Ronald and Nancy Reagan's Private Collection Auction Will Feature Gifts from Frank Sinatra, Margaret Thatcher
The Reagan auction includes music from the former first couple's library, silver, books, memorabilia, furniture and jewelry
Running the gamut of the late couple’s storied life – from Hollywood to the White House and beyond – the collection includes everything from furniture and housewares, to personal photos, books, jewelry and gifts from prominent figures in politics and entertainment.
Comprised of more than 700 items taken from the Reagans’ Bel Air, California, home, the collection will be auctioned online from Sept. 19-28. There will also be live auctions at the Christie’s New York City salesroom on Sept. 21 and 22. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, according to the couple’s wishes.
Notable pieces from the live sales include a gift from singer Frank Sinatra to President Reagan in honor of his Jan. 20, 1981 inauguration. The present, a Tiffany & Co. watch, was contained in a mahogany, three-tier box with the engraving, “Good Morning Mr. President.”
A set of engraved silver beakers from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are also included. One features the initial “N” and the other “R,” and both are accompanied by a message from Thatcher.
Other standouts are a piece of the Berlin wall signed by Reagan, a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots that feature the POTUS seal and are estimated between $10-$20,000, a signed Wilson NFL football and a Bulgari diamond, sapphire and ruby ring designed to look like an American flag – one of many jewelry pieces.
Online items include a set of personalized desk accessories, designer purses and even liquor.
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“The generosity and foresight of President and Mrs. Reagan ensures that the Foundation, and the presidential library it supports, will be equipped to pursue its mission,” John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, said in a press release from the organization. “It is our honor to fulfill their wishes for the benefit of countless numbers who will visit the Reagan Library in the future.”
Reagan died in June 2004. His wife followed 12 years later, passing in March of this year at age 94. The couple are survived by their two children, son Ron and daughter Patti. The former president’s other son, Michael, whom he adopted with first wife Jane Wyman, is also still living.