REMARKABLE RARITIES Live in Boston, MA
• September 25, 2021
Live Auction Information SESSION ONE - REMARKABLE RARITIES SESSION TWO - THE RAMONES ARCHIVES OF DANIEL REY WHERE The Newbury Boston, 1 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 WHEN 3 PM ET Saturday, September 25, 2021
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Live auction September 25, 2021 Remarkable Rarities—hosted LIVE in Boston at 1 Newbury Street on September 25th! Bid in person, by phone, or online. This premier annual auction event features only the best of the best—a small, curated selection of the most elite items we will offer for sale all year. Highlights include JFK’s diary from the summer of 1945, Anne Revere’s award for Best Supporting Actress in National Velvet, a collection of Albert Einstein’s tobacco pipes, Bonnie Parker’s handwritten poetry book, and important letters by Paul Gauguin, Mohandas Gandhi, Benjamin Franklin, Nicola Tesla, and other iconic figures. Join us LIVE as we make history selling history in September 2021.
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In a rare and lengthy handwritten letter, Franklin maneuvers around the issue of American pirates LOT 8001
Benjamin Franklin Autograph Letter Signed Exquisite ALS signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 7.5 x 12.5, January 12, 1784. Handwritten rough draft of a letter from Franklin to Baron de Blome, acknowledging receipt of his communication “respecting the capture of a Vesell called the Providence by the American Privateer Hendrick, together with the original papers accompanying the said Representation.” In part: “Having perused the said papers, he returns them as desired; and he has forwarded the Representation to his Sovereign the Congress, who he doubts not will in respect to his Danish majesty take the same into immediate Consideration and do therein what shall be just & right.” He also encloses a letter on the matter from the American Secretary for Foreign Affairs, expressing “the Disposition prevalent in The Government of America to maintain a good understanding with the Court of Denmark.” In exceptionally fine clean condition, with a lightly trimmed left edge.
Franklin is replying to a letter from a Dutch nobleman regarding the capture of his ship by an American privateer. Though he tells the baron that he’ll forward the message to Congress who he’s sure will “do therein what shall be just & right,” he was in fact a major supporter of the acts committed by privateers and hired many himself. Not having a large fleet with which to capture British Navy and Loyalist ships, Franklin and others issued privateering licenses, authorizing “legal piracy,” to merchant captains in an effort to claim prizes and prisoners with which to do prisoner exchanges. The ship mentioned in this letter was brought in by one such privateer who asserted that though the ship had Danish papers and was manned by a Danish crew, the cargo and ship were British property. Here, Franklin’s diplomacy and writing skills are showcased masterfully in this rare piece of colonial naval history. One of the most beautifully preserved Franklin letters we have ever encountered! ESTIMATE $40,000+
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As the nation’s first Secretary of State, Jefferson writes to a fellow Founding Father LOT 8002
Thomas Jefferson Letter Signed LS as secretary of state, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8 x 9.75, June 17, 1790. Letter to “His Excellency The President of New Hampshire,” fellow Declaration signer Josiah Bartlett, in full: “I have the honor to send you herein inclosed two copies duly authenticated of the Resolution respecting the arrears of pay due to the troops of the lines of the States of Virginia and North Carolina; also of the act forgiving effect to the several Acts therein mentioned in respect to the State of Rhode Island and Providence plantations; also of the Act for relief of Thomas Jenkins and company; on which shall be made under the authority of the United States, and of being with sentiments of the most perfect respect.” In fine condition, with short splits to the ends of the folds.
on June 20, 1790, which included only two guests: Virginia Congressman James Madison and, his main rival, Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of the treasury. The resulting meeting, or ‘dinner table bargain,’ produced a pact that ultimately led to the famed Compromise of 1790. Seeking to place the fledgling nation on firm financial ground, Jefferson and Madison accepted Hamilton’s proposition that the federal government assume state debts accrued during the Revolutionary War. This compromise, which made possible the passage of the Residence and Funding (Assumption) Acts in July and August 1790, is ‘generally regarded as one of the most important bargains in American history.’
“Respecting the arrears of pay due to the troops of the lines of the States of Virginia and North Carolina”
A spectacular letter from Jefferson signed less than three months into his role as the first United States Secretary of State; that the letter is addressed from New York City is also quite notable, given that Federal Hall would serve as the nation’s capital until August 12, 1790. Just three days after signing this letter, Jefferson hosted a dinner party at his NYC residence
Thomas Jenkins (c. 1741– 1808) was a Quaker and a prosperous merchant in Providence, Rhode Island, before moving to Hudson, New York where, in the 1780s, he took the leading role in the development of the town at Claverack Landing on the Hudson River. There Jenkins headed a firm that engaged in overseas commerce and whaling, and where he also owned real estate and was involved in rope manufacturing, whale oil processing, and candle-making. ESTIMATE $8,000+
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Lord Nelson responds to an accusation of cowardice by his greatest adversary LOT 8003
Horatio Nelson Autograph Letter Draft Autograph draft of an important letter by Horatio Nelson, one page both sides, 7.25 x 9.5, [August 12, 1804]. Nelson’s unsigned handwritten draft of a fascinating letter to First Secretary of the Admiralty William Marsden, defending himself against accusations that he ‘ran away’ from Vice Admiral Louis-Rene de Latouche-Tréville off Toulon in June 1804. In part: “Although I most certainly never thought of writing a line upon Mons’r La Touche’s having cut a caper a few miles out of Toulon on the 14th of June where he well knew that I could not get at him without placing the ships under the Batteries which surround that port and that had I attacked him in that position that he could retire into his secure nest whenever he pleased, yet as that gentleman has thought proper to write a letter stating that the fleet under my command ran away and that he pursued it, perhaps it may be thought necessary for me to say something but I do assure you Sir that I know not what to say…If my character is not established by this time for not being apt to run away it is not worth my time to attempt to put the world right, it is not therefore I do assure their Lordships with any such intention that I stain my paper with a taunting man’s name and therefore I shall only state that the fleet which I have the honor & happiness to command in…good humour & good health & that the united wishes of all are I am sure to meet Mons’r La Touche at sea, then I ought not to doubt but I should be able to write a letter equally satisfactory to my King, my country & myself.
I send a copy of the ships log which I have never seen till this day. I observe that so little was thought of Mons’r La Touche return to Toulon that…it is not even noticed (although by the bearings at noon and lat’de that we were but few miles outside the Port, where he was snug at anchor and that at 1 o’clock we attempted to get at the…only ship outside the harbour.” He goes on to document the ship strengths of the French and British fleets, noting: “The 2 frigates did not join till the middle of the night. The British had only the following ships found in the line: Canopus, Belleisle, Donegal, Victory.” In fine condition. The final draft of this historic letter, penned in a secretarial hand but signed by Nelson, is held by the United Kingdom’s National Archives.
“If my character is not established by this time for not being apt to run away it is not worth my time to attempt to put the world right”
In June 1804, during the Napoleonic Wars, Nelson’s fleet encountered Louis-Rene de Latouche-Tréville off Toulon and attempted to capture two French frigates. LatoucheTréville’s superior fleet drove them away, and the French commander boasted about chasing Nelson off in his official report to Napoleon. Upon hearing these claims of cowardice, Nelson flew into a rage and vowed vengeance on the high seas. He would have had his chance at Trafalgar, had LatoucheTréville not died of illness in August 1804. Lord Nelson later wrote: ‘The French papers say he died of walking so often up to the signal-post to watch us: I always pronounced that would be his death.’ ESTIMATE $3,000+
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Seward forwards essential federal evidence for the Military Commission trial of President Lincoln’s murder and his own near-fatal assault LOT 8004
William H. Seward Letter Signed Significant LS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, Department of State letterhead, June 13, 1865. Important letter to Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, in full: “In compliance with the request contained in your letter of this date, I enclose herewith, a certified copy of the Oath of Office of President Johnson, and of the confirmation of William H. Seward, as Secretary of State. The Oaths of President Lincoln, taken 4th March 1861 and 4th March, 1865 and that of Mr. Johnson as Vice President, are not on the files of this Department. A certified copy of Mr. Seward’s Commission as Secretary of State was forwarded this morning to Major W. W. Winthrop, pursuant to a request in a letter from him, which, it is presumed, is now before the Court.” In fine condition, with a few light creases. In an attempt to dismantle the federal government and revive the Confederate cause, assassin John Wilkes Booth orchestrated a plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln and several members of his cabinet on the night of April 14, 1865. While Booth’s’ assassination on LIncoln was effective, the one on the life of Secretary of State William H. Seward was not. Conspirator Lewis Powell went to Seward’s home and attacked him with a large knife that, despite causing grievous injuries, was mostly deflected by a metal splint worn by Seward to heal a previously broken jaw. Believing Seward dead, Powell fled the scene, injuring several others in the process, and was apprehended the following day. The offices that the victims, or intended victims, held were key elements of the conspirators’ crime. It was common knowledge that Lincoln had been president, Seward the secretary
of state, and Andrew Johnson, also an intended target, the vice president. As proof that the conspirators had committed those acts, the prosecution had to offer substantial evidence that Lincoln, Seward, and Johnson had, in fact, legally held those offices at the time of the attacks on April 14, 1865. For Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, the chief prosecutor in the trial of the accused conspirators, this would be essential to obtaining convictions for the crimes charged. On June 13, 1865, Major W. W. Winthrop wrote to Seward requesting a certified copy of his commission as secretary of state, with Holt, later that same day, also writing to Seward and requesting certified copies of Lincoln’s 1861 and 1865 oaths of office as president, Johnson’s oaths of office as both vice president and president, and, again, his own commission as state secretary. In response, Seward wrote this very letter, directed to Holt at the Arsenal in Washington, D.C., where the Military Commission held the trial. As stated, Seward sent some of the requested documents, but noted that the State Department did not have Lincoln’s original oaths of office. Seward’s documents, in addition to Johnson’s oath of office as president, were enough to confirm their federal posts and, on June 29, 1865, all eight charged were found guilty of conspiracy to kill the president. Powell was one of our conspirators executed on July 7, 1865. Written a month after the assassination, this extraordinary letter represents a vital part of the Military Commission trial of the conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Without the evidence that Secretary of State Seward conveyed therein, the prosecution likely could not have made its case. ESTIMATE $10,000+
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Exceedingly rare 7th Cavalry appointment signed by Lt. Col. George A. Custer LOT 8005
by Boatmen’s Saving Bank in St. Louis; and a document granting him citizenship in the United States.
Extremely rare and highly sought-after partly-printed vellum DS, signed “G. A. Custer,” one page, 15.5 x 9.75, February 11, 1875. Custer, as Lieutenant Colonel of the Cavalry, appoints “Charles Smith…a Sergeant in Company E of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry in the service of the United States.” Robustly signed at the bottom by Custer and countersigned by commanding officer W. W. Cooke. In fine condition, with a few small stains, and the handwritten portions of the body of the document light but legible. The appointee, Charles F. Smith, was born in 1848 in Germany and enlisted in the United States Army on March 3, 1871, for a term of five years; fortunately, this term expired and he was discharged just three months before the Battle of the Little Bighorn and ‘Custer’s Last Stand,’ in which his company was annihilated. Smith then reenlisted in 1881 for another period of five years. The Custer appointment is accompanied by a small archive related to Smith’s career, including the discharge from the end of his first term of service; his subsequent oath of reenlistment and allegiance; a letter of recommendation; his membership certificate in the Regular Army and Navy Union; a certificate of deposit issued
This stunning commission—ornately imprinted with the American eagle bearing a shield and clutching arrows and an olive branch beneath the heading, “The Commanding Officer of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry”—holds a terrifically bold and much sought-after Custer signature. The counter-signature by William Winer Cooke, 1st Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry and Adjutant of the Regiment, adds greatly to this document’s desirability: Cooke, a member of the so-called ‘Custer Gang,’ was one of the commander’s most loyal men and remained so until the end, found by Custer’s side on the fields at Little Bighorn in 1876. This is just the third example of a Custer 7th Cavalry appointment that we have encountered, and one of only a handful to be offered at auction in the last 40 years. Originally acquired directly from Smith’s descendants, these documents are certain to garner great interest. In addition to the excessive rarity, the historical context lent by the inclusion of Smith’s other cavalry documents make this a truly unique and fascinating archive.
George A. Custer Document Signed
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Rare hand-corrected account of Bat Masterson’s Wild West exploits in Dodge City LOT 8006
crossing out the name of Kinch Riley on page two, adding his name “Bat” into a text of conversation, writing “Charlie Bassett,” and adding “(Buffalo Bill)” next to William Cody’s name.
ALS signed “Bat,” written at the conclusion of a three-page typed biography of Masterson by Robert M. Wright, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1912. Wright intended to use the glowing bio—presenting incredible incidents from Masterson’s career as a lawman, including the midnight rescue of an innocent man whisked away to ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody’s ranch, and the murder of Masterson’s brother Ed in 1878—in his upcoming book, Dodge City, the Cowboy Capital. Wright concludes the biography with, “He [Bat] was greatly affected by the horrible crime and when Ed told him he had his death wound he gathered the particulars and bidding his brother an affectionate farewell hastily departed to avenge his death and I have no doubt he made the murderers pay the penalty.” Masterson has made several corrections to the biography in his hand, including
At the bottom of the third page, Masterson writes a letter to Wright: “My Dear Bob, You have certainly paid a fine tribute to me and my brother Ed for which I thank you ever so much. Ed and I arrived at Tom Nixon’s ranch just west of where Dodge City now stands in the fall of 1871 and worked for Nixon as buffalo skinners until the following spring. It was during July and August of 1872 that I filled the R. R. contract for which I drew a blank & Ed and I again skinned buffalo for Nixon during the fall and winter of 1872-3. After that I hunted for myself. (Bat).” In fine condition, with small holes to the top edges, minor edge chipping, and a couple of light stains to the last page.
