Hake’s July 12-14 Pop Culture Auction reads the Market with Robots, Comics, Political Rarities Featured: Lincoln/Hamlin 1860 campaign flag, punk rocker’s Man From Uncle collection, scarce items documenting Civil Rights Movement
News-Antique.com - Jul 10,2016 - YORK, PA – Hake’s Americana has had its finger on the pulse of pop culture since 1967, when it innovatively merged the auction format with nostalgic and historically important memorabilia. For nearly half a century, the Hake’s team has continuously monitored the market and brought the best of pop-culture collectibles to buyers through their online, phone and absentee sales. Their ability to access top-notch consignments from long-held private collections comes into focus once again in Hake’s Auction #218, which closes for bidding July 12-14.
More than 2,800 lots are included in the sale, with 200+ categories represented. The main spotlight will shine on the selection of more than 500 political items, a specialty that has been a hallmark of Hake’s events since the company’s beginning. The centerpiece of the grouping is Lot 15, an 11 by 17-inch 1860 campaign parade flag promoting the presidential and vice-presidential candidates “Abram” Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin.
“Abraham Lincoln parade flags consistently rank among the most coveted items by political memorabilia collectors, and an example like the Lincoln/Hamlin flag entered in our July sale would be considered a milestone acquisition for even the most advanced collection,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana. “In our March auction, a very rare 1864 Lincoln and Johnson parade flag sold for nearly $24,000. The 1860 flag differs in that it is larger and from an earlier campaign. It’s in beautiful condition – truly deserving of the description ‘investment grade’ – and we expect it to sell in the $20,000-$35,000 range.”
A special section under the political heading is devoted to the Civil Rights Movement, with a timeline that starts with an early chromolithograph featuring Frederick Douglass (Lot 428, est. $2,000-$3,000) to items from the heart of the turbulent 1960s, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Panther Party made headlines.
“Black Panther Party posters are in great demand. Of the grouping in our auction, one to watch is Lot 470, a poster by Emory Douglas depicting martyred leader Fred Hampton,” said Winter. The striking image of Hampton is accompanied by his quote “You Can Jail A Revolutionary, But You Can’t Jail The Revolution.” Estimate: $2,000-$5,000. Winter noted: “Right is a great time to lock up rare items of this type when they’re fresh to the market. There can be no doubt that these kinds of opportunities eventually will end.”
Americans have been absorbed by politics for many months, now, but another topic will compete for the nation’s attention in August, when the Summer Olympics open in Rio de Janeiro. In recognition of the Summer Games founded in 1896, Hake’s will auction a silver medal from the historically significant 1936 Olympics held in Nazi-era Berlin. Entered as Lot 782, the medal stands out among others auctioned in recent years because it is an actual winner’s medal. “Participation medals are far more accessible to collectors than actual winners’ medals, like this one. The fact that it’s a winner’s medal from the 1936 Olympics, with its political