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Heritage auction realizes $13 million

The Long Beach Signature Auction brought $13 million for Heritage Auction Galleries.

Gold rarities in all denominations led prices realized in Heritage’s Official Auction of the February Long Beach Coin Expo.

Some 6,500 lots from 280 consignors were included in the auction, presented by Heritage Auction Galleries.

The auction took place Feb. 5-8 in Long Beach, Calif. Prices realized have been posted by Heritage Auction Galleries on its Web site at www.HA.com. The totals are expected to increase substantially as post auction buys and the non-floor session continues.

“Long Beach was especially rich in gold rarities, across all series,” said Heritage President Greg Rohan. “Exceptional coins were contributed by our anchors, many of Registry quality. The Grand Lake Collection was especially rich in gold pre-Civil War issues – especially the coins of Dahlonega and Charlotte. The four-generation Pasadena Collection started with a box of coins set aside by the owner of a general store in Pennsylvania. Part One of the Ed Lepordo Collection featured a complete type set (1793–to-date), impressive large cents, and other series from two dozen NGC Registry sets. Additional selections from The Jack Lee Estate Collection were also included.”

 Bidder usage of the HERITAGE Live! bidding system, allowing global bidders to directly compete in the floor bidding via the Internet, continued to rise; of the 4,500 bidders participating in Long Beach, 16 percent of those successful participated through the online live bidding.

Among the items sold in Long Beach were: Lot 3020: 1861-S $20 Paquet AU-58 NGC, realized $161,000;

Lot 2685: 1824 $5 MS-63 PCGS. Breen-6482, BD-1, High R.5, realized $126,500;  and
Lot 1515: 1794 $1 Fine 12 PCGS. B-1, BB-1, R.4, realized $89,125, one of only about 125 survivors known from The Grand Lake Collection.

For more information about Heritage’s auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot visit www.HA.com.  

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