Ultimate Americana: Selections from The American Red Cross, presented by Heritage Auctions The Rose Percy Doll, important illustration art, flags, decorative art and more highlight assortment from America's pre-eminent charitable organization; all proceeds benefit Red Cross
News-Antique.com - Oct 12,2009 - DALLAS, TX -- The American Red Cross, the nation's most respected humanitarian and charitable organization, has chosen Heritage Auctions to auction off more than 150 pieces of original materials, gifts of heads of State and artwork from its legendary archives. The American Red Cross Collection will be auctioned as part of several auction events – Historical Americana, Vintage Stamps, Decorative Arts, Civil War Artifacts and Illustration Art – beginning in November of this year and stretching into February 2010.
"We're extremely honored to be associated with the American Red Cross," said Jared Green, Vice President of Heritage. "Not only is the organization among the most iconic and respected in American history, the selections that they have given us, across the board, are world class. Many of these pieces are of obvious museum quality."
Highlights of the collection include a massive and exceedingly rare Sanitary Commission Flag (Signature Civil War Auction, November 2009); a rare 4-faced Cartier clock lamp (Decorative Arts Auction, November 2009); a Sevres compote gifted to the Red Cross in 1937 by Albert Lebrun, then President of France (Decorative Arts Auction, November 2009); the legendary Rose Percy doll, complete with Tiffany accessories (Signature Historical Americana, November 2009); vintage original Christmas Seals and assorted international stamps (Rare Stamps Auction, November 2009), and a superlative grouping of more than 75 significant original Red Cross illustration Art (Signature Illustration Art, February, 2010) featuring examples by numerous luminaries of the form including Haddon Sundblom, Walter Beach Humphrey, Jess Wilhelm Schlaikjer, Robert Kauffman, Jon Whitcomb and Kenneth Pauling Riley.
The American Red Cross was established in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881 by the legendary Clara Barton. The first meeting of the organization actually took place on May 12 of that same year at the home Michigan Senator Omar D. Conger. She decided to organize the American Red Cross after a trip to Europe in 1869, where she introduced to the International Red Cross and became involved in its work during the bloody Franco-Prussian War. Barton then returned to America and began her work in earnest in 1873. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
To view the selections, read detailed descriptions, download enlargeable full-color images from the American Red Cross Collection, and donate directly to the American Red Cross, go online to www.HA.com/RedCross. This page allows bidders, Red Cross members and donors to easily track the lots as they are cataloged and made available for auction, as well as to view press releases and video lot descriptions as they are added to the page.
Heritage Auction Galleries is the world’s third largest auction house, and by far the largest auctioneer of rare collectibles, with annual sales more than $700 million, and 450,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage's auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HA.com.
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