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    Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

    ronald reaganChristie’s announced today that it has been entrusted with the sale of the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan the 40th President and First Lady of the United States. The landmark auction is slated for September 2016 to coincide with Christie’s Americana Week sales series in New York.  Proceeds will go to  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

    The sale encompasses furniture, decorative works of art, books, memorabilia, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints from President and Mrs. Reagan’s home in Los Angeles, California. It includes American, English, and Chinese furnishings selected for the home’s beautifully appointed Ted Graber-designed interiors, paying homage to the William Haines ‘Hollywood Regency’ style. The collection will be sold in a sequence of live and online auctions. Estimates on individual items range from $1,000 to $50,000, and the sales are expected to realize in excess of $2 million total.

    More details of the Collection will be announced in the coming weeks. The complete sale catalogue will be available late summer 2016.


    Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
    A 20th century Kaiser bisque figure of an American bald eagle, modelled by Gerd Pitterkoff

    A 20th century Kaiser bisque figure of an American bald eagle, modelled by Gerd Pitterkoff

    An American bald eagle model given to Margaret Thatcher by Ronald Reagan was the top lot at the first of two Christie’s sales of the property of Mrs. Thatcher.  Estimated at £5,000-8,000 it sold for £266,500 to an online buyer.   There were registered bidders from 41 countries across 5 continents. Comprising 185 lots, the auction at Christie’s headquarters in London sparked international interest with extremely competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and online. The sale brought in £3,280,475, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value.

    The 20th century Kaiser bisque figure of the eagle, modelled by Gerd Pitterkoff, has an inscription which reads:  ‘Presented to the Hon. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain for staunch and spirited support of the market economy principle. The Award was presented by the Hon. Walter H. Annenberg with the best wishes from Ronald Reagan President of the United States June 13th 1984, presented at the Foreign Office 10 Downing Street.’

    Mrs. Thatcher’s red ministerial despatch box, in which she carried confidential documents, sold for £242,500 over an estimate of £3,000-5,000.

    The online only sale runs until 3 pm today. UPDATE:  The two sales totalled £4,516,438.