AUCTIONS AT GUERNSEY'S

There are few things as exciting as a live auction! At Guernsey's we pride ourselves on putting together extraordinary events to compliment the unique treasures that we sell. Use the links on the left to discover more about our past, present and future auctions. A full list of our auctions is also available below.

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Watch as a baseball makes auction history
Who can forget the magic summer of 1998? Sousa and McGwire were slugging it out to break Babe Ruth's home run record. The season ended with Mark McGwire's record setting 70th home run.

In early 1999, Guernsey's presented the auction world with a sale of several famous baseballs, including the McGwire number 70. It fetched a record shattering price of just over $3 million. (Twenty three times the previous record.)

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The Roger Tory Peterson Auction -

Original Art from The Estates Of Roger Tory Peterson & Virginia Marie Peterson.

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Catalogue is available here

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The S.S. United States -

The sale of the contents of this legendary ocean liner proved to be the worlds largest auction!

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Art of the Soviet Union -

The landmark Cold War auction where nearly a thousand Russian works of art, including multi-ton sculptures were sold in New York.

Catalogue is available here

The Calumet Farm Trophy Collection -

Like the New York Yankees have been to the history of baseball, so has Calumet Farm been to the history of thoroughbred horse racing. Guernsey's was able to see that Calumet's fabled collection of 550 major trophies (including eight Kentucky Derby trophies) was kept intact and gifted to a fine Kentucky Museum while creditors in this massive bankruptcy were most grateful for the auction house's efforts.

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The Roman Bronze Auction -

A sale of original sculptural works by many of America's most famous artists including Frederic Remington, Daniel Chester French, Charles Russell and Bessie Potter Vonnah.

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John F. Kennedy: The Robert L. White Collection -

Our two remarkable auctions focusing on President Kennedy, attracted massive global attention and record-shattering prices.

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Both Catalogues are Available here

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The F.D.R. Archive -

The extraordinary collection we sold included deceptive messages written to F.D.R. by Italy's Benito Mussolini, just before the outbreak of World War II.

President and Mrs. Gerald A. Ford -

Proceeds from our Beaver Creek, Colorado auction were used to build one of Paul Newman's Hole-In-The-Wall-gang camps.

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Carousel Auction -

From the Pioneering first auction of vintage carousel animals, to total sales of these joyful figures exceeding those of all other auction firms, many think of "carousel" as Guernsey's middle name. We have conducted eighteen Carousel Auctions.

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Assorted Catalogues are available here

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The Circus Auction-

The Circus World Collection and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Collection are just two of the wonderful Circus Collections sold by us. Guernsey's has held more than four circus auctions.

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Sports Immortals -

What did Lou Gehrig's baseball jersey, Jim Thorpe's football helmet and the poetry-inscribed door to Muhammad Ali's training camp all have in common? They all were part of Guernsey's Sports Immortals Auction.

Catalogue is available here

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Topps -

Guernsey's conducted the auction of "Boyhood Dreams" when we sold the contents of Topps Warehouse. As the world's leading producer of trading cards, Topps selected Guernsey's to sell the original art and photography used to create their legendary cards.

Collector's item catalogue is available here

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The Yachting Auction -

Actual 12 metre America's Cup racing sailboats, handsome ship models and beautiful nautical paintings sold on the grand lawns of The Museum of Yachting stunningly situated on the cliff overlooking Newport, Rhode Island harbor.

Catalogue is available here

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American Carvings -

The Nassau County Museum on Long Island's affluent North Shore was the setting for this spectacular auction that featured antique carved figures (cigar store indians, weathervane's, etc.) of every description.

Catalogue is available here

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Sports Racing Car Auction -

At a time when the only type of cars to come to auction were Model T Fords and '57 Chevy's, Guernsey's conducted the first auction of vintage Ferraris, Aston Martins and Bugattis. In auctions conducted in Manhattan, Greenwich, Connecticut and in the Hampton's, Guernsey's helped elevate the status of these glorious sports and racing cars.

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Jerry Garcia's Guitars-

When other auctioneers thought Jerry Garcia's guitars to be of little consequence, Guernsey's sold "The Tiger and The Wolf" for just about $1 million each in a raucous auction held at New York City's famed Studio 54.

Catalogue is available here

40 Years of Rock and Roll -

This remarkable four-day auction featured thousands of treasured items from the world of rock and roll, including treasured items from the vaults of New York's famed Apollo Theater.

The Poster Auction -

Today, movie, war, propaganda, advertising and travel posters are collected around the world. Who do you think ran the first auctions of them more than 30 years ago?

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Hollywood Photography -

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper and Marilyn Monroe became great sirens of the big screen in part due to the extraordinary, dramatic portrait photography taken by legendary Hollywood photographers more than a half century ago.

Catalogue is available here

The Whimsy Collection -

What do you call an auction of one man's extraordinary collection of antique toys, dolls and games? Whimsy!

American Quilts -

Antique quilts were the stars on board Manhattan's circle line cruise ships, sharing on a Broadway stage with great blues musicians... These were just some of the ways Guernsey's produced its now legendary series of American Quilt auctions.

The Kenneth Lynch Collection -

It took three full weekends to sell the work of the extraordinary craftsman known for his efforts on New York City's Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and the 1939's World Fair.

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Florentine Craftsmen -

One shop - Florentine Craftsmen - has been known for providing beautiful statuary for America's finest gardens. Which auction house do you think Florentine chose to represent a century's worth of work?

Catalogue is available here

The Pugliese Auction -

John Lennon, Houdini, Elvis, JFK and Marilyn... this auction - held in the casinos of Las Vegas - had it all.

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The Naylor Auction -

What many considered to be the finest privately-owned collection devoted to the history of photography, from the earliest Daguerreotypes and cameras, to the prints of Edward Curtis and Margaret Burke-White - were sold by Guernsey's in this landmark event.

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Catalogue is available here

Tavern on the Green -

It's been said that "all good things must come to an end" and so when New York City's famed Tavern on the Green Restaurant (that spectacular complex in Central Park that annually catered to more diners than any other restaurant on earth) came to a close, Guernsey's was chosen to sell the contents. The wildly popular event saw prices that often were many times what was anticipated.

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Iconic Objects and Documents -

The Maltese Falcon, the Eiffel Tower staircase, elements from the Statue of Liberty, a Harley Davidson from JFK's Dallas motorcade and a Coca Cola sign extensively "tagged" by Keith Haring were all part of the extraordinary elements in this unique event.

Catalogue is available here online

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Science Fiction -

What did Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas all have in common? They all participated in Guernsey's unprecedented Sci-Fi and Horror auction.

Catalogue is available here

The Gentleman's Auction -

Imagine a wood-paneled den, now imagine all of the gentlemanly-type things that you would find there. Ship models, lead solider's, nautical art and rare smoking pipes were just some of the categories of this unique event.

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The Cuban Cigar Collection-

Most agree that Guernsey's auction of 200,000 pre-Castro Cuban cigars was one of the most unusual auctions ever conducted. When the U.S. government lifted the embargo on Cuban products to let this collection into the United States, cigar fans went crazy, spending unheard of amounts for these vintage smokes.

The Jackson Collection -

Only one collection truly containing treasured items from the lives and careers of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and the rest of the Jackson clan has ever been conducted! If you've guessed that it was a Guernsey's event... you'd be right!!!

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Catalogue is available here

Mickey Mantle -

There are many who would agree that there's never been a more beloved baseball player than Mickey Mantle. When Mickey's family chose to sell his many treasures, they chose Guernsey's.

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Catalogue is available here

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