Christie’s New York sold The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, September 21-22, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Christie’s New York sold The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, September 21-22, 2016, with total sales of $5,740,625, far surpassing the total high estimates. I wish I had known about the sale in advance, but unfortunately I missed it. I would have loved to own a souvenir of President Reagan, but realistically I probably wouldn’t have been willing to pay the high prices.

Nancy Reagan's Bulgari ring, Christie's lot #126

Nancy Reagan’s Bulgari ring, Christie’s lot #126

The top lot of the sale, #126, a Bulgari diamond, sapphire and ruby ring, in the motif of an American flag, was owned and worn by the first lady. The final price of $319,500 made a mockery of the pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $7,000.

A hand-signed section of the Berlin wall, Christie's lot #65

A hand-signed section of the Berlin wall, Christie’s lot #65

The second highest lot of the sale was the most interesting and historically significant — a graffiti-covered piece of the Berlin wall, hand-signed by the president. One of Reagan’s most famous quotes, from a speech he made in West Berlin on June 12, 1987, was “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” It too, far exceeded its high estimate of $20,000, realizing $277,500, including buyer’s premium. It should have brought even more.

NFL football, with hand-signed quotation and signature, Christie's lot #100

NFL football, with hand-signed quotation and signature, Christie’s lot #100

Another very cool lot from the sale, #100, was an official NFL Wilson football, signed and inscribed by Reagan, “Win One For the Gipper Ronald Reagan”, in its original box. It’s a paraphrase from his 1940 film, Knute Rockne, All American. No trouble again with the pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $10,000. This one scored a touchdown at $93,750, including buyer’s premium.

If you had to have something from the sale as a souvenir, you could have bought lots 414 or 415 for as little as $750, but they were pretty boring. For the complete results of the sale, click here.


Cute glass "food"

Cute glass “food”

I hope to put together videos of the glassblowing demonstration we saw in Murano, Italy, for uploading to youtube for this Thursday’s post, but I don’t guarantee it. You’ll want to see it if the process of glassblowing interests you.


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