Featuring the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts September 21, 2019
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Gangsters Gangsters, gun molls, rats, and mobsters have long captured the American imagination—transformed into symbols of individualism and stars of the silver screen, these figures have become icons in their own right. In Session One of our Remarkable Rarities sale, we are proud to present a wealth of memorabilia associated with these criminal crooks and gangland gods: from folk heroes like Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and John Dillinger to mob bosses like Al Capone, Mickey Cohen, and Sam Giancana, the top names in gangsterism are here represented.
Some highlights include: Lot 1002: A handmade draft ‘wanted’ poster for Clyde Barrow Lot 1005: A slang-filled Parker-Barrow “so long” letter to a hated ex-gang member Lot 1006: Bonnie Parker’s handwritten “Poetry from Live’s Other Side” Lot 1011: A Barrow gang sawed-off shotgun recovered by a detective after their Joplin shootout Lot 1018: An extraordinary “Alphonse Capone” mortgage document Lot 1034-1040: An incredible assortment of John Dillinger material
1001. Bonnie and Clyde Hand-Drawn Advertising Poster Mockup. Handdrawn mockup of an advertising poster for a Bonnie and Clyde–themed show presented by Charles Wiley Stanley, 15.25 x 22, featuring a portrayal of the cigarsmoking Bonnie Parker with a revolver at her waist, with over-the-top text billing the event: “Not for 18 years did anyone dare bring it to the screen, Shocking, Unusual, Unforgettable, Crime Confidential, on our stage, C. Wiley Stanley, The Crime Doctor, Presenting: Untold Secrets of Gangland.” In very good to fine condition, with soiling, light staining, and four edge tack holes. Stanley, a carnival operator and member of the National Anti-Crime Association (NACA), first exhibited the Bonnie and Clyde ‘Death Car’ in his hometown of Abilene, Kansas, in September 1934, just months after Bonnie and Clyde were killed. He began touring the nation with the bullet-ridden vehicle, satisfying the public’s curiosity while using it as a device to lecture on why ‘crime doesn’t pay.’ He spun the death car into a cottage industry, billing himself as the ‘Crime Doctor’ and profiting off associated products. An interesting piece representing the influential pop culture legacy of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
Amazing 1933 draft “Wanted for Murder” poster for Bonnie and Clyde, hand made by the Dallas Police Department 1002. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker Original 1933 Wanted Poster. Original draft ‘Wanted’ poster for Depression-era outlaw Clyde
Barrow, 8.5 x 13.5, hand made by D. E. Walsh, superintendent of the Bureau of Identification at the Dallas Police Department on June 21, 1933. The poster features three original photographs: a Dallas Police mug shot of Barrow, Barrow with his arm around his girlfriend and accomplice, Bonnie Parker, and another of Parker by herself; the latter two photos derive from a camera roll recovered by police following the deadly Joplin raid at 3347 1/2 Oakridge Drive on April 13, 1933. This draft poster served as the basis for the subsequent official ‘Wanted’ posters produced and issued by Dallas law enforcement. The upper portion of the poster is headed “Wanted for Murder” and lists Barrow’s full name, “Clyde Champion Barrow,” and two aliases, “Jack Hale” and “Elvin Williams.” The lower portion features his physical description (“Age 23, Height 5–8. Weight 125. Hair Dark Blonde (reddish) Eyes Hazel. Complexion Light”), background (“Residence West Dallas, Dallas, Texas. Born in Ellis County Texas”), known company, transportation, and a list of crimes with dates and locations, in part: “in part: “Will likely be traveling in a ‘V’ Type Ford car in company with. His brother, Marvin Barrow and Bonnie Parker (19 year old girl)...All three of these parties are reported [to] be excellent pistol shots and are always heavily armed, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE USED IN ARRESTING THEM.” Framed to an overall size of 13.5 x 19; frame backing annotated in the hand of the son of the original owner: “This is the original FBI poster. It was given to me by my father (JBD, SR) when the FBI cleaned out their files in the early 1950’s—The pictures are the ones taken from Bonnie & Clyde during the Joplin Raid.” In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds (one passing through Clyde’s mug shot), and a few short tears affecting nothing. Starting Bid $500
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“Doesn’t look like a prison does it”— three snapshots of Blanche from Marie Barrow’s personal collection
1003. Blanche Barrow Group of (3) Original Photographs with Marie Barrow Autograph Letter Signed. Three original vintage glossy snapshot photographs of Blanche Barrow (the wife of Clyde Barrow’s brother Buck), from the collection of their sister Marie: a 4.75 x 6.75 photo of her sternly posing at the bottom of some wooden steps during her incarceration, with a lengthy handwritten and signed message by her on the reverse: “Sis: This is the only one I have...Will have some more of those enlarged after Xmas, don’t have the money now...From, your loving and lonely sis in law, Blanche, the window is in the dining room where I work, doesn’t look like a prison does it”; a 2.5 x 3.5 candid of Blanche lounging on the grass in a swimsuit with her eyes closed, with a handwritten message from her on the reverse: “These are not so good but you can tell I am well and getting along fine, except for my eye. Lots of love, B.B.”; and a 2.5 x 3.5 photo of Blanche posing on the hood of a Chevrolet, with a “Jim Thompson Co. / Knoxville, Tennessee” stamp on the reverse, as well as a more modern ink identification notation. Also includes an ALS by Marie Barrow, signed “Marie Barrow Scoma,” one page both sides, October 30, 1995, to noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts, in part: “Am sending pictures of Blanche...She was a girl who was at the wrong place, at the wrong time her mistake was going with Buck to see Clyde they didn’t know they were going to get in trouble.” In very good to fine condition, with creasing and significant edge loss to the larger photo. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope from Marie Barrow to David Gainsborough Roberts, as well as a notarized affidavit signed by Marie Barrow (“Lillian Marie Barrow Scoma”) attesting to her status as the youngest child of Henry and Cumie Barrow, and sister of Clyde Barrow. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1004. Marie Barrow Signed Photograph. Youngest sister (1918–1999) of Clyde Barrow who was involved in most of the family meetings that took place while Bonnie and Clyde were on the run; she remained a staunch defender of her older brother throughout her life. Modern glossy 8.5 x 11 inkjet print showing Clyde Barrow posing with his sister Marie, signed and inscribed in black felt tip to noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts, “To David, Marie Barrow.” Reverse bears a 1997 copyright notice. In very good to fine condition, with a vertical crease passing through Clyde’s left arm. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, as well as an issue of The Jersey Life from November 2006, in which this exact signed photograph is published to illustrate an article written by David Gainsborough Roberts about his meeting with Marie Barrow. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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Written by Bonnie and signed by Clyde— incredible letter to a hated ex-member of “the ruthless Barrow gang” 1005. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow Autograph Letter Signed. Phenomenal letter written in the hand of
Bonnie Parker and signed at the conclusion by Clyde Barrow, four pages on three lightly-lined sheets, 8 x 10, no date but circa late April 1934 [arrived at Dallas County Jail on April 30]. Letter to ex-Barrow Gang member Raymond Hamilton at the Dallas County Jail. In full: “I’m very sorry to hear of your getting captured, but due to the fact that you offered no resistance sympathy is lacking. The most I can do is hope you miss the ‘chair.’ The purpose of this letter is to remind you of all the ‘dirty deals’ you have pulled. When I came to the farm after you I thought maybe the ‘joint’ had changed you from a boastful punk. However I learned too soon the mistake I had made. The first thing that aroused my suspicion was your suggestion of shooting Joe Palmer in the back while he was asleep. You soon learned how I felt about such ‘cat ideas.’ Since then I’ve found your reasons for wanting to do this was because Joe was on the farm with you and knew what kind of a guy you were. The next impression was when we got the road ‘blocked’ on us in the Ozarks and you were too ‘yellow’ to fight. You cowered in the floorboard, afraid of being shot. Now that you’re in the Dallas jail you have a tested pal, W. D. Jones, you might get a few pointers from him on how to impress the people you were an innocent, or possibly forced companion of the ruthless Barrow gang. You might be as lucky as he was in making them believe I kept you handcuffed or tied.When you wanted to get your Prostitute Sweetheart I thought it OK. But when you were so persistent about her going to town alone that idea wasn’t so ‘hot.’ I thought then and truthfully believe now that should she have gotten off without Bonnie she would have ‘spotted’ us all. She hails from a ‘rat’ family and you couldn’t expect better from her. You exposed your ‘hole card’ when you stole the money from us on the Lancaster ‘job.’ That’s what I have my rear vision mirror for to watch suspicious people. When I demanded a ‘shake down’ you offered such strange excuses for having the money on you. I should have killed you then I would have saved myself much bother and money looking for you. For after you writing that letter saying you didn’t stoop so low as to rob filling stations I have done nothing but look for you. Should I have found you,
you wouldn’t have had a chance to give up. You couldn’t stand the rift of the outlaw life. For one reason you were too yellow and knew you could never surrender with me and another reason you wanted to play ‘Big Shot,’ sleep in hotels and ride passenger trains. You weren’t intelligent enough to know that you couldn’t live like a king and stay out. I don’t claim to be too smart. I know that some day they will get me but it won’t be without resistance. You only carried your guns around to ‘show off’ or else kidnap women and children. I guess you find where your boastful long tongue has gotten you. Maybe you can talk yourself out of the ‘chair.’ Or maybe you can write a few more letters (try one to the governor) at least it will gain you some publicity.When you started the rumor about Bonnie wanting a ‘cut’ of the loot you sure messed your self up. I have always taken care of Bonnie and never asked any thief to help me.I hope this will serve the purpose of letting you know that you can never expect the least of sympathy or assistance from me. So long.” Signed at the conclusion, “Clyde Barrow.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and pinholes to corners. Brimming with remarkable content and cinematic gangster lingo, this is a one-of-a-kind letter from the famed outlaw couple written as they hurtled toward death—their spree came to a bullet-riddled end in a shootout with Frank Hamer’s posse less than a month later. They had freed Hamilton from the Eastham Prison Farm in a machine gun raid in January 1934, but Hamilton split from the gang after their bank robbery in Lancaster, Texas, following disagreements about splitting the “loot” and infighting about his “Sweetheart Prostitute,” Mary O’Dare. The law caught up to Hamilton first, arresting him on April 25, 1934, after which Bonnie and Clyde wrote him this letter; contrary to their suggestions, Hamilton was unable to avoid the “chair”—he was executed on May 10, 1935, eleven days before his 22nd birthday. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Clyde already knew their fate—“I know that some day they will get me”—and Hamer’s posse had been in pursuit since February. On May 23, 1934, the lawmen set an ambush and successfully struck down the outlaw couple in a hail of bullets. Surprised by the attack, Bonnie and Clyde offered no resistance.Starting Bid $2,500
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“Poetry from Life’s Other Side”—written by Bonnie Parker while jailed in 1932 1006. Bonnie Parker Handwritten Poems. 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. The contents are as follows: 1. “The Story of ‘Suicide Sal,’” six pages, 104 lines: a less polished version than the one published and popularized by her mother in 1934, with several words and lines reworked, and one entire stanza deleted from the later work. 2. “The Prostitute’s Convention,” four pages, 58 lines: a narrative poem featuring prostitutes with colorful names like “West End Rose,” “Lonesome Lou,” and “Subway Sue” gather for a party before being dispersed by the cops. 3. “The Fate of Tiger Rose,” four pages, 57 lines: a narrative poem about a “woman of shame, who played a hard game” as the moll of “Two Timer McCall.” The shoot-out scene foreshadows Parker’s famous autobiographical poem, ‘The Trail’s End,’ using similar language (here: “McCall let go and ‘Pat’ sags low, / as the ‘sub’ went ‘rat-tat-tat’”; in ‘The Trail’s End’: ‘they’re invited to fight / by a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat’). 4. “I’ll Stay,” two pages, 24 lines: an ode to devotion, “Just like the stars in heaven / fling around the moon at nite / I’ll stay with you forever / whether you are wrong or right.” 5. Untitled, two pages, 32 lines: a traditional poem on faith and renewal, “The flowers must be buried in darkness, / before they can bud and bloom, / The sweetest & warmest sunshine, / comes after the storm & gloom.”
