A shoe worn by thoroughbred racing horse Man o' War in the 1919 Belmont Futurity Stakes in New York could make $10,000-15,000.
Man o’ War regularly leads polls of the greatest racehorses of all time.
Man o' War was one of the greatest racehorses of all time
He achieved a sterling record of 20 victories in 21 races, including this one.
Man o’ War’s trainer, the legendary Judge Louis Feustel, gave the shoe to a friend named Edward Buhler.
It’s inscribed: “To my Friend the Judge Louis Feustel trainer”.
Auctioneer Myers Fine Art anticipates strong interest from collectors, stating: “Nearly 100 years have passed since Man O' War's prime winning streak.
“Leading collectors of thoroughbred racing memorabilia have largely abandoned any hope of owning a relic from the top-ranked equine athlete of all time.”
We have an exceptional piece of racing memorabilia for sale – this strand of Red Rum’s hair.
The February 5 auction in New York will also feature a rare sign from a 1920s era city bakery.
Signs from the 1920s are extremely rare in this condition
A manufacturer’s stamp on the reverse of the sign reads: “The McSavaney Co. Springfield, Ohio”.
The colours and condition of the sign remain in exceptional condition despite its advanced age. That’s because the bakery closed down after a year and the sign went into storage almost immediately.
It’s valued at $4,000-6,000 but its condition could easily see it double that estimate.
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