity and Beyond."

One of the most intriguing offerings in the auction will be two of the original 1960s maquettes used to create the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, few of which — if any — have ever shown up for public sale. The ride subsequently spawned one of the most popular and influential franchises in Disney — and Pop Culture — history, leading to rides at most all of Disney's global them parks and giving birth to the wildly successful movie franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

More information about Comics auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

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

How old were you when you started collecting coins?
       A) Under 18
       B) 18-29
       C) 30-39
       D) 40-49
       E) 50 or older

Last week's questions:

Which country's bullion coins do you prefer?
A) United States (American Eagle, American Buffalo) (73%).
B) Canada (Maple Leaf) (14%).
C) China (Panda) (3%).
D) Great Britain (Britannia) (6%).
E) South Africa (Krugerrand) (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 March 21 - 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas
Consignment Deadline: February 5, 2013

2013 April 17 - 22 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: February 25, 2013

2013 April 24 - 29 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 4, 2013

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

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

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131306
February 3, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131306
February 5, 2013
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241306
February 7, 2013
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231306
February 7, 2013
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141306
February 5, 2013
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052 2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052
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2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073 2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073
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2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070 2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
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2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161305
February 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151305
February 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121305
February 3, 2013
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251306
February 5, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171306
February 5, 2013
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181306
February 7, 2013
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201306
February 7, 2013
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