Items from the late Colonel Park Shaw, collected from his trips and family inheritance, will be auctioned at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-27.
Doors open at 9 a.m. with the auctions starting at 11 a.m. each day. The auction house is open for a free preview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Carefree resident, who served in World War II, Col. Shaw was active with the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, not only as a past president, but with perfect attendance for 42 years. He traveled the world extensively, visiting 143 countries on all seven continents, according to a press release.
“We are honored to represent Col. Shaw’s estate. He was revered both for his heroic military record and tireless service to our community,” said Josh Levine, J. Levine owner and auctioneer, in the release.
The auction features Col. Shaw’s collection of more than 30 rare Native American gold, silver and gemstone bolo ties made by renowned artists, including Charles Loloma, Jesse Monongya, Toby Henderson, Will Denetdale, Watson Honanie, Vernon A. Begaye, Arnold Goodluck, Lawrence Saufkie, Beverly Etsate and many others, the press release stated.
Col. Shaw’s wife, Cherri, said her husband made an effort to get to know the artists who created his bolo ties, and that he loved wearing them, whether getting together with friends for a casual meal or going out to a more formal dinner.
“Park was passionate about collecting bolo ties, and everywhere we went, people commented on them,” Mrs. Shaw said in the release. “People were captivated by him and his stories about his trips around the world and friends he made, including Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Norman Rockwell, Neil Armstrong, Robert McCall and many others.”
Col. Shaw’s estate collection also includes a painting featured in the 1979 issue of Arizona Highways by Larry Toschik.
After Col. Shaw graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1942, he enlisted and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, Ga. In World War II, he participated with Gen. MacArthur in the initial assault on Luzon in the Philippines in 1945, and was later involved in the initial occupation of Hokkaido, Japan, the release said.
After the war, Col. Shaw served on the General Staff of the 6th Army at the Presidio in San Francisco. In 1991, he was inducted into the Infantry Officers Candidate School Hall of Fame – an honor bestowed upon only one percent of its graduates.
In 2006, he was inducted in to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame by Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Several cars from other fine estates will also be up for auction including a 1939 Mercury V8, two-door sedan coupe; 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible; 1947 Hudson; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria two-door coupe; 1957 Mercury Montclair Hardtop; and a 1967 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible.
In the future, J. Levine will feature a separate auction of Col. Shaw’s military memorabilia and collectibles consisting of autographs, photographs, archives of World War I and World War II and more.
For more information, go to jlevines.com or call 480-496-2212.
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