Bat Masterson Autograph Letter Signed on Hand-Annotated Manuscript
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Exceedingly rare Executive Mansion card signed in full by President Garfield just eight days after his inauguration
James A. Garfield Signed White House Card
Excessively rare official Executive Mansion card, 4 x 2.75, neatly signed in ink as president, “James A. Garfield, March 12, 1881.” Annotated below in a collector’s hand, “President of the U.S.A., 1881.” In very good to fine condition, with toning to the edges, and old mounting residue on the reverse. On March 12th, a Saturday afternoon eight days after Garfield’s inauguration as president, First Lady Lucretia Garfield held a reception at the White House. The Washington Post reported that “Mrs. Garfield gave her first afternoon reception
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yesterday, which was largely attended. The visitors comprised all the prominent people in society, who were anxious to testify by their presence their welcome to the city of the wife of the President.” The president would be struck down by an assassin’s bullet on July 2nd, though he would not succumb to his wounds until September 19th. Because of his short time in the White House, any presidential autograph by Garfield is extremely scarce; it is virtually nonexistent in this format. This is just the second Garfield-signed White House card we have encountered in the last thirty years. ESTIMATE $15,000+
Exceedingly rare 1963 holiday card, signed 48 hours before leaving for Dallas
John and Jacqueline Kennedy Signed 1963 Christmas Card Exceedingly rare official Hallmark card issued during the 1963 holiday season, featuring an image of a nativity scene on the front, measuring 9 x 6.5 open, signed inside in bold ink as president, “John Kennedy,” and as first lady, “Jacqueline Kennedy.” The image on the front is identified as “Creche in East Room, The White House,” and a gilt-embossed presidential seal and engraved holiday greeting appear above the signatures, reading: “With best wishes for a Happy New Year.” Handsomely mounted, matted with an image of the front and a small nameplate (“The 1964 White House New Year That Never Came”), and framed to an overall size of 18 x 25. In very fine condition. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from PSA/DNA and SGC. According to Mary Evans Seeley’s book Season’s Greetings from the White House, Hallmark published over 2,200 White House holiday cards bearing the printed sentiment ‘With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas
and a Happy New Year,’ 1,500 of which featured facsimile signatures of President and Mrs. Kennedy, with another 700 ordered without signatures. A letter dated November 14, 1963, from Hallmark V. P. Jeannette Lee, informed Maj. Gen. C.V. Clifton, Jr., Kennedy’s military aide, that 500 of the unsigned cards would be shipped directly to the White House, awaiting the President upon his return. After attending a test launch of a Polaris missile at Cape Canaveral and then flying south to Palm Beach on November 16th, President Kennedy made speeches in Tampa and Miami and returned to Washington around midnight two days later on November 18th; the 500 blank cards having already arrived and awaiting his signature. With its noticeable lack of a Christmas mention, this scarce variant of the holiday card was either signed November 19th or 20th, just days before the Kennedys made their fateful trip to Dallas. A truly rare card further enhanced by its autographs of both the President and the First Lady. ESTIMATE $15,000+
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Unique, extraordinary, and historically significant JFK correspondence archive from the family of a PT-109 sailor lost at sea LOT 8009
John F. Kennedy: PT-109 Archive: Marney Collection Extraordinary archive of material, highlighted by four letters by John F. Kennedy, from the family of Harold W. Marney, one of two crew members killed when the PT-109 commanded by JFK was sunk by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in the early morning hours of August 2, 1943. Featuring two handwritten letters that Kennedy wrote to Mrs. Marney in late September 1943 from Chelsea Naval Hospital, where Kennedy was recuperating from his back injury caused by the PT-109 collision. In the first letter he writes, “This letter is to offer my deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your son” and “I am truly sorry that I cannot offer you hope that he survived that night.” In the second, he writes, “from the time that the destroyer hit us—nothing more was seen or heard from Harold,” and “I know how unsatisfactory is the word ‘missing’—but that is all that we can tell—that is all of the information we have.”
The third handwritten letter is in response to a condolence card that Mrs. Marney sent after his brother Joe was killed in action flying over Germany. He writes, “I know you know how we all feel—boys like Harold and my brother Joe can never be replaced.” The fourth letter was typed and signed by President Kennedy on April 24, 1961, forwarding her an original framed photograph of the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. He notes her son’s name on this monument and writes, “whose memorial wall bears the inscription of your son and my former shipmate.” Also included are Harold Marney’s Purple Heart and citation, three letters from Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, and typed letters with secretarial signatures of Senator Kennedy from 1958 and 1959. Other notable items not part of the Marney archive: Kennedy’s signed “retirement card” from the Navy, June 11, 1944; a 1957 shooting script from the “Navy Log” television series, signed “John Kennedy US Senator, Mass”; and the 1961 book PT-109, with over 2000 words and detailed maps annotated by Amagiri Capt. Katsumori Yamashiro. ESTIMATE $250,000+
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Exceptional 1945 European diary 28-year-old JFK kept as a Hearst reporter
John F. Kennedy Diary from the Summer of 1945
Towards the close of the war in 1945, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy arranged for his 28-year-old son, Jack, to work for Hearst newspapers. This allowed the young veteran to attend the opening session of the United Nations in San Francisco in May and then travel abroad to cover post-war Europe during the Summer of 1945. JFK followed Prime Minister Churchill throughout England during his reelection campaign. He traveled to Ireland, France, then to the Potsdam Conference in Germany with Navy Secre-
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tary James Forrestal. He even viewed the charred remains of Hitler’s bombed out bunker in Berlin and observed the Fuhrer’s famed Berchtesgaden ‘Eagle’s Nest.’ John F. Kennedy recorded his historic trip in a 61-page diary, documenting his personal observations of what he saw firsthand and perceptions of what would happen in the post-war world. This incredible manuscript reveals his insightful views and predictions of the world around him at an early age—a man who would, sixteen years later, become America’s 35th President.Comprised of 61 loose-leaf pages, 12 handwritten and 49 typed, the diary is housed in a quality Trussell cowhide leather binder.
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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The United Nations: Having observed the UN proceedings for weeks, Kennedy records startling predictions on Russia, including incredulous premonitions of The Cold War, which would be synonymous with his presidency: “The clash with Russia…may be finally and indefinitely postponed by the eventual discovery of a weapon so horrible that it will truthfully mean the abolishment of all the nations employing it.” England, Churchill, and the British Elections: Kennedy next travels to England to cover the first post-war British Elections. His boyhood hero, Winston Churchill, was vying for reelection and lost in a fantastic upset that the pragmatic young journalist himself predicted. Observing the political leanings of post-war Europe, Kennedy expresses some hesitation about the ‘dangers of the left,’ in a powerful statement: “The great danger in movements to the Left is that the protagonists of the movement are so wrapped up with the end that the means becomes secondary” American icons Eisenhower and FDR: Young Jack mentions General Dwight D. Eisenhower, with glowing praise, a far cry from how future historians would reflect JFK’s ultimate view of his future Presidential predecessor. The 28-year-old reporter also reveals his unedited beliefs on FDR and his effect on American capitalism: “Mr. Roosevelt has contributed greatly to the end of capitalism in our own country, not through the laws which he sponsored or were passed during his Presidency, but rather through the emphasis he put on rights rather than responsibilities.” Germany and Hitler: On July 29, 1945, Jack attends the historic ‘Big Three’ meeting in Potsdam, Germany as a personal guest of Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, and observes Churchill, Stalin, and Truman decide the fate of the post-war world. This was an unlikely gathering at which three future American Presidents were unknowingly in attendance: Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. He also views the remains of Hitler’s bombed out bunker, and declares in his diary doubt that the Fuhrer’s true body was recovered: “Hitler’s Reich Chancellery was a shell. The walls were chipped and scarred by bullets…The room where Hitler was supposed to have met his death showed scorched walls and traces of fire. There is no complete evidence, however, that the body that was found was Hitler’s body. The Russians doubt that he is dead.”
Kennedy ends his European trip with a visit to Berchtesgaden, the location of Hitler’s chalet and famed ‘Eagles Nest.’ In reflection, the young reporter records shocking views of the German Fuhrer: “After visiting these two places, you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived…He had boundless ambition for his country which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him in the way he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.” Insights on Russia: Beginning at the UN and throughout the diary, John F. Kennedy voices his eerily insightful opinions on Russia and their threat to the world, in several powerful statements, including: “One opinion here is that the Russians are never going to pull out of their zone of occupation but plan to make their part of Germany a Soviet Socialist Republic…If a split among the Big Four develops…it will be serious. Germany will be unable to build…If we don’t withdraw and allow them to administer their own affairs, we will be confronted with an extremely difficult administrative problem. Yet if we pull out, we may leave a political vacuum that the Russians will be only too glad to fill.” During the second year of Kennedy’s presidency, 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis posed the most serious threat of the 20th Century since WWII. Sheldon Stern in his 2003 book, ‘Averting the Final Failure,’ sees in the diary the seeds of what led him, as President, to make the disciplined and informed decisions which allowed the avoidance of a nuclear war with the Russians. Kennedy’s 1946 Congressional Run: Following the 28-yearold’s brief, though eventful, reporting assignment for Hearst, Jack Kennedy returned to the US on August 7, 1945. This incredible diary closes with historic handwritten pages regarding his first foray into public service, as he thinks through the beginnings of his political future, starting with his run for Congress in 1946. Provenance: diary originated from the collection of JFK’s research assistant, Deirdre Henderson For an in-depth analysis of the diary’s contents, including full transcription and images of each page, we recommend you refer to Deirdre Henderson’s book, Prelude to Leadership. ESTIMATE $750,000+
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President Kennedy on the hope of passing his signature legislation—the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed as President TLS as president signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, June 3, 1963. Letter to Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Mark Van Doren, on the hope of passing his signature legislation: the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In part: “I want to thank you for your letter of May 25, with its attached communication from a group of writers, artists and scientists which you properly call distinguished. I am glad to have the support of such citizens, and I would like you to know that this Government’s efforts to negotiate a test ban treaty will be sustained with unflagging energy…I share your confidence that Americans will support an effective test ban treaty. At the moment, the obstacle to progress is not in American public
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opinion; it is the absence of agreement with the Soviet Government on the terms of an effective treaty. We continue to seek such agreement, most recently in the joint letter of last week by Prime Minister Macmillan and myself to Chairman Khrushchev. If a satisfactory treaty can be negotiated, I shall spare no effort in presenting the case for its approval to the Senate and to all Americans.” Housed in a handsome custom-made quarter morocco case with marbled boards, and includes the original mailing envelope, photocopy of Van Doren’s letter to Kennedy, and a packet of background research with copies of related documents. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. ESTIMATE $6,000+
“Scrimshaw from the desk of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy” —a present from Jackie to General Maxwell Taylor, “who served his Country and President Kennedy with such devotion” LOT 8012
John F. Kennedy Oval Office Scrimshaw with Autograph Letter Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy Incredible sperm whale tooth scrimshaw from the personal collection of President John F. Kennedy, which was presented to United States Army General Maxwell D. Taylor by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy following the death of her husband. The tooth, which stands 6.5˝ in height, is mounted within a silver base that measures 4.25˝ in diameter and is engraved on the front and back rim: “For General Maxwell Taylor, who served his Country and President Kennedy with such devotion, With love from J.B.K.” and “Scrimshaw from the desk of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.” The scrimshaw itself depicts a bark-rigged Yankee whaler with full set sails, a lookout atop the foremast scanning the horizon for spouting whales, and whaleboats hanging in their port side davits ready for lowering. Included with the scrimshaw is an ALS from Jacqueline Kennedy presenting the tooth to General Taylor, signed “Jackie,” one black-bordered page, 5.25 x 3.75, dated September 9, 1964, in full: “Please accept this piece of scrimshaw which used to be on Jack’s desk. It comes with my love and his.” In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a first edition of John F. Kennedy: Scrimshaw Collector by Clare Barnes, Jr., published by Little, Brown and Company in 1969, which pictures this exact scrimshaw on page 46, with lower caption mentioning its conveyance to General Taylor; the book’s dust jacket bears some tears and paper loss. ESTIMATE $30,000+
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Aware of the damage to America’s prestige, President Ford asks Senator Church to suppress his report on the CIA’s involvement in “political assassination activities” LOT 8013 Gerald Ford Typed Letter Signed as President on Political Assassinations TLS as president signed “Gerald R. Ford,” three pages, 7 x 10.5, White House letterhead, October 31, 1975. Important letter to Senator Frank Church, outlining the reasons why his committee’s Congressional report involving US political assassination activities should remain classified. In part: “I am writing to urge the Select Committee not to make public the report on the subject of assassinations which I understand is currently in preparation...It is my opinion that public disclosure now of information I provided to the Senate Select Committee concerning allegations of political assassination activities of the United States Government will result in serious harm to the national interest and may endanger individuals. As I stated publicly when the allegations were published, the very idea that any person or organization within the United States Government could consider assassination as an acceptable act is abhorrent. I know you share this view and a determination to make certain that such deeds will not take place in the future...Public release of these official materials and information will do grievous damage to our country. It would likely be exploited by foreign nations and groups hostile to the United States in a manner designed to do maximum damage to the reputation and foreign policy of the United States. It would seriously impair our ability to exercise a positive leading role in world affairs. I am convinced that publication at this time will endanger individuals named in the report or who can be identified when foreign agents carefully study it. I am sure none of us want such an unfortunate result. I urge that we avoid any action that would bring it about. I have sought to balance the competing interest
involved in this matter. I made relevant intelligence information and documents available to the appropriate Committees of Congress and the Department of Justice. However, to protect our national defense and ability to conduct foreign affairs as well as the traditional American right of individual privacy, I have provided most of this information in classified form. There can be legislation, if deemed necessary, and prosecutions, if warranted. But let us do this without the damage to the United States, which will occur if this information is made available to actual and potential enemies of the United States. For the reasons set out above, I appeal to you and your colleagues on the Senate Select Committee to oppose publication of this report on alleged assassination activity.” In fine condition, with staple holes in the upper left corner. Accompanied by a photocopy of Church’s reply to President Ford, vowing to make the report public in spite of the president’s pleas. The recipient of this letter, Senator Frank Church of Idaho, served as chairman of what was formally known as the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities—more commonly called the ‘Church Committee.’ In spite of Ford’s plea, the Committee went through with the publication of an interim report titled “Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders” on November 20, 1975, which investigated alleged attempts to assassinate foreign leaders—including Patrice Lumumba of Zaire, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, Gen. Rene Schneider of Chile, and Fidel Castro of Cuba. In response, under recommendations and pressure by the Committee, President Ford issued Executive Order 11905 to ban officially sanctioned assassinations of foreign leaders. ESTIMATE $6,000+
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Far from Washington, a 17-year-old JFK, Jr. writes from a Wyoming ranch in the summer of ‘78 LOT 8014
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Autograph Letter Signed ALS signed “John,” three pages, 6 x 9, July 6, 1978. Handwritten letter from 17-year-old JFK, Jr., to his former counselors and fellow campers at the West Thumb Youth Conservation Corps, a high school work camp in Yellowstone National Park that he had briefly attended before his mother, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, transferred him to Bar Cross Ranch in Cora, Wyoming, from where this letter is addressed. It reads, in full: “Dear all, So what goes on in your neck of the woods, I’ve been here 3 days and all I can claim for myself is an extremely sore ass. I was on a horse for 13 consecutive hours, no shit, we left at 5:00 in the morning, got back at 7:30 until about an hour or two out for lunch, whoever said you get sore is right, try sitting on the sharp end of a polaski for 10 hours you might get an idea of how I feel. It’s not bad here though. I prefer the work there better, I shoveled shit and mowed a huge lawn for about 11 hours today. It’s pretty up here, there are a lot of plains in the mountains in the distance, there called the Wind Rivers, right up from the house is the highest peak in Wyoming, me and this English kid here hope to hike up there someday, though we don’t get any days off. The food here is really good, eggs and regular pancakes, oh but Katy I miss my brewers yeast in the mornings, the mosquitos are killing me. I suppose Steve told you about one sickeningly puritanical night in Jackson. Jesus, Will what a dirty trick, give me $80 and then don’t tell us the bars close at 10:00 and the sidewalks roll up at 11:00. Well we saw a good sci-fi movie about ants on the tube. I have to go to bed now cause we have to get up at 5:00 AM to herd cattle all day again. Ow! I’ll keep in touch, you all write too. Hope you guys have a good time, I miss the morning canoe rides and alarmingly frequent whole-wheat bowel movements. See y’all later. Keep the boys in line George, don’t fuck around. Later.” Kennedy adds a few postscripts: “PS Please, if I got any mail could you please send it I’m desperate. My address is John Kennedy, Bar Cross Ranch, Cora Wyoming, 82925,” “PSS Kelley I’m almost finished, I’ll send you the book when
I’m done you intellectual you,” and “PSSS Rusty you fucker!” Includes two vintage glossy 4.25 x 3.5 photos of JFK, Jr. with West Thumb campers (Kennedy is wearing plaid and has curly brown hair), and the original hand-addressed mailing envelope, with Kennedy again incorporating his signature into the return address field on the reverse flap. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipients, counselors from the West Thumb Youth Conservation Corps, who write: “We got to know John because my husband William, in the summer of 1978, was the director of a work camp located in West Thumb, Yellowstone National Park. It was a paid summer work program called Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and in this case employed high schoolers primarily from Wyoming. Many were Mormon. In June, a 17 year old John Jr. showed up. It was a surprise to all of us on staff and even more so to the other kids. The attention / idolization he received from them might’ve been too much. [His] Mom Jackie called William…after about 10 days and had a phone conversation about this apparent mismatch and decided that her son would do better at the Bar Cross Ranch in Cora, Wyo. It was owned by an acquaintance. She mailed money for a bus ticket from Jackson Hole to the ranch. So about 2 weeks into the session William…drove him to the Jackson bus station.
