Peter Force 1843 copy of the Declaration of Independence brings $10,620 at auction A high-grade example of the Peter Force 1843 printing of the Declaration of Independence sold for $10,620 at an auction held Oct. 20-23 by Archives International Auctions in New York and New Jersey.
to $3,245; and a 1948-1959 South African 1-Pound color trial graded gem uncirculated 67 rose to $2,596. Other high prices were paid for other notes, some setting records.
The security printing ephemera session began with seven original hand-illustrated advertising note essays painted and drawn for Waterlow & Sons by Hugo Fleury that hammered for $2,700-$5,015 each. Other rare and unique security printed items also did well. U.S. proofs and issued obsolete banknotes included additional proofs from the noted Silver City Collection.
Highlights included a modern proprietary proof sheet of four notes from Mercantile Bank of Waterloo, Ill. ($2,596); a pair of Corn Exchange remainder sheets in green and red ($2,006 ea.); a Great Salt Lake City Mormon note with Brigham Young autograph ($1,416); a Nassau Bank of Brooklyn issued obsolete, listed as proof only in Haxby ($1,003) and other examples.
Returning to first session highlights, an archive of original artwork by Charles Kress, relating to the security printing industry and his fruitless attempts to have his work accepted by any security printer garnered $6,785; a Johannes Brahms autographed note realized $1,003; and an Andrew Jackson 1833 Bank of the U.S. check, signed while he was president, made $1,475.
A slave letter from 1863, describing and illustrating a “slave collar,” demanded $1,121; a 1903 Theodore Roosevelt dinner menu printed on copper from Butte, Mont., finished at $590; and an H.G. Welles signed letter and watercolor achieved $619. The auction was rounded out by a group of 48 Confederate banknote lots that all sold between the high/low estimates throughout.
Archives International Auctions will be conducting an International Banknote Auction Jan. 26-27 in Hong Kong, China at the North Point Harbor Plaza Hotel. Previews will be held Jan. 10-13 at the New York International Numismatic Convention and Nov. 15-18 at the Baltimore Coin Expo. Consignments for the Hong Kong auction will be accepted until Nov. 24.
Consignments are also being accepted for the March 2013 auction of U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily, autographs and ephemera. Archives International Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item or an entire collection, you may call them at (201) 944-4800 or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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