Myers Fine Art has sold a horseshoe worn by legendary thoroughbred Man o’ War (1917-1947) for $11,000.
It’s mounted on a plaque identifying its use at the 1919 Belmont Futurity Stakes, one of the most prestigious races in the New York area.
Man o' War was a champion thoroughbred
Man o’ War came first in 20 of the 21 races he was entered into during his extraordinary career.
In fact, he’s regularly described as the greatest racehorse of all time.
As a result of his fame, memorabilia relating to him is thin on the ground. Much of it is already held in long-term collections, making this a rare opportunity for buyers.
As the auctioneer explained prior to the sale: “Nearly 100 years have passed since Man O' War's prime winning streak.
“Leading collectors of thoroughbred racing memorabilia have largely abandoned any hope of owning a relic from the top-ranked equine athlete of all time.”
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An exceptional sign from a New York bakery dating back to the 1920s sold for $9,500, an increase of 58.3% on its $6,000 estimate.
The sign is almost 100 years old but remains in incredible condition
The attractive piece displays bold colours and its original lights remain in working condition – something almost unheard of for signs of this age.
That’s largely because the bakery closed down after a couple of months and so it was placed in storage almost immediately. It remained there for the best part of a century.
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