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Executive Branch

The executive branch of government is the branch responsible for implementing, supporting and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch of government. It was formed with the development of the United States Constitution in 1789. The branch consists of the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President, and the Cabinet, which includes the heads of 15 government departments, government staff organizations, and other independent agencies.

For those who collect political memorabilia, the term "executive branch" usually refers to the Office of the President of the United States. Presidential memorabilia comes in many forms, including campaign memorabilia, inauguration souvenirs, presidential portraits, photographs, letters, speeches, autographs, books, and other items. Anything pertaining to a past or present president of the United States falls into this category of collecting.

The oldest pieces of United States presidential memorabilia are buttons and flags produced to commemorate the inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States in 1789. Other well-known pieces of presidential memorabilia include the photographs of Abraham Lincoln before and after he grew a beard, Ronald Reagan's cowboy hat, and the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.


Quick Facts

  • In June 2015, a color jugate banner from the campaign of President James K. Polk sold at auction for $185,000, making it the highest price ever paid for a piece of political memorabilia
  • Abraham Lincoln's spectacles with provenance from his great grandson were sold at auction for $84,422 in June 2013
  • The National Archives of the United States currently maintains 13 presidential libraries, starting with the library of the 31st president, Herbert Hoover. These libraries archive and display large collections of presidential memorabilia from the United States presidents of the 20th and 21st centuries

Recommended Items at Auction

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VINTAGE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS
by Jackson's International
Est: $25- $50
$22513 Bids
Framed Churchill Downs Finish Line with COA
Apr 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Framed Churchill Downs Finish Line with COA
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$2108 Bids
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[LINCOLN] 1860 Campaign Badge
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
[LINCOLN] 1860 Campaign Badge
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,750- $2,250
$7006 Bids
Abraham Lincoln Bixby Letter Framed Print
Apr 27, 10:00 AM MST
Abraham Lincoln Bixby Letter Framed Print
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$705 Bids
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Lincoln's Horse at His Funeral & African American Preacher
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Lincoln's Horse at His Funeral & African American Preacher
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$3504 Bids
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Abraham Lincoln 1864 Election Ferrotype
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Abraham Lincoln 1864 Election Ferrotype
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $500- $750
$2254 Bids
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JFK Dallas, Texas Welcome Dinner Invitation: 22 November 1963
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
JFK Dallas, Texas Welcome Dinner Invitation: 22 November 1963
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $500- $750
$2503 Bids
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Lincoln Mourning Relics, 1865 Philadelphia Funeral
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Lincoln Mourning Relics, 1865 Philadelphia Funeral
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2753 Bids
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[LINCOLN] April 1865 Eyewitness Account of Lincoln Public Address
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
[LINCOLN] April 1865 Eyewitness Account of Lincoln Public Address
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $250- $500
$1753 Bids
Donald Trump Round and Key Chain
Apr 23, 5:00 PM EDT
Donald Trump Round and Key Chain
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$22 Bids
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Lincoln 1864 Presidential Ballot & Tally Sheet Envelope
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Lincoln 1864 Presidential Ballot & Tally Sheet Envelope
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $150- $300
$1002 Bids
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[LINCOLN] 1876 Radical Republican Hayes Ballot
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
[LINCOLN] 1876 Radical Republican Hayes Ballot
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
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Washington's Death, Sermon Owned by Rev. War Veteran
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Washington's Death, Sermon Owned by Rev. War Veteran
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $500- $750
$1252 Bids
1967 Topps Who Am I Fdr Psa 7
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1967 Topps Who Am I Fdr Psa 7
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
1967 Topps Who Am I Teddy Roosevelt Psa 7
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1967 Topps Who Am I Teddy Roosevelt Psa 7
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
Collection of Jesse Jackson Political Memorabilia
Apr 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Jesse Jackson Political Memorabilia
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$502 Bids
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Lincoln & Generals Albumen Brooch
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Lincoln & Generals Albumen Brooch
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$2501 Bid
Collection of books related to the Kennedy family
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Collection of books related to the Kennedy family
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Abraham Lincoln Framed Strands of Hair and Funeral Train Relic
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Abraham Lincoln Framed Strands of Hair and Funeral Train Relic
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
GROUP OF MOSTLY JOHN F. KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHS.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF MOSTLY JOHN F. KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
U.S. President Nixon Pins & More Collectibles
Apr 26, 8:30 AM EDT
U.S. President Nixon Pins & More Collectibles
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Executive Branch


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Fleischer's Auction House

Fleischer's Auction House

Eternity Gallery

Eternity Gallery