the Batman #11 original cover from 1942 (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=817&Lot_No=6424&type=prte-pr10206a). Movie Poster results were equally impressive, as evidenced by the fact that Heritage now holds the world-record for the largest Vintage Movie Poster auction ever held, at $1.56 million for our November auction. Reporting a respectable 2004 total of $2,122,505, those results more than doubled in 2005, with total earnings from Movie Poster sales at $4,348,659."
"2005 was also a strong year for our Sports department," said Rohan. "May saw the sale of a 1954 game worn Mickey Mantle jersey for $119,500 (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=702&Lot_No=19683&type=prte-pr10206a), while in November, a 1911 Addie Joss Day panoramic photo sold for $89,625, a record for an unsigned sports photo (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=703&Lot_No=19707&type=prte-pr10206a). With a 146% increase in earnings over 2004 - $4,636,463 in 2005 as opposed to $1,877,886 in 2004 - our Sports department is poised to dominate the field in the coming years."
"Of all the HG&A Departments," Rohan said, "none garnered more publicity than our Music & Entertainment division. In April, the eyes of the world were on Heritage, as Johnny Carson's Tonight Show microphone hit the auction block and sold for a staggering $50,787 to a private collector (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=612&Lot_No=23307&type=prte-pr10206a). The October auction was equally exciting, as Johnny's Tonight Show desk was offered, realizing $38,837 (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=616&Lot_No=20527&type=prte-pr10206a)."
"It was very exciting to watch the growth of our Political Memorabilia & Americana department in 2005," said Rohan. "A significant letter hand-written by the important Romantic poet John Keats sold for $126,500 (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=611&Lot_No=25621&type=prte-pr10206a ) in April, and subsequent auctions offered rare and personal items from such intriguing historical figures as Howard Hughes (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=625&Lot_No=25412&type=prte-pr10206a) and Amelia Earhart (http://www.heritagegalleries.com/common/prlink.php?Sale_No=619&Lot_No=25883&type=prte-pr10206a). In 2004, this department was responsible for $364,666 in total sale. In 2005, that number rocketed to $3,047,267! Without a doubt, this was the year that rocketed HG&A to the top of the Political Memorabilia & Americana field."
All figures include HG&A's Buyers Premium. These auction figures only include those items that actually met reserve and do not include consignor buy-backs.
Breakdown by company is as follows:
Venue Auction Type 2005 Total Sales 2004 Total Sales
Americana Signature $3,047,267 $364,666
Art* Internet $18,070 $0
Art* Signature $6,253,061 $1,135,934
Comics Gallery $0 $9,822
Comics Internet $2,576,047 $1,862,390
Comics Online $22,003 $24,159
Comics Signature $13,784,694 $10,665,249
Currency Gallery $13,478 $3,606
Currency Internet $2,282,763 $2,680,289
Currency Signature $33,753,059 $14,758,303
Galleries** Gallery $612 $0
Galleries** Internet $22,539 $3,233
Galleries** Online $1,124 $0
Galleries** Signature $3,322,888 $2,676,164
Posters Internet $273,496 $27,276
Posters Signature $4,075,163 $2,095,229
Sports Internet $675,665 $166,169
Sports Signature $3,960,798 $1,711,717
US Coins Continuous Internet $6,968,425 $1,249,033
US Coins Gallery $3,478,080 $3,524,729
US Coins Internet $8,216,655 $14,615,055
US Coins Online $9,691,209 $5,931,418
US Coins Signature $196,451,147 $113,666,303
World Continuous Internet $1,905 $92
World Gallery $372,692 $314,838
World Internet $34,047 $8,358
World Online $489 $87
World Signature $4,760,965 $5,296,013
Auction Total $304,058,341 $182,790,132
Private Treaty Sales $173,744,000 $135,000,000
GRAND TOTAL $477,802,341 $317,790,132
*Includes Fine Art and Illustration Art
**Includes Decorative Art, as well as Music, Entertainment and Celebrity Memorabilia