Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) served as the 40th President of the United States. A former president of the Screen Actors Guild and a two-time governor of California, Reagan was first elected to the presidency in 1980 and re-elected in 1984, serving until 1989.
Here are ten valuable Ronald Reagan collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political/movie memorabilia collectors. "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987
Ronald Reagan Welcome Home Pin
In 1941 Ronald Reagan movie star returned to his hometown of Dixon, Illinois. A pinback button commemorating that event sold at auction for $167.30. Only a handful of these pins are known to exist today.
Ronald Reagan Welcome Home Dixon, Ill. pin $167.30.
Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman Movie Stills
Fellow actors Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman were married from 1940 to 1949. Reagan and Wyman had co-starred in Brother Rat (1938). A pair of 1940s 7x9-inch Warner Bros. movie stills picturing the couple brought $34 at auction.
Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman in one of two stills $34
Ronald Reagan Signed The Brown Derby Sketch
Hollywood's famous the Brown Derby restaurant sported sketches of many movie stars during its long history. One sketch of Ronald Reagan by Frank "Pancho" Willmarth and inscribed/signed by Reagan sold at auction for $5,437.25. It is believed the "Bob" addressed in the photo is Bob Cobb, co-owner of the Brown Derby.
Ronald Reagan signed Brown Derby caricature $5,437.25.
Ronald Reagan Signed Where's the Rest of Me? Autobiography
Ronald Reagan's first autobiography Where's the Rest of Me? was published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce in 1965. The title refers to a famous line uttered by Reagan in the movie Kings Row (1942). A Reagan signed copy of a third printing edition dated 7/27/65 brought $657.25 at auction.
Ronald Reagan 1980 California Delegation Pin
A rare Ronald Reagan California Delegation pin from the 1980 Republican National Convention sold at auction for $1,195.
Ronald Reagan 1980 California Delegation button $1,195
Ronald and Nancy Reagan Autographed Photo
An 8x10-inch black-and-white photo autographed by Ronald and Nancy Reagan brought $717 at auction. The photo is inscribed to Jilly Rizzo, a friend of Frank Sinatra's.
Ronald Reagan 1952 Chesterfield Cigarettes Advertising Poster
Like other movie actors and professional athletes of the period, Ronald Reagan (who later gave up smoking) made the pitch for Chesterfield Cigarettes in 1952. An advertising poster from that era featuring "Dutch" Reagan sold at auction for $448.13.
Ronald Reagan Chesterfield poster $448.13
President Ronald Reagan 1981 Signed Letter
A May 14, 1981, typewritten letter on White House stationery signed by President Reagan brought $1,792.50 at auction. The letter details Reagan's involvement with the group Americans for Democratic Action in the 1940s.
Write In Ronald Reagan Campaign Button Lot
A lot of 20 Write In Ronald Reagan photo campaign pins used in the 1968 New Hampshire Primary sold at auction for $179.25.
Ronald Reagan Autographed Knute Rockne - All American Movie Still
An 8x10-inch glossy still from Knute Rockne - All American (1940) signed by the president – "Win one for the Gipper Ronald Reagan" – brought $5,975 at auction. Reagan famously played the doomed Notre Dame football player George Gipp in the film.
Ronald Reagan signed Knute Rockne - All American still $5,975
Ronald Reagan Political/Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev 1992 signed photo $836.50
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