American Humane Association Trophy
Appraised Value: $800 - $1,200 (1998)
$1,500 - $2,500 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:55)
Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia
Leila Dunbar Appraisals & Consulting, LLC
GUEST: Back in about 1972, they demolitioned the old L.A. trophy building downtown here. And we were in the building of the demolishing, and at lunchtime we talked to the contractor, and the contractor told us that if there's anything in the building you want, you can have, because this building's going to be down at 5:00 in the morning. And I found this in the back corner of the basement. Put it away, and I've had it in my garage for about 30-some years. About five years ago, I tried to find out some information about it, and the people that I tried to get in contact with, they didn't know anything. They'd never heard of the organization. I called the Hollywood Museum and stuff like that, and nobody could give me any information.
APPRAISER: So you're here for the Antiques Roadshow detectives to do their little work. Well, that's what we're here for. We'll hope to enlighten you just a little bit. As you can see here, this was given out by the American Humane Association. It was an annual award for outstanding achievement in motion pictures. But unlike the Oscars, which started in 1928, for humans, they started this for animals in 1950. And you can see the first recipient, if you look down here, is Francis the talking mule. Which is just...you know, who better to start with this? Some of the other animals that you can remember through the years, if you're a movie buff in particular...There is the dog Spike, who is from Old Yeller, who was given the award in 1957. And if you turn this around, some of your other famous felines and canines include the cat, who was simply called The Cat, in Breakfast at Tiffany's, given the award in 1961. And if you flip it around even more, we end up with some more from the animal hall of fame. Elsa the lion from Born Free, and Ben the bear from Gentle Giant. And that is the last year that we have, 1967. What happened was they stopped giving out this award, and it got given out by the Golden Globes instead in the 1970s. At that time it was part of the Foreign Press Association, which it still is. But they were given out for a number of years and called the PATSYs. Well, you know in Hollywood, if a bad film comes out or doesn't do well at the box office, it's called a dog. Unfortunately, every year, an animal would win, and the jokes would start flying about certain films, certain animals, and the Golden Globes decided it was better for them to just phase out the award completely. So what you have here, Dennis, is a one-of-a-kind trophy. Because of what it is and what it was given out for, there have to be a number of customers for it. Because it's one-of-a-kind, it's difficult to make an exact judgment. But if we were going into an auction, the auction estimate would be somewhere between $800 and $1,200.
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