Record Year for Heritage
Galleries reported $709,664,132 in net sales for
2008, by far the largest in its history. This
figure represents results from all of Heritage’s
26 departments, and includes all auction and
private treaty sales.
"This was a year of sales growth, right from the
very beginning," said Greg Rohan, President of
Heritage. "We started the year with a
record-breaking auction at the Florida United
Numismatists convention – more than $63.5
million, making it the second biggest coin and
currency auction ever held after our $78 million
2007 FUN auction."
Heritage then went on to break record after
record as the year progressed, racking up a
total of $252,689,999 in U.S. coin auction
sales, a 20% increase over 2007 sales, itself a
record. In 2008 Heritage also set a new record
for currency auctions – $40,899,887, nearly a
35% increase over its record 2007 sales.
"Our World Coin Department turned in some
exceptional results this year," said Rohan,
"with total auction sales of more than $16
"Currency was another hot area in 2008," said
Rohan, "with Heritage claiming the record for
the two largest currency auctions ever: our May
Central States currency auction grossing
$14,203,004, and our $13,333,364 September Long
Beach Currency auction."
Heritage also set all-time auction volume
records in the following non-numismatic
collectibles categories, among others:
Natural History: $7,475,739
Illustration Art: $5,794,526
Comic Books and Comic Art: $21,098,746
Movie Posters and Associated Memorabilia:
Sports Collectibles: $8,224,347
Civil War Memorabilia: $5,937,005
"Best of all," said Rohan, "Heritage ended the
year with 422,414 registered bidder members.
Heritage has now served more than 45,000
individual consignors, each paid in full and
right on schedule."
HA.com continued its reign as the Internet’s
most popular auction Web site for art and
collectibles, with nearly triple the average
monthly traffic received by Christies.com and
Sothebys.com combined, according to Compete.com,
the equivalent of the Nielsen Ratings for the
Click on this link to view an archive of other
Heritage highlights of 2008.
For more information about any of Heritage’s
auctions, and a complete record of prices
realized, along with full-color, enlargeable
photos of each lot, please visit www.HA.com.
To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction
catalog, please contact Client Services at
1-800-872-6467, ext.1150, or visit www.HA.com/Catalog
to order by email.
Heritage Auction Galleries is the world’s third
largest auction house, and by far the largest
auctioneer of rare collectibles, with annual
sales more than $700 million, and 400,000+
registered online bidder members.