6. “Bravery,” one page, 20 lines: a sorrowful poem for a lover, “No one must know how I tremble, / When I hear a siren moan, / Just fearing for you darling, / And hoping you’re safe at home.” 7. “The Hobo’s Last Ride,” three pages, 56 lines: a traditional narrative poem, “While 10 cars back, in an empty box, / a lonely ‘hobo’ sighed, / for the days of old with his ‘faithful pal’ / who was taking his last, long ride.” 8. “The Girl with the Blue Velvet Band,” five pages, 84 lines: a traditional narrative poem describing a descent from a life of opulence to one of opiates. 9. “When!!,” one page, 16 lines: a humorous doggerel about a husband abandoning his wife. 10. “People Will Talk,” one page, 51 lines: a traditional humorous poem, “You’re a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing,’ / Or else you’re a ‘fool,’ / But don’t get excited, / Keep perfectly cool, / ‘For people will talk.’” On the final page is an ownership signature in pencil, “Belongs to: Mr. J. W. Tidwell, R#1, Brawley C.,” and another page is marked, “Mrs. Tidwell.” Provenance: Lot 5337, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Bonhams, June 20, 2007. Includes the original auction catalog, which notes: “John Westly (‘J.W.’) Tidwell worked in the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department in the 1930s. Presumably he is the friendly jailer of whom Emma Parker writes, or an associate of that jailer who later obtained the notebook, although family tradition places him as a transport officer who met Bonnie Parker.” The book was purchased by noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts, and it is also accompanied by several pieces of his correspondence related to its publication in various outlets (including in Jeff Guinn’s book Go Down Together). In fine condition, with overall handling wear, some smudging to ink, and the cover of the booklet partially detached. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $5,000
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1007. Bonnie and Clyde Death Newspaper. Section one
of The Dallas Morning News newspaper from May 24, 1934, 12 pages, 17 x 22.75, featuring the banner headline: “Posse Kills Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.” Barrow and Parker are depicted below, as well as the “Leading Principals in Slaying of Outlaws”—Frank Hamer, Bob Alcorn, and Boots Hinton. Several articles detail the ambush laid by the posse on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, which ended in a hail of gunfire that took the lives of Bonnie and Clyde. Subheads include: “Elusive Dallas Desperadoes Shot To Death in Louisiana,” “Dallas Deputy Tells Of Ending Long Chase,” “Failure Of Clyde To Pay For Guns’ Delivery Is Fatal,” and “Arcadia Sheriff Tells How Barrow Drove Into Trap.” Interestingly, the paper also includes a piece on the sentencing of two of John Dillinger’s associates. In fine condition, with uniform toning to the upper half of the front page. Accompanied by an 8 x 8 “Wanted” card headed “Division of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice,” featuring images of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, along with their descriptions and criminal record. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
Crafted with love while imprisoned— Barrow’s mini boots for “Mom” 1008. Clyde Barrow Hand-Made Miniature Leather Boots for His Mother. Handsome miniature leather cowboy boots hand-
made by Clyde Barrow while incarcerated as a gift for his mother, measuring 4.5˝ tall and 3.5˝ long, with a well-crafted “Mom” appliqué on the front, and heart-shaped cutouts on the sides and back. The smooth black leather boots are finely sewn and feature a burgundy “Mom” on white panels on the front, red heart and white diamond inlays on the sides, and large white hearts on the backs. In very good to fine condition, with wear and fraying to the rear of one boot. Accompanied by two ALSs by Clyde’s sister Marie Barrow to David Gainsborough Roberts concerning these boots, both dated 1996. The first, in part: “That last tape was nothing but lies. Clyde didn’t know Ted Hinton, and he never come to our home looking for him. I never met Ted Hinton until after Clyde’s death…Glad you asked about boots before I let Library have them…if you want boots will be glad to let you have them for your price.” The second, in part: “Clyde either made them boots in 1931 or 32 not real sure which year. We all called her Mama & Papa guess it was shorter to put Mom. I also have a belt he made for me.” Also includes some correspondence from other collectors related to the boots, and copies of news articles depicting them.
Both Clyde and his brother Buck were skilled amateur craftsmen, and while in prison they engaged in jewelry-making, leathercraft, and woodworking. Among some of the other items known to have been made by Clyde while jailed are a beaded necklace given to his sister Marie, a hand-tooled leather belt with metal studs and blue and red stones, and his own polished silver belt buckle with a five-pointed Texas Star in the center surrounded by abalone shell. All exhibit similar styles of artistic approach and the same level of high-quality, though unrefined, craftsmanship. These marvelous miniature Western boots, crafted with love as a token of appreciation for his mother Cumie, are truly spectacular in both their craftsmanship and Barrow family provenance. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $500
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1009. Barrow Gang’s Bloodied Bandage from Dexter Shootout. Bloodied bandage recovered by a farmer at the
Barrow gang’s campsite near Redfield, Iowa, following their shootout near Dexter, Iowa, on July 24, 1933. It may have been used to tend to Buck Barrow’s severe head wound, received during a gunfight in Platte City days earlier. The bandage was subsequently acquired by the John Dillinger Historical Society, and it was once displayed at the Gerald Ford Museum under the supervision of the National Archives. In very good to fine condition, with expected wear and staining. Provenance: Part of Lot 4650, Butterfield’s, June 19, 2000. Accompanied by photocopies of letters of provenance from Sandy Jones (curator of the John Dillinger Historical Society) and the original auction description.
On July 19, 1933, the Barrow gang engaged lawmen in a gun battle while camping out in Platte City, Missouri. Buck Barrow, his wife Blanche, and D. W. Woods were wounded in the fight, with Buck suffering most severely—a wound to the forehead exposed his brain and caused extreme loss of blood. Despite this trauma, he survived and remained conscious as the gang made its escape toward Dexter, Iowa. There, near an abandoned amusement park between Redfield and Dexter, they met another posse and Buck was shot in the back; all other members of the group—Bonnie, Clyde, Blanche, and W.D. were also wounded in the Dexter gunfight. Buck and Blanche were captured but the others escaped on foot, leaving this bloodied bandage behind. In an ever-weakening state, Buck was taken to King’s Daughters Hospital in Perry, Iowa, where he died from his wounds on July 29th. From the collection of David GainsboroughRoberts. Starting Bid $200
1010. Barrow Gang’s Flashlight from Dexter Shootout.
Nickel-plated brass flashlight found in the back seat of Buck Barrow’s Marmon automobile by a local officer following the Barrow gang’s shootout near Dexter, Iowa, on July 24, 1933. The officer kept the flashlight until the early 1950s, when he gave it to his close friend and neighbor in Indianola, Iowa. The John Dillinger Historical Society subsequently acquired it from the neighbor’s son, and it was once displayed at the Gerald Ford Museum under the supervision of the National Archives. In fine condition, with expected aging, dents, and signs of use. Provenance: Part of Lot 4650, Butterfield’s, June 19, 2000. Accompanied by photocopies of letters of provenance from Sandy Jones (curator of the John Dillinger Historical Society) and the original auction description.
On July 19, 1933, the Barrow gang engaged lawmen in a gun battle while camping out in Platte City, Missouri. Buck Barrow, his wife Blanche, and D. W. Woods were wounded in the fight, with Buck suffering most severely—a wound to the forehead exposed his brain and caused extreme loss of blood. Despite this trauma, he survived and remained conscious as the gang made its escape toward Dexter, Iowa. There, near an abandoned amusement park between Redfield and Dexter, they met another posse and Buck was shot in the back; all other members of the group—Bonnie, Clyde, Blanche, and W.D. were also wounded in the Dexter gunfight. Buck and Blanche were captured but the others escaped on foot, leaving this flashlight behind. In an ever-weakening state, Buck was taken to King’s Daughters Hospital in Perry, Iowa, where he died from his wounds on July 29th. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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Bonnie and Clyde’s sawed-off shotgun, captured at the infamous Joplin shootout
1011. Bonnie and Clyde Shotgun. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s Western Field Browning Model 30 Shotgun, captured after the 1933 Joplin shootout by Detective Tom De Graff. Serial #U 12034, 12 Ga., 15 1/2˝ barrel with a good bore that has spots of freckling along its length. The metal has an overall mottled gray-brown patina with areas of pinprick pitting throughout, but most noticeable on the right side of the frame behind the ejection port, as well as traces of original blue left on protected areas. Additionally, the magazine tube has areas of bright gray along the bearing surfaces of the slide. The frame markings are nevertheless still clear and fairly crisp, and the barrel was shortened to a more easily concealable length by the Barrow Gang prior to its capture. The trigger guard has a pronounced upwards bend along the bow indicating a heavy impact, possibly incurred during the Joplin gunfight. The walnut buttstock and checkered slide have numerous small handling marks and minor surface blemishes throughout, and moderate-heavy flattening of the checkering points on both the slide and pistol-grip. The original varnish and the original grooved, hard rubber buttplate are still present. The action is functional, however the 1946 NFA registration affidavit written by De Graff states that the gun will jam after “firing one or two shells” due to an unspecified mechanical fault, possibly related to the impact described above. Includes the original registration affidavit paperwork authenticating the serial number. Tom De Graff was a detective with the Joplin, Missouri Police Department when, on April 13, 1933, he, along with Newton County Constable Wes Harryman, Joplin PD Detective Harry McGinnis, and Missouri Highway Patrolmen W.E. Grammer and George Kahler, attempted to execute a search warrant at an apartment rented by a group of men and women in south Joplin. Upon their arrival, Harryman exited the vehicle and approached an unidentified man who began closing the garage door upon spotting them. Almost immediately, Harryman was mortally wounded by a shotgun blast, and McGinnis, who was following, was killed by a second shotgun round. The two Highway Patrolmen joined De Graff, who had taken a few pellets during the opening volley, and worked their way around to the side of the building exchanging fire as they did so (W.D.
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Jones was hit in the side, Buck Barrow was grazed by a bullet, and Clyde Barrow was saved when his coat button deflected a bullet). Eventually, the occupants smashed their way through the garage door in their car and sped away amidst a hail of gunfire from the surviving law enforcement officers. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of April 14, 1933, a search of the building yielded “an automatic rifle, four rifles, a sawed-off shotgun and a revolver.” De Graff expands on this in his affidavit: “In the spring of 1933 while in the company of two other officers, we made an investigation in the south part of Joplin, Missouri at which time we engaged the Barrow brothers in a gun battle. The two officers who accompanied me were killed, I also received a few shots from this shotgun. There were several guns seized at this time and among them was a Western Field Browning 12 guage (sic) shotgun with 15” barrel, serial number U 12034.” According to the affidavit, the shotgun remained at the Joplin Police Department until De Graff left the department in 1941 when he took the gun with him “as a memento of the gun battle.” It is interesting to note that the famous photographs of Clyde Barrow and W.D. Jones in front of their automobile with their assembled arsenal (found at the site of the Joplin shootout) distinctly shows a sawed-off, slide-action SavageStevens Model 520 type shotgun propped up against the bumper on the far right. The Western Field Browning Model 30 was a store branded version of the Model 520 made for Montgomery Ward, and there is little doubt that this is the very gun photographed with the Barrow brothers. Please note that this is an NFA firearm and is fully transferable on Form 3 or 4. Starting Bid $10,000
1012. Buck Barrow’s Pocket Watch. Buck Barrow’s personally-owned and -worn gentleman’s 14K yellow gold Elgin pocket watch (Model Number 5, Class 10), manufactured on or about 1898 in Elgin, Illinois, featuring a round white face with black Roman numerals, a mechanical 15-jewel movement with sub-second hand, and associated chain. The inner caseback is marked “2690677,” and the movement is engraved with the serial number “7306029.” Also includes a glossy 5 x 7 photo of Buck Barrow in a suit, posing against a rocky outcrop. In fine condition. Provenance: Lot 4646, Butterfield’s, June 19, 2000. Accompanied by the original auction catalog and a certificate of authenticity from Shawn Scoma, son of Marie Barrow Scoma (sister of Clyde and Buck Barrow), certifying that the timepiece was “worn by Buck Barrow” and “taken from the Barrow family chest.” From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $300
1013. Bonnie and Clyde Bullet-Proof Vest. Bul-
let-proof vest recovered from Clyde Barrow’s 1934 Ford V8 Deluxe ‘death car’ by Charles W. Stanley, the ‘Crime Doctor,’ a carnival operator who purchased the ‘Bonnie and Clyde Death Car’ and exhibited the bullet-riddled vehicle nationwide. The front of the vest is a typical four-pocket navy blue vest, and the back is reinforced with steel plates, with the manufacturer’s tag reading: “Dunrite Bullet Proof Vest, Mfd by The Detective Pub. Co., Chicago.” Includes a second, rectangular panel reinforced with steel plates sewn inside and snap attachments on one end, which has a bullet hole on the edge. In overall fine condition, with some tears to the fabric and other general wear. Accompanied by an affidavit signed by Charles W. Stanley, in part: “In 1934, after Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a stolen Ford V8 near Gibsland, Louisiana, I bought the car in which they were ambushed. This car is a 1934 Ford V8 Deluxe, four-door sedan, with a ‘potter’s trunk’ and is a light tan color, known for Ford dealers as ‘Cordoba grey’…In 1936, I was showing this car in a Ford dealer showroom at Gallatin, Texas, when a spectator threw a lighted cigarette inside the car and set fire to the upholstery and headliner. The fire was quickly extinguished with damage only to the seats and headliner. It was, however, at this time that I discovered between the headliner and the roof of the car, a steel vest, commonly called a ‘bullet-proof’ vest, wrapped in a Beaumont, Texas, newspaper. All indications are that Barrow had stolen this vest from a Federal armory, thought I do not know whether it was at Fort Worth, Texas (September, 1932), Springfield, Missouri (March-April, 1933), or Enid, Oklahoma (July, 1933), or at some other armory.” Stanley sold the bullet-proof vest to Joe Pinkston of the John Dillinger Historical Museum, who later sold it to noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts. Includes correspondence from Pinkston to Roberts concerning the vest and detailing how he acquired it from Stanley. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $1,000
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Bulova wristwatch worn by Clyde Barrow at the time of his death 1014. Clyde Barrow’s Bulova Wristwatch Worn at His Death.
