Auction of the Week: Goldin Auctions Spring Premium Sale, April 28, 2018



2018-04-18 15:47:30

Our featured sale this week is Goldin Auctions' Spring Premioum Sale, which takes place on April 28. From sporting legends and controversy, to cultural and political icons, here are ten of the top lots up for grabs...

2003-04 "Ultimate Collection" #127 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card

Estimate: $2,500+

LeBron James is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history, with a career that includes three NBA championships, four NBA MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

This rare Upper deck card originates from his rookie season in 2003-2004 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team which he would later lead to their first championship in 52 years in 2016.

Graded MINT 9 by BGS, the card is one of just 250 examples from the limited-edition 'Ultimate Collection' and bears James' signature.

Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed Bowler Hat

Estimate: $7,500+

In 1928, the two biggest stars in baseball Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig announced their public support for the Democratic presidential candidate Al Smith.

Smith was the governor of New York, and wanted the two Yankees superstars to boost his national image. Ruth and Gehrig went out on the campaign trail, appearing at events across the country, during which they both wore a copy of Al Smith’s trademark brown bowler hat.

They were amongst the first celebrities to endorse a political candidate on a national level - although their fame did little to help Smith at the polls, where he was beaten in a landslide by Republican Herbert Hoover.

Gehrig gifted this bowler hat to a local politician during a stop in Ohio, and inscribed it "To Pops Lunken, the Al Smith of Dayton, Ohio, Most Sincerely from ‘Lou’ Gehrig."

Historic 1992 Tonya Harding Competition Worn Black Ice Skating Costume

Estimate: $10,000+

This custom-made outfit was worn on the ice by Tonya Harding, the former skating champion who rose to notoriety in 1994 following a vicious attack on a rival.

Harding won the U.S championships in 1991 and 1994, and was the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel in competition.

Her rags to riches story captured the nation's imagination – but in 1994 her ex-husband and bodyguard were arrested for attacking Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival for the U.S Olympic team, in an attempt to prevent her from competing.

The ensuing case saw Harding arrested and banned from professional skating for life, in one of the biggest sporting scandals in U.S history. Her life story was recently adapted into the Oscar-winning film I, Tonya, and she remains a controversial pop culture figure to this day.

1855 Alexander Cartwright Daguerreotype Photo

Estimate: $7,500+

This antique daguerreotype photograph depicts Alexander Cartwright, also known as the "father of baseball" who founded the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in New York in 1842, and played a large role in the early development of the modern game.

Following his baseball career he joined the California Gold Rush, and later ended up in Hawaii, where he became a prominent businessman. Having established the Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Library and the Rapid Transit Bus Company, he became a financial advisor and diplomat in the service of King and Queen Kamehameha.

This rare photograph, one of just three featuring Cartwright known to exist, was taken in Hawaii in the mid-1850s and was gifted to the Queen herself. It remained in the collection of the royal family until 1915, when it was presented to Cartwright’s grandson, Bruce Cartwright, during a visit to the islands.

1929-30 Babe Ruth Game Used Louisville Slugger R34 Model Bat

Estimate: $75,000+

This Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger baseball bat was used by the Sultan of Swat himself, Babe Ruth, circa 1929-1930.

During that period Ruth was one of the most famous men in America, having led the New York Yankees to two consecutive World Series championships in 1927 and 1928.

In 1920 he actually made more money than the President of the United States, and famously suggested it was because "I had a better year than he did."

Ruth always held his bat with the logo facing away from him, meaning his hits invariably made contact on the left of the barrel above his signature; and he was also known to deliberately score his bats with a bottle cap, creating ridges which would create backspin and help his home-runs to soar upwards.

The bat offers both of these distinct features, which help mark it as a genuine Ruth game-used bat, and an example which comes fresh to the hobby almost 90 years after he last swung it in action.

Tupac Shakur handwritten notebook

Estimate: $25,000+

This unique notebook originally belonged to Tupac Shakur, the iconic rapper and actor whose life was cut tragically short in 1996 by a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Shakur has sold more than 75 million albums around the world, and in 2017 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 46-page notebook contains early versions of lyrics for his hits such as 'How Do U Want It' and 'Shorty Wanna Be A Thug', along with hand-written track listings for several albums including 'Me Against the World'.

It also features short poems, doodles and sketches, and an award acceptance speech in which he thanks God along with fellow rappers “B.I.G., Snoop & The Dogg Pound, Run DMC, Meth & The Wu”.

This book offers a remarkable insight into his creative process as a writer, and his conflicting thoughts on the music industry, gang life and celebrity.

The book is the only-known complete Tupac notebook in existence, and has been described as "unquestionably one of the most important Tupac Shakur items in existence".

1912 E270 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" Joe Jackson trading card

Estimate: $7,500+

This unusual round trading card features Shoeless Joe Jackson, the legendary baseball player regarded as one of the greatest natural hitters in the history of the sport.

To this day Jackson's legacy is tainted by his alleged involvement in the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal, which saw eight members of the team thrown out of baseball for match fixing during the World Series.

The card was produced in 1912 by the Colgan Gum Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, as part of a set distributed in their packs of gum. Just two examples of the Jackson 'Tin Top' card are known to exist, making this card both highly rare and incredibly sought-after amongst collectors.

1997-98 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls game-worn jersey

Estimate: $30,000+

This Chicago Bulls jersey, bearing the iconic number "23", was worn by Michael Jordan during his farewell season in the Windy City.

In 1998 Jordan played his last season with the Chicago Bulls, and led them to their third straight NBA championship in a row – the second "threepeat" of his career – before retiring from basketball for the second time.

That season Jordan also claimed the NBA scoring title with a tally of 2,357 points, and picked up the awards for NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, and NBA All-Star Game MVP.

The jersey has been photo-matched to two games during that season – a March 10th home victory over the Miami Heat in which Jordan scored 37 points, and another against the New Jersey Nets on March 16th during which he scored 17 points.

JFK Assassination car US flag

Estimate: $30,000+

This American flag is believed by experts to be the one which flew from President John F. Kennedy's limousine on the day of his assassination on November 23, 1963.

According to its history, it originally belonged to Secret Service Agent George Hickey, Jr., who was riding in the second car of the Presidential motorcade on that fateful day in Dallas.

Hickey Jr. and his fellow agent Roy Kellerman were then tasked with driving the two cars from Parkland Hospital to Love Airfield in Dallas, where they were loaded onto a plane and returned to Washington.

The cars were then stored at the White House garage, where investigators from the Secret Service and the FBI examined them for evidence, before they were rebuilt for use by the next President.

Hickey Jr. drove the blood-stained 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible SS-110-X limousine, and later returned home with the flags from the car. In a letter of provenance, his son George Hickey III describes how his father brought home "these relics as a keepsake of his fallen President and placing them in the top drawer of his personal desk where they remained for the remainder of his life."

Muhammad Ali "Phantom Punch" fight robe

Estimate: $75,000+

This historic boxing robe was worn by Muhammad Ali during his 1965 fight with Sonny Liston, a rematch following Ali's first victory in 1964 which saw him crowned Heavyweight Champion of the World.

The fight marked the first time Ali had entered the ring with his new chosen name, having changed it from Cassius Clay following his conversion to Islam.

The fight remains one of the most controversial in boxing history, due to Ali's swift first-round victory via a "phantom punch" which sent Liston to the canvas.

Ali screamed for Liston to get up, but he remained down for the count, and to this day some believe he threw the bout due to gambling debts, or threats from the Mafia or the Nation of Islam.

Ali's conversion was significant moment in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and he soon became an important cultural figure who transcended the boundaries of sport.

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