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Press Release - June 1, 2021

Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War Ship Model Brings $62,500 in Automobilia, Transport History and Mechanical Models Auction

Objects from the Estate of Kenneth Alan Hill, Sr., take top lot honors

Carved Bone Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War Ship HMS Alexander Model
DALLAS, Texas (June 1, 2021) – A stunning, private collection of rare nautical-themed fine art and collectibles claimed top lot honors in Heritage Auctions' May 25 sale of Automobilia, Transport History and Mechanical Models.

The Estate of Kenneth Alan Hill, Sr., presented a number of highly sought-after model ships were of a quality not often seen at auction. Hill turned his love of the water into a lifetime of collecting. The Fort Worth, Texas, resident and retired pharmaceutical pioneer sought only the finest examples of maritime fine art and antiques to complete a truly outstanding collection.

His extraordinary carved Bone Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War ship model of the HMS Alexander, circa 1795-1815, sold for $62,500 against a $15,000 estimate.

A Presidential Steam Yacht Mayflower model with mahogany and glass case and a large and well-built R.M.S. Lusitania ship model with mahogany and glass case sold for $8,750 each. A second carved bone Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War ship model of the HMS Conqueror under a glass ended at $6,875.

Additional highlights from the collection include:

· A live Steam Bat Launch 1:8 ship model with glass, brass and wood case sold for $6,875

· An English two-inch bore bronze naval cannon brought $5,750

· An American engraved New London Piquot Harbor Lighthouse powder horn with mahogany and glass case sold for $2,375

An important group of paintings from the Estate of Kenneth Alan Hill, Sr., will be offered in Heritage Auctions' European Art Auction, June 4 and objects of Decorative Art will be offered June 18.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations

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