Clyde Barrow’s gold-filled gentleman’s Bulova wristwatch recovered from his body by his father after his death, featuring a rectangular white face with golden Arabic numerals, a mechanical 21-jewel movement with sub-second hand, and partial linked bracelet. The caseback is marked “557267,” and the inner case is marked “3202433.” The watch is nearly identical to the Lone Eagle model and was manufactured in 1931. In very good to fine condition. This watch was purchased from Clyde’s sister, Marie Barrow Scoma, by noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts, and is accompanied by several pieces of their correspondence, including: a letter signed by Marie Barrow Scoma, providing some background information: “The watch that my brother Clyde was wearing when he was killed in Louisiana was taken from the mortuary by my father along with Clyde’s clothing when he went to claim Clyde’s body”; a handwritten letter by Marie Barrow Scoma with attached typed listing of items for sale, including “Wristwatch: belonged to Clyde Barrow and was worn by him when ambushed on May 23, 1934”; and another letter from Marie, noting: “Clyde’s Bulova watch with a bullet crease on it, after his death my mother gave the watch to my other brother who wore it untill his death, then his wife returned it to me.” Upon hearing of the death of his son, Henry Barrow went to Arcadia, Louisiana, to accompany Clyde’s body back to Dallas. This Bulova wristwatch was among Clyde’s personal effects returned to Henry Barrow at that time, which also included his bloody coat, light blue shirt, dark blue pants, and a 1925 Elgin pocket watch. Many of these items were repurposed or used by the family: one of the Barrow brothers wore this wristwatch, Clyde’s father Henry carried the pocket watch, and the pants were re-tailored to fit a child while ‘making due’ during the Great Depression. As the watch worn by Barrow at the time of his grisly death, this is an extraordinary piece of Americana from one of the most infamous and popular outlaws in history. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $5,000
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History Detective–featured archive of original photos and bullets used in ballistic tests for the Grapevine murders 1015. Bonnie and Clyde Original Vintage Photograph and Bullet Archive. Unique and
historic archive consisting of five bullets attributed to J. D. Goss’s ballistic tests in the case against Bonnie Parker’s sister, Billie Mace, for the Grapevine murders; and 27 original vintage first-generation photos of and related to Bonnie and Clyde, ranging from 4.75 x 3 mug shots to 5 x 7 autopsy and death car photos. This archive was featured on the PBS series History Detectives in 2003; the story behind these items was determined on the show. The five bullets were originally passed down through the family of J. D. Goss, a ballistics expert who was called in to assist George Lacy in an analysis of test bullets fired from guns recovered from Bonnie and Clyde’s car. These were used in the investigation of the Grapevine murders of two highway patrolmen on Easter Sunday, 1934. Originally, Bonnie Parker’s sister, Billie Mace, was linked to the murders by an eyewitness, making her the prime suspect. However, others—Frank Hamer included—believed that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the culprits. When they were killed in an ambush on May 23, 1934, guns were removed from their car—including seven Colt .45s and a Colt .38 revolver—and ballistic tests were undertaken by George Lacy, with Goss’s assistance. Goss’s involvement in the investigation is described in the May 30, 1934 issue of the Dallas Times Herald, as uncovered by History Detectives, which states, ‘J. D. Goss, ballistics expert…left Dallas Wednesday noon for Houston to aid George M. [sic] Lacy of the Houston police department in examination and tests of bullets View additional images online at www.RRAuction.com taken from the scene of the killing on Easter Sunday.’ On May 31, 1934, Lacy announced that the .45 test bullets fired from one of the Parker-Barrow guns matched the bullets from the scene of the Grapevine slayings. Billie Mace was thus exonerated and released from custody. Further evidence of the relationship between Lacy and Goss is found in the photographic archive: of the 27 photos which were also in Goss’s possession, seven are stamped on the front with Lacy’s information, “Geo. J. Lacy, Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Houston - Texas.” Ten of the photos depict Bonnie and/or Clyde, including five grisly death shots (three of Bonnie and two of Clyde). The others portray members of their gang, as well as their bullet-riddled death car. In overall very good to fine condition. Accompanied by a transcript of the History Detectives show in which this lot was featured, as well as copies of articles related to the archive. An altogether remarkable collection boasting excellent provenance. Starting Bid $500
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1016. Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Archive. Ar-
chive of materials related to the 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby from the collection of Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., chief of the New Jersey State Police who investigated the so-called ‘crime of the century.’ The highlight is a pocket notebook written in an unknown hand, apparently that of one of the investigators, recording various aspects of the case, beginning: “March 1: Chas. A. Lindbergh Jr. kidnapped from his crib at home in Hopewell N.J., a ransom note asking for $50,000.00 left in nursery on window sill.” The notebook continues to chronicle various officers’ assignments and leads in the case. Other items include a booklet published by the Charleston National Bank containing the “complete list of the numbers on the currency received by the Lindbergh Kidnapers”; an original 9.5 x 16 “wanted” poster calling for “information as to the whereabouts of Chas. A. Lindbergh, Jr.,” featuring two images of the child; an original Newark police “Gangster Squad” business card; six empty mailing envelopes addressed to the Lindberghs, postmarked in the spring of 1932; nine original vintage photographs, ranging in size from 4.25 x 2.5 to 10 x 8, depicting the Lindbergh home (called ‘Highfields’), members of the Newark police department, Charles Lindbergh, the Lindberghs’ new home in England, and two family photos; a postcard showing Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis; an Oregon Journal newspaper from March 6, 1932, with a huge front-page story on the kidnapping: “Col. and Mrs. Lindbergh Appeal for Safe Return of Their Baby”; and two booklets by Gabriel Heatter about the Hauptmann trial. In overall very good to fine condition. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
Capone’s mentor recognizes his 11th wedding anniversary: “To Al and Mae, 12-18-29, From John Torrio” 1017. Al Capone’s Silver Cigarette Case Presented by Johnny Torrio.
Sterling silver cigarette case presented to Al Capone and his wife Mae by fellow mobster Johnny Torrio on the occasion of their 11th wedding anniversary. The elegant case measures 2.75˝ x 3.5˝ x .25˝, and features a presentation inscription engraved on the reverse, “To Al and Mae, 12-18-29, From John Torrio.” The front is engraved with a central monogram, “C,” surrounded by a foliate border. The case boasts a spring-loaded hinge with internal cigarette clip, and is stamped “Sterling” on an inner edge. In fine condition.
Capone came of age under Johnny Torrio in Brooklyn, looking up to him as a mentor while serving as his bodyguard and trusted associate. While in New York, Capone married Mae Josephine Coughlin on December 18, 1918, in a ceremony at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Court Street, presided over by Rev. James J. Delaney. Shortly after Prohibition began, Torrio summoned Capone to Chicago to act as his lieutenant in a violent effort to corner the market in the bootleg whiskey trade. Fronting as a used furniture dealer, Capone organized a gang of gunmen and began a campaign of terror to drive out the competition. In 1925, Torrio was brutally shot and beaten in retaliation for the murder of rival mobster Dean O’Banion; though Torrio survived and slowly recovered, he made the decision to retire and turned the reigns of his gangland empire over to Al Capone. Provenance: Lot 395, Christie’s, June 20, 1990. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $1,000
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Extraordinary twice-signed “Alphonse Capone” mortgage document from 1926
1018. Al Capone Twice-Signed Mortgage Document. Partly-printed
document, signed twice, “Alphonse Capone,” one page, 9.25 x 15, November 18, 1926. A “First Mortgage Principal Note” between the Capones and Lawndale National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, in which they agree to pay back the sum of $1,500 at a rate of 6% interest on a loan secured by real estate. Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Al Capone, his mother Theresa Capone, and his wife Mae Capone, and also endorsed on the reverse by all three. In very good to fine condition, with a few small stains, areas of paper loss along the edges, and unobtrusive professional repairs to several short edge tears. This is the only large Al Capone mortgage document we have ever seen, and in the past, single Capone signatures have sold for between $16,000 and $25,000. Capone rose to prominence throughout the 1920s, making a name for himself as a leader of the Chicago underworld. Increasingly implicated in the corruption of political, law enforcement, and labor officials, he was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment, serving part of his sentence on Alcatraz. His autograph is scarce in any format, and this remarkable twice-signed document would be the ‘kingpin’ of any collection of 20th-century Americana. This item—a twice-signed example boasting two full-name autographs, enhanced by the signatures of two members of the Capone family—stands out as one of the best Capone documents we have ever offered. Starting Bid $5,000
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1021. Murray ‘The Camel’ Humphreys 18K Gold Piaget Diamond Watch. An
1019. Frank Nitti Signed Court Document. Gangster and one of Al Capone’s top henchmen (1886–1943) who was in charge of the money flowing through the Chicago Outfit, and succeeded Capone as the outfit’s boss. Partly-printed DS, signed “Frank Nitti,” one page, 8.5 x 7, filed on September 5, 1941. Jury waiver from “the Criminal Court of Cook County,” in the case of “The People of the State of Illinois vs. Frank Nitti, Indictment for Burglary, No. 41-1846.” In full: “I, the undersigned, do hereby waive jury trial and submit the above entitled cause to the Court for hearing.” Signed at the conclusion by Nitti, and countersigned by the court’s clerk. In fine condition, with a block of light toning from prior display. Starting Bid $200
18K gold Piaget wristwatch custom-designed for Chicago Outfit racketeer Murray ‘The Camel’ Humphreys, featuring a concentric design with flexible mesh bracelet, hand-wound movement, small square dial, and face encrusted with 48 diamonds totaling 2.00 carats (gross weight 47.7 dwts). The caseback is marked “9148HS, 95229.” In fine condition. Provenance: Lot 1194, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, October 22, 1992. From the collection of David GainsboroughRoberts. Starting Bid $300
Boston’s mob king takes out $15,000 in cash on the eve of Black Tuesday, 1929 1020. Charles Solomon Signed Check and His Murderer’s Wanted Card. Mob boss (1884–1933) who
controlled Boston’s bootlegging, narcotics, and gambling during the Prohibition era. National Shawmut Bank of Boston check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Solomon, “Charles Solomon,” payable to cash for $15,000, October 28, 1929. Also includes an official Boston Police Department printed wanted card for Solomon’s murderer, John J. Burke, alias Edward J. Baker, 8 x 8, charged with “the murder of Charles Solomon by shooting, in this city, January 24, 1933.” The card is stamped “Indexed,” and annotated in type, “Apprehended,” with notes on Burke’s arrest typed on the reverse. In fine condition. Solomon wrote this enormous check for $15,000 in cash on the eve of ‘Black Tuesday’ in 1929, amidst the devastating stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. Solomon would be gunned down in the men’s room of Boston’s Cotton Club on January 24, 1933. Starting Bid $200
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1022. Meyer Lansky’s Personally-Owned Parker 61 Fountain Pen. Meyer Lanksy’s personally-owned and -used Parker 61 convertible fountain pen, as left in his desk at the time of his death. Includes the slim black pen with gold accents, empty Parker ink cartridge, black cardboard “Parker” box, form letter with care instructions, and ink-filling instruction pamphlet. In fine condition. Accompanied by a notarized letter of authenticity from his daughter, Sandi Lansky. Starting Bid $200
During his stint in the clink, “Meyer Harris Cohen” ponders the suicide of an “honest dedicated Government official” 1023. Mickey Cohen Autograph Letter Signed. ALS signed “Mickey” and “Meyer Harris Cohen, 14738H,” one page, 8 x 10.5, August 5, 1967. Letter to Lieut. Voy K. Apt, written from federal prison in Springfield, Missouri, in part: “Just a short note to greet you—when you get home from Ohio and visiting your sister, and to let you know that I received your card. Also to tell you of the tragic news of Mr. Nicholas committing suicide this past Thursday. I am pretty well shook up over it, as in my book Voy he was a fine little guy, and an honest dedicated Government official, with a fine human understanding. Voy, I hope that you found sister as well as can be expected, and that you remembered to give her my love and good wishes.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Cohen’s hand. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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1024. Mickey Cohen’s Personally-Owned Monogrammed Ring. Mickey Cohen’s personally-owned 14K gold pinkie ring, approximately size 7, featuring his initials monogrammed on the face, “MC,” with a Star of David in the center. Marked “14K” inside the band. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Jim Smith, who was Cohen’s longtime right-hand man. In part: “This vintage initial MC ring was one of many items that I took possession of at the time of Mickey Cohen’s death. In January of 1972 Mickey was released from the Federal Penitentiary. I picked him up from prison and was with him each day for the remainder of his life.” From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1025. Mickey Cohen Pair of (2) Business Cards. Pair of
two of Mickey Cohen’s creamcolored official business cards, 3.5 x 2, embossed in gold with his contact information: “Michael M. Cohen, 1014 Westgate Avenue, #316, West Los Angeles, California 90049, Phone 478-0606.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a provenance statement indicating that these were obtained from Jim Smith, who was Cohen’s longtime right-hand man. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1026. Mickey Cohen Group of (9) Press Photos. Collection of nine original vintage glossy
