COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – On June 3, former Sotheby’s senior vice president Leila Dunbar will give a presentation titled “Stories In Hand – Baseball History Told Through its Memorabilia” at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York as part of its annual symposium on baseball and American culture. The 2010 Symposium runs June 2-4, featuring lectures and panels of more than 60 baseball academics and presenters discussing baseball’s effect on American culture.
Dunbar’s talk will focus on the stories behind selected rare pieces from her $36 million of Sotheby’s sports memorabilia sales, Antiques Roadshow televised sports memorabilia segments and her current appraisal business. Items include heretofore unseen Babe Ruth signed WWI Jewish Relief campaign game tickets, the only known baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris; Woodrow Wilson’s own 1915 Federal League baseball pass, a 1956 signed photo of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella on Robinson’s last trip as a Dodger before retiring, a group of 1937 telegrams from teams to Tommy Henrich after he was declared a free agent by Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, and a collection of 1936 Olympics baseball memorabilia from the estate of Paul Amen, who later went on to a baseball and football coaching career at West Point and Wake Forest.
From 1999 to 2008, Dunbar served as director of Sotheby’s Collectibles department – sales highlights include the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium on Grand Opening Day, 1923, for $1.25 million; the 1919 agreement selling Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees for $996,000; the Boston Garden parquet floor center court Leprechaun logo for $332,000; and the Heisman Trophy original mold for $248,000. Since its inception in 1996, Dunbar has been a participating appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, with more than 45 filmed segments and more than 2,000 verbal appraisals.
In 2008, Dunbar founded her own business, Leila Dunbar LLC, preparing insurance, estate tax and donation appraisals. Clients include the United States Golf Association (USGA), the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, Floyd Mayweather Jr., the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tammy Wynette Estate, Sotheby’s, Bank of America and Lloyd’s of London, as well as numerous private clients. Dunbar recently was a featured speaker at the 2010 International Society of Appraisers Conference held in Toronto, giving a presentation the “Wild and Wacky World of Appraising Sports and Entertainment Memorabilia.” The talk will also be featured as a Webinar later this year. She also recently contributed articles on historic Olympic memorabilia and “Odd Celebrity Memorabilia” to the Antiques Roadshow Insider.
Registration is $165 for participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program and $175 for all others. For more information and a schedule of registration fees, contact Hall of Fame Librarian Jim Gates at 607-547-0311.
(Boston MA) Artfact wishes to express “Congratulations” to Charlton Hall on their 80th Anniversary!
We are pleased to announce that the 80th Anniversary Auction on June 5 and 6 is available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! The 2 day auction offers over 1,000 lots including: fine art, jewelry, furniture, carpets, silver, timepieces, ceramics and much more. If you can’t join the live auction action in West Columbia, South Carolina, visit , or its sister site in the UK, Invaluable.com, to login or register free to bid live online at this exceptional auction. If you’re not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact Live! console.
Highlights of the sale include:
The top lot of the sale is Lot 58, a beachscape by the French painter Eugene Louis Boudin (1824-1898). The oil on panel depicts a ship beached near the community of St Pierre, it is framed, signed & dated: lower right, ”E. Boudin, 93.” Bidding will begin at $24,000 for this work.
Lot 97 is a Tiffany & Co diamond engagement ring. The center is occupied by a 2.35ct emerald-cut diamond (color F-G, clarity VS1), flanked by fourteen round-cut side diamonds (0.39ctw, color H-I, clarity VS1) all mounted in platinum. The ring is signed Tiffany & Co and fits ring size 6. Bidding will open at $8,500.
The top lot of day 2 is a painting by native South Carolinian Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Lot 663. The piece shows the city of Charleston across a marshy “Bay View.” It is executed in pastel on silk and measures 23 by 29 inches. Minimum bid for this work is $10,000.
Also of note in the Sunday session is Lot 600, a rare southern stoneware slave-made face jug. Created in Bath, South Carolina circa 1860, it features a tooled spout above a pulled and applied handle continuing down to applied and sculpted facial features. The face has a ghoulish appearance with prominent ears, eyebrow ridges and kaolin highlighted eyes and teeth. Bidding will commence at $7,500.
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