Presidential Campaign Rarities Lead Hake’s March 15-17 Pop-Culture Memorabilia auction Also featured: Original Brundage cover art for 1937 ‘Weird Tales’ pulp magazine, rock music posters, comic books & comic art, Disneyana, Superman collection Part III
News-Antique.com - Mar 02,2016 - YORK, Pa. – The race for the White House, with all its hoopla and historical tradition, is now in full swing. With primaries and upcoming conventions as their inspiration, the team members at America’s original pop culture auction house, Hake’s Americana, has curated an auction grouping of rare and early political memorabilia that’s predicted to win collector approval in all 50 states. Hake’s 2,784-lot online, phone and absentee Auction #217, which closes for bidding March 15-17, features more than 600 lots of investment-grade political antiques and collectibles.
The centerpiece of the political section is Lot 24, a spectacular 1864 Lincoln and Johnson campaign parade flag. The 8 by 11-inch oilcloth canton with 34 stars is the first one Hake’s president, Alex Winter, has ever seen.
“Examples of 1864 Lincoln campaign items are much scarcer than their 1860 counterparts, and the same holds true for flags,” Winter said. “The parade flag in our sale is a rare survivor and a truly important artifact of American campaign history.” Its auction estimate is $10,000-$20,000.
In 1848, Lewis Cass and William Butler were running mates on the national Democratic ticket for president and vice president, respectively. Auction Lot 12 is a silk campaign “coattail” ribbon promoting the candidates. Of the four ribbon variations that were produced, only 10 extant examples of any type are known in the collecting world. The one offered by Hake’s is a new discovery. It bears the Coat of Arms of Pennsylvania and a misspelling in the text that reads: “Our Country Right Or Worng” [sic.]. Any Cass ribbon is considered a great prize. Hake’s predicts a winning bid of $5,000-$10,000.
Yet another special piece is Lot 477, a rare Benjamin Harris Co., button with photographic images of the four 1960 primary candidates – John Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Adlai Stevenson and Richard Nixon – positioned around a picture of then-sitting president Dwight Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.
Hake’s launched the political-collectibles bandwagon in 1967. Since then, the company that Ted Hake founded has become the industry leader in not only political and historical memorabilia, but also many other pop-culture categories. “Our goal is to make every Hake’s auction more exciting and entertaining than the last, and the way we do that is by continuing to raise the bar as we seek out superior collections with revered provenance,” Winter said.
In total, the March auction catalog spans 200+ categories of popular collectibles, including popular music. After achieving estimate-smashing prices on original concert posters in its November 2015 auction, Hake’s will build on that momentum by rolling out one of the finest and most diverse music memorabilia selections it has offered to date. The March sale’s comprehensive array of posters covers jazz, country, blues, R&B, rock and other genres. Among the most coveted are two that publicized Jimi Hendrix concerts.
Lot 2692 is a very rare poster promoting an April 12, 1969 appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. A striking image of Hendrix is shown