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An Auction Full of Presidential Excellence

Yesterday, you celebrated the American labor movement. Nine days from now, you’ll celebrate five of America’s former commanders in chief by bidding on a bunch of their old possessions in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Auction. Right now... maybe celebrate a hoagie or something.

Eisenhower’s Gold Rolex
LOT #177

Eisenhower’s Gold Rolex

The Item: Eisenhower’s custom-engraved 1951 gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, which he wore all throughout his presidency.
Potential Uses: Keeping time; checking the date; keeping time while checking the date.

Harry Truman’s Beer Stein
LOT #165

Harry Truman’s Beer Stein

The Item: President Truman’s very own beer stein made of solid oak, which he eventually gifted to the White House doorman at the time. Who must have been a really good White House doorman.
Potential Uses: Consuming märzen; toasting to America; winning Oktoberfest forever.

George Bush Senior’s Tennis Racket
LOT #306

George Bush Senior’s Tennis Racket

The Item: A very 1980s tennis racket that Senior gave to a guy after he beat him in a doubles match. Just imagine what he gave to Dukakis.
Potential Uses: Singles; doubles; bartering for front-row US Open tickets.

FDR’s Top Hat and Cape
LOTS #77 & #78

FDR’s Top Hat and Cape

The Items: The top hat that FDR donned during his first presidential inauguration. And his personal blue-black wool cape. Because top hats and capes.
Potential Uses: Protection from the elements; answering the question “Why are you wearing a top hat and cape?” with the best possible answer.

JFK’s Shaving Kit
LOT #216

JFK’s Shaving Kit

The Item: A monogrammed brass shaving kit containing a double-edge razor, badger brush and powder container, each bearing the initials “J.F.K.”
Potential Uses: Asking not what your face can do for you, but what you... yeah, just put it in a display case.

Eisenhower’s Leather Bomber Jacket
LOT # 172

Eisenhower’s Leather Bomber Jacket

The Item: The same dark brown leather A-2 flight jacket that Ike wore while acting as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II. And presumably while apple-picking at Camp David.
Potential Uses: Braving brisk autumnal winds/other things that aren’t world wars.

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