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The Coolest Memorabilia Items Ever Sold at Auction

New York Loan Company is a luxury collateral lender that resides in Midtown Manhattan’s Diamond District. The company works with an array of high-end items, namely jewelry, diamonds, watches, modern and contemporary art, and one-of-a-kind entertainment, sports and political memorabilia. The owner and staff of New York Loan, and its sister store Beverly Loan in Beverly Hills, have been lucky enough to work with some extremely unique and valuable memorabilia. The exclusive pawnshop has seen championship rings, entertainment awards, recognizable movie costumes and props, very rare comic books, and jerseys from iconic athletes – to name a few.

Due to the strict confidentiality of both New York Loan and Beverly Loan, clients and items are never discussed specifically.  That said, below are some of the exciting and unique items that have sold for incredible amounts of money at auction, and they provide a sampling of the type of memorabilia that New York’s luxury pawnshop purchases and lends against.

Action Comics #1 is the most expensive comic book ever sold, originally published in 1938 this comic is the first ever appearance of Superman. In August 2014 the comic was put up on eBay by Pristine Comics and sold for 3.2 million dollars. With an estimated 50 -100 in existence, this copy had the highest rating that this specific comic has ever received, a 9.0 by the Certified Guaranty Company, or CGC.

Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold at Christie’s auction house in 2006 for almost a million dollars. The final bid was $923,000 – a staggering amount considering the estimate for the dress was between $100,000 – 140,000. This dress was voted as the “best dress ever worn by a woman in a film”.

The Rules of Basketball written by James Naismith, who is credited as the creator of basketball, sold for $4.3 million dollars in 2010 by Sotheby’s. The rules were written in 1891 by Naismith who was working with the YMCA and wanted a sport that could be played indoors during the winter. The 125 year old document was purchased by David Booth, a billionaire that is hoping to leverage a new basketball venue for Kansas University with the vintage document.

In 2012 George Washington’s personal copy of Acts of Congress, a book which held an annotated version of the Constitution & Bill of Rights, was auctioned off by Christie’s for a record breaking 9.8 million. The book was 223 years old at the time and in pristine condition; it also held personal notations and the signature of the Founding Father himself. The important historical document was purchased by Ann Bookout, the regent of the board of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association that runs Washington’s historic home.

Please contact New York Loan Company electronically at info@newyorkloan.com or by telephone at 212-9975626 to discuss a pawn loan on rare collectable items.  Please be aware that provenance (certificates of authenticity, auction records, receipts, etc.) is necessary for us to purchase or make a pawn loan against rare one-of-a-kind memorabilia.