silver gelatin press photos related to Los Angelesarea gangster Mickey Cohen, ranging in size from 3.5 x 6.25 to 8 x 10, ranging in date from 1950 to 1966, with subject matter including: Cohen arguing with a policeman after receiving a ticket; Cohen’s Los Angeles residence; Cohen with Carmine Stompanato, brother of Cohen’s slain bodyguard Johnny Stompanato, who had been killed by Lana Turner’s daughter; Cohen holding Turner’s sizzling love letters written to Stompanato; Cohen talking on the phone at a police station; Cohen after winning a $110,000 judgment following a lead pipe assault while in prison; Cohen listening to the words of evangelical preacher Billy Graham at Madison Square Garden; Cohen and his wife seated in court for the start of their income tax evasion trial; and Cohen with his attorney Samuel S. Brody upon his release from jail. In overall fine condition. Seven of the photos originate from the archives of The Baltimore Sun, and one comes from the Chicago Tribune: these eight are accompanied by certificates of authenticity attesting to their origin. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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1027. Vito Genovese Original Court Document. Official carbon copy court document in the case of US v. Vito Genovese,
in which the United States sought to “cancel the naturalization of Vito Genovese,” 17 onionskin pages, 8.5 x 14, with the cover sheet reading, “Brief in support of defendant’s motion for production of documents under rule 34,” submitted by his attorneys Joseph F. Mattice and Joseph A. Fanelli. The brief demands that the government produce documents related to its claims that Genovese’s “naturalization was fraudulently procured because defendant concealed prior arrests and convictions and falsely represented that he had none.” In fine condition. Starting Bid $200
1028. Sam Giancana Signed Power of Attorney Document. Partly-printed DS, signed “Sam Giancana,”
one page, 6 x 4, January 9, 1975. Power of attorney document by which Giancana authorizes Anthony V. Champagne as his attorney, in association with an account at the St. Paul Federal Savings and Loan Association. Signed at the conclusion in ballpoint by Giancana, and countersigned by Champagne; a second attorney’s name and signature have been obliterated with white-out. Giancana would be killed just six months later, leaving behind a massive fortune. In fine condition. Provenance: Lot 1181, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, October 22, 1992. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1029. Sam Giancana’s 14K Gold Monogrammed Money Clip Watch. Sam Giancana’s 14K gold Alton money clip
watch, monogrammed on the clip with his initials in raised lettering, “S.G.” The clip has an elegant diagonal stripe pattern, and the watch face is inserted upside down for use by the wearer: an avid golfer, Giancana would wear this on his belt as a timepiece when hitting the links. In fine condition. Provenance: Lot 1191, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, October 22, 1992. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $300
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1030. Sam Giancana’s Collection of (7) Pieces of Gold Jewelry. Collection of
seven pieces of Sam Giancana’s 14K gold jewelry, including: a glamorous 14K lighter with an intriguing burst finish, featuring his monogram “S.G.” outlined in diamonds, in a form-fitting black leather case; a smaller 14K gold lighter with a geometric textured finish, inscribed “Sam” across the top, in a form-fitting black leather case; a slim grooming set in a black leather case, consisting of a hair comb and combination nail file/knife, both engraved with his monogram “S.G.” on the 14K gold handles; a small 14K gold clip emblazoned with his first initial, “S”; a 14K gold pin featuring a ball and two clubs; a 14K gold golfer’s tie tack; and a 14K gold golf ball marker bearing the number “70.” In overall fine condition. Provenance: Lots 1188, 1189, 1190, and 1193, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, October 22, 1992. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $500
1031. Sam Giancana’s Pair of Handwritten Betting Notebooks. Two of Sam Giancana’s personal handwrit-
ten gambling notebooks, recording daily horse race betting activities: the first, with a card stapled to the front cover marked “Record 1952, Washington Park, Hawthorne Park,” contains 38 handwritten pages, the majority of them logging daily win totals, with associated track tickets laid in (on the last two pages, he records annual winnings: “Hawthorne Park Totals, Total Win: 17360.00” and “Washington Park Totals…31112.00 Total Win”); the second records daily bets at Hawthorne Park and Sportsman’s Park in 1961, containing 22 pages with handwritten race notes and betting logs, with associated track tickets paperclipped throughout (on the last two pages, Giancana tallies annual totals amounting to $8,680 won at Hawthorne and $46,014 won at Sportsman’s). In overall very good to fine condition, with expected signs of heavy use; many of the pages are creased, detached, and frayed at the edges. Provenance: Lots 1180 and 1186, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, October 22, 1992. All three of these locations—Washington Park, Hawthorne Park, and Sportsman’s Park—were popular Chicago-area horse racing tracks, and these thick betting books attest to the fact that the Chicago Outfit boss was a local fixture. Playing the ponies on a regular basis, he won far more than he lost—a record surely enhanced by his status as the city’s top mob boss (he reportedly kept J. Edgar Hoover at bay by feeding him tips on fixed horse races). These gambling books offer unique insight into the day-to-day life of the influential gangster. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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1032. Sam Giancana Signed Christmas Card to His Wife. Christmas card from Sam Giancana to his wife Angeline
DeTolve, 8 x 10.25, signed and inscribed inside in blue ballpoint using his nickname, “To my Dearest Wife, Love, Mooney.” The two-part card has a front panel with silk inlay depicting a husband and wife that opens like a book, and the larger section opens to reveal a printed poem. In very good to fine condition, with some creasing, and a stain to the right side of the signed panel. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by their daughter, Antoinette Giancana. Starting Bid $200
“I wonder just how far Hitler will go with his bulldozing the small countries over there” 1033. Fred Burke Autograph Letter Signed. Midwestern armed
robber and contract killer during the Prohibition era (1893–1940) who is considered a prime suspect in the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929. ALS signed “F. Dane,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, March 15, 1939. Written from Marquette State Prison, a letter to Charlotte Crossman, in full: “’Twas nice to hear from you after so long a time, and good to hear you are back in circulation again. I know full well how stubborn those colds are at times. I was indeed happy to hear from your mother. She has always been so thoughtful. Have read in the Palladium about your severe sleet storm and now we seem to be getting our real winter. There seems to be mountains of snow and we are in the midst of a blizzard at this time. The noon radio said it would subside by midnight tonight. Have not heard from Mrs. Plummer for several months and did not know she had been on a cruise. That is precisely what I would like to do, but I would like to make it a good long one and see all the foreign ports. Especially am I interested in visiting England, France, Italy, the Holy Land and all the Far East ports. How does that sound? I’ll bet you wonder if I’m full of strong coffee or something. Well anyway I can dream, can’t I? I’m still very busy in the leather craft and find it more interesting as time goes by. I’m very interested in knowing if you have found a new position in or nearer Benton Harbor. You must have had a time driving during the sleet storm. I’m sorry Miss. C. to have neglected writing for so long, but I have been catching up on a bit of my correspondence. The very recent news of Europe is indeed appalling, and I wonder just how far Hitler will go with his bulldozing the small countries over there. I’m real sure he will eventually cause war, and as bad as it is I wonder if it would not be best. Again thanks for your nice letter and hope you are feeling well. My regards to your mother and Stephen and best wishes to you.” Burke incorporates his alias signature into the upper address field, “F. Dane.” In fine condition. Accompanied by two original mailing envelopes addressed to Charlotte Crossman in Burke’s own hand (one for this letter, and one postmarked December 17, 1937), as well as photocopies of a newspaper article detailing Burke’s funeral and the invoice for Burke’s funeral expenses submitted to Mrs. Jennie Crossman. Starting Bid $200
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1034. John Dillinger Newspapers. Assortment of con-
temporary newspapers associated with John Dillinger and his death, circa 1934, with highlights including: a complete issue of The Call Bulletin from January 26, 1934, with the headline: “Link Dillinger to Kidnap” the first section of The Pittsburgh Press from July 23, 1934, with the banner headline: “Girls Lure Dillinger to Death, U.S. Agents Shoot Down Outlaw As He Leaves Chicago Theater”; a complete issue of the Freeport Journal-Standard from July 23, 1934, with the banner headline: “Dillinger Killed by Law Officers”; three issues of the Chicago Herald and Examiner ‘Metropolitan Edition’ from July 24, 1934, with the banner headline: “Hunt Dillinger Hoard: Nelson Escapes Trap!”; and two issues of the Chicago Herald and Examiner from July 24, 1934, depicting the deceased Dillinger on the back page. Includes several newspaper clippings from the late 1940s, including The American Weekly’s ‘Dillinger and the Woman in Red’ story, Saturday Home Magazine’s ‘The Shooting of John Dillinger,’ and stories by Elgar Brown. In very good to fine condition. Accompanied by several modern reproductions of photographs, wanted posters, and photocopied news clippings. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1035. John Dillinger’s Shirt and Handkerchief. John Dillinger’s
personally-owned shirt and handkerchief, sold by his cousin Eleanor Dillinger Stultz to noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts in 1992, through Joe M. Pinkston, proprietor of The John Dillinger Museum in Nashville, Indiana. The off-white, long-sleeved dress shirt has a “Wilson Brothers Haberdashery” label sewn into the collar, annotated above in ink, “JCD” [Dillinger’s middle name was Herbert, so this may have been erroneously marked at a later time]. Inside the collar are machine-stamped sizes, “15 1/2, 4,” with additional sizing and style stamps to the front left tail: “W-1080, 15 1/2-34, 372.” The decorative rayon handkerchief has pale blue-gray squares at the center and corners, with geometric line and circle designs filling the rest of the space. In overall very good condition, with moderate to heavy foxing to both pieces. Accompanied by a notarized affidavit signed by Eleanor Dillinger Stultz, attesting to the authenticity of four pieces, including this shirt and handkerchief, which she received in 1963. In part: “I am Eleanor Dillinger Stultz, age 80…and am the daughter of Everett Dillinger, uncle of John Herbert Dillinger, deceased… These items have been in my family since 1934 and it is my belief that they were each the personal property of John Herbert Dillinger, deceased, my cousin. They were offered for sale at my home at auction on 8 August, 1992, and were purchased by Joe M. Pinkston, Curator of the John Dillinger Museum at Nashville, Indiana, acting as an agent.” Also includes a letter from Pinkston to Roberts, informing him that the pieces have been shipped, and a handwritten letter from Eleanor Dillinger Stultz, offering a further oral history: “The shirt, socks & handkerchief you have, were given to my brother, by John’s father, our Uncle John. When my brother moved to Florida, he gave the things to me to keep. My Dad came to stay at Uncle John’s while he was traveling on the road with the carnival.” From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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Dillinger’s wooden gun from the Purvis family collection 1036. John Dillinger’s Wooden Gun. John
Dillinger’s wooden gun, attributed to his infamous escape from the Crown Point jail in Indiana on March 3, 1934. Blackened with shoe polish, the hand-carved wooden revolver body is attached to two metal tubes mimicking the barrel, with wooden trigger and bent metal trigger guard. In fine condition, with expected wear. While other wooden guns have been attributed to Dillinger’s deceptive prison break, this example boasts excellent provenance in the form of a notarized letter by Melvin H. Purvis III, son of the famed lawman that led the team who tracked and killed Dillinger. In part: “I will attempt to furnish you with some background on what we down here have always called the ‘Dillinger Crown Point Pistol’…Most people who have followed the life of John Dillinger are also very familiar with the episode (early in his career, I think), when the outlaw was imprisoned in Crown Point, Indiana. Moreover, in that same train of thought they will probably recall that he escaped from this prison by bluffing his way out with a facsimile of a pistol, which he’d somehow put together in the prison shop. The pistol, though somewhat crude when closely examined, was at least real enough in appearance to fool the turnkeys long enough to get them to open the jail doors and the outlaw to make good his escape. (If, like myself at one time, you think this to be an unlikely story, then have someone point the pistol at you, imagine the man holding it to be John Dillinger—and then tell me if you would have taken the time to analyze whether or not the weapon was technically correct!). All this is recorded history, even though my Father himself doubted the story for a season. Later, it was completely confirmed by the law enforcement officer who eventually put the pistol in my Father’s hand. So eventually, the Dillinger Crown Point Pistol ended in our home in Florence, South Carolina where I, too, now live. And amazingly enough, as boys we played with it, just as we would a cap pistol, though (in theory) we were never allowed to carry it outside the house. The story continues: the Dillinger Crown Point Pistol did manage to vanish for a while in the confusion which one usually finds in a large southern mansion…Then one day, while looking through old things, the item suddenly reappeared. I’d found it in a box of old toys! Although the law of probability tells me there must be several fakes here and there, this piece is the genuine article. You have it just as it came into my Father’s hands, and just as it remained and was displayed in the family home for nearly forty years. There is no other like it, nor can there ever be. Finally, the genuineness of this piece, as I have described it, ought never to be in question. Because it has always been in the Purvis collection, just as you see it now (though I filed a little bit of the rust and damage off the end of the barrel); and because mainly, over the years it has been seen by hundreds if not thousands of people, many of whom are now living.” Additional supporting material includes a notarized statement by a local antique dealer/appraiser, attesting to the notoriety of the gun as part of the Purvis family’s collection; an invoice for the gun from Monty Whitley, Inc.; a letter from Sandy Jones, curator of the John Dillinger Historical Society, about the history of the multiple ‘Crown Point’ wooden pistols (“Your F.B.I. records sure help to make the one you have real!”); and a photograph of noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts with this wooden gun and his Dillinger death mask. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $2,500
