CURRENCY COLLECTOR ANDREW SHIVA SUBMITS TOP BID FROM ANTARCTICA
Determined collectors sometimes are ready to go to the ends of the earth to obtain a desired item. In this case, the route was from 1902 in Arkansas to 2016 in Antarctica. In a first-of-its-kind bid, Heritage Auctions reports that National Bank Note collector and researcher Dr. Andrew Shiva (top) of New York successfully obtained a scarce Gravette, Arkansas, First National Bank, Charter 8237, 1902 Red Seal $10 note (Fr. 613) while bidding online from near Antarctica.
“We developed the Heritage Live!® online bidding software so that anyone can participate in a live Heritage auction over the Internet from the comfort of their home or office,” says Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan. “But this was the first time anyone has placed a bid from Antarctica. We’ve now officially had bidders from every continent on the globe.”
The winning bid of $9,400 was made by Shiva during a live session of Heritage’s $7.6 million January 2016 Florida United Numismatists Currency Signature® Auction in Tampa, Fla. He was on board a cruise ship at the time as it sailed in the southern Atlantic Ocean to the northern tip of Antarctica.
“I collect Arkansas notes,” says Shiva, founder of the nonprofit National Currency Foundation. “While this note is technically an ‘upgrade,’ high grade Arkansas Red Seals, outside of Little Rock, are very hard to come by.”
STALLONE AUCTION TOPS $3 MILLION
Enthusiastic fans of international superstar Sylvester Stallone placed more than $3 million in winning bids at Heritage Auctions’ “Stallone – The Auction” in Los Angeles. Stallone attended the opening hours of the first two sessions of the auction, telling bidders the memorabilia has been a part of his life for well over 40 years.
“It’s been in my possession and I’ve fond memories attached to just about every object,” he told the crowd. “There comes a point, though, when I think that I’ve used these objects enough and have created enough memories that I can let them go.”
The top lot in the auction was the black leather jacket Stallone wore as Rocky Balboa in the first Rocky movie. It realized $149,000. A pair of 1980 Muhammad Ali training worn gloves inscribed to Stallone sold for $47,500.
A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated by Stallone to various charities that assist military veterans and wounded servicemen and servicewomen as well as the Motion Picture and TV Country House and Hospital.
LINCOLN AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER
Heritage Auctions has announced a special “Lincoln and His Times” auction presented in partnership with The Railsplitter, the respected journal for Lincoln collectors that is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
“This will be one of our finest and most comprehensive offerings ever,” says Americana Auctions Director Tom Slater. “It will feature outstanding artifacts from our 16th president as well as the personalities and events which shaped that turbulent era in our history.”
Among the offerings will be perhaps the finest selection of Lincoln photographic images ever to appear in a single auction, as well as outstanding examples of political campaign memorabilia, manuscripts and relics.
The auction is scheduled for July 16 in Dallas and online at HA.com/6163, with a preview exhibition of highlights planned for the auction house’s New York showroom at 445 Park Avenue.
IAN DORIN has joined Heritage Auctions as Director of Fine Wine in New York. Dorin will assist clients in valuing and assembling world-class collections. Dorin previously worked in the retail segment of the wine industry. He is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal as an expert, and recently was the subject of a feature on his career in the wine market.