Our 5 greatest pieces of American History...
As half of our readers celebrated Thanksgiving this week we thought it would be a great opportunity to join in the celebrations and show you our 5 greatest pieces of American History.
The Plymouth Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. In doing so they founded 400 years of US history.
Consider all the great names and important events from American history since... And then consider the rare artefacts associated with them.
Events and people like... The Declaration of Independence....The Civil War... Abraham Lincoln... JFK... The Apollo Moon landings...
It's no wonder that collectibles from US history are among the world's most coveted and valued.
At auction they are selling for never-before-seen prices and proving their worth as alternative assets.
And need I mention the pleasure of owning these unique historical pieces? Can you imagine owning an original Declaration of Independence?
Items that link you with some of America's most celebrated moments...
Items that only a few people in the world possess? It's a tantalising thought.
Here's 5 of our greatest...
Only last week, George Washington's "lost" Inaugural Address manuscript sold for $182,000 at Christie's.
It was scribed by Washington's own hand - the very hand which had such a profound impact on US history.
"I walk on untrodden ground - there is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent..."
US President George Washington
Washington was right. He's still setting the precedent in today's collectibles markets.
Aside from the sale of his Inaugural Address for $182,000, other recent big George Washington sales include a 1786 autographed letter to his nephew Bushrod Washington, which made $218,500 at Christie's in 2009.
You won't be surprised to hear that George Washington is today one of the collectibles markets' greatest "blue chip" investments.
He has been for years. A letter signed by Washington while seeking his first-ever military position brought $336,000 at Christie's - and that was back in 2002, almost a decade ago.
Why is Washington's memorabilia so valuable?
Firstly, he was a pioneer - not only the first US President, but also among the best, regularly voted in the top three by scholars and the public, alike.
Washington founded America's democratic freedoms.
Excellent condition examples of George Washington signatures are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Pieces like this, for example...
dated years before his Presidency
This George Washington-signed lottery ticket actually predates Washington's Presidency by several years...
It even predates the American Revolution.
Washington signed the ticket as the manager of a Lottery that was set up to raise funds for road works in his home state of Virginia.
Think about it for a second...
This piece is over 243 years old, and it's signed by the very First President of the United States of America. It's been touched by his very hands.
Remember the key factors which underpin investment-grade autographs: demand, rarity and authenticity.
And then think about the recent impressive sales we've seen at auction.
You could consider this item undervalued.
We currently have it priced at just £22,000 (Approx $34,000).
I believe this is one of the most impressive, and earliest, George Washington pieces we've ever handled.
In fact, we're so confident in its future value, we're offering it with our 120% guarantee.
Learn more about our 120% Guarantee
And this isn't the only Thanksgiving collectible we're offering this weekend...
John F Kennedy
We also have one of the few remaining mint condition original John F Kennedy campaign posters from his 1960 run for office.
JFK is an icon and a hero - perhaps more than any other US President.
That's why desire for his memorabilia among collectors is so high, and why his autograph has gone up in value by 13.57% pa in the last 11 years.
Very few of these posters have survived the last 50 years, and considering recent Obama 'Change' posters now sell at auction for £4,500, this Kennedy poster can be considered an absolute bargain at just £4,000 (approx $6,200).
Imagine hanging this on your office wall next week...
Contact us today if you would like to become the proud owner of this iconic poster.
Or how about another US President who can claim to be history's most popular?
We have wallpaper fragments from the only home President Abraham Lincoln ever owned.
Talk about unique.
Such personal artefacts from Lincoln's life are seldom found for sale.
Available today for £3,500 (approx $5,400).
View the Abraham Lincoln wallpaper fragments.
We also have a superb letter signed by legendary and idealist 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson.
In office throughout World War I and a key player at the world-changing Treaty of Versailles in 1919, many view Wilson as the first modern President.
As such, collectors value his autograph extremely highly.
This letter, which details his views on the history of America, is available now for £3,950 (approx $6,100).
View the Woodrow Wilson signed letter.
The Declaration of Independence
This is quite simply one of the finest of the 250 known examples of the famous 1848 Peter Force Declaration of Independence - this example is still in the original American Archives book.
On the request of the House of Congress Peter Force produced the document from the 1823 William Stone engraving of the Declaration - itself a direct copy from the original 1776 Declaration of Independence.
Most items so closely linked with the original Declaration are now in top museums. So don't miss your rare chance to own this key piece of US history.
View the 1848 Peter Force Declaration of Independence.
To add any of these wonderful items to your collection please do not hesitate to contact us
+44 (0) 117 933 9500
|Best wishes, and Happy Thanksgiving!|
P.S. - Today you could become the owner of George Washington's autograph for just $34,000. View the George Washington signed lottery ticket.
P.P.S. - Many of our rarest items qualify for our unique 120% Guarantee. View our entire stock of 120% Guarantee pieces.
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