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Early Gold From The Bently Collection to
Launch Bently Foundation
Nearly 600 coins from The Collection of Donald E. Bently,
the late founder, owner and CEO of Bently Nevada Corporation, will
be sold Thursday, March 20, with lot viewings taking place March
16-20, at the Bently Reserve, in a special single owner catalog
by Heritage Auctions. Proceeds from the auction will benefit
Bently Foundation, which launched this month and was founded
by Donald's son, Christopher Bently, CEO of Bently Enterprises and
Bently Holdings. Christopher established Bently Foundation as a
means to support the communities served by his suite of companies,
believing that with corporate success comes the responsibility to
engage with the community and inspire positive change. The San
Francisco auction is one among several taking place across the
country, and is expected to raise more than $7.5 million for the
Foundation. Throughout the live auction, bids will be taken from
the floor, phone and Heritage Live on HA.com.
"My father taught me to be forward thinking and to have vision,"
said Christopher. "Bently Foundation will be 100% dedicated to
nurturing and improving our world, fostering support for
organizations, individuals and ideas that align with our core
values of cultivating the arts, advancing environmental
sustainability and aiding animal welfare. All proceeds from the
coin auction will go directly to the Bently Foundation."
Donald Bently was an engineering pioneer whose technology created
the foundation of the new Mechanical Engineering discipline of the
Diagnostics of Machinery Malfunctions. He instilled values of
innovation, sustainability and community engagement into his son
Christopher, who will ensure the coins' profits are used toward
"Christopher Bently is selling this father's coin collection to
build a new legacy of creativity, sustainability, and animal rights
in Bay Area and Nevada communities through Bently Foundation," said
Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Don had a particularly
nuanced focus on California Gold Rush, Old West, San Francisco Mint
and the Carson City Mint coinage."
The numismatic world is abuzz about this collection's offering of
the ultra-rare 1927-D double eagle,
MS63 PCGS, the rarest coin ever minted in Denver and the
absolute key among circulation issue Saint-Gaudens double eagles.
Only seven coins are definitively known to be available to
collectors, with four more residing in museums and an additional
two examples not traced for at least the last 40 years. Any
offering of this coin is a newsworthy event, in large part because
of the seven-figure prices this issue routinely brings at
The roster of 19th century rarities in the auction is
led by a stunning 1830 Templeton Reid
quarter eagle, AU55 PCGS, an exceedingly important find from
the first private gold coiner in Georgia. "This historic piece is a
relic from the dawn of the American gold rush," said Rohan, "which
took place not in California, but near the Appalachian Trail." The
pre-auction estimate for the 1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle is
Other highlights of the coin collection include an 1841 Liberty quarter
eagle, PR53 PCGS, which is a favorite 19th century
curiosity among collectors, although one with a controversial
history. Dubbed the "Little Princess," the coin does not appear in
the 1841 Mint Report, yet experts believe it exists in both proof
and business strike examples, with fewer than 20 pieces known. The
pre-auction estimate for "Little Princess" is $100,000+.
An 1854-S Liberty quarter
eagle, the Discovery Coin for the type, is one of only 12
remaining of 236 pieces struck, while a proof-only 1863 quarter
eagle, survives as a scarce coin from a limited mintage of only
30 pieces, of which perhaps 12 to 15 examples survive. This rare
coin has a pre-auction estimate of $100,000+.
The collection's highly-cultivated selection of gold coins is
further reflected in the 1870-CC twenty dollar,
AU53 PCGS, the 1864-S ten dollar,
AU53 NGC, and the elusive 1920-S twenty dollar,
MS60 NGC, which escaped an eternity as a gold bar deep within
Fort Knox, a fate that befell all but an estimated 75 examples.
These and many more coins exemplify Donald's wisdom and passion in
Among the many additional highlights of this auction are:
This auction is available for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.
