William Randolph Hearst's armour makes $32,500 in white glove auction


2015-06-26 13:42:44


William Randolph Hearst's armour makes $32,500 in white glove auction

Child's armour belonging to Citizen Kane inspiration William Randolph Hearst sold well

A child's suit of armour owned by Citizen Kane inspiration William Randolph Hearst has sold in Thomas Del Mar's second auction of the Higgins Armoury on May 7 - a white glove sale.

The child's armour once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate attributed with many developments in American journalism

Taking place in the UK, the sale featured more items from the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, which was the only museum in the US devoted solely to arms and armour.

Closing its doors in 2004, the museum's collection is now being sold by trustees, with profits to benefit the Worcester Arts Museum.

The suit of armour, created in the 1800s in the South German 16th century style, made 19,200 ($32,581). It is thought to have been created in Munich and was once part of the collection of William Randolph Hearst, the incredibly successful newspaper magnate that provided the inspiration for Orson Welles' 1941 opus.

Leading bids was a composite German cap-a-pie field armour in the "Maximilian" fashion, created circa 1520. Valued at 20,000-30,000, it sold for 46,800 ($79,416).

"We were delighted to be able to repeat the remarkable success of the 2013 sale. The market continues to be strongly driven by quality and good provenance which was a prevalent theme throughout," commented Thomas Del Mar.

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