September 24th – Iconic Objects Including Original Items from Legends Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein and Elizabeth Taylor, among others; September 25 – Antique Carousel Auction Featuring Rare Carousel Animals.
Guernsey’s Auction House will host two unique auctions at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory on September 24th and 25th. The auction powerhouse has amassed two mutually exclusive collections, which will be made available to the public.
On September 24, Guernsey’s will host an Iconic Objects Auction. Each of the lots in this unique sale will contain a significant item (or collection of items) that relate to a person or event that impacted our nation's culture or history. The auction will include the only known recordings of 26 speeches presented by Martin Luther King, formerly top secret plans for the D-Day invasion, and the Maltese Falcon statuette from the movie of that name. Also included are meaningful items from such extraordinary individuals as John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, Charlie Parker, Mickey Mantle, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and the Boston Red Sox, among others (detailed list attached).
On the following day, September 25, Guernsey's will be conducting a wonderful sale of vintage carousel horses and menagerie figures. For generations, no one seemed to care about carousel animals. The majority of these hand-carved figures that joyfully spun around whirling carousels for more than a century ended up being destroyed to make way for newer amusement park rides. In 1983, that all changed when Guernsey's conducted the very first Carousel Auction. That landmark sale of one man's carousel collection brought a then-astonishing $1 million and the rest, as they say, is history. Museums and preservation groups now fiercely protect cherished antique carved horses and other animals (known collectively as "menagerie" figures). The efforts of the most skilled carvers, who worked from the 1880's through the beginning of the Depression, is now widely admired... but because of the rarity of authentic, vintage carousel carvings, there hasn't been a major Carousel Auction in fifteen years. That is all changing as Guernsey's proudly will be selling approximately fifty of these wonderful figures.
A partial list of items to be sold at the Iconic Objects auction are:
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
PLANS & MAPS
JOHN F. KENNEDY
INSCRIBED WATCH & DALLAS LIMOUSINE LAP ROBES
LAST HOME RUN BALL
ORIGINAL ARTWORK & UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS
ORIGINAL PLASTER SCULPTURE & EARLY BRONZES
HISTORIC ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS
WORLD WAR II
D-DAY INVASION PLANS
DRAGONFLY LAMP FROM LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY’S HOME
TIFFANY CIGARETTE CASE
FIRST TEST RECORDING
TONIGHT SHOW COLLECTION
NATIONAL VELVET DRESS & PHOTO COLLECTION
FIRST TEST RECORDING & APOLLO WORN HAT
PERSONAL / EAST OF EDEN WATCH
ORIGINAL EARLY DRAWING
ORIGINAL EARLY ARTWORK
THE LAST PRINTS MADE BY THE LEGENDARY ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER
COLLECTION FROM LEGENDARY ARTISTS
THE THREE STOOGES
Guernsey’s Auction House, known for such extraordinary events as the John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, Tavern on the Green and Mickey Mantle Auctions, is conducting the Antique Carousel and Iconic Objects auctions. The Auctions will take place at the Park Avenue Armory, located at Park Avenue and 66th Street in New York City. All are invited to attend what undoubtedly will be extraordinary events. There will also be absentee bidding on the Internet and via telephone. Those interested in learning more about the Auction should contact Guernsey’s in New York at 212-794-2280 or www.guernseys.com.