Winning Bids: June 2014

  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
    This 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail was the first of its marque to win a 24-hour endurance race and is perhaps the most successful 907 ever built. Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
    A 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster smashed the auction record for a Delahaye by more than $3 million. Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
    The 1936 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas also exceeded expectations, demonstrating a burgeoning interest in numismatics. Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
    The Rothschild Prayerbook contains premier examples of Flemish miniatures. Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
    The rooster, hen, and chicks painted on the chicken cup are believed to represent the emperor and his family; the underside bears a blue reign mark. Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
    A collection of Buffalo Bill memorabilia, passed down through generations of his family, included a photograph of the man himself and a set of silver spurs. Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
    An exclusive release from Scarecrow set a new benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernets. Bret Lopez
  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
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    $1.1 Million Carlos Saavedra Lama's 1936 Noble Peace Prize

    For the first time at an American auction, a Nobel Peace Prize has gone under the hammer. Carlos Saavedra Lamas’s 1936 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the Argentine foreign minister for his role in ending the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, sold for $1,116,250 in March by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a Southern California–based auction house that conducted the sale in Baltimore. The formidable price of the 23-karat gold medal speaks to the growing popularity of numismatics. In 2013 it was a $5 billion category, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild, a figure that included the sale of a record-setting $10 million silver dollar and the $2.27 million sale of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine given to Francis Crick. The Lamas medal was only the second Peace Prize to sell at auction in the award’s 113-year history; the first was the 1903 Sir William Randal Cremer Peace Prize in 1985 at Sotheby’s London for about $16,750. “This [Nobel Peace Prize] surprised us,” says John Kraljevich, a numismatics consultant for Stack’s Bowers. “Lamas is renowned in Argentina, but without the international fame that Crick has for discovering DNA. This sale exceeded expectations.” —A.M. 

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