Seller Story

James Seacrest, Lincoln, NE


“These items belonged to my father, James Seacrest. His collecting started right out of high school and his train collection was one-of-a-kind; everyone knew about Dad and his trains. On my property, we have a 6,000 square foot building that is a fully operational historical model of the Duluth Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad from the year 1956. My father built all of it. We also have a library of railroad timetables that is large enough to start our own museum.

The majority of what he collected was train-oriented, but as he went along, my dad decided he also wanted to collect art, books, maps. He was interested in things that were relevant to his childhood, so there was a great focus on the year 1946 and 1956 — he’d collect pieces from that era that were culturally iconic.

Everybody knew about the trains, but after he passed and we started digging through boxes in the basement, we found this huge book collection which none of us knew about. It’s mostly signed books that were culturally relevant – from celebrities to presidents, scientists and great literary figures He’d buy these books from dealers, antiques places, or major bookstores in big cities.

My father never talked specifically about what he had, but he would say frequently that once he was gone, his collection would allow us to make incredible charitable donations. So we realized we needed to have experts come in, tell us what we had, and find homes for these items, and then take the funds and donate to organizations. A great deal of the proceeds are going to local charities of the city mission, as well as education and outreach programs to help children get on a better path.” — Ryan Seacrest, son

Seller Story: James Seacrest, Lincoln, NE
Seller Story: James Seacrest, Lincoln, NE
Willie Nelson Signed Autobiography

Willie Nelson Signed Autobiography

Final Bid:
$120
1857 "Letters and Notes on the North American Indians" in Two Volumes

1857 "Letters and Notes on the North American Indians" in Two Volumes

Final Bid:
$501
Vintage Signed Mid Century Novels including Bradbury and Davies

Vintage Signed Mid Century Novels including Bradbury and Davies

Final Bid:
$358
1920s Vintage "My Book House" Children's Book Set

1920s Vintage "My Book House" Children's Book Set

Final Bid:
$75
Baldwin Locomotive Works Bound Schematics for the M-2 Class 2-10-2 Locomotive

Baldwin Locomotive Works Bound Schematics for the M-2 Class 2-10-2 Locomotive

Final Bid:
$28
Signed First American Edition of "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie

Signed First American Edition of "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie

Final Bid:
$207
Signed First Edition Johnny Cash "The Man in Black"

Signed First Edition Johnny Cash "The Man in Black"

Final Bid:
$275
Collection of Signed First Edition Novels

Collection of Signed First Edition Novels

Final Bid:
$605
Saroyan, Kees, Lowry etc. Signed "State of the Nation" 1940

Saroyan, Kees, Lowry etc. Signed "State of the Nation" 1940

Final Bid:
$140
Vintage Christmas Children's Book Group

Vintage Christmas Children's Book Group

Final Bid:
$150
Signed Katherine Hepburn "The Making of the African Queen"

Signed Katherine Hepburn "The Making of the African Queen"

Final Bid:
$358
First Edition, Signed "Crazy Horse" by Mari Sandoz

First Edition, Signed "Crazy Horse" by Mari Sandoz

Final Bid:
$205
J. Edgard Hoover Signed "Masters of Deceit" in Hardcover

J. Edgard Hoover Signed "Masters of Deceit" in Hardcover

Final Bid:
$204
Three Hardcover Flash Gordon Comics Collections

Three Hardcover Flash Gordon Comics Collections

Final Bid:
$35
Group of Signed Mari Sandoz Books

Group of Signed Mari Sandoz Books

Final Bid:
$525
Signed Vintage Groucho Marx Books

Signed Vintage Groucho Marx Books

Final Bid:
$606
Vintage Nonfiction Books Relating to the American West

Vintage Nonfiction Books Relating to the American West

Final Bid:
$135
Wolverine Tin Ton Sand and Gravel Conveyor Toy

Wolverine Tin Ton Sand and Gravel Conveyor Toy

Final Bid:
$45
"The Catcher in the Rye" Book Art by Appropriation Artist Richard Prince

