Oscar, Marilyn, JFK, MLK and MJ all part of 20th Century Icons at Heritage Auctions, Nov. 6-7 Anne Revere's 1945 National Velvet Oscar, Miles Davis signed trumpet, Garbo's DMV application, rarest Bob Dylan LPs, all part of Heritage Auctions' Nov. 6-7 auction
News-Antique.com - Oct 13,2009 - DALLAS, TX -- One of the very last Oscar Awards available for purchase on the open market - due to a requirement from the Academy that all awards post-1950 be sold back to them - will anchor the spectacular offerings of Heritage Auctions' Nov. 6-7 20th Century Icons Auction in Dallas. Anne Revere's 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar is estimated to bring $150,000+.
Revere's rare award is just one of the lots in this auction that, as the event name suggests, features items and memorabilia relating to the biggest names from the worlds of music, entertainment, politics and sports that will be crossing the auction block in early November at Heritage Auctions.
"Every sale we present at Heritage Auctions takes on a life of its own," said Doug Norwine, Director of Music & Entertainment at Heritage Auctions. "This 20th Century Icons auction just naturally took shape of its own volition with a simply astounding number of amazing relics coming to us that are related to the people that, more than almost any others, helped shape history and define society in the 20th Century. Collectors of all shapes and sizes are going to go crazy over this stuff."
The lot bound to generate the most excitement at the Heritage Auctions' sale, according to Norwine, is an astounding John F. Kennedy-signed morning edition of The Dallas Morning News from Nov. 22, 1963, possibly the very last autograph he ever gave, possibly his last signature period. On a photograph of the President and Jackie, under the headline Storm of Controversy Swirls Around Kennedy on Visit, JFK signs prominently across Jackie's skirt. The autograph was given to a maid at the Texas Hotel in Ft. Worth, where Kennedy stayed the night, who asked the President to sign the paper as he waited in the lobby for Mrs. Kennedy. The signature has been authenticated by the three top Kennedy experts in the world. It is estimated at $20,000+.
"We've never seen an item quite as extraordinary as this one," said Norwine. "Not only is it the paper from the morning JFK was assassinated, it has the original motorcade route at the bottom, a very controversial move by the Dallas Morning News, which was a frequent critic of JFK."
In support of the JFK-signed paper, and certainly equally spectacular in its own right, Heritage Auctions is offering the fedora that Jack Ruby wore when he fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald at 11:21 a.m. on Nov. 24, 1963, in the basement of the Dallas Police Department headquarters, all before a live national television audience. The stylish 7-1/4 sized gray Cavanagh fedora, embossed with Ruby's name, is certainly the most iconic symbol of this historic moment, as the phrase "follow the hat" was heard countless thousands of times when it happened, and many millions more in the decades since, when reviewing the tape of the shooting. This is indeed the very "hat" that has been "followed" by generations of Americans, and its grip on the national psyche is