About Bently Foundation
Bently Foundation, established by Bay Area entrepreneur Christopher
Bently, is an ecologically responsible nonprofit supporting
organizations and individuals in the areas of the environment,
animal rights, and the arts, based in the communities served by
Bently Enterprises. The Foundation, in regards to the environment,
aims to educate and motivate sustainable initiatives in the present
without compromising the resources of future generations. For the
arts, inspiration comes from the Bay Area art scene. The goal is to
help incubate, curate, and preserve projects of worth. Giving voice
to animals, as they cannot speak for themselves, the Foundation's
goal is to help create compassion and empathy through their support
of animal welfare organizations.
For more information about Bently Foundation, please visit www.bentlyfoundation.org.
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San Francisco US Coin auction scheduled
for March 21-23
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The ten highest priced overdates to sell in
Heritage auctions, one per issue:
Our thanks to the many of you who have suggested this. Keep the
- 1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67
Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $1,610,000.
- 1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. Realized
- 1828/7 $5 MS64 NGC. CAC.
- 1796/5 H10C MS66 PCGS.
- 1918/7-D 5C MS65 PCGS.
- 1817/4 50C XF Details ANACS.
O-102a. Realized $253,000.
- 1798/7 $10 7x6 Stars MS62
PCGS. Realized $218,500.
- 1796/5 $5 Small Eagle MS62 NGC.
CAC. Realized $207,000.
- 1802/1 $1 Wide Date MS64
NGC. CAC. Realized $199,750.
- 1815/2 50C MS66+ NGC.
O-101. Realized $182,125.
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U.S. Coin Cataloger
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad
expertise in U.S. coins to join our award-winning staff. If you
have an extensive knowledge base of U.S. coins and have exceptional
writing skills we have an opening as a cataloger. You can work with
the most successful team of numismatists in the world. This is a
full-time position based in our Dallas headquarters. Duties will
include cataloging, evaluating and attribution of U.S. coins,
assisting with catalog production, and contributing numismatic
articles for newsletters and other publications.
If you are interested, please contact
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Coin Buyer Wanted -
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.
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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 &
As the fastest growing American-based
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well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in
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Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the
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One Of The Rarest Bottles Of Wine In
The World, A 1934 Vieux Cepage, May Bring $50,000+
A single bottle of 1934
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg Vieux Cépages, one
of the rarest and most important bottles of wine in the world,
may bring more than $50,000 when it crosses the block at Heritage
Auctions on March 21.
The bottle is being offered as the cover lot of the $3.5+ million
Exquisite Collection of
a Northeastern Gentleman, only the third time Heritage has
offered a single-cellar sale. The auction will take place in
Beverly Hills and will be simulcast to a live bidding room in Hong
"Domaine de la Romanee Conti is widely viewed as the most
prestigious winery in the world and this is the rarest wine it has
ever produced," said Frank Martell, Director of Fine Wines at
Heritage. "If Domaine de la Romanee Conti is Ferrari, then
this bottle, from this era, would be the 250GT, and this particular
bottling, called Vieux Cepages, would be the 1958
steel-bodied 250GT Long Wheel Base, the very rarest of it's already
Vieux Cepages was the title afforded
Domaine de la Romanee Conti's oldest Richebourg vines, kept
completely apart from the regular cuvee during vinification. With
only a few hundred bottles produced, this is indisputably one of
the most important and rarest bottles that exists in the centuries
long history of the winery.
"Even with unlimited resources it would be virtually impossible to
find another bottle of this wine, and it would not come with the
stellar provenance our example carries," said Martell. "On a rarity
scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10. I can't say unequivocally that this
is a once in a lifetime bottle, but it's not too far from that. Top
collectors will be taking very careful note of this. Given that
buying such aged wine is not for the faint of heart, we're also
offering a more modern exceptional
rarity, a six-liter bottle of 2002 Romanee Conti, which we
expect to sell for $90,000 or better."
