David and Janice Frent own one of the premier collections of presidential and political campaign artefacts, documenting American politics from its inception. They have decided to let their collection go in a quarterly series of sales at Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world. The third auction is held on June 2nd-3rd.

The sale features just nine lots, and they are all the best in their category. A copper button worn for George Washington’s Inauguration is the best specimen known. Its simple yet beautiful inscription reads “Long Live the President G.W.”

Another important collectible is a 1920 Campaign Watch featuring Cox and Roosevelt. One of the “signature” rarities in the Frent Collection, it is featured in Running for President, 1900-1992, edited by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The extreme rarity, unique display appeal, and compatibility with Cox campaign buttons and badges signal tremendous bidder interest in this lot.

More modest, but equally lovely is a ribbon with a Cooper Union portrait of Lincoln, showing the candidate to best effect, in the pose that “made him President”.

George Washington’s inaugural button George Washington’s inaugural button. Courtesy Heritage Auctions.

On February 24th, 2018 the second part of the sale set two records: one for the achieved price for the earliest artefact referring to George Washington as the “Father of His Country” that sold for $225,000 and one for the sale itself, that realized $1.2m from more than 600 bidders. Will the record be broken in June?

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