SIMPSON COLLECTION PART 1 REALIZES MORE THAN $14.6 MILLION
When the gavel fell on the last of the 349 coin lots offered in Part 1 of The Simpson Collection, the tally surpassed $14.6 million at Heritage Auctions. “I’m happy to share the collection with so many enthusiasts,” Simpson said after the September auction. “Heritage did a wonderful job promoting the auction, and the results exceeded every expectation I had.”
The likes of Simpson’s collection have not been seen on the market in years (see “Bob Simpson’s Sweet Spot”). His 1894-S Barber dime, graded PR66 PCGS – one of only nine survivors – sold for $1.5 million. Simpson’s 1796 JR-1 dime, SP67 PCGS, is the best-certified example of this variety. Angling for their chance at this lone specimen, collectors pushed the auction price to $750,000. The highly anticipated 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, B-7, BB-18, MS65+, the finest with Silver Plug and considered the second-finest overall, ended at $630,000.
Simpson, whose collection is ranked by Professional Coin Grading Service as one of the best ever amassed, is deaccessioning selections from that collection through Heritage continuing into August 2021.
“We are grateful to Mr. Simpson for selecting Heritage to conduct these auctions,” says Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan. “Offering a collection such as this is a highlight of our work and relationships. We are simply thrilled for him.”
Heritage Holds First Pulp Auction
Heritage Auctions’ first dedicated pulp magazine and original art auction is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2020, featuring rarities from noted pulp collector Joe Rainone. “Following the incredible, record-setting results in our 2019 Glynn Crain Collection, auctions that completely reset the market, Heritage is ground zero for the explosion in collector interest for pulps and related art,” says Heritage Auctions pulp specialist Rick Akers. “This auction is sure to be the talk of the town with near complete runs of The Shadow, Doc Savage, Astounding, Amazing Stories, key Weird Tales issues and Spicy pulps galore.” Akers notes that Heritage holds numerous auction records for pulps and is now actively seeking consignments for future auctions. Visit HA.com/40155a for details.
FUN Auctions Going Forward
The 2021 Florida United Numismatists Convention has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19, but Heritage Auctions will go forward with the scheduled auctions of U.S. Coins, Currency and World Paper Money.
Heritage will be hosting private lot viewing in Dallas between now and the auctions for clients desiring to view coins at the company’s corporate offices. Contact Heritage to set up an appointment.
New auction dates are Jan. 20-25, 2021, two weeks later than originally scheduled, at Heritage’s Dallas headquarters, and worldwide on HA.com. Heritage will also be hosting the New York International Coin Convention auction in Dallas the same week.
Private lot viewings are being be held in Dallas for clients desiring to view coins at Heritage’s new corporate headquarters. Check HA.com for lot viewing availability (including early viewing) and session times.
All bidding will take place online and by phone.
This article appears in the Winter 2020-2021 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.