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From a November 29, 1992 newspaper article titled History Has Its Price at Reagan Library Gift Shop: “If money is no object, the shop sells a $ 55,000 collection of 12 bronze saddles created by sculptor Paul Rossi. Reagan kept a set of these saddles in the Oval Office.

“Each piece of merchandise was selected by Doris Fields Heller, the former Beverly Hills department store manager who oversees the gift shop. Heller says she measured each item against three yardsticks.

“‘It had to represent the office of the President of the United States,” she said. “Second, it had to represent the man called Ronald Reagan. Third, it had to represent history—or I did not select it.’”

PROVENANCE
The Artist
Gilbert and Carmen Pedersen, Tucson, AZ
Lars Pedersen, Tucson, AZ, 1994
Present owners, by descent

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