The Ringling Brothers’ circus is making its last stand in cities across the country, and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will help carry on its legacy by selling memorabilia from the historic past time on May 4. The “Greatest Show on Earth” will close in May of 2017 after 146 years of entertaining.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is delighted to be auctioning one of the largest collections of circus memorabilia to come to auction from a private collection. Consigned by one of the few remaining friends of the Ringling family, Mr. Richard Bennett, the collection includes circus posters and broadsides, photographs, circus equipment and ephemera. The collection represents circuses such as the Cole Bros. Circus, Adam and Seils Circus, Tom Mix Circus, and Sells Floto Circus, but the majority of property is from the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses.
As a young man, Mr. Bennett met Henry Ringling’s wife, Ida B. Palmer Ringling, at Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin where both families had summer homes. Born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, Mr. Bennett took an early interest in the traveling circus shows he attended as a young man. He struck up a friendship with Mrs. Ida Ringling while staying at the lake. The Ringlings owned what was once called “South Shore Lodge” and had a two story brown house on the south shore.