“I have to go to bed now cause we have to get up at 5:00 AM to herd cattle all day again”
John’s humorous letter was a follow up to those events…Jackie followed up with a thank you note to William but sorry to say * gasp * it was thrown out. Long story. We have enclosed 2 photos of John with some of the campers. It was probably taken on a Saturday, our field trip day. We saw John as a good and respectful kid, obviously much more sophisticated and cosmopolitan than the other campers. He did dishes along with everyone else and helped with camp chores in addition to the work project…William recalls that he was told that the reason John came to YCC was that there was a connection between Student Conservation (SCA) and the Kennedys. SCA was contracted to operate the program.” ESTIMATE $5,000+
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Historically significant and extraordinary letter by Gandhi on his guiding principle, with a rare twice-signed candid LOT 8015
Mohandas Gandhi Typed Letter Signed and Signed Photograph Important pairing of a TLS by Gandhi discussing the meaning of ‘Satyagraha,’ and a rare twice-signed candid portrait taken by his grandnephew: 1. Revelatory TLS signed “M. K. Gandhi,” one page, 6.5 x 8.75, February 23, 1931. Letter to J. H. Holmes of the Community Church of New York, discussing the meaning of ‘Satyagraha,’ the guiding principle of his philosophy. In part: “As I am now at least temporarily out of jail I have an opportunity of writing to you more fully than I could from Yerwada. I have followed with gratefulness all the efforts that you have been good enough to make on behalf of India. I feel more and more convinced that if India comes to her own it will be perhaps the largest contribution to the world peace which we are all praying for. It is too early to give you any idea of the negotiations that are now going on. All I can say is that I am leaving no stone unturned to attain peace with honour. But in the last resort peace or war is the same thing for the Satyagrahi. He strives always for peace and has to hold himself in readiness for war. In either case he follows the path that truth dictates to him.” In fine condition, with light toning to the letter from prior display. Accompanied by an original Planet News press photo of Gandhi, stamp-dated August 22, 1931, showing him preparing to attend the resumed Round Table Conference.
of Gandhi’s guiding philosophy of ‘Satyagraha,’ acknowledging that its definition encompassed “war” and struggle, rather than the commonly held notion of it being constrained to passive resistance and civil disobedience. In Erik H. Erikson’s study Gandhi’s Truth, he observes that ‘for quite some time, Gandhi continued to use what was easily the most unsuitable rendition of his term Satyagraha in English, namely, ‘passive resistance.’ The dilemma between passivity and resistance has never been resolved,’ and thus Gandhi’s statements in this letter are of the utmost interest. While Gandhi letters with a passing references to the ‘Satyagraha’ concept occasionally appear at auction, this letter is the only one we have ever encountered explicitly defining the crucial term.
“In the last resort peace or war is the same thing for the Satyagrahi”
This extraordinary letter was written during the first sessions of talks between Gandhi and Viceroy Irwin, which began in London on February 17, 1937. After three weeks of discussion, the Gandhi-Irwin Pact was signed, putting in place a set of agreements that began to lessen England’s harsh repression of Indian nationalism. The letter offers insight into one of the most misunderstood-and to this day misrepresented-explanations
2. Extraordinary official circa 1942 matte-finish 3 x 4 candid portrait of Gandhi taken by his grandnephew, showing the bespectacled Indian leader shirtless and laughing heartily, signed in fountain pen in both Gujarati and English, “M. K. Gandhi.” Also signed on the reverse by the photographer, “Copy Right: Kanu Gandhi.” In fine condition, with scattered light spotting. Ex. Jerome Shochet Estate. Gandhi’s grandnephew Kanu acted as the Mahatma’s official photographer from 1938 to 1948, living with his family on Gandhi’s ashram. Kanu was permitted to photograph Gandhi under three conditions: he was not to use flash, the ashram would not finance it, and Gandhi would never pose. This photograph was taken in January 1942 as Gandhi was receiving a coconut in front of his hut at Satyagraha Ashram, Sevagram, India. The spontaneous nature he promoted is readily apparent in this marvelous image. Signed photographs of Gandhi are rare and those taken and signed by his grandnephew are of the utmost desirability; this is the only such example we have seen. ESTIMATE $50,000+
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A 12-year-old Helen Keller inscribes a book for Frances Cleveland, soon to be America’s first lady for the second time
Helen Keller Signed Book Rare signed book: Helen Keller: Souvenir of the First Summer Meeting of the America Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. Second edition. Washington, D.C.: Volta Bureau, 1892. Softcover, 10.75 x 13.75. Signed and inscribed by a 12-year-old Helen Keller on the first free end page in pencil to Frances Cleveland, the wife of former U.S.President Grover Cleveland, “To Mrs. Cleveland—From the little girl who sees with her soul, Helen Keller, Tuscumbia, Alabama, November fourth 1892.” In very good to fine condition, with a stain and small edge tears to the signed page; the reinforced covers are soiled and stained, interior pages have edge stains that increase throughout the book, and there is paper loss to the final two pages and back cover.
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Distributed gratis to members of the America Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, this uncommon memento contains a brief outline of Keller’s early history, an account of her remarkable acquisition of speech, and two of her handwritten letters in facsimile. An impressively scarce publication augmented by Keller’s very early signature and its close proximity to national history—four days later, Grover Cleveland was elected to serve his second term as president of the United States, making him the first and to date only person in American history to be elected to a non-consecutive second presidential term. ESTIMATE $7,500+
Rare signed oversized ‘society circuit’ photo of the genius—the only known formal studio portrait of Albert Einstein LOT 8017
Albert Einstein Signed Photograph Exquisite oversized vintage matte-finish 10 x 13.5 mounted portrait of Albert Einstein in a dashing tuxedo, on its original Delar mount, inscribed on the mount in German in fountain pen to “Herrn und Frau Bluestone,” and signed in full below, “Albert Einstein, 1936.” Beautifully double-matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5 x 21. In very good to fine condition, with some light spotty silvering, and trimming to the mount and top of the photo itself (matted out, so as to display in very fine condition). Photographed countless times during his three decades in the public eye, Einstein almost always appeared as he was on a day-to-day basis: wild hair, a sweater or casual suit, and a lively, mischievous expression on his face. This image, taken by New York socialite and photographer Sophie Delar in 1935, is the exception. Dressed to the nines in his finest tuxedo, hair (somewhat) under control, with a slightly subdued smirk on his face, the celebrity scientist takes on the dignified air of a worldrenowned intellectual in his only known formal portrait. Extremely rare in such an imposing size, this is an ideal autographed photograph of Albert Einstein. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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Einstein responds to a college student’s understanding of his Theory of Generalized Gravitation LOT 8018
Albert Einstein Annotated Letter and Typed Letter Signed Significant archive of a five-page letter to Dr. Albert Einstein by Daniel Lipkin on the subject of space-time, copiously annotated in the margins by Einstein with autograph comments and a 9-line signed autograph statement at the end, signed “A. E.”; and a TLS from Einstein to Lipkin, signed “A. Einstein,” returning the letter with marginal notes on October 13, 1952. Responding like a professor reading a term paper, Einstein comments on Lipkin’s statements in the blank margins of the letter and pens his own signed summary statement at the conclusion of the text. Einstein responds with characteristic terseness to Lipkin’s statements—often simply notating “yes” or (more often) “no!” alongside them—but two of his marginal comments are highly significant in and of themselves: Einstein stating in one of them that “space is nothing by itself but only the dimensionality of the field”; and affirming “this is what I hope for” in response to Lipkin’s premising that “the Theory
of Generalized Gravitation provides an accurate description of all possible physical facts.” Einstein’s concluding remarks, signed “A. E.,” both address the ultimate thrust of Lipkin’s letter and are of import for the future direction of Einstein’s own research efforts (translated): “I can imagine that the [metric] field could be understood as a hyper-complex number, which appears as a function of another (different) hyper-complex number (which would represent the “coordinate space”). But I wonder whether it would be possible to arrive at a system that could give expression to the general covariance. The theory of complex functions (two-dimensional) does not seem to me to offer any analogy, because [equation] is not a general covariant equation.” In overall fine condition. A very rare form of an Einstein autograph, annotated letters such as the present are a product of Einstein’s late years and evidence his remarkable benevolence and willingness to engage with young people. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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Significant collection of Einstein’s pipes, found in his Princeton home LOT 8019
Albert Einstein’s (9) Pipes and Menorah Pipe Holder Remarkable collection of nine of Albert Einstein’s pipes, with a Jewish menorah-style wooden pipe stand for eight. Pipes measure from 4˝ to 12˝ in length, with most featuring briar wood bowls. While the majority are handsome but simple in form, two are quite decorative—one has a carved owl design (perhaps given to Einstein as a gift symbolizing his wisdom), and another white pipe features an intriguing design of a foot kicking a ball. The wooden holder, measuring 8.5˝ x 4.75˝ x 7˝, has flexible slots to support the stems of eight pipes, and resembles the form of a menorah—a unique and interesting homage to Einstein’s heritage. In overall very good to fine
condition, with varying degrees of wear from use. Einstein was well-known for his pipe smoking—other than his messy hair, there may be no more characteristic element of his image than his pipe. Even in later years when he curbed his tobacco use on doctor’s orders, he could not bear to give up the tactile experience—he would smokelessly cradle the bowl in hand or clench the stem between his teeth while he did his deepest thinking. Upon joining the Montreal Pipe Smokers Club in 1950, he reportedly said: ‘I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.’ ESTIMATE $50,000+
Lots 8019-8023: Property from the Princeton home of Albert Einstein Each is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the present owner, who writes: “My father was employed at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton NJ as a caretaker of real estate properties owned by IAS from 1969 to 1995. Some of these properties were located on Mercer Street, Battle Road, Olden Lane, Maxwell Lane and others when these houses became vacant he would have to clean and prepare them for the next professor to move in. It was in the mid 1980’s when he came home with the pipes, two documents made out to Einstein, the shipping tube, the signed photo and the photo of Einstein. My father had built a shelf in our living room to display these artifacts. After both my parents had passed on, I had to clean out their home and I kept these items.” Albert Einstein lived at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton from 1935 until his death in 1955, while employed by Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. His stepdaughter, the sculptor Margot Einstein, remained in the house until her death in 1986; it was presumably at this time that the house was cleaned out.
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Albert Einstein’s 1930 O’Rourke Zoological Institute Diploma Interesting honorary diploma awarded to Albert Einstein by the O’Rourke Zoological Institute in San Diego, one page mounted on wooden scroll spindles, 18.25 x 24, December 31, 1930. The text of the diploma is in Latin, and it is signed at the conclusion by the organization’s officers. The gold foil seal and ribbons affixed to the lower left remain intact. Rolled and in very good to fine condition, with toning and slight chipping to edges.
