Historic Items Will Be Going, Going, Gone at Armory Auction - NBC New York

Historic Items Will Be Going, Going, Gone at Armory Auction



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    How many cool points are James Dean's sunglasses worth? Steve McQueen's? How about the coffee mug Johnny Carson used on the tonight show. What about the Statue of Liberty's nose?

    Those are just a few of the some interesting, some sentimental and some downright historic items that will be hitting the auction block in Manhattan later this month.

    And the auction's second day will feature lions, and tigers, and bears -- of the carved carousel variety (with plenty of horses, of course.) Fifty menagerie figures from the early 1900s will be offered at Guernsey's on Sept. 25.

    But on Sept 24, Guernsey's offers 100 lots of items, including Lady Liberty's nose tip, Carson's mug, Dean's glasses, Moses' tablets (Charlton Heston variety), a love letter from Mickey Mantle, art by "Where The Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak, Frank Sinatra's watch, lighter and I.O.U. note, and even an early Mickey Mouse drawing by Walt Disney.

    Arlan Ettinger, the President of Guernsey's, said the diverse selection of iconic items started slowly and grew over the past few years as various sellers brought them unique items.

    "One by one people were calling us to offer us truly extraordinary objects relating to the famous among us or to landmark events in American history," Ettinger told NBCNewYork. "God only knows what these things are going to bring in -- and I've been in the business all my adult life. It's kind of what makes an auction exciting."

    The auction will take place at the Park Avenue Armory  on Sept. 24 and 25, but there will be two preview days on Sept. 8 and 9 at Guernsey's headquarters on East 73rd Street. For more details on the auction, visit Guernseys.com.