Top 5 Barack Obama collectibles



2015-06-26 13:02:27

Top 5 Barack Obama collectibles

With the US election just days away, we look at the top 5 Barack Obama collectibles ever auctioned

This time next week, America and the world will know whether Barack Obama will be back for another four years.

Whatever your political persuasion, there's no denying that his memorabilia has proved hugely popular at auction during his time in office.

Here we look at our top 5.

Baseball signed by six US presidents

A baseball signed by six US presidents, including Barack Obama, sold for $67,500 in 2010.

The other five names on there are Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.

Ever since William Taft started the tradition in 1910, every US president has thrown at least one ceremonial first pitch during their years in office, normally prior to the World Series, the All-Star game or on the opening day of the series.

Obama handwritten, signed letter to enraged citizen

A handwritten, signed letter by Barack Obama sold for $8,652 at a US auction in 2011.

Obama wrote the message on White House headed notepaper in response to a 2009 fax from Virginia resident Tim Mullin, who complained about bonuses handed out by financial services group AIG.

Mullin's fax, which he sent in hope rather than expectation to the White House, was titled: "TO ANYONE WITH ANY COMMON SENSE".

Obama replied: "Tim, Thanks for your letter. I share your sentiments, and we are moving as quickly as we can to restore some common sense to the financial system. Barack Obama."

Shepard Fairey Change poster

Obama Change poster

An iconic Change poster, designed by contemporary artist Shepard Fairey in support of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, sold for 4,560 ($7,350)in 2011 at Bonhams in London.

It is believed to be one of only 200 prints made by Fairey. They were hand-signed and given to members of Obama's campaign team as part of a series produced by the street artist.

Initially the Obama campaign declined to have any affiliation with the posters. However, within weeks of the release of the original version, which featured the word Progress, a new version was requested bearing the caption Hope.

Subsequently, future versions, such as Change and Vote, were embraced by the campaign.

Paul Rusconi artwork

Obama Rusconi artwork

The US artist's digital screen inks on Plexiglas work sold for $16,000 at auction in 2009. The unique artwork had come to auction with a high estimate of $7,000.

Obama signed copy of JFK's Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage signed by Obama

A 1956 first edition, later printing of John F Kennedy's Profiles in Courage book, signed by fellow Democrat Barack Obama in October 2008, just 17 days before he was elected as the 44th president, auctioned for $9,000 in 2009.

The book outlines the future president's take on eight senators who displayed great courage in their roles.

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