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1037. John Dillinger Clothing Fabric Swatch. A 2.5 x 2 swatch of off-white fabric attributed to John Dillinger’s pants by a contemporary tag tied to one corner: “[Piece] of John Dillingers Pants taken from body the night he was killed. T.W.K.” In very good condition, with a chipped corner to one corner of the tag (the word “Piece” is preserved on an older photocopy of the tag, but the piece is no longer present). Accompanied by a typed letter from Joe M. Pinkston, proprietor of The John Dillinger Museum in Nashville, Indiana, contemplating the swatch, in part: “It is not from the trousers or pockets which are intact. It may well be from the undergarments. The shorts were ‘Hanes’ (sic) according to the F.B.I…white in color with blue stripes, size 34. The socks were black and the shirt was Kenilworth brand, white broadcloth.” From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
1038. John Dillinger Native American Tapestry Gifted to His Niece. Beautiful
woven tapestry purchased by John Dillinger at the 1933–34 ‘Century of Progress’ Chicago World’s Fair, measuring 17.5 x 15, presented as a gift to his favorite niece, Mary E. Hancock Gallagher (the daughter of his older sister, Audrey M. Dillinger Hancock), in March 1934. The handsome gray wool tapestry has a Native American Indian design at the center in black, white, and red, flanked by matching bands of stripes on either side, and gray fringe on two ends. In fine condition.
Accompanied by an affidavit signed by Gallagher, identifying herself as “the niece of John Herbert Dilllinger,” in part: “On the occasion of my mother’s birthday, March of 1934, my uncle visited us late one night at the home of my mother in Maywood, Indiana. He brought some gift for us from the Chicago World’s Fair, among them a lovely tapestry for me. (I was his favorite niece because we had exchanged many letters while he was in prison). The tapestry feels like a soft wool, about a medium gray, with the design in colors of white, red, and black. It is about 15 inches square with about 1 inch fringe on 2 sides.” Also includes a longer handwritten letter by Gallagher, offering limited additional detail: “I wish I could give you definite facts about the tapestry—I do know when I was at that same fair (Chicago World’s Fair) they had a large booth or area, that housed all Indians (and advertised) hand made items—they are noted for their beautiful weaving and the fabric on your tapestry feels like a soft wool and certainly looks hand woven to me… As my uncle said, he didn’t have lots of time for choosing gifts for me, but I thot he did a very good job. He and I were very close, I was his favorite niece, since I wrote to him so regularly while he was in prison.” This was purchased from Gallagher by noted collector David Gainsborough Roberts, and also includes several related pieces of correspondence between him and the dealers/collectors that helped him to acquire the piece. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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1039. John Dillinger Wanted Posters. Three wanted posters for
John Dillinger: two identical 8 x 8 cards headed “Division of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice,” featuring Dillinger’s mug shots, fingerprints, description, and criminal record; and a 9 x 16 poster headed “Wanted!,” featuring his mug shot and physical description, and offering monetary rewards for his capture or information leading to his arrest. In very good to fine condition, with staining and soiling to the larger wanted poster. From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. Starting Bid $200
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Remarkable Rarities Diversity reigns in Remarkable Rarities, Session Two: King George III writes to his son in 1779, then Prince plays a custom VOX guitar in 2013. Dwight D. Eisenhower wins World War II, then Steve McQueen immortalizes it in The Great Escape. Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X fight for justice a century apart. Thoreau ponders the natural world while Tolkien creates a new one. The Beatles and Pink Floyd release landmark albums as America makes its moonshot. Alfred Nobel transforms his legacy from death to dignity. These intersections of culture and collecting are revealed in this concise session of just over fifty lots. Other highlights include a lock of George Washington’s hair, a piece of the ‘front door’ of the White House, original artwork by Pablo Picasso, a rare first edition Chinese suite of Emperor Qianlong ‘Battle Cooper Prints,’a letter on gravitational wave detectors by Stephen Hawking, and a custom-made Shakespearian Tiffany’s sundial.
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George III pens a letter to his son, ‘the Sailor King’
1050. King George III Autograph Letter Signed. Revolution-dated ALS
signed “George R.,” one page, 7.25 x 9, September 4, 1779. Letter to his 14-year-old son, Prince William Henry, in full: “I take the Opportunity of Lord Sandwich’s departure, to express that the Queen and I are very happy at having as yet received such good Accounts of your behaviour. The letter you wrote to M. Gene de Bude does you honour, to owne faults is ever commendable if attended with a correction of conduct. I pray sincerely for your wellfare, and hope soon to hear the Combined Fleet of the Enemy has met with that thrashing which I am certain every individual of that under the Command of Charles Hardy, eagerly wishes to be an instrument of effecting. Believe me ever, Dear William.” Reverse of second integral page addressed in the hand of the king: “To My Dearly beloved Son, Prince William.” In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, a short fold split, and seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf. As the third son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, Prince William Henry never expected to become the king, and at the age of 13, he embarked on a career in the navy. On June 14, 1779, William joined the HMS Prince George as a midshipman under Admiral Digby, with Henry Majendie appointed as William’s preceptor to instruct and supervise him while at sea. He was present at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780, and was soon given the sobriquet of the ‘Sailor King.’ Charles Hardy, a member of Parliament and former colonial governor of New York, was taken of retirement and became Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet in May 1779. At the time of this letter, King George III was embroiled in an American Revolution that now included France and Spain as Britain’s closest adversaries, with the Dutch backing the colony cause not long after. Starting Bid $300
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Arnold announces his wife’s safe arrival at West Point—written less than a week before he would meet with John André for the last time 1051. Benedict Arnold Autograph Letter Signed. Superb Revolutionary
War-dated ALS, signed “B. Arnold,” one page, both sides, 8 x 13, September 16, 1780. Addressed from “Head Quarters Robinsons House” in West Point, New York, Arnold writes to his sister Hannah Arnold in Philadelphia only days before he would meet with John André to finalize his plans to turn the Hudson River stronghold of West Point over to the British. Additionally, he reports to his sister the safe arrival of his wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold (1760–1804), at West Point and inquires on his three sons who were in his sister’s care. In part: “I set down to answer your favor of the 4th Inst. which I have the happiness to receive by the hand of Mrs. Arnold three days since. She arrived here without Any Accident but very much fatigued as was the Dear Little Boy, who has a very sore head. They are both much reunited & Mrs. Arnold has an exceeding good appetite. I am extremely unhappy to hear the Dear Little Boys in Maryland are discontented, but I cannot suppose as you seem to imagine that they are in want of the necessaries of Life. The Luxuries, I believe they have not, but I am assured by every Gentleman whom I have seen that has visited the School, that Mr. Booth keeps a plentiful Table of good plain Food... Mrs. Arnold informs me it is very Sickly in Phild’a. I am very apprehensive for you and my Dear Henry,—the situation of my Family divided and at such a distance from each other is very disagreeable indeed. Mrs. Arnold informs me there is a prospect of procuring the house that Mr. Allen owned. The situation is disagreeable but the house I believe is convenient.” He adds a postscript concerning the disposition of “The Linen of Mount Vincent.” In very good to fine condition, with somewhat irregular gray toning over the first few lines of text (not affecting readability), a couple of trivial old mounting remnants on the second page, and stamps of the Mercantile Library and Tomlinson Collection at the bottom of the second page. On September 21, 1780, Arnold met with the British emissary John André and made the final arrangements to deliver his command at West Point to the British. Two days later, however, the plot was discovered when André was caught carrying incriminating papers by New York militia near Tarrytown. Upon hearing the news, Arnold boarded the HMS Vulture and fled to General Clinton in New York City on September 25th. The 31-year-old André was not so fortunate; he was tried and hung as a spy on October 2nd. When General Washington arrived in West Point, he reportedly encountered a hysterical Peggy Shippen Arnold, who emphatically denied any knowledge of her husband’s plot. She returned to Philadelphia with her infant child, but on October 20th the authorities banned her from the city, and she crossed the lines to New York to join her spouse. Arnold was never handsomely awarded nor was he honored by the British. He received a brigadier general’s commission and led an expedition into Virginia in late 1780. After the war, he pursued a failed mercantile business in New Brunswick and spent the remainder of his life in London. Letters and documents written and signed by Arnold from the eve of his treason in September 1780 are rare and highly desired. Provenance: The Marshall B. Coyne Collection. Starting Bid $1,000
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General Washington mediates a rank dispute amongst his Continental Army troops 1052. George Washington Letter Signed. Revolutionary
War–dated LS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.5 x 12.25, January 26, 1780. Letter to Major Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Cogswell, written in the hand of his aide-de-camp Robert Hanson Harrison and signed at the conclusion by General Washington. In full: “About [blank] days ago I received your letter of the 27th of last month. In answer I must take occasion to assure you, that you are mistaken if you suppose, either a predilection for Major Hull or the circumstance of his having served of late more immediately under my command than you have done, influenced me in any degree in the opinion which you saw. Considerations like those had no part in the business. I viewed the matter in question between you and that Gentleman on a more liberal and extensive ground, and I see no reason to alter in the least, the sentiments I then delivered; and were you to examine the subject dispassionately, I think, you would find the reasonings were right and that you have no just claim to your present pretentions. At the same time I repeat, that I had no intention in what I said to detract from your merit as an officer, or to give a preference to Major Hull on that score.” Archivally mounted, cloth-matted, and framed with a portrait behind UV-protective acrylic to an overall size of 21.5 x 20. In very good to fine condition, with two areas of light toning, and splitting to the intersecting folds. As commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, Washington writes Cogswell explaining the circumstances surrounding his disputed promotion of Lieutenant Colonel William Hull, of the Third Massachusetts Regiment, who was promoted from major in August 1779 by Washington himself. Washington’s addressee, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Cogswell, of the Fifteenth Massachusetts Regiment, was promoted from major in November 1779 by the State of Massachusetts. Apparently, the timing of the promotions was a cause of concern to Cogswell, who felt slighted, pointing to the fact that he had been appointed a captain by the state before Hull in 1775. General Washington had written at length to Major General William Heath on the subject in December, explaining that the promotions were justified based on the existence of two conflicting methods of appointment: the appointment of officers by the governments of the several states by Congress’s resolution of September 16, 1776; and the appointment of officers by Washington himself, who was supplied blank commissions to be filled in by him with the names of officers he felt were qualified by Congress’s resolution of December 27, 1776. Washington further noted the delicacy of the matter and that the Cogswell-Hull case would result in a multitude of similar claims. Washington then provided ample detail of rank dispute, and the overall ramifications of a reversal of his action in appointing Major Hull rather than Major Cogswell to Col. Jackson’s Regiment: ‘In a word, policy at least, required a strict adherence to the arrangement and the principles of promotion established, and there has been no injustice done Major Cogswell…I am sure you can scarcely render any more essential service than prevailing on the Honourable Assembly to preserve the Arrangement inviolate and to pursue the Rules of promotion which have been established.’ Washington summed up the situation: ‘Our Commission system unfortunately, is very complex, and unless the States will be accurate and adhere to the principles of promotion, which is enjoined and explicitly required by the Act of the 28th of June Last, we shall always be in troubled water and the service embarrassed with unhappy feuds.’ A fascinating letter exhibiting the kind of petty and embarrassing feuds within the Continental Army that absorbed Washington’s time, requiring his skills of diplomatic mediation. Starting Bid $2,500
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Thick lock of President Washington’s hair, cut by a relative circa 1790 1053. George Washington’s Lock of Hair.
