Nate D. Sanders Auctions



2015-06-26 10:41:44

Nate D. Sanders Auctions are a Los Angeles-based auction house specializing in autographs and a variety of memorabilia.


Company history

Nate D. Sanders Auctions began life in 1986 in Baltimore, then called 'Nate's Autographs' after founder Nate Sanders and selling, primarily, signed photographs and memorabilia from Hollywood. The company is now based in Los Angeles and has diversified offering services to buyers and sellers worldwide.

Services and expertise

Nate D. Sanders have an impressive client base, having sold pieces to a range of famous and influential people including Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates. They credit their most famous seller as being 1970s icon Farrah Fawcett on whose behalf they sold various items including a red bathing suit she wore in publicity shots and portraits of her by Andy Warhol.

For sellers, Nate D. Sanders offer varying consignment rates. For autographs valued at over $1,000 the fees are 12.5% with a 20% rate for those between $500-$999 and also for memorabilia at over $500. For Charles Schulz art they offer a consignment rate of 5%. They also purchase direct. Items are sold in online auctions where interested parties can place their bids directly via the Nate D. Sanders website. Nate D. Sanders operate a 'No Sniping' policy, informing bidders when they are no longer the high bidder and offering them a two hour window in which to rebid.


  • Art,
  • Art Autographs
  • Comic Art & Photography
  • Aviation memorabilia

  • Science & Space

  • Baseball Cards & Other Sports Cards

  • Baseball Memorabilia

  • Boxing Memorabilia

  • Business & Philanthropy

  • Civil War Letters & Memorabilia

  • Civil War Photos
  • Classical, Country & Jazz
  • Coins & Currency
  • Constitution, Declaration & Revolutionary War Documents
  • Signed Football Memorabilia
  • Signed letters
  • Literary, Rare Books & Authors Autographs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Movie Celebrity Autographs
  • Movie Memorabilia

  • Presidential & Political Memorabilia & Autographs

  • Race & Religion

  • Rock 'n Roll

  • Signed Photographs

  • Sports Autographed

  • World War I & II

Notable sales

Sales which are notable in terms of both prices realised and publicity attracted include:

  • A 1965 Beatles business contract concerning the Cow Palace appearance in San Francisco – sold for $23,000 in 2011.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin, swapped for a new one in 1981 when the body was exhumed, sold for $87, 469 in December, 2010.
  • A letter written and signed by Einstein about Nazi persecution – sold for $13,936 in 2011.
  • Harper Lee letter, typed and signed – written to a fan in 1960. Sold for $9,518 in 2011.
  • An unfinished Dr. Seuss manuscript with accompanying letter from Seuss' assistant, Ted. Sold for $40,805 in 2010.

Highlights from the November 2011 auction include:

  • A Vietnam logbook, containing over 1,000 signatures of people influential in the Vietnam War 0 Sold for $8,880
  • A 1945 issue of the New York Times headlining the first Hiroshima bomb. Sold for $4,488.
  • New York Times, also from 1945 announcing V.E. Day and the end of the way. Sold for $1,903.
  • Official 'Easy Street' movie poster featuring Charlie Chaplin – sold for $1,903.
  • 'Peanuts' comic strip from 1980, hand drawn and signed by Charles Schulz. Sold for $15,732.
  • 'The Art of Animation' – Bob Thomas book signed by Walt Disney and nine other Disney artists. Sold for $3,000.
  • 'Snow White and the Seven dwarves' framed cell, signed by Walt Disney – sold for $6,500.

In February 2012 the company held the largest ever sale of pre-1950 Academy Awards. 15 awards were sold, including the 1942 Best original Screenplay Oscar awarded to Herman Mankiewicz for ‘Citizen Kane ($588,455) and the Best Director award given to Norman Taurog for the 1931 film ‘Skippy’ ($301,973).

The 15 awards sold for a combined total of $3,060,090.

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