The Collection of a Northeastern Gentleman features 861
lots, marking what Heritage experts consider the company's finest
and most complete offering to date. Among the choice names on offer
will be various best in class vintages of Ausone, Cheval Blanc,
Haut Brion, Latour, Comte de Vogue Bonnes Mares and Musigny, 18
Jeroboam and 12 Methuselah from DRC, 21 vintages of Roumier Bonnes
Mares, Leroy, Ponsot, Coche Dury, Ramonet, Dom Perignon, Krug,
Cristal, Philipponnat, Gaja, Araujo, Bryant, Colgin, Insignia and
Shafer and much more.
More information about Rare Wine auctions.
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Rare Dracula Three Sheet Movie Poster May Scare Up Big
Results At Heritage Auctions
The only known copy of an almost 7-foot-tall movie poster for the
1947 reissue of Dracula could
sell for $40,000 when it crosses the block March 22-23 in Heritage
Auctions' Vintage Movie Poster
Signature Auction in Dallas. The fearsome three sheet poster
showing a lecherous Bela Lugosi ready to strike his next victim
highlights more than 1,200 unique lots of movie monsters, stunning
heroines, and a cache of rare silent movie posters discovered above
an Ohio garage.
"This auction has mystery, intrigue, and hidden treasure — and
we're not talking about the movies!" said Grey Smith, Director of
Movie Posters at Heritage. "Many of the posters offered are
appearing at auction for the first time and some were just recently
discovered in an attic above a garage in Ohio."
A king-sized French double grande for RKO's 1933 classic King Kong
vibrantly depicts the hulking super-ape attempting to roll a band
of intrepid explorers off a moss-covered log. Fresh, bright colors
immortalize one of the film's iconic scenes on a poster that spans
more than 5 feet high by more than 7 feet wide and which is
expected to sell for $40,000+. It is one of two Kong posters in the
auction, the other being a Style B French grande poster, cast
in Rene Peron's signature art deco style, which may sell for
A rare one sheet for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's 1930 signature
short Another Fine
Mess is considered one of the finest known to exist and is
expected to sell for $25,000+. "One sheets for short subjects are
as scarce as hen's teeth," Smith said. "Most theaters didn't want
to spend the money to promote a short that was basically tacked on
to a full feature so the one sheets that do exist are extremely
scarce and desirable."
A one sheet for Cimarron, RKO's
1931 big budget Western comes to auction with provenance from The
Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters, a trove of posters
discovered in an attic in Berwick, Pa. in early 2012. The
Cimarron poster features glorious art by Frederic C. Madan
and is expected to sell for $20,000 as the previous copy sold for
more than $100,000.
Speaking of rare finds, a collection of rare posters that were
discovered earlier this year hidden above a garage in Troy, Ohio,
are expected to bring more than $12,000. The posters were produced
by the Strobridge Litho Co. for a variety of silent films and
events between 1895 and 1918. The stash includes two rare one
sheets for His Birthright
and The Temple of
Dusk, both starring Sessue Hayakawa, the first Japanese
American actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe.
Also in the trove are four, 1890s Barnum and Bailey circus posters,
including a rare German language
poster, and a crisp promotional poster of boxer James J.
Corbett, aka "Gentleman Jim," valued at $1,500.
The auction also features original poster artwork by artist Mike
Bryan, whose photo realist paintings breathed life into the
signature images used on the poster for Orion's Platoon, in
1986, and RoboCop, in
1987. The art was created using a sophisticated combination of
airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on a blueprint ghosted image from
a photograph on paper. Bryan's paintings enjoy a solid place in
modern pop culture. Both make their auction debut with an $8,000+
and $10,000+ estimate, respectively.
More information about Vintage Movie Poster
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Heritage is once again, proud to announce
that they are the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo. Now
in its 50th year, Long Beach has proven time and again to be the
venue to choose when it is time to consign your collection. The
market for numismatics remains solid, proven by the recent ANA
Signature Auction held in Atlanta, GA showing total prices realized
at nearly $15 million.
To consign to Heritage's Signature auction held during the Golden
anniversary of this lauded convention, contact Heritage today to
join in on this momentous event. The June Long Beach coin
consignment deadline is April 22nd. Please call one of our
Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins)
or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your consignment experience.
5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
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