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On New Year’s Eve, 1930, Einstein was feted at San Diego’s Balboa Park, where he spoke briefly at a reception. ‘I am stepping today for the first time on California soil,’ he said in German, translated by his wife Elsa. ‘I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find harmoniously combined the joy of life and the joy of work.’ ESTIMATE $2,000+
Albert Einstein’s 1925 Argentine Diploma Impressive hand-illuminated honorary diploma awarded to Albert Einstein during his 1925 visit to Argentina, one page, 15 x 19.5, April 19, 1925. Headed in Spanish (translated), “Homage of the Israelites of the Republic of Argentina to the wise Don Albert Einstein,” the document features dozens of signatures. Rolled and in fine condition, with some toning to the margins. In 1922, the University of Buenos Aires Council approved a proposal made by Professor Jorge Duclout, one of the earliest proponents of Einstein’s theory of relativity in
the Argentine intellectual community, to invite Albert Einstein to Argentina for a lecture series. Dr. Mauricio Nirenstein, the university’s administrative secretary, organized the event and three years later, in March-April 1925, Einstein arrived in Buenos Aires. This visit was significant on many fronts—the press covered his pacifist activism, he lectured on physics within academic circles, and the Argentine-Jewish community embraced his presence. Today, the visit may be best known for his unpublished lecture on the epistemology of physics. ESTIMATE $1,500+
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Albert Einstein’s Batavian Society Shipping Tube Cardboard shipping tube, measuring 20˝ long, addressed in an unknown hand in ink to “Aan Prof. Dr. A. Einstein, Haberlandstrasse 5, zu Berlin,” and stamped “Bataafsch Genootschap [Batavian Society] / Rotterdam” as the sender, with a “349 / Rotterdam” label to the left side. In very good to fine condition. The Batavian Society for Experimental Philosophy, based in Rotterdam, is one of the oldest Dutch learned societies; today,
it is mostly dedicated to medicine and the engineering sciences. Having been invited to become a corresponding member of the Society in mid-July 1919, Einstein wrote to Dutch physicist Hendrik Antoon Lorentz on November 15, 1919, to discuss several scientific matters, using the postscript to “express my special thanks to you for admission into the Batavian Society.” Einstein lived in an apartment at Haberlandstrasse 5 in the Schöneberg district of Berlin from about 1917 to 1933, when he emigrated to the United States. ESTIMATE $800+
“Immortal mathematician— who gave us a new conception of time and space” LOT 8023
Albert Einstein Photograph Unusual vintage glossy 8 x 10 silver gelatin photograph of a piece of artwork depicting the iconic visage of Einstein—stark white hair combed back, pipe in mouth—amidst the cosmos, with an intergalactic landscape behind him. Captioned along the bottom: “Albert Einstein—immortal mathematician—who gave us a new conception of time and space.” Annotated on the reverse in ink in an unknown hand, “Prof. Albert Einstein, 1930.” In fine condition, with scattered light creasing. ESTIMATE $800+
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The prince of mathematicians, Carl Friedrich Gauss, tracks the orbit of the asteroid Juno in a rare and important manuscript integral to his life and mind LOT 8024
Carl Friedrich Gauss Autograph Manuscript on Asteroid Orbit German mathematician and physical scientist (1777-1855) who contributed significantly to many fields, including geometry and astronomy; he is often referred to as the ‘prince of mathematicians’ or ‘the greatest mathematician since antiquity.’ Handwritten manuscript by Carl Friedrich Gauss as director of the astronomical observatory at Gottingen, one page, 4 x 6.5, July–August 1808. Under the heading “Neueste Elemente der Juno [Latest Elements of Juno],” Gauss tracks the orbit of the asteroid Juno from July 30–August 5, 1808, as part of his official work at the Gottingen observatory. This appears to be his official recording of the newest statistical data for Juno; data identical or nearly-identical to the present was officially published by the observatory in 1808 in a work authored by Gauss (“Juno Element VIII,” reprinted in Gauss’ Werke, vol. 6, p. 306). This present document was written just one year after Gauss’ appointment to the directorship. Annotated along the top edge in another hand, “Written by Professor C. F. Gauss at Gottingen.” Affixed by its top edge to a larger sheet and in fine condition. A very rare and important manuscript integral to Gauss’ life and mind. ESTIMATE $30,000+
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Fermi’s thoughts on a revised publication of his landmark ‘Experimental Production of a Divergent Chain Reaction’ LOT 8025
Enrico Fermi Autograph Letter Signed ALS, one page, both sides, 8.5 x 11, September 6, 1952. Handwritten letter to Miss Young, in full: “Thank you very much for sending the manuscript ‘Experimental Production of a Divergent Chain Reaction.’ I am returning to you the corrected manuscript with the following items. 1—Two copies of the abstract, 2—A list of captions for the figures, 3—An explanatory footnote on p. 3. I am in agreement with the suggestion of the Editor to publish the paper in three instalments. I have prepared captions for all the figures. It seems to me, however, that some of them could be omitted. For example I would suggest to leave out figs. 5, 6, 7 and perhaps figs 4, 5, 7, 9 of appendix 2. On this point I would of course leave the final decision to the Editor. Again I want to thank you very much for your help in this matter.” Fermi has included an additional sheet headed “Footnote on p. 3, line 5,” which reads: “The neutron density n varies approximately according to the equation ∇2n = an where a is a constant depending on the physical and geometrical structure of the lattice. The value of
a is called the Laplacian of the lattice and is denoted by ∇2. Large values of ∇2 correspond to a letter structure.” In fine to very fine condition. The production of the first nuclear chain reaction in ChicagoPile 1 on December 2, 1942, was a major milestone in the eventual utilization of nuclear energy for the economic production of power. In his monthly report of the Physics Division of the Metallurgical Project, Fermi described this historic event very simply: ‘The activity of the Physics Division in the past month has been devoted primarily to the experimental production of a divergent chain reaction. The chain reacting structure has been completed on December 2 and has been in operation since then in a satisfactory way. A program of tests on the operating conditions of the chain reacting unit and experiments for the investigation of the various radiations inside and outside the pile is in progress. The results will be reported as soon as possible.’ ESTIMATE $4,000+
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Tesla anticipates Twitter and solar energy in 1900 LOT 8026
Nikola Tesla Typed Letter Signed TLS signed “N. Tesla,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, March 6, 1900. Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of The Century Magazine. In part: “I learned with great regret just now, that you are not feeling well, and I shall cherish the two hopes, that you will soon get well and that it is not my article which made you sick. I was a little taken aback by the determined stand of Mr. Buell, but I am obliged to him for the friendliness which was evident to me. Perhaps he was frightened away by the apparent mass of facts to be brought out and by the first diagram, which threatened to make the article technical. My opinion is, that no extraordinary intelligence, such as possessed by every Century reader, is needed to follow my ideas and to recognize in them a connected whole. How then does the Century differ from other magazines? I inclose a modified prospectus of the chapters, which will perhaps convey a better idea of the subject, with which I shall deal. Some day when we can sit down together, I shall convince you that, looking at it in the light of a physical problem, of two equally gifted men of equal ability, the one living to-day could not put an ideal conception in as precise a form as a man who lived six hundred years ago. I will illustrate it by a comparison. The artist living now has a camera with a much larger opening, admitting more light and getting the image quicker. The artist who lived six hundred years before had a camera with a small opening, admitting little light and printing slower, but the definition was better in his case. Our knowledge and ability
is certainly increasing, but our power of ideal concentration certainly diminishes, and sometime, when I can bring a number of physical facts before you, you will see that. When you judge of an artist’s production of to-day, you must remember that you are influenced by education, and I have no doubt that you could honestly testify, that this or that painter is painting better than Raphael. This I never question, although I would date you to knock off the chip. I merely look at Man as a machine, and looking at him that way, the conclusion I have drawn is inevitable.” In fine condition, with light creasing, a short tear to the top edge of each page, and a small stain to the second page.
“Our knowledge and ability is certainly increasing, but our power of ideal concentration certainly diminishes”
Tesla wrote this letter amidst some conflict over an article he was writing for The Century, which would appear in the June issue under the title ‘The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, with Special Reference to the Harnessing of the Sun’s Energy.’ His strange, rambling drafts covered everything from advice on human hygiene to advances in wireless communications. Underwood encouraged him to refine the piece, noting that it was an opportunity to make a good impression upon the public. In Tesla’s final submission—which Underwood praised as a ‘vast improvement’—he focused on problems of renewable energy, discussing the possibility of generating electricity from the sun, wind, and geothermal resources. The article, and this correspondence, is discussed in Chapter 11 of Richard Munson’s Tesla: Inventor of the Modern. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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‘VI Original Canzonettas’ from the Austrian master
Franz Joseph Haydn Austrian musician (1732–1809) who takes a place among the first rank of composers in the history of Western music. The sheer magnitude of his gift, along with his seemingly inexhaustible industry, resulted in one of the largest and most significant bodies of work by any single figure. His mastery of two forms, in particular—the string quartet and the symphony—practically defined the Classical style and exerted a potent influence on all composers who followed, most notably Wolfgang Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, both of whom were intimate acquaintances of the older composer. Exceptionally rare signed music score for ‘Dr. Haydn’s VI Original Canzonettas, for the Voice with an Accompaniment for the Piano-Forte,’ with dedication to Mrs. John Hunter, ‘Printed for the Author, & Sold by him at No. 1 Bury Street, St. James’s, at Mess’rs Corri, Dussek & Co., Music Sellers to her Majesty, No. 67, Dean Street, Soho, & Bridge Street, Edinburgh,’ no date but circa June 1794, 9.5 x 13, 31 pages, signed in the lower right of the title page in bold ink, “Haydn.” The score
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contains six songs—I. ‘The Mermaids Song,’ II. ‘Recollection,’ III. ‘A Pastoral Song,’ IV. ‘Despair,’ V. ‘Pleasing Pains,’ and VI. ‘Fidelity.’ Lavishly bound with the unsigned “Second Sett of Dr. Haydn’s Original Canzonettas” in quarter dark brown calf with marbled blue boards, and the spine titled in gilt. In very good to fine condition, with light overall soiling, and professional restoration to two missing corners of the signed page. The text for Haydn’s settings were provided by the dedicatee, Mrs. John Anne Hunter (1742–1821), a poet and wife of famous London surgeon John Hunter (1728–1793). She entertained some of the finest leading literary, musical, and artistic figures of the time at her salon, and it is thought that this is how she was first introduced to Haydn in 1791, during his first visit to England. The best known songs from their collaborative efforts are ‘The Mermaid’s Song’ and ‘My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair,’ both of which are still performed today. From the collection of Stephen Adamson. ESTIMATE $20,000+
Tolstoy signs the St. Petersburg edition of Master and Man, one of his great short stories
Leo Tolstoy Signed Book Signed book in Russian: Khozyain and rabotnik (Master and Man). St. Petersburg: 1895. Paperback with blue leather slipcase, 3.5 x 5.75, 152 pages. Signed on the half-title page in crisp black ink, “Leo Tolstoy, 22 October 1895.” The publication bears the original wrappers with an attractive frontispiece of Tolstoy and a set of 15 text illustrations. Autographic condition: fine, with scattered light foxing. Book condition: VG-/None, with a band of toning to the front wrapper, wear and some splitting to the spine, and light foxing to textblock; most pages are uncut at the top of the unread volume.
Provenance: The Russian Literature Collection of Walter Nelson. This St. Petersburg edition was published on March 10, 1895, five days after the story first appeared in Moscow. The work remains one of Tolstoy’s great short stories: a tale of tragedy about the transformation that takes place when one encounters death. The volume quickly attained popularity, resulting in several editions in Russia, as well as translations into English, French, and German that same year. Published works signed by the great Leo Tolstoy are virtually unobtainable, with this beautifully signed example, contained in its original wrappers, representing the first our company has offered. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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Brilliant letter from Gauguin referring to Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne in relation to the price of art, of which he readily defends LOT 8029
Paul Gauguin Autograph Letter Signed Lengthy ALS in French, six pages, 8 x 10.5, January 1900. Handwritten letter to the French editor, author, and art dealer, Ambrose Vollard, which begins with Gauguin quoting the text of Vollard’s letter before starting his reply, explaining his disinterest in a “full-size” pastellized watercolor (translated), “My spirit will not be in them...The artlovers each have their separate tastes; one likes power, the other likes sugary sweetness,” and a request to paint flowers: “I am not a naturalist painter—even less so today than before. All my work is created in my crazy imagination, and when I’m tired of painting faces, my predilection, I begin a still-life which I finish not using any model. And besides, this is not exactly flower country here.”
become more and more disinterested in painting (to retire from the scene, as they say) either by working or writing in Tahiti, or by cultivating a little of my land. Whatever remains of my paintings in Paris will give me my daily bread.” Gauguin details the price he would expect from Vollard by way of defending his own art, “I resemble others who resemble me (who imitate me),” and setting his own terms: “you must, upon returning this letter, send me 300 francs per month, which will count towards payment on the day I send you the works...I always used to say, and Van Gogh has thought, that with me, one could make a lot of money. Because…I am 51 years old and have one of the greatest reputations in France and overseas, and having started painting rather late, there are only very few of my paintings of which the majority are distributed between Denmark and Sweden...So, as far as a merchant is concerned, it is only a question of desire and patience, not of an enormous capital as it is for Claude Monet. I estimate that I have produced 300 canvasses, maximum, since I started to paint, and approximately 100 of those don’t count from the beginning. After that, you have to count around 50 distributed overseas, and several in France among serious people who will not re-sell. As you can see, there are very few.” In fine condition, with some splitting to the ends of the folds.
“I am not a naturalist painter...All my work is created in my crazy imagination...with me, one could make a lot of money”
On the subject of cost, Gauguin explains: “The truth is that it is the merchant who sets the price when he knows how to go about it, that he is convinced, and above all when the painting is a good one. The good painting always has its price.” He continues: “Also, I got a letter from Maurice Denis who is someone who is very much in the know about what is happening in Paris: he tells me that Degas and Rouart argue over my paintings, and in the salesrooms, they are going for a pretty nice price. So much for your words ‘Nobody wants them!’...In any case, I don’t want to get mixed up in it, and I am in the midst of organizing my life so that I can
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Rare handwritten letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald to actress Ina Claire, evoking the opulence of Jazz Age revelry LOT 8030
F. Scott Fitzgerald (2) Autograph Letters Signed to Ina Claire Rare pairing of handwritten letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald to the charming actress Ina Claire. Scholars have long known that Fitzgerald was fascinated with actress Ina Claire from the moment as a teenager he first saw her on the stage. It is less well known that Claire attended one of the Fitzgeralds’ notorious parties at the Ellerslie estate in Delaware, where the Fitzgeralds resided from 1927 to 1929. These letters evoke all the promise and disappointment of the opulent Jazz Age, and demonstrate Fitzgerald’s crafty sense of humor. Includes:
ALS by Fitzgerald, playfully signed “Gene Marky,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Ellerslie letterhead, no date [but the morning after the previous letter]. Handwritten letter to “Ina Claire,” apologizing for his previous night’s behavior. The possibilities of the last letter evaporate in the first line of this note, written the next morning in the fog of a hangover. In full: “Whether I passed out or was even more offensive I don’t know—the only thing in my favor was that I had a dim foreboding of catastrophe from about the time the Hergesheimers left, & I wanted to get you home as soon as possible. What ho! But nevertheless less I like you too much to endure the lousy impression you will inevitably carry away & this is wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa-wa (& all that sentence & old fashioned time honored unacceptable, unwelcome inevitable apology, that you can doubtless fill out for yourself).” He adds a wistful postscript: “Can you more or less have breakfast with me? I await below.” In overall fine condition, with scattered small stains.
“A thousand Circassian girls and eunuchs will perform a march while we dine (at 6) upon bats wings and Chateau Yquem 1909”
ALS signed “F. Scott Fitzgerald,” one page, 6 x 9.5, DuPont Biltmore letterhead, no date. From the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel in Wilmington, Fitzgerald addresses Claire as a “Fabulously beautiful Creature,” writing, in full: “Faultlessly groomed I shall be on hand a little after five and in one of my fleet of swift Rolls-Royces whisk you in a 3 1/2 minutes to our palace of delights upon the limpid Delaware. A thousand Circassian girls and eunuchs will perform a march while we dine (at 6) upon bats wings and Chateau Yquem 1909.”
