Ever wanted to own Abraham Lincoln’s glasses? How about a lock of John Adams’ hair? Next month you can— for a price.
Boston’s Omni Parker House is hosting an auction September 17-18 selling 420 pieces of presidential history. The artifacts include Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Rolex watch, a bone-handled cane used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and much more that will appeal to those with enormous wallets.
According to Reuters, the pricey pieces are from the collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, a former messenger to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. RR Auction, the company hosting the event, claims on its website that Amyx obtained many of the artifacts through close personal relationships he created at the White House, and calls the auction part of his “personal quest to preserve and share American history.’’
The gold watch that once belonged to Eisenhower is expected to go for over $1 million. It features Eisenhower’s engraved initials and was given to the president by Swiss watchmaker Rolex to thank Eisenhower for his role in ending World War II. Eisenhower reportedly passed it on to his long-time valet, and Amyx acquired it from the man’s widow.
“If Raleigh didn’t purchase [the artifacts], curate them and take care of them, they would have been lost,’’ Executive Vice President of RR Auction Bobby Livingston told Reuters.
The impressive collection dates as far back as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s era— Adams’ lock of hair and Jefferson’s White House china– all they way up to items once belonging to former US President George H.W. Bush.
Learn more about the auction and register to bid here.