American Humane Association Trophy

Value (2012) | $1,500 Auction$2,500 Auction

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 – that "anything in the building you want, you can have." And I found this in the back corner of the basement.


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. I called the Hollywood Museum and nobody could give me any information.

So you're here for the Antiques Roadshow detectives…


…to do their little work.

To do their 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. Some of the other animals that you can remember through the years, if you're a movie buff: 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. Because of what it is and what it was given out for, there have to be a number of customers for it. It's difficult to make an exact judgment. But if it were going into an auction, the auction estimate would be somewhere between $800 and $1,200.

Appraisal Details

Leila Dunbar Appraisals & Consulting, LLC
Washington, DC
Update (2012)
$1,500 Auction$2,500 Auction
Appraised value (1998)
$800 Auction$1,200 Auction
Los Angeles, CA (August 01, 1998)
20th Century

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