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Zane Grey’s 500+ page handwritten manuscript for The Vanishing American, one of the first novels sympathetic to the Native American’s plight LOT 8031
Zane Grey Handwritten Manuscript for ‘The Vanishing American’ Autograph manuscript in pencil by Zane Grey for his 1925 novel The Vanishing American, totaling 546 single-sided pages (numbered 1–513 plus an additional section numbered 403–435), 7.75 x 12.5, titled and signed on the first page, “The Vanishing American by Zane Grey, Author of To the Last Man, The Day of the Beast, Riders of the Purple Sage, etc.” Grey’s story begins: “At sunrise Nophaie drove his flock of sheep and goats out upon the sage slopes of the desert. The April air was cold and keen, fragrant with the dry tang of the uplands. Taddy and Tinny, his shepherd dogs, had wary eye and warning bark for the careless stragglers of the flock. Gray gaunt forms of wolf and tawny shape of wild cat moved like shadows through the sage.” In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a custom-made clamshell case, and the April 2014 issue of the Zane Grey Review, which features multiple articles discussing The Vanishing American; these articles point out the existence
of four different endings in the published versions of the text. First serialized in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1922–1923, The Vanishing American was one of the first pieces of literature to offer a harsh portrayal of American government agencies towards Native Americans. Grey’s sympathetic novel depicted white settlers as missionaries who preyed upon the subordinate race, forcefully converting them into Christianity and altering their way of life. According to Zane Grey’s biographer, Thomas Pauly, ‘The magazine was deluged with angry letters from religious groups, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs vehemently denounced his depiction of their efforts.’ In response to the public outcry, Grey had to rework the story, revising the ending before Harper & Brothers would publish it in book form in 1925, and changing the plot of the silent film adaptation (released in the same year). Still, these treatments communicated Grey’s original intent. An important handwritten manuscript for one of Grey’s forgotten masterpieces. ESTIMATE $50,000+
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Scarce signed first edition of Edison: His Life and Inventions
Thomas Edison Signed Book Signed book: Edison: His Life and Inventions, Vol. I, by Frank Lewis Dyer. First edition. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1910. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 472 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen, “To Charles C. Moore, Thos. A. Edison.” Autographic condition: fine, with two small ink spots
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to the top of the signed page. Book condition: VG/None, with light edgewear and Moore’s personal bookplate to front pastedown. The author, Frank Lewis Dyer, served as the general counsel for the Edison Laboratory and was therefore uniquely qualified to pen Edison’s original and exhaustive biography. A rare signed volume chronicling the life and works of the great American inventor. ESTIMATE $3,500+
“Under the present circumstances we would consent to reduce our price to the French government to one million francs, the money to be paid only after the genuine value of our discoveries has been demonstrated by a flight of one of our machines”
Orville Wright Typed Letter Signed Partial TLS signed for both by Orville, “Wilbur & Orville Wright, O. W.,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Wright Cycle Company letterhead, [November 4, 1905]. The concluding page of a two-page letter to Captain Ferdinand Ferber, in part: “Under the present circumstances we would consent to reduce our price to the French government to one million francs...The price would include a complete machine, instruction in our discoveries
relating to the scientific principles of the art, formulas for the designing of machines of other sizes, speeds, etc; and personal instruction of operators in the use of the machine.” Includes the unsigned first page of a letter from the Wrights to Ferber from one month earlier, dated October 9, 1905, which also contains exceptional aviation content. In overall very good to fine condition, with light creasing, intersecting folds, and loss to the lower right corner of the first page. ESTIMATE $15,000+
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Paul Newman’s bright blue Bob Sharp racing jacket—worn often in the 1980s LOT 8034
Paul Newman’s Personally-Owned and -Worn Racing Jacket Paul Newman’s personally-owned and -worn bright blue racing jacket from circa 1983, size small, manufactured by Swingster, embroidered on the chest with his initials, “PLN.” Sewn-on patches include Datsun (chest), Bob Sharp Racing/Datsun (chest), Kendall (left arm), and Canon (right arm). The stylish jacket features a snap-up placket, two pouch pockets, and triple-stripe white piping along the sleeves. In fine condition, with evidence of patch removal on the front. Accompanied by two glossy photographs of Newman wearing the jacket, and a laminated letter of provenance from Bob Sharp, in part: “I have kept this jacket in my personal collection for 30 or so years. I believe it to be from 1983 based on sponsor badges and my recollection. Paul wore this jacket often. I appreciate your interest in Bob Sharp Racing history and our association with PLN. Through the many years of our association, I watched Paul develop from a novice weekend racer to a bona fide Professional race car driver. I have no doubt if Paul would have started his career before his late forties, his list of accomplishments in racing may have surpassed his obvious abilities in front of a camera. Paul was the definition of class over our 20 year association.” Newman became interested in auto racing while training under Bob Sharp at the Watkins Glen Racing School for the 1969 filming of Winning, in which he plays a driver with dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500. Thus began a passion he held for the rest of his life, frequently competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events, the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in the North American Can-Am series. He drove for the Bob Sharp Racing team from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s, mainly racing Datsun/Nissan vehicles in the Trans-Am Series. He became closely associated with the brand, and in 1983 a special, top-of-the-line ‘Paul Newman’ edition of the Nissan Skyline R30 was released in Japan. A great piece of pop culture history. ESTIMATE $10,000+
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Photo-matched red racing suit from Paul Newman’s motorsport prime LOT 8035
Paul Newman’s Personally-Owned and -Worn Racing Suit Paul Newman’s personally-owned and -worn bright red fireproof auto racing suit from circa 1979–1983, manufactured by Simpson Safety Equip. Inc. in May 1979, with name patch on the chest embroidered in white, “P. L. Newman.” Sewn-on patches include Bob Sharp Racing/Datson (chest), Datsun (chest), Canon (chest), Kendall (chest), Budweiser (chest, both arms, and back), and Goodyear (back). This suit has been conclusively photomatched by Resolution Photomatching to an image of Newman captured by Dan Boyd, made based on loose and fraying threads on the custom-stitched patches on the front of the suit, stitching on the name and seams, and the alignment of stitching and patches on the front of the suit; several other photographs of Newman in the suit are included, as is a Budweiser advertisement and an issue of AutoWeek from July 30, 1979, both featuring him in the suit. In fine condition, with general wear from use. Accompanied by a laminated letter of provenance from a previous owner, in part: “I bought this used Paul Newman racing suit at a SCAA course worker’s Saturday night BBQ at Sears Point Raceway, September 17, 1983. It was a Trans Am race weekend and Mr. Newman was driving one of Bob Sharp Racing’s Datsun 280 ZX Turbos. He gridded 10th and finished 8th. At that Saturday night BBQ they held a benefit auction to help recently injured pro racing driver Kathy Rude who was hurt in a racing accident…I kept the FedEx receipt for proof of where I got it from. (Columbia Pictures of New York City) The suit was sent to me by Marcia Franklin who at that time was Mr. Newman’s personal assistant.” The FedEx label referenced is also included. Newman became interested in auto racing while training under Bob Sharp at the Watkins Glen Racing School for the 1969 filming of Winning, in which he plays a driver with dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500. Thus began a passion he held for the rest of his life, frequently competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events, the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in the North American Can-Am series. His first professional event as a racer was in 1972 at Thompson International Speedway, where he quietly entered as “P. L. Newman”—the name he went by for the rest of his racing career, and what is embroidered on this suit. He drove for the Bob Sharp Racing team from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s, mainly racing Datsun/Nissan vehicles in the Trans-Am Series. He became closely associated with the brand, and in 1983 a special, top-of-the-line ‘Paul Newman’ edition of the Nissan Skyline R30 was released in Japan. An outstanding, well-documented piece of racing and pop culture history. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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The hero of Le Mans
Steve McQueen Signed Photograph Glossy 7.75 x 10.25 photo of Steve McQueen as racing driver Michael Delaney in the 1971 film Le Mans, signed nicely in black felt tip. Affixed to a same-size mount. In fine condition. In spite of its poor box office response, Le Mans was an important project for McQueen, himself an avid motorcycle and race car enthusiast who routinely performed his own driving stunts. However, when McQueen wanted to drive a Porsche
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917 with Jackie Stewart in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, the film’s backers threatened to pull their support if he did. Faced with the choice of driving for 24 hours in the race or driving for the entire summer making the film, McQueen opted for the latter. McQueen later purchased five racecars used in the film, and in 2015, a documentary called Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans examined the actor’s quest to create and star in the 1971 auto-racing film. ESTIMATE $5,000+
Main landing tire flown to orbit on Space Shuttle Discovery
were single landing rated and subsequently replaced for each flight (nose landing gear were typically used for two landings).
Main landing tire flown to orbit onboard Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) / STS-105 from August 10–22, 2001. The 44.5 x 16.0-21 size tire is one of six (including two smaller nose landing gear tires) onboard the Discovery orbiter that decelerated the 220,000 pound spacecraft from its 250 MPH landing speed to a full stop on the Kennedy Center Space Shuttle Landing Facility’s 15,000 foot long runway.
The initial point of touchdown at which the tire contacted the runway has been indicated on the treads with post-flight application of “X” marks. The sidewall has also been annotated with flight information, which has been taped over to prevent wear.
Space Shuttle Discovery STS-105 Flown Tire
Manufactured by Michelin, the Space Shuttle tires were filled with nitrogen (as are most aircraft tires) due to its stability at different altitudes and temperatures. As a result of extremely heavy loads, the bias ply tire was inflated to 340 psi and engineered to tolerate rapid temperature changes from in excess of -40 degrees Fahrenheit in space to +130 degrees on landing in a matter of minutes. The main landing gear shuttle tires
The shuttle mission on which this tire flew (STS-105) included as its main purpose rotation of the International Space Station (ISS) crew and the delivery of supplies utilizing the Italianbuilt Multipurpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo on its second flight. Astronauts also conducted two spacewalks and performed materials experiments. The MPLM on this mission contained additional scientific racks, equipment, and supplies required by the ISS Crew. ESTIMATE $10,000+
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Hand-painted retirement card signed by Walt, Roy, and over 200 Disney Studio employees
are found in the upper border. A full list of signers is included and available upon request. In fine condition, with light toning to the perimeter, and fading to a handful of lesser names.
Wonderful multi-signed retirement card presented to Fred Schlatter, the longtime gardener at Walt Disney Studios, which features a trimmed photo of Schlatter placed on a hand-painted scene of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy trying their hand at gardening, with Schlatter pictured relaxing at the base of a tree. A caption above Mickey reads: “Fred is retiring after 27 years. No one can ever replace him, but Walt says we can try!” The painting is matted and framed to an overall size of 24.25 x 20.5, with the mat impressively signed in ink and ballpoint by over 230 employees of Walt Disney Studios, highlighted by Walt and Roy Disney, whose can signatures
A brilliant hand-painted ‘fond farewell’ to a widely beloved Walt Disney Studios fixture; Schlatter’s name appeared in the first issue of The Bulletin (January 6, 1939), an in-house Disney company newspaper that explained Schlatter’s amazing ability to concoct gags for the Donald Duck strip. Highlighted by the uncommon presence of both Walt and Roy, this retirement card and its incredible signature total is ready-made for further research, with a quick glance turning up the names of legendary animator Ub Iwerks and influential producer Bill Anderson.
Walt and Roy Disney Signed Retirement Card, with Over 230 Walt Disney Studios Employees
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Sought-after near mint example of Playboy #1, featuring an iconic nude of Marilyn Monroe
Playboy #1 CGC Qualified Grade 9.0 CGC Qualified Grade 9.0 (staples replaced). Sought-after Playboy #1 ‘Page 3 Copy’ (HMH Publishing Co., December 1953) with white pages, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the front cover and inside. This iconic magazine, which famously features a full-color nude of Miss Monroe (the one and only “Sweetheart of the Month”) as the centerfold, launched Hugh Hefner’s Playboy into the national spotlight as America’s leading magazine for men’s entertainment. Of the several variants of Playboy #1—a newsstand edition, a ‘Red Star’ copy, and a ‘Page 3’ copy—the ‘Red Star’ is considered rarest, followed closely by this ‘Page 3’ edition; the newsstand edition is much more common. The CGC census records only one example of this version graded higher. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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Rare complete suite of 20 nude photographs by Albert Arthur Allen, a pioneering photographer of the female figure
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Albert Arthur Allen ‘The Female Figure’ Photograph Suite Rare first edition photograph suite entitled “The Female Figure, Series I. Technical Edition,” by Albert Arthur Allen, published in 1923, containing a complete set of 20 original silver gelatin prints of his pioneering nude photographs of women. All are stamped on the reverse. Additionally includes the title page, notice for the sale of future volumes plus order blank, booklet advertising the sale of other studies by Allen, and Christmas card signed in fountain pen, “Best Regards, A. A. Allen.” Housed in the original cardstock portfolio folder with
title imprinted on the front. Albert Arthur Allen (1886-1962) was a pioneer in nude photography who was unique in that his models displayed certain regions of the female form not documented by other photographers of the time. Allen claimed this was not for salacious reasons, but rather his earnest attempt to display the entirety of nude figures for artistic and ‘democratic’ ideals. He explained in his biography, ‘To see womankind entirely nude would place all women on equality. And it would be only their true mental and physical charm that would lift them from the ordinary.’ ESTIMATE $7,000+
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Anne Revere’s award for Best Supporting Actress: “In Recognition of Her Performance in ‘National Velvet’” LOT 8041
Award for Best Supporting Actress: Anne Revere for National Velvet (1945) Iconic original statuette awarded to actress Anne Revere for her role as Mrs. Araminty Brown in the 1944 MGM film National Velvet, starring the young Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, and Donald Crisp. The award trophy measures 13.25˝ tall, weighs six pounds, and features an engraved plaque on the base, “Academy First Award to Anne Revere, In Recognition of Her Performance in ‘National Velvet.’” A small plaque on the rear of the base is dated “1945.” In very good to fine condition, with wear to the plaques and reverse of the statuette (mostly to reverse), and felt pad worn through on the base. Anne Revere was nominated three times in the Best Supporting Actress category, recognizing her strong, matriarchal roles—as
Jennifer Jones’ mother in The Song of Bernadette (1943), Elizabeth Taylor’s in National Velvet (1944), and Gregory Peck’s in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). This trophy, awarded for her part in the classic horse racing film, represents her only win. A direct descendant of the patriot Paul Revere, she was steadfast in her ideals and stood in vocal opposition to the House Un-American Activities Committee—a stance that effectively ended her career in movies. After 1951, her place on the Hollywood blacklist denied any chance at another prize. These award trophies are arguably the most coveted of all Hollywood collectibles, and they are very rarely available to the public at large. As the most famous and recognizable award in all of entertainment, this would be the pinnacle of any pop culture collection. ESTIMATE $150,000+
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Incredible court-used photo archive of James Dean’s tragic 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder crash LOT 8042
James Dean Crash Site Collection of (30) Photographs Unprecedented collection of 30 unpublished original glossy photos, 8.25 x 10 and 10 x 8.25, which vividly document the fatal car crash site of Hollywood actor James Dean, who was tragically killed at the age of 24 when his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, coined the ‘Little Bastard,’ collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor driven by Donald Turnupseed on September 30, 1955; the accident occurred when the actor was driving westbound on U.S. Route 466 en route to a racing event in Salinas, California. The collection consists of 12 overhead views of the junction of Route 466 and Route 41, which lay a fascinating visual groundwork of the surrounding landscape and for a strip known as ‘the racer’s road,’ a stretch of tarmac used as a fast-moving shortcut by sports car drivers making their way to Salinas. Also featured is a total of 18 ‘ground-level’ photos, with nine showing Routes 466 and 41 in up-close detail—replete with telephone poles, mountainous vista, disrupted road shoulder, and fresh skid marks and vehicular fluid stains—and nine others showing the terrifying aftermath photos of Dean and Turnupseed’s mangled automobiles; the interior or exterior of Dean’s significantly damaged Porsche 550 is visible in six of the photographs, as is Dean’s No. 130 racing number and “Little Bastard” sticker. The photos, distinguished by date, are as follows: four of the ground-level aftermath photos are dated to the day of the accident, September 30, 1955; nine ground-level photos of Routes 466 and 41 are dated to the following day, October 1, 1955, with one photo of Turnupseed’s damaged Ford Tudor in a garage similarly dated; seven aerial photos dated June 21, 1958, and five aerial photos dated July 10, 1958. Four vehicle aftermath are undated, but were assuredly taken on September 30th or on early October 1st. Reverse of 26 photos stamp-dated with “Russ Schober Photo” or “Stevens Studios” address stamps and annotated with corresponding photo numbers. The reverse of all ground-level photos annotated in pencil, “Wutherich vs. Turnupseed–Dean–
Coulter,” which alludes to the surviving passenger in Dean’s car, Porsche mechanic Rolf Wutherich, who attempted to sue the insurance companies of both Dean and Turnupseed for the array of injuries he incurred, such as a double fractured jaw and a severely torn left hip that required multiple surgeries. The legal proceedings never came to fruition, however, with Wutherich returning to West Germany in 1957. The other driver in the accident, Turnupseed, was practically physically unscathed, with no more than a bloody nose and scratches. In overall very good to fine condition, with scattered creasing, one edge tear, and one clipped corner. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Robert A. Coyle, the son of Robert Everett Coyle, who served as the attorney on behalf of Turnupseed and his insurance company. The letter, in part: “Official photos taken at the scene after the crash and published by Stevens Studios in Paso Robles, CA…used in court case Wutherich vs. Turnupseed, Dean, Coulter…Our father, Robert E. Coyle, was the attorney for Donald Turnupseed…When the case was dropped, he was still in possession of the photographs and being a history buff, made sure they were not destroyed.” Like other leading men Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, Dean developed a passion for auto-racing in his early adulthood and began to purchase vehicles shortly after filming East of Eden. In Palm Springs on March 26–27, 1955, he entered his first professional race, taking the top spot in the novice class and placing second in the main event. Barred from all racing activities during the filming of Giant, it wasn’t until the end of production that Dean traded in his 1955 Porsche Super Speedster for his ‘Little Bastard,’ the faster and more powerful 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, which he planned to drive in the upcoming Salinas Road Race event scheduled for October 1–2. The early death of James Dean reverberates to this day, with these never-before-seen images offering an intensely unique perspective of the crash location and the resulting carnage, with many of the photos taken only hours after the accident. ESTIMATE $15,000+
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“Poetry from Life’s Other Side”— nine handwritten poems by Bonnie Parker while jailed in 1932
Bonnie Parker’s Handwritten Poem Book Bonnie Parker’s handwritten poem book entitled “Poetry from Life’s Other Side,” penned on 32 pages inside a black leatherette 3.5 x 6 bank book, stamped on the front cover, “The First National Bank, Burkburnett, Texas.” Featuring a mix of Parker’s original creative compositions and renditions of popular folk ballads, these poems were written by Parker while she was held in Kaufman County Jail, Texas, in 1932, after being arrested for the botched armed robbery of a hardware store with Clyde Barrow, Ralph Fults, and Raymond Hamilton; while Barrow and Hamilton managed to escape on foot, Parker and Fults were apprehended. This was Parker’s first and only arrest, and she
stewed in jail for about two months before being released on June 17th, after the jury failed to indict her. In Emma Parker’s 1934 biography of Bonnie and Clyde, she made note of several particulars of her daughter’s stay in prison: that this was when she first drafted ‘Suicide Sal’; that it was when Bonnie began to regularly use hard slang and gangster jargon; and that she befriended the jailer and his wife, who would let her sit out on the lawn. With little to do other than pine for Clyde and chat with her jailer, it is no surprise that Bonnie’s fertile imagination turned to poetry: of the ten poems in this book, five appear to be original compositions, largely drawn from her adventurous life on the road with the Barrow Gang. ESTIMATE $50,000+
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Arguably the finest and most historically significant Malcolm X archive extant, highlighted by three letters dating from his earliest period as a Black Muslim minister in Harlem, to his assassination 11 years later ever
Malcolm X Archive of Letters, Handbills, and Photographs Significant archive of material related to the life and death of Malcolm X, consisting of three letters (addressed to Elijah Muhammad, Redd Foxx, and another proclaiming “I hate no one because of their color”), three original handbills and broadsides, and a large collection of over 30 period photographs, the union of which chronicles Malcolm X’s evolution from a divisive Nation of Islam figurehead to an enlightened, if not controversial, leader of the Civil and Human Rights movement.
