By the Numbers: Ronald Reagan

50 YEARS AGO, ‘THE GIPPER’ WAS SWORN IN AS CALIFORNIA’S 33RD GOVERNOR. A LOOK AT RELATED LOTS FROM THE HERITAGE ARCHIVES

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 Ronald Reagan Single Signed Baseball
2 Ronald Reagan Single Signed Baseball

2 TIMES the president wrote “Reagan” when he signed this baseball in 1984. This unique signature pushed the price realized at an August 2011 auction to $5,975.

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Ronald Reagan Handwritten Letter
Ronald Reagan Handwritten Letter

15 DAY IN MAY 1977 that Ronald and Nancy wrote this letter to John Wayne. It sold for $21,510 at an October 2011 auction.

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Knute Rockne Football Cleats
Knute Rockne Football Cleats

29 REAGAN’S AGE when Warner Bros. released Knute Rockne, All American, in which Reagan played George “the Gipper” Gipp. The football cleats Reagan wore in the movie sold for $10,157.50 at an October 2006 auction.

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ANDY WARHOL
ANDY WARHOL

38 INCHES WIDE of Andy Warhol’s 1985 Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) silkscreen from the artist’s “Ads” series. This signed and numbered example sold for $22,500 at a November 2013 auction.

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 Law and Order
Law and Order

80 MINUTES RUNNING TIME for Law and Order, the 1953 film considered one of Reagan’s best. This three-sheet poster realized $1,135.25 at a March 2016 auction.

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Ronald Reagan. An American Life
Ronald Reagan. An American Life

748 NUMBER OF PAGES in Reagan’s 1990 autobiography An American Life. A first-edition, first-printing copy inscribed by Reagan sold for $1,375 at an October 2013 auction.