Copious lock of George Washington’s stark white hair, measuring approximately 4˝ long, with a handwritten letter of provenance signed “George M. Elliott,” one page, C. F. Gunther Confectioner letterhead, December 7, 1889. In full: “This lock of hair was cut from the head of George Washington, about the year 1790, by a relative of his. It was presented by this same relative to Capt. Samuel Butman of Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts; with whom the aforesaid relative made several trips from Alexandria, Va, to the port of Newburyport. This valuable relic was afterwards presented by the widow of Captain Butman, to George M. Elliott, now of Philadelphia, Pa, and given by me to Mr. C. F. Gunther, of Chicago, Illinois, this day.” The lock of hair is impressively mounted within an ornate shadowbox display, with the text of Elliott’s letter engraved on a plaque below; the hair’s frame is hinged against a large 26 x 42 frame which contains Elliot’s original letter and a portrait of America’s first president. In fine condition. C. F. Gunther earned fame and fortune as a confectioner, and is said to have introduced caramel candy to America. A prominent numismatist and art collector, he assembled one of the world’s largest collections of Washingtoniana and Lincolniana—this lock of hair included. Among the other top George Washington items that Gunther counted among his possessions were two of Gilbert Stuart’s studies and Charles Willson Peale’s portrait. After Gunther’s death, his artifact collection was purchased by the Chicago Historical Society and later permanently housed at the Chicago History Museum; some objects in it were deaccessioned and disposed of at auction. Starting Bid $5,000
Hamilton pledges to back “every Officer of the Customs who conceives himself to be insufficiently compensated” 1054. Alexander Hamilton Letter Signed. LS signed
“A. Hamilton,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9, April 14, 1791. Circular letter, in full: “The House of Representatives having been pleased to direct me to examine and report upon the amendments of the several Officers of the Customs I find it necessary to enable me to form a satisfactory judgment upon the Subject, that I be furnished with an accurate account, as much as possible in detail of all the monies received in the four quarters of the year 1790 by every Officer of the Customs, who conceives himself to be insufficiently compensated. You will therefore if you think it proper to have your case taken into consideration, transmit me such an account, and you will exhibit in detail likewise in the same paper the expenses of every kind which you have actually paid during the same year. The sooner this information is received, the more early I can enter upon the formation of a report. Should you think proper to make any observations they will be acceptable. For greater clearness I wish the letter enclosing the above account to be confined to the Subject.” In very good condition, with edge toning, a chip to the top edge, splitting to the hinge and vertical fold (which also has a light stain), and old mounting remnants on the blank adjoining leaf. Starting Bid $300
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Significant letter on American goods sent to Revolutionary France, signed by Robespierre at the height of his Reign of Terror
1055. Maximilien Robespierre Letter Signed. Signifi-
cant LS in French, signed “Robespierre,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9.25 x 14.25, 25 Brumaire 2 [November 15, 1793]. Robespierre reacts to aid sent unofficially from the United States during the French Revolution. An unofficial shipment of much needed goods from America, including shoes, “potash, tobacco, whale oil, indigo,” awaits Robespierre’s decision while the ship’s captain insists on pre-payment. Robespierre ultimately rejected American made shoes for their poor quality and “exorbitant” cost. At the height of his power during the Reign of Terror period of the French Revolution, Robespierre signed this letter along with leading members of the Committee of Public Safety: Carnot, Prieur, Barere, Billaud-Varenne, and Lindet. In part (translated): “The Committee of Public Safety…regarding the proposed sale of goods brought to Le Havre by ships from the United States, consisting mainly of goods…such as potash, tobacco, whale oil, indigo, etc., consider that…the committee authorized the provisional executive council to deal with the purchase of these items…Having been informed that the captain will only sell on condition that the merchandise is paid for either in ready money or by foreign letters of exchange… considering that the negotiation of matter of this nature in such a short space of time, and for such a considerable amount as…something above six million, would cause the rate of exchange to drop to a disastrous extent for the Republic, compromising its credit and its dignity and would cause the price
of this merchandise to increase prodigiously…commissioners together with the municipality of Le Havre, will deal with the final purchase of the merchandise from the said cargos, and pay the said American captain in ready money for the entirety of the goods…It is also decreed that the commission will not be buying the shoes which have come in the shipment, as it has been noted that the soles are of poor quality and too thin to be of use to the Army of the Republic, and in any case the price asked for them is exorbitant.” In fine condition, with scattered light foxing, and a few small stains. The economic situation in France was unstable at the time Robespierre authorized this letter with both cash for supplies and the supplies themselves in limited availability. The French people suffered sufficient shortages that prompted them to begin hoarding goods, which caused the Committee of Public Safety to declare hoarding a crime. The shipment of goods was welcome but paying for them added further financial strain on the revolutionary government. The Committee of Public Safety ended the French monarchy earlier in the year (January 21, 1793) by guillotining King Louis XVI. The intensified bloodshed of the French Revolution was one of the reasons that ultimately influenced President Washington to declare United States neutrality (April 1793) in the conflict between France and Great Britain. US neutrality meant that the government could prosecute a private citizen for aiding either country. Starting Bid $300
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From the ‘front door’ of the White House—a remarkable relic of the Truman renovation 1056. White House North Portico Door Panel. Beautiful
original wooden panel removed from the lower part of the ‘front door’ of the White House on the North Portico as part of its renovation during the Truman administration. The was given to James Paul Hauck (commonly known as J. Paul Hauck), who supervised the project while employed by McShain, Inc. Constructed of handsome dark and light wood, the panel measures 16.25˝ x 27˝ and features scalloped marquetry inlay designs in the corners, bordered by a thin blonde line. It exhibits an 8˝ hairline crack to the right side, which is why it was removed from the door to be replicated and replaced. A wire has been attached to the reverse so that it can be displayed in a landscape orientation. Also includes nine oversized 24˝ x 21.5˝ pages of renovation plans for the remodel from Hauck’s collection, prepared by Image on the right shows the “Commission on Renovation of the Executive Mansion,” The White House today with similar panel. the first eight marked, “Revised, Jan. 31, 1950.” The complete Photo Credit: Pete Souza, New Bedford, MA floorplans include “Basement Plan,” “Basement Mezzanine Plan,” “Ground Floor Plan,” “Underground Mech. Area (Ground Floor Level),” “First Floor Plan,” “Mezzanine Floor Plans, Bet. 1st & 2nd Fl. : Bet. 2nd & 3rd Fl.,” “Second Floor Plan,” “Third Floor Plan,” and “Basement Tunnel Plan.” Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Dr. D. C. Bruckner, whose wife was the niece of Beulah ‘Bootsie’ Hauck, wife of J. Paul Hauck. In part: “This panel is one of the two panels removed from the Whitehouse front door during the complete renovation of the Whitehouse during the Truman Administration in the early 1950s. There were only two panels in the door and were removed because they were cracked. The panels were removed by James Paul Hauck, who was in the complete charge of this tremendous undertaking. The second panel was given to the cabinetmaker who duplicated the original panels.” Also includes a photograph of a diagram of the North Portico door provided by the White House Historical Association, photocopied negatives from 1958 showing that the door had been replaced by a glass security door at that time, and a letter from the Library of Congress indicating that they had been unable to locate representative photographs of the North Portico door pre-dating the Truman renovation. An image taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza during the Obama administration shows a very similar panel on an interior door in the White House’s Cross Hall. J. Paul Hauck’s dedicated service to John McShain (known as ‘The Man Who Built Washington’) and his company, McShain, Inc., is detailed in multiple books, including The Pentagon: A History by Steve Vogel and The Hidden White House by Robert Klara. As a construction supervisor for McShain, Hauck worked on a number of the most important projects that shaped the skyline of the nation’s capital: the Pentagon, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the significant White House remodel, the Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center, and several others. Presented with this piece of the White House for his invaluable services, it is a truly incredible artifact of American history. Starting Bid $2,500
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Extremely Rare Large Copy of the Iconic Photograph of Abraham and Tad Lincoln from February 1864 1057. Abraham Lincoln Signed Photograph. Autograph
Albumen Photograph of Abraham and Tad Lincoln, February 9, 1864, Washington, D.C., 3.75˝ x 5.25˝ on original 7.375˝ x 10˝ mount, autographed on the mount, “A. Lincoln.” Archivally mounted, cloth-matted, and framed behind UV-protective acrylic to an overall size of 15.75˝ x 18.25˝. In very good to fine condition, with museum-quality conservation to an area far away from the image, and not affecting the bold signature; the repair is virtually indiscernible and leaves this photo in superb appearance. This intimate and poignant image of father and son is one of the most popular of President Abraham Lincoln. This rare, large-format signed copy of a timeless image is simply one of the finest Lincoln photographs in existence. This exceptionally large example, unlike the more common cartes-de-visite (2.5˝ x 4˝, one of which recently fetched over $90,000), is one of only three known specimens of this particular size and pose. Of the other two, one is in an institution, and the other sold for $325,000 in 2002 as part of the Forbes Collection. Inscription on the Verso (photographed prior to framing): “This autograph is genuine. It was procured by me at the White House in June 1864. F. W. Pitcher.” Historical Background On February 9, 1864, portrait painter Francis B. Carpenter arranged for President Lincoln to sit for a series of photographs at Matthew Brady’s Washington D.C. gallery. Carpenter, the President, and Lincoln’s youngest son Tad walked to Brady’s studio at 3 p.m. Since Brady’s eyesight was beginning to fail, he asked his superintendent, Anthony Berger, to photograph Lincoln. Berger took at least seven poses of the President, both alone and with ten-year-old Tad. The images taken that day have formed the basis for Lincoln’s image on the penny and both the old and new $5 bills. In this image, Lincoln holds “a big photograph album which the photographer, posing the father and son, had hit upon as a good device to use in this way to bring the two sitters together.” Lincoln later feared that the public would view this pose as “a
species of false pretense” because most viewers would assume the book was a large clasped Bible. When they learned that it was a photograph album, they might think Lincoln was “making believe read the Bible to Tad.” Just as Lincoln feared, after his death some versions were carefully retouched in order to make the album appear to be a large Bible. This image became the most popular of the President and his youngest son, and it was frequently reproduced in various sizes by Brady and copied by unauthorized photographers. In 1865, Berger copyrighted a version he produced in India ink that made at least two changes. He added background and changed the chair to make it appear that the setting was the White House, and he changed the volume to make it look like a Bible printed in double columns. Harper’s Weekly used Anthony’s revised image as the basis for its May 6, 1865 cover to memorialize the assassinated President. The image was also copied by many artists and lithographers, both authorized and unauthorized. In 1984, the United States Postal Service issued this image on a stamp with the ironic caption, “A Nation of Readers,” to promote literacy. Berger went on to photograph Lincoln again, this time at the White House, on April 26. Artist Francis B. Carpenter wanted photographs of Lincoln posed exactly where Lincoln had read the preliminary emancipation proclamation to his Cabinet—by the table in his office, so Berger took at least two photographs, one of Lincoln seated at the end of the table, and another of him standing. They are the only photographs of Lincoln in the White House. Berger also made photographs of Cabinet members in specific poses. Carpenter used these images for his monumental oil painting The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, which now hangs in the U.S. Capitol. Franklin W. Pitcher acquired this image at the White House in June 1864. Pitcher traveled extensively in his lumber business. On April 29, 1864, Pitcher and his first wife were staying at the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, perhaps on their way to Washington. On November 5, 1864, he again stayed at the Continental Hotel. Starting Bid $10,000