Third, a TLS signed “Malcolm X,” one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal red script stationery, February 2, 1965, in part: “I hate no one because of their color. My judgement of people is based upon their deeds, their intentions, their conscious behavior. However, the strong position of economic and political power and prestige enjoyed by the present generation of white Americans does stem from the exploitation done to millions of BLACKS here in this country during slavery by the past generations of whites. The negative characteristics in most Black Communities aren’t inherent weaknesses of The Blacks, but are the effects that still are with us from the days of slavery. Slavery was so cruel and inhuman that we in this present generation still bear the scars from what was done to our grandparents by your grandparents. However, if anything meaningful is ever done by whites to undo the physical and psycological harm done by slavery to the Blacks…it will have to be done by the young whites of your generation.” Shortly after this letter, in the middle of February 1965, Malcolm X’s home was firebombed. One week later, on February 21st, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Three men, two of them Black Muslims, were convicted of the killing and given life sentences; the trial did not reveal whether or not the assassins were part of a conspiracy.
“I hate no one because of their color”
First, a TLS signed “Malcolm X,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, June 28, 1954, addressed from his New York home to his mentor, Elijah Muhammad, in part (spelling retained): “The answer to our problem will always be realized whenever we can get the MUSLIMS THEMSELVES to go out FISHING, instead of ‘teaching.’ The best way to do this is to dangle a potential prize before his nose, and then he’ll get up and go after the dead….yes sir, we have to BAIT our own MUSLIMS into becoming FISHERMEN. We have to bait them into becoming BAITORS. In other words, we must FISH FOR FISHERMEN.”
Next is an ALS signed “Bro Malcolm X,” penned on the reverse of a color glossy 5.5 x 3.5 postcard, postmarked from Miami on February 19, 1964. The handwritten letter is addressed to legendary comedian Redd Foxx, and it reads, in full: “One hundred years have passed since the Civil War, and these chimpanzees get more recognition, respect & freedom in American than our people do, because even the monkeys that lead them have more sense than the monkeys that lead us.” This letter dates to just two weeks before Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam.
The remainder of the archive contains rare visual and historical documentation of Malcolm X’s profound role throughout the turbulent social landscape of 1960s America, with three handbills and broadsides announcing Harlem rallies and over 30 period photographs that capture his momentous withdrawal from the Nation of Islam to his eventual martyrdom outside of the Audubon Ballroom. A full description of all items can be found online. In overall fine condition, with an old tape repair to the postcard, touching several words of text. ESTIMATE $250,000+
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The lifetime archive of a tragic tennis legend, highlighted by his awards, handwritten speeches, and Ashe’s Davis Cup uniform and apartheid protest jacket
Arthur Ashe Archive Momentous archive from the personal estate of legendary tennis player Arthur Ashe, consisting of 18 lots that represent the all too short life and career of an athlete whose impact extended far beyond the tennis court. The first African-American player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open, Ashe skillfully used his celebrity to become a vocal champion for black rights, shining a spotlight on South African apartheid and the mistreatment of Haitian refugees, among other causes. After publicly announcing that he was HIV positive (the result of a botched blood transfusion), Ashe founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and, two months before his death, he established the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Despite
having been retired for 12 years, in 1992 Ashe was awarded as the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine for his tireless support of humanitarian causes. As such, this archive opens with a signed copy of the December 21, 1992 issue of Sports Illustrated, which pictures Ashe on the front cover as their “Sportsman of the Year,” neatly autographed on the front cover in black felt tip by Ashe, who died a little over a month after this periodical hit newsstands. The balance of the archive contains Ashe’s personal accolades, a collection of five handwritten speech notes, his contacts notebook from 1992 and 1993, personally-worn and photomatched clothing, and a variety of other signed and unsigned items. We strongly urge interested bidders to refer to our more detailed online description of this amazing archive. ESTIMATE $50,000+
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Choice Beatles autographs from late 1963
Beatles Signatures Pristine vintage circa late 1963 ballpoint signatures, “George Harrison,” “Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” and “Ringo Starr,” on an off-white 4.5 x 4 album page, still contained within its original autograph book. Other signers in the book include The Temperance Seven, the Chris Barber Jazz Band, Billy J. Kramer, and a handful of other British musicians of the era. The Beatles page is in very fine condition; the autograph
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book itself has splits to the spine, with several pages loose. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part: “The signatures date from late 1963 and not only is this an excellent representative example of a set of Beatles autographs from the period, this is truly an exceptional set, as all signatures are beautifully scripted and each is signed as nicely as each band member could have done on the day.” ESTIMATE $10,000+
Rare Double Fantasy promo album inscribed by Lennon and Ono to a Hit Factory employee
Beatles: Lennon and Ono Signed ‘Double Fantasy’ Album Double Fantasy promotional album signed and inscribed on the back cover in black ballpoint, “For Neil, love, John Lennon,” and “Yoko Ono,” with Lennon adding small smiley face sketches of himself and his wife. In fine condition. The record is included. The album is a gold stamp promotional copy, which presents a convenient marker to determine which albums Lennon signed to friends/family as opposed to standard copies signed to fans. This particular album was signed for Neil Goldberg, an employee at The Hit Factory recording studio in New York City, whose own personalized ‘The Hit Factory’ jacket accompanies this lot. Sessions for Double Fantasy began at The Hit Factory on August 7, 1980, and continued through October 19, 1980. The production resulted in dozens of songs, enough to fill Double Fantasy and a large part of a projected second album, Milk and Honey. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks and by a detailed letter of provenance from the original recipient, who writes, in part: “I was working as electronic maintenance engineer at The Hit Factory Studios on West 48th Street in New York in 1980 when Double Fantasy was being recorded...My responsibilities included, among other things, the daily audio alignments ahead of each day’s recording session on the Studer A80 tape decks. Our shop was located on the same floor as the studio, so I saw John pretty frequently. I admit I was in awe,
especially since we would have occasional brief conversations around the catering area...John always presented himself as very down to earth, and not as the rock and roll god he was. That made it easy to chat with him...The embroidered Hit Factory jacket was given to the staff members prior to the album’s start. The autographed Double Fantasy album passed from John’s hand to mine sometime around September or October of 1980, and was a pre-release copy. WOW!” Although Double Fantasy received mixed reception from music critics upon its release on November 17, 1980, the murder of Lennon by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, prompted fans and critics alike to reexamine the work. It became a commercial success soon thereafter, and Double Fantasy went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year award at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards. Lennon and Ono signed a number of Double Fantasy albums at their home office on November 21, 1980, not long after their historic photo session in Central Park with Allan Tannenbaum. In addition to those ‘Studio One’ home office examples, Lennon also signed a copy for his would-be assailant some six hours before his tragic death. Autographed ‘Double Fantasy’ album covers are very rare and immensely desirable, with this particular example all the more impressive given its addition of two Lennon sketches and that it was presented to a Hit Factory studio employee.. ESTIMATE $25,000+
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Walls & Bridges with unique sketches by Lennon, presented to the children of his session guitarist
Beatles: John Lennon Signed Album with Doodles Walls & Bridges album signed and inscribed on the front cover in black felt tip, “To Christine and Edward, with love from your Dad’s pal, John Lennon, ‘76,” with great additions of a classic self-portrait doodle and sketches of a sheep chasing a pig. In very good to fine condition, with some creasing, old tape stains, a discount hole, and full separation to the top edge. The record is not included. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part: “This cover,
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with promo hole in the upper right hand corner, was signed for the son and daughter of a session man named Ed Motto [sic, Mottau] who played on the album. The addition of the extra sentiments and drawings for the musician’s children on this LP cover makes this an extremely desirable John Lennon signed item.” Mottau played guitar on Lennon’s albums Walls and Bridges (1974) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975), making this an excellent association piece with rare sketches by the legendary musician. ESTIMATE $15,000+
Pristine Zeppelin autographs from early 1979, obtained by John Bonham’s sister
Led Zeppelin Signatures Autograph album, 5.5 x 3.5, signed inside on the same page in crisp ballpoint by Led Zeppelin—”Best wishes, Robert Plant,” “John Bonham,” “John Paul Jones,” and “Jimmy Page,” with a collector’s hand dating the signatures to January 1979. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, which states that the “signatures were obtained by John Bonham’s sister, Debbie Bonham, for a friend at Holy Trinity Convent School, Kidderminster in January 1979.”
These beautiful signatures date to the twilight of Led Zeppelin’s historic career. The band would play four times in August 1979—twice in Denmark, and twice at the Knebworth Festival—before undertaking a brief 14-show tour of Europe the following summer. Manager Peter Grant’s plan to revitalize the band and excite Plant into once again touring America proved successful by the time ‘Tour Over Europe 1980’ had concluded, with Jones affirming: ‘Morale was very high. We were in really good spirits. We were stripped down a lot, musically, and as an act, we remember back to what we were doing. Punk kind of woke us up again.’ Sadly, these historic plans were forever derailed when Bonham died at the age of 32 on September 25, 1980. ESTIMATE $6,000+
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Scarce signed Aladdin Sane album
David Bowie Signed Album Aladdin Sane album by David Bowie, who has signed the front cover in black felt tip, “Bowie, ‘95.” In fine condition. The
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record is not included. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Bowie expert Andy Peters. An essential signed Bowie album that further cemented his rock superstar status. ESTIMATE $3,000+
Complete song lyrics for Definitely Maybe, the debut album from Oasis, entirely handwritten by Noel Gallagher
Oasis: Noel Gallagher Handwritten Lyrics for Definitely Maybe Hugely desirable complete set of handwritten lyrics by Noel Gallagher for Definitely Maybe, the debut studio album from English rock band Oasis. Used in studio for rehearsals and during recording between December 1993–April 1994, the lyrics are penned in various colored ink and felt tip on 12 offwhite sheets, each approximately 8.25 x 11.5, and include the
following song titles: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ ‘Shakermaker,’ ‘Live Forever,’ ‘Up in the Sky,’ ‘Columbia,’ ‘Supersonic,’ ‘Bring It on Down,’ ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol,’ ‘Digsy’s Dinner,’ ‘Slide Away,’ ‘Married with Children,’ and ‘Sad Song.’ In overall very good to fine condition, with overall creasing to all of the pages, small edge tears, some missing corner tips, and occasional staining. Accompanied by certificates of authenticity from Tracks for each individual lyric sheet, as well as one for the entire collection. ESTIMATE $20,000+
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Prince’s handwritten lyrics for the unpublished love song ‘Face 2 Face’
Prince Handwritten Song Lyrics for ‘Face 2 Face’ Handwritten working lyrics in pencil for the song ‘Face 2 Face’ by Prince, unsigned, one page, both sides, 8.25 x 11, no date. The lyrics read, in part: “Chorus / I’ve never been one 2 hide my feelings / baby u blow my mind / You could never know how good u make me feel / not some but all the time / When we talk u give me confidence / that’s enough 2 make this case / I can’t wait ‘til I get 2 meet u - / Face 2 Face.” In fine condition,
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with some light creasing to the bottom. From the collection of Prince’s assistant Therese Stoulil and accompanied by a letter of provenance.The Prince Estate is not affiliated, associated, or connected with RR Auction or this auction, nor has it endorsed, authenticated or sponsored the items available for auction. Further, The Prince Estate has not licensed any of its intellectual property to RR Auction. ESTIMATE $1,000+
Johnny Ramone Painting by Giovanni DeCunto Acrylic on canvas, 46˝ x 62˝. An iconic legend to the music world and beyond, Johnny Ramone paved the way for inspiration across many aspects of life, including those of the art world. Giovanni DeCunto was inspired by the musician’s brilliant talent and aptitude. DeCunto depicts the musician playing his universally recognizable guitar, creating sounds that so many fans have listened to in awe and admiration over the years. Utilizing copper hues and bright highlights, DeCunto creates an organic piece of work that reflects Ramone’s legacy amongst international platforms of the arts. Along with his lifelong dedication to art, DeCunto possesses a deep connection to music and its creators. ESTIMATE $50,000+
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RR Auction has the right in its absolute discretion to reject any bid in the event of dispute between Bidders or if RR Auction has doubt as to the validity of any bid, to advance the bidding at its absolute discretion and to determine the successful Bidder in the event of a dispute between Bidders, to continue the bidding or to reoffer and resell the lot in question. In the event of a dispute after the sale, RR Auctions record of final sale shall be conclusive. RR Auction also may reject any bid if RR Auction decides either that any bid is below the reserve of the lot or article or that an advance is insufficient. Unless otherwise announced by RR Auction at the time of sale, no lots may be divided for the purpose of sale. 11.3 Reserves Lots may be subject to a reserve which is the confidential minimum price below which the lot will not be sold. Consignors may not bid on their own lots or property. RR Auction may, from time to time, bid on items that it does not own. RR Auction may execute bids consecutively or otherwise up to one bid increment below the reserve. 11.4 Off-Site Bidding Bidding by telephone, facsimile, online, or absentee bidding (advance written bids submitted by mail) are offered solely as a convenience and permitted subject to advance arrangements, availability, and RR Auction’s approval which shall be exercised at RR Auction’s sole discretion. Neither RR Auction nor its agents or employees shall be held liable for the failure to execute bids or for errors relating to any transmission or execution thereof. In order to be considered for off-site bidding in any manner, Bidders must comply with all of these Conditions of Sale and the terms contained on the Registration Form. 11.5 Estimate Prices: In addition to descriptive information, each item in the Catalog sometimes includes a price range which reflects opinion as to the price expected at auction (the “Estimate Prices”). In other instances, Estimate Prices can be obtained by calling RR Auction at (603) 732-4280. The Estimate Prices are based upon various factors including prices recently paid at auction for comparable property, condition, rarity, quality, history and provenance. Estimate
Prices are prepared well in advance of the sale and subject to revision. Estimates do not include the Buyer’s Premium or sales tax (see under separate heading).