"The Catcher in the Rye" Book Art by Appropriation Artist Richard Prince

Final Bid:
$1,213
Vintage Books with Works by 20th Century Illustrators

Vintage Books with Works by 20th Century Illustrators

Final Bid:
$80
1895 First Edition "Pony Tracks" by Frederic Remington

1895 First Edition "Pony Tracks" by Frederic Remington

Final Bid:
$280
Signed Classic Literature including Vidal, Roth, and Paton

Signed Classic Literature including Vidal, Roth, and Paton

Final Bid:
$200
Signed Jim Davis Garfield Coffee Table Book

Signed Jim Davis Garfield Coffee Table Book

Final Bid:
$65
Signed Limited First Edition "Pebble in the Sky" by Isaac Asimov

Signed Limited First Edition "Pebble in the Sky" by Isaac Asimov

Final Bid:
$231
Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Final Bid:
$231
Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Final Bid:
$280
Vintage Railroad Hardcover Book Group

Vintage Railroad Hardcover Book Group

Final Bid:
$14
Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Vintage Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley Tin Toy

Final Bid:
$280
Group of Signed Memoirs - B.B. King, Joe Frazier, Dr. Spock, Gordon Cooper

Group of Signed Memoirs - B.B. King, Joe Frazier, Dr. Spock, Gordon Cooper

Final Bid:
$490
Ft. Worth & Denver and Wichita Valley Locomotive Diagrams

Ft. Worth & Denver and Wichita Valley Locomotive Diagrams

Final Bid:
$23
Signed Nelson Mandela "A Force for Freedom"

Signed Nelson Mandela "A Force for Freedom"

Final Bid:
$444
1880 Signed "Ben-Hur" by Lew Wallace

1880 Signed "Ben-Hur" by Lew Wallace

Final Bid:
$1,000
Signed First Edition of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

Signed First Edition of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

Final Bid:
$625
Signed Limited Edition Marlene Dietrich "ABC"

Signed Limited Edition Marlene Dietrich "ABC"

Final Bid:
$341
Dolly Parton Signed Autobiography

Dolly Parton Signed Autobiography

Final Bid:
$154
"The Face of the World" by Cecil Beaton signed by Tennessee Williams

"The Face of the World" by Cecil Beaton signed by Tennessee Williams

Final Bid:
$449
Group of Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan Novels

Group of Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan Novels

Final Bid:
$410
Signed Kurt Vonnegut "Slaughterhouse Five" Franklin Library Edition

Signed Kurt Vonnegut "Slaughterhouse Five" Franklin Library Edition

Final Bid:
$403
Works of Rudyard Kipling "Seven Seas Edition" Set

Works of Rudyard Kipling "Seven Seas Edition" Set

Final Bid:
$600
Signed First Edition "A Further Range" by Robert Frost

Signed First Edition "A Further Range" by Robert Frost

Final Bid:
$448
Group of Signed Western Fiction Hardcovers

Group of Signed Western Fiction Hardcovers

Final Bid:
$170
Group of Vintage "Windermere Classics" Series Hardcovers

Group of Vintage "Windermere Classics" Series Hardcovers

Final Bid:
$270
Vintage Disney Children's Book Group

Vintage Disney Children's Book Group

Final Bid:
$206
American West Hardcover Book Group

American West Hardcover Book Group

Final Bid:
$353
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Seller Story: James Seacrest, Lincoln, NE

What was it like going through the collection?

We’d come across books that were unbelievable in terms of historical significance, and then some that made us think: “Well, why did he do this?” To give you an example: we found Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, one hundred percent intact except for one repaired page. In a next box was a signed copy of the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee — no idea why he would want that, or why we’d have some books that are of great cultural importance and some that are pop culture mush.

What most impressed you?

That he collected almost every presidential signature in some form or another. I also think it’s impressive that he really had no appreciation for pop culture of any kind, yet, in his collection of books there’s Frank Sinatra, Joe Dimaggio, and then many other people from mainstream culture about whom my dad wouldn’t necessarily have known the details, but who he knew were relevant.

So what do you think was his motivation for collecting?

My family was in newspapers, and I think my father had an appreciation for history — and also the fact that if he wanted to, he could say to someone: “I have signatures of every president there ever was.” There’s a Jimmy Carter book from about 20 years ago that I actually got signed for him in Chicago. That was something he would do — call me or other friends up and say ‘So and so is going to be there, is there any way you could get this book signed?’”

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