What would eventually become Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles was actually founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1986 as "Nate's Autographs." For all intents and purposes, the initial company focus was basically identical to every other collector who decides he wants to get into the money end of the business; he decided to concentrate on volume, meaning he at first specialized in inexpensive Hollywood signed photographs and other memorabilia. Nate included these goods in a color catalog that was mailed to a relatively few exclusive local clients.
That modest beginning grew a lot, however, and in the intervening years, Nate moved the company to Los Angeles, California and it has since done millions of dollars in business, which means a pretty impressive expansion these days. Nate D. Sanders Auctions now has a reputation as an industry leader when it comes to rare documents, autographs and other memorabilia and collectibles. He has been holding auctions in Los Angeles since 1990, which places him at ground zero for movie memorabilia for more than a quarter-century.