will not specifically identify bids placed on behalf of the consignor to protect the reserve. All auctions for lots are with reserve unless specifically stated otherwise.
11.6 Owned or Guaranteed Property: RR Auction generally offers property consigned by others for sale at public auction; in very limited occasion, lots are offered that are the property of RR Auction.
During live Auctions, internet bids can be placed in real time through one or more of the following Third Party services: www.liveauctioneers.com, www.invaluable.com and www. icollector.com. RR Auction is not responsible or liable for any problems, delays, or any other issues or problems resulting out of use of the Internet generally or specifically, including but not limited to transmission, execution or processing of bids. RR Auction treats any third-party site bids as floor or telephone bids. Floor bids and telephone bids are always considered first over third party sites bids, and floor bids are considered earlier than telephone bids. All RR Auction lots purchased through the third-party sites carry an additional Buyer’s Premium.
11.7 Before the Auction: Bidder may attend pre-sale viewing for all of RR Auction’s auctions at no charge. All property to be auctioned is usually on view for several days prior to the sale. Bidder is encouraged to examine lots thoroughly. Bidder may also request condition reports (see below). RR Auction’s staff are available at viewings and by appointment. 11.8 Maximum Bids In All Auctions: To maximize Bidder’s chance of winning, RR Auction strongly encourages the use of maximum bids. RR Auction will then bid for Bidder until the lot reaches Bidder’s specified maximum. Maximum bids are strictly confidential. Placing arbitrary, non-incremental bids on lots with prior maximum bids may result in these lots being sold for less than 10% above the under Bidder’s bid. 11.9 Successful Bids: The fall of RR Auction’s hammer indicates the final bid. RR Auction will record the paddle number of the Bidder. If Bidder’s salesroom or absentee bid is successful, Bidder will be notified after the sale by mailed or emailed invoice. 11.10 Unsold Lots: If a lot does not reach the reserve, it is bought-in. In other words, it remains unsold and is returned to the Consignor. RR Auction has the right to sell certain unsold items after the close of the Auction. Such lots shall be considered sold during the Auction and all these Terms and Conditions shall apply to such sales including but not limited to the Buyer’s Premium, return rights, and disclaimers. 11.11 Bidding in Timed Auction: Bidder may open, monitor, and/or raise bids at any time before the close of a lot through www.rrauction.com. RR Auction offers a callback service the day of the Auction, but Bidder is responsible for supplying a correct telephone number(s) where Bidder can be reached until the Auction closes. Bidder must request this service in writing. RR Auction will make reasonable efforts to ensure that Bidders who request a callback are contacted if outbid; however, RR Auction does not guarantee this service and it is merely a courtesy and not an enforceable right. The auctioneer may also execute a bid on behalf of the consignor to protect the reserve, either by entering a bid in response to salesroom, telephone or absentee bids. Under no circumstances will the auctioneer place any bid on behalf of the consignor above the reserve. The auctioneer will not specifically identify bids placed on behalf of the consignor to protect the reserve. To ensure proper registration, those Bidders intending to bid via the Internet must visit www. RRauction.com and register accordingly at least one full day prior to the actual auction. Winning bidders will be notified by RR Auction. RR Auction is not responsible or liable for any problems, delays, or any other issues or problems resulting out of use of the Internet generally or specifically, including but not limited to transmission, execution or processing of bids. Any Bidder may bid on any lot prior to 6 pm EST/EDT. At that time, an extended bidding period goes into effect. If Bidder has not bid on a lot before 6 pm EST/EDT, Bidder may not bid on that lot after 6 pm EST/EDT. Only those Bidders who have placed bids on a lot before 6 pm EST/EDT will be allowed to bid on that lot after 6 pm EST/EDT. If Bidder is the only Bidder on a lot at 6 pm EST/EDT, that lot is awarded to Bidder. During the extended bidding period, a lot will remain open only to those who bid on that lot prior to 6 pm EST/ EDT. All lots WITHOUT an opening bid at 6 pm EST/EDT will remain OPEN to ALL Bidders until 7 pm EST/EDT or until they receive their first bid. These lots will close immediately upon receipt of a bid or at 7 pm EST/EDT, whichever comes first. For all lots that are active after 7 pm EST/EDT, bidding will remain open until 30 minutes pass without a bid being placed on THAT lot (the “30 Minute Rule”). The 30 Minute Rule is applied on a PER LOT BASIS; each lot in the Auction closes individually based on bidding activity after 7 pm EST/ EDT. On a PER LOT BASIS, the 30 minute timer will reset each time a bid is placed after 7 pm EST/EDT. If Bidder is the high Bidder, raising Bidder’s maximum bid will NOT reset the timer. RR Auction reserves the right to close the Auction at any time at its sole discretion. 11.12 Bidding - Internet Live Auction: Bidder may open, monitor, and/or raise bids at any time before the close of a lot through www.rrauction.com. RR Auction offers a callback service the day of the Auction, but Bidder is responsible for supplying a correct telephone number(s) where Bidder can be reached until the Auction closes. Bidder must request this service in writing. RR Auction will make reasonable efforts to ensure that Bidders who request a callback are contacted if outbid; however, RR Auction does not guarantee this service and it is merely a courtesy and not an enforceable right. To ensure proper registration, those Bidders intending to bid via the Internet must visit www. RRauction.com and register accordingly at least one full day prior to the actual auction. Winning bidders will be notified by RR Auction. RR Auction is not responsible or liable for any problems, delays, or any other issues or problems resulting out of use of the Internet generally or specifically, including but not limited to transmission, execution or processing of bids. During live internet or live auction, property is auctioned in consecutive numerical order, as it appears in the catalog. The auctioneer will accept bids from those present in the salesroom or absentee bidders participating by telephone, internet or by written bid left with RR Auction in advance of the auction. The auctioneer may also execute a bid or bids (successively or otherwise) on behalf of the consignor to protect the reserve, either by entering a bid in response to salesroom, telephone or absentee bids. Under no circumstances will the auctioneer place any bid on behalf of the consignor above the reserve. The auctioneer
11.13 Miscellaneous: Agreements between Bidders and Consignors to effectuate a non-sale of an item at Auction, inhibit bidding on a consigned item to enter into a private sale agreement for said item, or to utilize RR Auction’s Auction to obtain sales for non-selling consigned items subsequent to the Auction, are strictly prohibited. If a subsequent sale of a previously consigned item occurs in violation of this provision, RR Auction reserves the right to charge Bidder the applicable Buyer’s Premium and Consignor a Seller’s Commission as determined for each auction venue and by the terms of the seller’s agreement. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions qualifies Bidder as a client who has consented to be contacted by RR Auction in the future. In conformity with ”do-not-call” regulations promulgated by the Federal or State regulatory agencies, participation by the Bidder is affirmative consent to being contacted at the phone number shown in his application and this consent shall remain in effect until it is revoked in writing. RR Auction may from time to time contact Bidder concerning sale, purchase, and auction opportunities available. 11.14 Rules of Construction: RR Auction presents properties in a number of collectible fields, and as such, specific venues have promulgated supplemental Terms and Conditions. Nothing herein shall be construed to waive the general Conditions of Sale by these additional rules and shall be construed to give force and effect to the rules in their entirety. Section 12 RR Auction’s Remedies Failure of the Bidder to comply with any of these Conditions of Sale or the terms of the Registration Form is an event of material breach or default. In such event, RR Auction may, in addition to any other available remedies specifically including the right to hold the defaulting Bidder liable for the Purchase Price or to charge and collect from the defaulting Bidder’s credit or debit accounts as provided for elsewhere herein: (a) cancel the sale, retaining any payment made by the Bidder as damages (the Bidder understands and acknowledges that RR Auction will be substantially damaged should such default occur, and that damages under sub-part (a) are necessary to compensate RR Auction for such damages); (b) resell the property without reserve at public auction or privately; (c) charge the Bidder interest on the Purchase Price at the rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month or the highest allowable interest rate; (d) take any other action that RR Auction, in its sole discretion, deems necessary or appropriate to preserve and protect RR Auction’s rights and remedies. Should RR Auction resell the property, the original defaulting Bidder shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price and all costs and expenses associated there with, including but not limited to warehousing, sales-related expenses, reasonable attorney fees and court costs, commissions, incidental damages and any other charges due hereunder which were not collected or collectable. In the event that such Bidder is the successful Bidder on more than one lot and pays less than the purchase price for the total lots purchased, RR Auction shall apply the payment received to such lot or lots that RR Auction, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. If RR Auction does not exercise such discretion, the lots to which the payment shall be applied will be in descending order from the highest purchase price to the lowest. Any Bidder failing to comply with these Conditions of Sale shall be deemed to have granted RR Auction a security interest in, and RR Auction may retain as collateral such security for such Bidder’s obligations to RR Auction, any Bidder’s property in RR Auction’s possession or to which title has not yet passed to Bidder. RR Auction shall have the benefit of all rights of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) as adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Section 13 Warranties 13.1 RR Auction does not provide any warranties to Bidders, whether expressed or implied, beyond those expressly provided in these Conditions of Sale. All property and lots are sold ”as is” and “where is”. By way of illustration rather than limitation, neither RR Auction nor the Consignor makes any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to merchantability or fitness for intended use, condition of the property (including any condition report), correctness of description, origin, measurement, quality, rarity, importance, exhibition, relevance, attribution, source, provenance, date, authorship, condition, culture, genuineness, value, or period of the property. Additionally, neither RR Auction nor the Consignor makes any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to whether the Bidder acquires rights in copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property (including exhibition or reproduction rights) related to the item, or whether the property is subject to any limitations or other rights. RR Auction does not make any representation or warranty as to title. 13.2 All descriptions, photographs, illustrations, and terminology including but not limited to words describing condition (including any condition reports requested by Bidder, see also Terminology), authorship, period, culture, source, origin, measurement, quality, rarity, provenance, importance, exhibition, and relevance, used in the Catalog, bill of sale, invoice, or anywhere else, represent a good faith effort made by RR Auction to fairly represent the lots and property offered for sale as to origin, date, condition, and other information contained therein; they are statements of opinion only. They are not representations or warranties and Bidder agrees and acknowledges that he or she shall not rely on them in determin-
ing whether or not to bid or for what price. Price estimates (which are determined well in advance of the Auction and are therefore subject to revision) and condition reports are provided solely as a convenience to Bidders and are not intended nor shall they be relied on by Bidders as statements, representations or warranties of actual value or predictions of final bid prices. 13.3 Bidders are accorded the opportunity to inspect the lots and to otherwise satisfy themselves as to the nature and sufficiency of each lot prior to bidding, and RR Auction urges Bidders to avail themselves accordingly. 13.4 All lots sold by RR Auction are accompanied by an Auction Certificate (“AC”). On any lot presented with an AC issued by RR Auction, the certification is only as to its attribution to the person or entity described or to the lot’s usage and only as explicitly stated therein (the “AC”), to the exclusion of any other warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to those pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code. The AC inures only to the original Bidder (as shown in RR Auction’s records). Bidder may not transfer, assign, or otherwise convey the AC and such purported transfer, assignment, or conveyance shall be null and void. Section 14 Firearms RR Auction complies with all Federal and State rules and regulations relating to the purchasing, registration and shipping of firearms. A Bidder is required to provide appropriate documents and the payment of associated fees, if any. Bidder is responsible for providing a shipping address that is suitable for the receipt of a firearm. Section 15 Unauthorized Statements Under no circumstances is any employee, agent or representative of RR Auction authorized by RR Auction to modify, amend, waive or contradict any of these Conditions of Sale, any term or condition set forth on a registration form, any warranty or limitation or exclusion of warranty, any term or condition in either the Registration Form or these Terms and Conditions regarding payment requirements, including but not limited to due date, manner of payment, and what constitutes payment in full, or any other term or condition contained in any documents issued by RR Auction unless such modification, amendment, waiver or contradiction is contained in a writing signed by all parties. Any statements, oral or written, made by employees, agents or representatives of RR Auction to Bidder, including statements regarding specific lots, even if such employee, agent or representative represents that such statement is authorized, unless reduced to a writing signed Bidder and by an authorized officer of RR Auction by all parties, are statements of personal opinion only and are not binding on RR Auction, and under no circumstances shall be relied upon by Bidder as a statement, representation or warranty of RR Auction. Section 16 Bidder’s Remedies 16.1 Except as stated expressly herein, Bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy related to or pertaining to items it bids upon, views, or purchases from RR Auction, and any claims by Bidder related to authenticity, ownership, condition, title or value, shall be against Consignor only. 16.2 This section sets forth the sole and exclusive remedies of Bidder as against RR Auction (inclusive of its affiliates, officers, managers, employees or agents), or in any way arising out of, related to, or in connection with these Conditions of Sale, , and is expressly in lieu of any other rights or remedies which might be available to Bidder by law. Time is of the essence with respect to these procedures. 16.3 Title to Items The Bidder hereby accepts the benefit of the Consignor’s warranty of title and any other representations and warranties made by the Consignor for the Bidder’s benefit. In the event that Bidder demonstrates in writing, satisfactory to the sole discretion of RR Auction, that there was a breach of the Consignor’s warranty of title concerning a lot purchased by Bidder, RR Auction may make demand upon the Consignor to pay to Bidder the Purchase Price (including any premiums, taxes, or other amounts paid or due to RR Auction). Should the Consignor not pay the Purchase Price to Bidder within thirty days after such demand (if any made), RR Auction may disclose the identity of the Consignor to Bidder and may assign to Bidder all or some of RR Auction’s rights against the Consignor with respect to such lot or property. Upon such disclosure and/or assignment, all responsibility and liability of RR Auction, if any, with respect to said lot or item shall automatically terminate related to or arising from these Conditions of Sale or such transaction operating as a complete waiver and general release by Bidder as to RR Auction and its agents, contractors, and affiliates, as to any and all claims concerning or related to the item, if any . RR Auction shall be entitled to retain the premiums and other amounts paid to RR Auction by Consignor only. The rights and remedies provided herein are for the original Bidder only and they may not be assigned or relied upon by any transferee or assignee under any circumstances. 16.4 Authenticity Challenge Process (1) If Bidder wishes to dispute or challenge the Authenticity of the lot or item (including asserting that it is incorrect), Bidder must adhere to the following procedure: Within 30 days of the Auction Date, Bidder must present written evidence to RR Auction, that the lot is not authentic as determined by a known expert in the field (and one recognized by RR Auction within its discretion) and send the physical item or lot at issue to RR Auction along with all evidence relied upon by Bidder for contesting the Authenticity. (“Authenticity Challenge Process”) “Authenticity” shall mean a gross discrepancy in the between the description, genuiness, or attribution of the item as represented by RR Auction in the Catalog or at the
