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BARACK OBAMA’S HISTORIC GAME WORN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL JERSEY AND MICHELLE OBAMA’S ICONIC BLACK NORMAN NORELL VINTAGE DRESS TO BE OFFERED AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME HEAD TO JULIEN’S AUCTIONS
The 44th U.S. President’s Historic 1979 Punahou School Basketball Jersey Joins ICONS & IDOLS TRILOGY: SPORTS December 4th Featuring All-Star Items from Michael Jordan, Colin Kaepernick, Kobe Bryant and More
Michele Obama’s Iconic Cocktail Dress-the First Vintage Dress Ever Worn in Public by a First Lady-Will Headline ICONS & IDOLS TRILOGY: HOLLYWOOD December 3RD
European and U.S. Public Exhibitions of Obama Pieces to be Held at The Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor’s Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland October 12th to November 15th and Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills November 23RD - NOVEmber 30th
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2020
Los Angeles, California - (September 30th, 2020) - Julien’s Auctions announced today that two spectacular and historic items from the life and legacy of the Obama family have been added to their highly anticipated auction season.
The historic game worn high school basketball jersey worn by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II, will be sold exclusively at the previously announced ICONS & IDOLS TRILOGY: SPORTS, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars’ sports event featuring historic items from Michael Jordan, Colin Kaepernick, Kobe Bryant and more, taking place Friday, December 4th, 2020, live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com.
Barack “Barry” Obama wore this jersey during his senior year at Punahou School as a member of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys’ varsity team. The jersey in itself represents the leadership and competitiveness he brought as a basketball player to become the President of the United States (photo left: 1979 yearbook photo of Obama in his #23 jersey playing basketball)
In Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father, he writes, “At least on the basketball court I could find a community of sorts, with an inner life all its own. It was there that I would make my closest white friends, on turf where blackness couldn’t be a disadvantage.” It was through basketball that Obama explored his racial identity and his love for the game which would become a touchstone throughout Obama’s personal life and presidency. (photo bottom right: 1979 yearbook photo of Obama seated top right with basketball team)
At the start of Obama’s first term, the White House tennis court was converted to a basketball court where he could be frequently seen playing pick-up games against NBA players and politicians alike. He remains the only American president to have participated in a team sport while serving in the White House.
The Rawlings size 40 white mesh pullover features “PUNAHOU” and the number “23” on the front and reverse side with yellow and blue stripes, Punahou’s school colors. The historic game worn jersey and rare piece of American presidential history is estimated to sell at $150,000-$200,000 and is accompanied by a 1979 Punahou school yearbook, which includes photos of Barry Obama playing basketball in the same jersey.
As the nation’s first African-American president, Obama’s historic election into office and his two-term presidency sparked hope and change around the world. With wife, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters Sasha and Malia, the Obama family left an enduring legacy of dignity and grace during their eight years in the White House.
During her years as the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s achievements and style made her not only one of the most iconic women in history but also the First Lady of Fashion.
Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer for the first time at auction a dress worn by the former First Lady: the black vintage Norman Norell cocktail dress worn by First Lady Michelle Obama to the reception for Christmas in Washington, a star studded televised charitable fundraiser and musical celebration of the holidays held December 12, 2010, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The headline making dress became a viral media sensation around the world and was reported by People, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph as well as late night TV shows, broadcast news and more to be the first time a First Lady had ever worn a vintage couture dress in public.
This circa 1950s dress with a fitted bodice, black satin straps and a silk organza tea-length skirt over an attached silk crinoline petticoat with multiple layers of tulle is estimated to sell at $50,000-$70,000. It will headline Julien’s Auctions ICONS & IDOLS TRILOGY: HOLLYWOOD taking place Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, live in Beverly Hills and online at www.juliensauctions.com.
The dress created by Coty Award winning designer Norman Norell was provided to the First Lady by renowned fashion house New York Vintage. Norell, known as “The Dean of American Fashion Designers,” had a successful five-decade career that began in the 1920s where he designed costumes for Paramount Studios in New York, for the likes of Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino and fashion for Hollywood stars to wives of industrialists and politicians.(photo left: back of Michelle Obama’s dress)
“In this historic election year, Julien’s Auctions is honored to offer these two sensational pieces from one of the most iconic and revered Presidential couples, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “From Barack Obama’s high school basketball jersey, that bode his destiny as the future U.S. Commander in Chief, to the vintage dress that sealed Michelle Obama’s status as a fashion forward style icon, these highly collectible items exude the grace and glamour that the Obamas came to be admired for during their years in the White House and exemplify why they are American royalty.”
Special exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. for the public to view these items prior to the auction will be held at The Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitors Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland October 12th to November 15th and Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills November 23rd - November 30th.
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The Museum of Style Icons
Athgarvan Road, Newbridge,
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Monday, October 12th, 2020 – Sunday, November 15th, 2020
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ICONS & IDOLS: SPORTS
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Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets.
Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.
In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300),
including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball
jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for
$192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which
sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car
which sold for $500,000.
In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World
Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar,
which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction.
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