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Incredible 1846 handwritten document signed twice by ‘Honest Abe’ 1058. Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed. Highly rare and sought-after ADS, signed “A. Lincoln” at the conclusion and “Abraham Lincoln” within the body, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, February 6, 1846. Legal document relating to the case of Alexander Sergeant vs. Sherman Kellogg, which finds Lincoln admitting that he may have forgotten to attend to a case purportedly given to him by another attorney. In full: “Abraham Lincoln being first duly sworn states an oath that he has a general recollection of B. F. Fridley speaking to affiant at the term of the Supreme Court commencing December 1844, in relation to making an arrangement by which affiant should attend to cases in said court, in which said Fridley, was or might be interested; but affiant does not recollect that the case of Sergeant et al vs. Kellogg, was, by said Fridley, left in charge of affiant. Said Fridley now informs affiant, that he did leave said case in affiant’s charge; and affiant would not say that such is not the fact. Affiant further states that at the term of said court, commencing December 1845, he gave no attention whatever to said case; having no impression that he had ever been spoken to concerning it.” In fine condition, with archival tape on the backs of the horizontal folds, and light show-through from docketing on the reverse. A magnificent holograph penned during a most notable period of Lincoln’s career as both attorney and budding politician. In December 1844, Lincoln ended his law partnership with Stephen Logan and established a new firm with his friend William Herndon. The following summer, he embarked on a year-long campaign for Congress, winning a nomination in May 1846, the election in August, and assuming his place as the only Whig in the Illinois delegation. Penned boldly in the hand of the future president, this exemplary early document, which boasts the unique occasion of two Lincoln signatures, presages his forthcoming role as a highly regarded prairie lawyer. Starting Bid $1,000
1059. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Autograph Letter Signed. ALS signed “Lawrence,” one page both
sides, 5 x 8.25, January 23, 1865. Written from Brunswick, Maine, a letter to his father, in full: “Tom probably gave you rather a gloomy picture of my appearance the day he came home. I happen to be suffering very much from the effects of the surgical examinations of my wounds, and cannot yet leave my house, nor, in fact my bed for a great while. I expect to be well as usual when the inflammation subsides in the course of a week perhaps. Fanny and the young daughter up stairs are very well considering their late experiences. It is a matter of pleasantry with us to remark how much the little ‘midgit’ looks like her grandfather. The likeness certainly is striking. My plans are dependent on the way my wounds work. But on the whole I think I shall not have any further surgical treatment of them till the original healing is nearly perfect. As yet there is too much irritation. Hoping you are all well and prosperous.” Chamberlain adds a brief postscript: “Hope to be able to see you before I return.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in his own hand: “Joshua Chamberlain Esq., Brewer, Maine.” Starting Bid $500
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Deluxe limited edition of Ike’s Crusade in Europe, presented to his loyal military aide
1060. Dwight D. Eisenhower Limited Edition Signed Book. Extraordinary signed book: Crusade in Europe. First
edition, limited issue, numbered 24/1426. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948. Hardcover custom-bound in full red leather morocco by Gaston Pilon, with matching slipcase, 6.75 x 9.75, 559 pages. Signed in fountain pen on a special prefatory page reproducing Eisenhower’s ‘Order of the Day’ on D-Day, “Dwight D. Eisenhower,” and warmly signed and inscribed on the colophon, “For Bob and Dottie Schulz, without whose loyal, constant and effective assistance the preparation of this document would have been far more difficult, if not impossible, with lasting gratitude and affection from their friend, Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Autographic condition: very fine. Book condition: VG+/None in a VG slipcase, with two thin scuffs to the rear board, and one scuff at the head of the spine; the slipcase exhibits wear to the exterior, and has matching red leather trim. Although the limitation statement suggests that 26 copies were reserved for presentation purposes, in 1949 a number of newspapers reprinted an interview with the bookbinder Gaston Pilon in which he stated that one of his prized possessions was a letter from Eisenhower thanking him for hand-binding ‘35 special, goatskin leather-covered volumes’ of this book. The sumptuous deluxe binding features a handsome gilt-banded spine with the title, year, and author in gilt; and the front cover has Eisenhower’s ‘flaming sword’ motif in silver and gilt. Chronicling the heroic American effort during World War II, Crusade in Europe is widely considered one of the finest American military biographies. A superior presentation copy, twice-signed and gifted by Eisenhower to one of his most significant aides. From the collection of Brigadier General Robert L. Schulz, longtime military aide to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Starting Bid $2,500
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The hands of Dwight D. Eisenhower, cast by Dr. Adrian E. Flatt in 1963 1061. Dwight D. Eisenhower Hand Casts. Only three of these casts exist in the entire world, and only one set is available to the public market and to private collectors. Exceptionally rare cast of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s hands, created in 1963 by Dr. Adrian E. Flatt and presented to Ike’s longtime aide Robert L. Schulz. These exist as one of three extant casts of Eisenhower’s hands created from the original molds. The others are institutionally housed: one is exhibited as part of the ‘Adrian E. Flatt, M.D., Hand Collection’ at Baylor University Medical Center, and the other is believed to belong to the Eisenhower Foundation/Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. The molds were destroyed following the production of the three casts. The life-sized, bronze-finish, hollow hands are displayed upon a 12˝ x 12˝ Lucite base, with a small typed nameplate: “Dwight D. Eisenhower, President U.S. 1952–1960.” Eisenhower’s right hand is mounted vertically, ready to extend a handshake, while his left hand is displayed horizontally, as if resting on a desk. In fine condition.
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The molds of Eisenhower’s hands were taken by Dr. Adrian E. Flatt, a renowned hand surgeon, on a railway car in 1963, during a visit by the Eisenhowers to Mamie’s home in Boone, Iowa. Dr. Flatt describes his process in his article ‘On Casting Hands’: ‘Casting is simple and takes about 15 minutes of a subject’s time. A negative cast is made from alginate…The alginate sets to a rubbery consistency, and the hand can easily be withdrawn without spoiling the impression...I use methyl methacrylate to make a hollow cast that does not weigh very much…The casts of the hands of 7 US presidents are of different sizes. President Eisenhower’s hands show, as he had said, evidence of playing football at West Point.’
Accompanied by photocopied correspondence to and from Brig. Gen. Robert L. Schulz discussing the history of the casts and their production. On August 29, 1963, Dr. Flatt wrote: “At long last I will shortly be dispatching to you your own personal copy of President Eisenhower’s hands.” One month later, Dr. Flatt reported: “I am happy to reassure you that the only copies which exist are those which are present here in the Steindler Library at the University of Iowa, the copies that you have and the third set which we ultimately hope to present to the Eisenhower foundation but which as yet have not been worked upon by our artist. The original mold has already been destroyed.”
After creating the positive casts, Dr. Flatt shipped them to an artist in Delaware to receive their distinctive bronzed finish. In addition to Eisenhower and six fellow presidents, Dr. Flatt’s subjects included Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong, Wilt Chamberlain, Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Yeager, Louis Armstrong, Jonas Salk, Katharine Hepburn, and dozens of other figures of prominence.
Boasting superb provenance from the collection of Brig. Gen. Robert L. Schulz, who served as Eisenhower’s close aide from 1947 to 1969, and existing as the only pair of Ike’s hand casts to remain in private hands, these are a truly remarkable relic of one of the great figures of the 20th century: with these hands, Eisenhower won World War II in Europe, stemmed the tide of Communism, created the interstate highway system, and expanded the American middle class. Starting Bid $500
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Amazing archive of documents that saved Jewish lives in WWII—including two signed by Sweden’s heroic diplomat
1064. Raoul Wallenberg. Extraordinary
archive of seven significant documents associated with the rescue of Hungarian Jews during World War II, including two signed by legendary humanitarian diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Includes: a scarce two-language Schutz-Pass issued to Oscar Kallai on August 23, 1944, quickly signed by Raoul Wallenberg with an ink scribble “R” (as he commonly did on documents of this type); a two-language “legitimation” document certifying George Vertes as a member of the Swedish Red Cross, issued on November 4, 1944, signed in the lower right corner in fountain pen by Wallenberg, with both the “R” and the “W” legible; a two-language document confirming the application for entry clearance by Endre Peisner for the issuance of a “Schutzpass,” no date, bearing stamped signatures of Wallenberg at the conclusion of each section; a four-language document issued by the Swedish Red Cross at Budapest, issued on November 3, 1944, ordering the protection of Elena Makay; a document ordering the protection of Gabor Vadas, issued by the by the Swedish Red Cross on November 4, 1944; a rare hardcover multilingual passport booklet issued by the Swedish Red Cross to Gjorgi Karolyi on November 15, 1944; and a document signed by the Vatican’s Apostolic Papal Nuncio in Budapest, Angelo Rotta, issued on November 21, 1944, providing for the protection of Gyula Szekfu. In overall very good to fine condition. As a whole, this is an extraordinary archive that represents the tireless, heroic efforts in Hungary to outwit the Nazis and save countless lives. Starting Bid $2,500
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Plans for his Emalia stamping factory— the essence of Schindler’s ‘Factory of Life’ 1065. Oskar Schindler’s 1943 Factory Blueprints. His-
torically important carbon or printed engineering plans in German that outline in great detail the specifics for Schindler’s stamping factory at Emalia, on a large 44.5 x 27 sheet, dated November 15, 1943. These construction schematics show various angles of the exterior sides of the building as well as the foundation, T-joints, and supports. Plans bear a stamp to the lower right that reads, “SiemensBauunion G.m.b.H., Konstructionburo Krakau,” endorsed below in an unknown hand. Framed to an overall size of 50 x 33. In well-preserved, fine condition, with intersecting storage folds and a few small chips and tears to the lower left (not affecting any diagrams). Lot is accompanied by a detailed report by historian David Crowe. Schindler’s enamelware manufacturing company had been operating at his Krakow plant, called ‘Emalia,’ for four years when he contracted with Siemens-Bauunion in the spring of 1943 to construct a large, hangar-style building to be used as a stamping facility-the building referenced and depicted in these plans. Constructing the stamping factory was part of Schindler’s larger idea to increase the size of his Jewish work force at Emalia, where he was also building a new sub-camp to house the growing number of Jewish workers. The stamping facility, which was the largest building at Emalia, became the centerpiece of the complex. Without the plans for it, Schindler would have been unable to convince Amon Goeth and the SS to allow him to continue building a separate sub-camp-Goeth, who ran the nearby Plaszow concentration camp, had an arrangement with Schindler that allowed him to employ the Jewish prisoners. While those detained at Plaszow were in constant fear for their lives under Goeth’s sadistic reign, Schindler’s complex offered a safe haven, where they had improved access to food and medicine, could worship freely, and did not need to live in terror. Consequently, if the famous Schindler’s lists of the fall of 1944 can be called ‘the lists of life,’ then the Siemens-Bauunion stamping factory can be called the ‘factory of life,’ since without it Schindler would not have been able to construct his sub-camp that ultimately housed 1000 Jewish workers. Most attention to the story of Oskar Schindler centers on the preparation of his lists in the fall of 1944, which paved the way for the transfer of 1000 Jews from Plaszow to Schindler’s new factory in what is now the Czech Republic-however, the real essence of the Schindler story centers around the construction of the Siemens-Bauunion stamping factory and sub-camp at Emalia, where he began in earnest his efforts to save hundreds of Jews from death during the Holocaust. Oversized. Starting Bid $5,000
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A contrite and introspective “Malcolm Little” petitions for penal transfer 1067. Malcolm X Autograph Letter Signed. Very early ALS signed “Malcolm Little,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, no date but circa June 1946. Letter to “Mr. Dwyer,” the Massachusetts Commissioner of Corrections, written from Charlestown State Prison. Little hopes to appeal the decision of a board which denied his request to transfer to the State Prison Colony in Norfolk. His eloquence and bold reasoning skills are evident even at this early age. In full: “I’m serving eight to ten years here in state prison for house freaking. I am twenty years old and this is my first time in a penal institution. I have been here since Feb. 27th of this year and have been looking forward to being transferred to Norfolk. I was interviewed by the board two weeks ago and I’ve just been informed that they have turned me down because at one time I was a user of ‘reefer.’ They never could have found that out without me telling them, and now, because I did not hesitate to tell the truth I have to suffer for something in the past. I thought that all prisoners were sent there and then if they proved undesirable they were returned here. If I am to be condemned, after I’ve admitted my own guilt, to do all of my time here, what chance will I have to make parole. If, at the present time they think that I don’t deserve the chance of going to Norfolk, which is still a prison, what reason could I have for trying to get paroled again among people in the street when I am not fit to mix even with convicts in Norfolk. If I have the wrong idea I’m terribly sorry but if one can tell the truth and suffer, it will only lead one on to lie instead and I think a liar is much lower than any thief. It takes a man to admit his faults even though he will have to suffer for it. Please don’t think I’m trying to white wash myself. I realize that I have committed a crime and must pay. I only ask that I be given the same chance as any young man gets until I prove unworthy. Norfolk has all the sports and other things that will make one’s time go by faster, and any body else by age would also want to be there. I don’t want any favors. I just want the chance to be where I can leave to do something that will also occupy my mind while I am here.