auction, and the item. If RR Auction concurs that the lot is not Authentic as was represented (it is sole discretion), Bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy as against RR Auction (inclusive of its affiliates, agents, employees, and contractors) shall be a refund of the purchase price of the subject item paid by Bidder, with no other costs, liabilities or amounts recoverable by Bidder. If RR Auction does not agree with the assertion by Bidder, then the Parties shall follow the dispute resolution procedures of these Conditions of Sale. Strict adherence to the Authenticity Challenge Process is a condition of standing for Bidder to initiate suit or claim. (2) So long as Bidder has complied with the Authenticity Challenge Process, any claim, suit or action, by Bidder concerning an AC or Certification of Authenticity, or related to the authenticity of the item must, without any exception, be brought within one (1) year of Auction Date and is subject to the other limitations and conditions stated in the Conditions of Sale. 16.5 Other Issues. Any dispute or claim by Bidder against RR Auction (or its affiliates, directors, employees, officers, agents, or contractors)) other than Authenticity, concerning any item or lot bid upon, or purchased, including value, title, condition, bidding process, or description must be asserted (if at all) in the following manner: (1) If the description of any lot in the Catalog is materially or grossly incorrect (e.g., gross cataloging error), or there is any other gross material issue pertaining to the item or lot, the item or lot may be returned if returned within five (5) calendar days of receipt, and received by RR Auction no later than twenty-one (21) calendar days after the Auction Date with explanation in writing.. If there is any discrepancy between the description in the Catalog and a certificate of auction, then the description in the certificate of auction (“Lot Challenge Process”). This paragraph shall constitute Bidder’s sole right with respect to the return of items, and no refunds shall be given for any items not returned to and received by RR Auction within the period of time stated herein or not materially or grossly in deviation from the description. Such a refund is subject to RR Auction’s sole discretionary review, and any request for refund must be made concurrently with returning the physical item or lot to RR Auction. Any item not returned within said frame will constitute acceptance of the item and a waiver and release of any and all claims by Bidder pertaining to the item other than with respect to authenticity; and (2) Provided that the Bidder has engaged in the Lot Challenge Process, any claim concerning such must be brought no later than one (1) year of the Auction Date for the item or lot at issue and is subject to the other limitations and conditions stated in the Conditions of Sale. NO RETURN OR REFUND OF ANY AUCTION LOT WILL BE CONSIDERED OR PROVIDED EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THESE CONDITIONS OF SALE AND BIDDERS OR AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SUCH SHALL BE A COMPLETE DEFENSE TO ANY CLAIMS BY BIDDER RELATED TO THE CONDITIONS OF SALE, ANY AUCTION OR BID. 16.6 LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. For any and all claims by Bidder arising out of or related to this Agreement, Bidder’s viewing, bid, or purchase of items, or any agreement between the Parties, or otherwise, Bidder agrees that to the fullest extent such can be limited under the law, Bidder shall have no right to recover and hereby waives any and all rights to recover from against RR Auction or its affiliates, directors, employees, officers, agents, or contractors, consequential or indirect damages, lost profits damages, punitive, exemplary, statutory (or multiplier damages), physical or emotional distress damages, general or special damages of any kind (beyond amounts actually paid by Bidder for item(s) at issue), and in the event of recovery of any damages whatsoever, such shall be limited by the amounts actually paid by Bidder to RR Auction for the item(s) at issue in such claim, or if no money was paid to RR Auction by Bidder for items at issue, or there items are at issue, the amount of $150.00. Section 17 RR Auction’s Additional Services For Bidders who do not remove purchased property from RR Auction’s premises, RR Auction, in its sole discretion and solely as a service and accommodation to Bidders, may arrange to have purchased lots packed, insured and forwarded at the sole request, expense, and risk of Bidder. RR Auction assumes no and disclaims all responsibility and liability for acts or omissions in such packing or shipping by RR Auction or other packers and carriers, whether or not recommended by RR Auction. RR Auction assumes no and disclaims all responsibility and liability for damage to frames, glass or other breakable items. Where RR Auction arranges and bills for such services via invoice, RR Auction will include an administration charge. Section 18 Headings Headings are for convenience only and shall not be used to interpret the substantive sections to which they refer. Section 19 Entire Agreement Except to the extent Bidder is also a consignor (in which case the terms of the consignment agreement shall also govern), these Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the Parties together with the terms and conditions contained in the auction Registration Form. They may not be amended, modified or superseded except in a signed writing executed by all parties. No oral or written statement by anyone employed by RR Auction or acting as agent or representative of RR Auction may amend, modify, waive or supersede the terms herein unless such amendment, waiver or modification is contained
in a writing signed by all parties. If any section of these Conditions of Sale or any term or provision of any section is held to be invalid, void, or unenforceable by any court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, the remaining parts of the agreement and remainder of the sections or terms and provisions of the section and all sections shall continue in full force and effect without being impaired or invalidated in any way. Section 20 Governing Law and Enforcement 20.1 The Parties agree that all agreements between the Parties including but not limited to these Conditions of Sale are entered into in Boston, Massachusetts, no matter where Bidder is situated and no matter by what means or where Bidder was informed of the Auction and regardless of whether catalogs, materials, or other communications were received by Bidder in another location. 20.2 The Parties agree that these Conditions of Sale, any other related agreement(s), along with all claims between the Parties, including those arising out of or related to such are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard for its conflict of laws principles. The Parties agree that any dispute between the Parties, including but not limited to those related to or arising out of these Conditions of Sale, or related to or arising out of any other related agreement(s) shall be submitted to confidential binding arbitration (the ”Arbitration”) before a single Arbitrator of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) The Parties agree that the Arbitration shall be conducted pursuant to the commercial rules of the AAA in Boston, Massachusetts, unless the Consumer Arbitration Rules apply, in which case, such rules and venue will govern. In the event that the Parties cannot agree on the selection of the Arbitrator, then the Arbitrator shall be selected by the AAA. The prevailing Party in the Arbitration shall also recover all of its related fees and costs, whether before or after the formal institution of the Arbitration, including but not limited to its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, if RR Auction prevails, such recovery, in addition to all remedies available at agreement or law, shall include the Buyer’s Premium as defined in these Conditions of Sale. Federal arbitration law, including the Federal Arbitration Act apply to this agreement to arbitrate and its related provisions. The arbitration and all related proceedings shall be held strictly confidential and all documents and discovery shall be held confidential and not used, published or disclosed publically or to anyone outside the Parties or expert consultants or counsel who shall agree to hold such confidential. 20.3 The Parties consent to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as exclusive jurisdiction and venue for all claims between the Parties except as provided specifically herein and may seek confirmation of the decision in the Arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act in any Court of competent jurisdiction, including the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. To the extent such is necessary under the law, RR Auction may enforce the Arbitration award against Bidder and any related Party in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as RR Auction consenting to jurisdiction or venue in any location outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. THE PARTIES MAY NOT BRING CLAIMS AGAINST EACH OTHER AS A CLASS OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY CLAIMED CLASS, OR IN A REPRESENTATIVE ACTION UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED. UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED, THE CLAIMS AGAINST EACH OF THE OTHER CANNOT BE CONSOLIDATED OR JOINED WITH MORE THAN ONE ADDITIONAL PERSON OR ENTITIES’ CLAIMS. NO INJUNCTIVE OR DECLATORY RELIEF SOUGHT BY BIDDER IF ANY, CAN AFFECT OR BE ORDERED TO AFFECT ANY OTHER BIDDERS OR PERSONS. 20.4 Except as provided specifically in these Conditions of Sale in Bidder’s Remedies against RR Auction (along with its affiliates, directors, agents, officers, employees, and contractors) for any dispute, claim, cause of action related to or arising out of these Conditions of Sale or any other related agreement(s), brought by Bidder must be brought within the earlier of the Auction Date as it pertains to the item(s) at issue or no later than one (1) year of the acts, omissions or circumstances occurred giving rise to the alleged claim, without exception. This provision is intended as a full, complete and absolute bar to and release of any claims by Bidder initiated after one (1) year of such acts, omissions or circumstances. The Parties agree further that these waiver provisions are intended to be binding in the event of any dispute, specifically including but not limited to third party claims and cross-actions brought by Bidder. These provisions are consideration for the execution of these Conditions of Sale. 20.5 To the fullest extent under applicable law and except as specifically stated herein Bidder hereby holds harmless, releases and discharges RR Auction and its agents, officer’s directors, affiliates, successors, and assigns from any and all claims, liabilities, obligations, promises, agreements, damages, causes of action, suits, demands, losses, debts, and expenses of any nature whatsoever, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected existing prior to these Conditions of Sale. Bidder agrees to the Conditions of Sale and upon each instance that Bidder participates in any auction, bids, or otherwise agrees to such terms and reaffirms this release as of the date of so participating or agreeing unless Bidder otherwise provides clear written notice to RR Auction prior to so bidding. 20.6 The Bidder hereby agrees that RR Auction shall be entitled to present these Conditions of Sale to a court in any jurisdiction other than set forth in this paragraph as conclusive evidence of the Parties agreement, and the Parties further agree that the court shall immediately dismiss any action filed in such jurisdiction. 20.7 Liquidated Damages for Specific Breaches In the event that Bidder provides false information in connection with registering for bidding, fails to correct or update information or breaches the Conditions of Sale by failing to pay the purchase price when due after becoming the winning bidder, as liquidated damages associ-
ated with such breaches, R&R may obtain from Bidder the greater of (1) 150% the reserve of the item (if any); (2) the amount bidder bid; or (3), the full amount that bidder would have otherwise paid. Bidder will also be liable for an additional 20% of such amount to account for additional administrative costs, shipping, additional advertising, and other damages and liabilities fees that are difficult to calculate on an item-by-item basis. 20.8 Indemnity. Bidder agrees to defend, indemnify, hold harmless RR Auction (along with its officers, directors, agents, contractors, and affiliates) from and against any and all claims, costs, fees, damages, and liabilities arising out of or related to these Conditions of Sale, view of items, or lots, bidding, or participation in any auction by RR Auction, and/or or in any way connected to any item you viewed, bid upon or purchased through RR Auction. Section 21: State-by-State Law Issues This Auction is being conducted in and the sale shall take place in the State of Massachusetts. Notwithstanding, the foregoing, should these terms and conditions violate the law of any State should that state’s law be found to govern, or any provision herein determined to be invalid, the clause itself and the remainder of the Agreement shall be valid to the fullest extent allowed. Also, to the extent other states law apply to any transaction arising out of the Agreement (without admitting such), RR Auction states: For Residents of California: SALE OF AUTOGRAPHED COLLECTIBLES: AS REQUIRED BY LAW, A DEALER WHO SELLS TO A CONSUMER ANY COLLECTIBLE DESCRIBED AS BEING AUTOGRAPHED MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN EXPRESS WARRANTY AT THE TIME OF SALE. THIS DEALER MAY BE SURETY BONDED OR OTHERWISE INSURED TO ENSURE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ANY AUTOGRAPHED COLLECTIBLE SOLD BY THIS DEALER. A written express warranty is provided with each autographed collectible, as required by law. This dealer may be surety bonded or otherwise insured to ensure the authenticity of any autographed collectible sold by this dealer.
Section 22 Glossary of Condition terms Information provided to prospective Bidders with respect of any lot, including any pre-sale estimate, whether written or oral, and information in any catalogue, condition or other report, commentary or valuation, is not a representation of fact but rather a statement of opinion held by RR Auction. Use of the following terms constitutes an opinion as follows: VERY FINE describes an item believed to be in virtually flawless condition, and is used sparingly for items of exceptionally attractive appearance. FINE is the most common statement of condition, and applies to most items that we offer. It describes items that we believe to show expected handling wear, generally acceptable random flaws (such as light creases, small bends, etc.), and an overall appearance that is pleasing to the majority of collectors. VERY GOOD describes an item that we believe exhibits more moderate flaws (such as toning, light staining, professional reinforcements or repairs, etc.). Most collectors would be comfortable with items in very good condition, and this would be the expected condition for many formats (early presidential documents, for example). GOOD describes an item which we believe to have obvious visible flaws, including heavy wear, missing portions, or repairs that affect appearance; generally items in this condition are offered only if an item is otherwise believed to be exceedingly rare or important. Bidder may call and request further details and information about RR Auction’s opinions concerning any item via phone or email which shall provided in RR Auction’s discretion. Certificate of Auction, Certificate of Authenticity and Goods Acquired: Bidder warrants that Bidder (and its agents, assigns, successors, and affiliates) shall not purposely deface, destroy, dismember, cut-up into parts the item or Lot purchased at auction from RR Auction and in the event such shall occur whether purposefully or accidently, Bidder (and its agents, assigns, successors, and affiliates) shall refrain from advertising, promoting, or marketing the item as having been purchased from RR Auction and shall in no event display, expressly claim, or imply that the item was certified or auctioned in such state by RR Auction. As liquidated damages for such breach, Bidder agrees to be liable to RR Auction for the greater of the amount of three (3) times the hammer price of the item along with all other fees and costs as otherwise provided in this Terms of Sale.
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