Published: July 26, 2022
CRANSTON, R.I. — On July 21, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Historic Arms & Militaria sale took place online. The top price was targeted not by one of the many firearms offered, but to a set of presentation items sent to Eleanor Roosevelt following the death of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from King Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. The king and president met towards the end of World War II aboard the USS Quincy in Egypt, and this group of items was sent as a memento of their visit but arrived only after the president’s death. The lot contained a traditional Arabian rove, headdress, scarf, dagger and belt, and sold for more than double its high estimate at $17,500. Price quoted with buyer’s premium as reported by the auction house. More on this sale in a future issue.
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