Gavels n' Paddles: 1844 political banner, $185,000, Heritage

Gavels n' Paddles: 1844 political banner, $185,000, Heritage

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by Ken Hall
A hand-painted double-sided jugate banner from the 1844 Presidential campaign of James Knox Polk sold for $185,000 at a sale of Part II of the Merrill C. Berman Collection of political memorabilia held June 2 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a political banner from that same year for Polk’s opponent in the election, Henry Clay, hammered for $31,250; a large “pewter rim” engraved portrait of Andrew Jackson under glass realized $20,000; and an Abraham Lincoln ambrotype brooch by George Clark hit $16,250. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Gavels n’ Paddles: 1844 political banner, $185,000, Heritage