If I was sent to Norfolk and then returned as an undesirable I would not expect any consideration from the parole board. I want to do what is right if I will be given the chance. I’m sorry if I’ve taken too much of your time but now that I’ve at least tried to better my environment, even if I don’t succeed, my mind will be more at ease.” In fine condition. Malcolm Little was found guilty of larceny and breaking and entering in 1946, and began serving his eightto-ten year sentence at Charlestown State Prison in February. He made efforts to reform and educate himself while there, and with his sister Ella began a letter-writing campaign in hopes of getting transferred to the Norfolk Prison Colony (today known as MCINorfolk)—it had not only “all the sports and other things,” but offered broader educational opportunities that did not exist in Charlestown. He ultimately found success, and was transferred to Norfolk on March 31, 1948. In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he described the colony as ‘comparatively, a heaven, in many respects,’ observing: ‘Norfolk Prison Colony represented the most enlightened form of prison that I have ever heard of. In place of the atmosphere of malicious gossip, perversion, grafting, hateful guards, there was more relative ‘culture,’ as ‘culture’ is interpreted in prisons. A high percentage of the Norfolk Prison Colony inmates went in for ‘intellectual’ things, group discussions, debates, and such.’ He joined the weekly debate team, where he honed his oratorical skill, and devoted much of his time to studying in the prison library. Most importantly, it was during his sentence that Malcolm discovered the Nation of Islam. In August 1952, after seven years served, Malcolm Little left prison as Malcolm X, a devout member of the Nation of Islam and a committed disciple and pupil of Elijah Muhammad. This remarkable, incredibly early letter reveals his thought process at the start of his sentence in prison—the crucible that formed him into the outspoken leader that he would become. Starting Bid $1,000
“What reason could I have for trying to get paroled again among people in the street when I am not fit to mix even with convicts in Norfolk”
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Thoreau ponders the wonders of the natural world
1068. Henry David Thoreau. Sought-after handwritten manuscript contained within the first volume of the 1906 ‘manuscript
edition’ of Thoreau’s works, one page both sides, 7.5 x 9.5, apparently being his journal entry from August 24, 1854. In part: “They appeared to suffer more than any trees, except the white ash. Their leaves (and also those of the alders, hickories and grapes, and even oaks more or less) were so curled on the upper 3/4 of the trees, that their foliage had a singularly glaucous hue. Seen at a distance in rows along the river, they had somewhat of the same effect with the silvered tip of the swamp white oak. The sight suggested a strong wind constantly blowing and turning up their leaves. I went ashore & felt of them. They were more or less crisped & curled permanently. It suggested that, to a slight extent, occurs every year. On the Cliffs, so many young trees & bushes were withered, that from the river, it looked as if a fire had run over them.” The sheet is professionally inlaid into a larger sheet, which was subsequently bound into the first volume of the twenty-volume set The Writings of Henry David Thoreau. Manuscript edition, limited issue, numbered 555/600. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906. Hardcover, 6.25 x 9, 435 pages. The other volumes of the set are not included. Book condition: G+/None, with ex-library labels and markings. Autographic condition: very good, with possible reinforcement to a long diagonal crease, and old tape repairs to splitting along the central horizontal fold. Fifty years after Thoreau’s death in 1862, his manuscripts passed through a few hands until they were inherited by E. Harlow Russell. He then negotiated with publisher Houghton Mifflin to sell the literary rights of Thoreau’s unpublished journals, also selling at least six-hundred pages of his original manuscripts to the firm. These were then broken up and included, one page at a time, in the first book of each copy of this enormous twenty-volume limited ‘manuscript edition’ set. This example resembles the published versions of his journal from August 1854, but does not correspond exactly as the compilers took editorial liberties. Offering outstanding observations on nature, this is an ideal Thoreau piece of the utmost desirability. Starting Bid $1,000
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Tolkien sends a calligraphic quote from Lord of The Rings: “The Road goes ever on and on...” 1069. J. R. R. Tolkien Autograph Quotation Signed and Autograph Letter Signed. An extraordinary pairing of an ALS and calligraphic AQS by J. R. R. Tolkien, both incorporating his iconic quote: “The Road goes ever on and on.” The ALS is signed “J. R. R. Tolkien,” one page both sides, 5.25 x 7, personal Merton College letterhead, no date but circa 1973. The author writes to Mr. Hodgson, opening with apologies for the delay in responding, due to illness. He goes on: “With regard to the copy of the verses: I expect that it is only the first version L.R. I 44,82, and not also the final version III 266 that you wish for. Do you wish for a copy in my normal hand in a more careful form (as here) or something more ‘calligraphic’ in intention? But I warn you that neither will be very beautiful. My ageing hands are now losing their steadiness, and such moderate skill as they ever had.” The author then proceeds to practice the verse in question beneath his signature, in a more calligraphic hand: “The Road goes ever on and on,” then, “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began.” The complete AQS, neatly accomplished in calligraphy by Tolkien on an off-white 6.5 x 5.5 sheet, in full: “The Road goes ever on and on / down from the door where it began. / Now far away the Road has gone / and I must follow if I can, / Pursuing it with eager feet, / until it finds some larger way / Where many paths and errands meet. / And whether then? I cannot say.” Neatly double-matted and framed with an identification card to an overall size of 11 x 13.5. In overall fine condition. Tolkien’s “The Road Goes Ever On” first appears in chapter 19 of The Hobbit, where it is recited by Bilbo Baggins. It then appears three times (and in three different versions) in The Lord of the Rings. Extremely rare and desirable in this format. Starting Bid $5,000
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A rare trio from Puccini— “Boheme,” “Butterfly,” and “Tosca” 1070. Giacomo Puccini Autograph Musical Quotations Signed. Extraordinary triple AMQS
on a light blue 6.25 x 9.75 sheet of his personal letterhead, inscribed at the top in fountain pen to “Jandor Klein,” and signed at the conclusion, “Giacomo Puccini, 2.1.08.” Puccini pens brief musical quotations from his three most beloved operas, writing the titles above: “Boheme,” “Butterfly,” and “Tosca.” Addressed on the reverse in Puccini’s hand. While other single AMQS from Puccini have sold in the past, this is the only document we know of where he inscribes scores for all three famous operas, making it a truly amazing and incredibly rare piece of history. Archivally double-matted and beautifully framed using museum quality glass with a photo of Puccini to an overall size of 13 x 23.25. In very good to fine condition, with mailing folds, some light creasing, and faint staining along the left edge. Immensely desirable and undoubtedly one-of-a-kind, this unprecedented triplet of musical quotations represents the sum of Puccini’s most renowned, revered, and towering masterpieces. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Starting Bid $500
1071. Beatles Signed Photograph. Rare vintage glossy 6.5 x 8.5 promotional photo of the Beatles taken in Paris by Dezo Hoffman in January of 1964, showing the band as they pose with a statue on the balcony of the George V Hotel, signed in blue ballpoint by John Lennon and George Harrison, and in black ballpoint by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. In very good to fine condition, with an area of surface scratching and rubbing to Ringo’s right sleeve and George’s jacket. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, who notes that these “signatures date from mid 1964, and are excellent examples from this period.” Starting Bid $1,000
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The Beatles transfer stocks in July 1969 as Abbey Road nears release 1072. Beatles (4) Signed Stock Transfer Forms.
Significant set of four stock transfer forms individually signed by a member of the Beatles in black ballpoint— ”George Harrison,” “John Lennon,” “Paul McCartney,” and “R. Starkey”— each one page, 8 x 13, stamp-dated July 30th, 1969. These transfer agreements represent a decision by the band to transfer an equal number of shares of Triumph Investment Trust stock to the brokerage house Whyte, Brecher, & Gasc Ltd., with each form indicating a transfer amount of 735 shares; these shares were the Beatles’ holdings as a result of the sale of NEMS Publishing to Triumph earlier in 1969. Each document also includes each band member’s home address, as well as a stamp from Triumph Investment Trust, Ltd., and embossed tax seals dated August 13, 1969. In overall fine condition, with trivial loss to the lower right edge of the McCartney document. When these agreements were signed, the Beatles were in EMI Studios putting the finishing touches on their final album, Abbey Road. In fact, on the very same day these forms were signed, Lennon recorded lead guitar overdubs on ‘Come Together’ and the band completed their first full mix-down on the famous Abbey Road medley. Roughly one week later, on August 8, 1969, the band would participate in the photo shoot that resulted in the iconic Abbey Road album cover. Beatles signatures appearing on anything from the year 1969 are both scarce and extremely desirable. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Starting Bid $1,000
1073. Beatles: John Lennon Typed Letter Signed. Uncommon TLS, one page, 8 x 10, January 1972. Letter addressed to the secretary of Performing Right Society Ltd., in full: “I hereby authorise and request you to forward to Mr. J. W. Clement copies of statements and supporting details showing the computation of sums due to me from your society. Mr. J. W. Clement is the Receiver and Manager of Maclen (Music) Ltd., and his address is Robson, Rhodes & Co., 24–28 Moorgate, London EC2R 6EA.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Starting Bid $300
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Extremely rare Double Fantasy album signed by Lennon and Ono days after its release—less than three weeks before the Chapman murder
1074. Beatles: John Lennon. Double Fantasy promotional album signed
and inscribed on the back cover in thin black felt tip, “For Allan, love, John Lennon” and “Yoko Ono.” In fine condition, with some light edge creasing. The record is included. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from Perry Cox and Frank Caiazzo, who writes: “This LP cover was signed for photographer Allan Tannenbaum, who took [a] series of images of John in late November of 1980 for the ‘SoHo News’ newspaper, including a well known photograph of John sitting at his desk in his office while autographing a stack of ‘Double Fantasy’ album covers. Autographed ‘Double Fantasy’ album covers are quite rare and immensely desirable and this is an excellent example, with great provenance.” Additionally, Cox notes that this album is indeed one of the Double Fantasy albums signed “at their home office on November 21, 1980 after the historic photo session in Central Park,” a distinction he believes elevates this album as “one of the most historic John Lennon / Yoko Ono signed items in existence.” 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. In addition to the stack of Double Fantasy albums signed at his ‘Studio One’ home office, Lennon also signed a copy for his would-be assailant some six hours before his tragic death. This item was signed by John and Yoko on November 21st, 1980. John was photographed signing the album sitting at his desk by Soho Weekly News photographer Allan Tannenbaum. 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. An unthinkably rare piece from the final days of Lennon’s life. Accompanied by a photocopy of the original letter of provenance from Allan Tannenbaum. Starting Bid $5,000
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1075. Beatles: John Lennon 1975 WFIL Poster. Uncommon original 17 x 23
poster for the WFIL “Helping Hand Marathon” held between May 16–18, 1975, which lists an ‘in person’ appearance by “Special Guest Star John Lennon.” The poster features an image of Bob Gruen’s famous photo of Lennon seated atop a New York City rooftop on August 29, 1974, with additional poster text below reading: “Plus Many Other Recording Stars / Live—From WFIL/WPVI Parking Area / Meet WFIL and WPVI Personalities / Free Entertainment, Free Refreshments / Starting 6 P.M. Friday May 16 and continuing until midnight Sunday May 18, 1975 and… IT’S ALL FREE.” In fine condition, with trivial loss to the upper left corner tip. From May 16-18, 1975, the Philadelphian rock station WFIL and the advocacy organization PARC cosponsored the Helping Hand Marathon, a weekend fundraiser to raise money for multiple sclerosis. Lennon spent the entire three days answering phones, taking pledges, and meeting fans; he even stayed long enough to do the weather report for WPVI-TV. Starting Bid $200
Hendrix attends the ‘Sounds ‘68’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall 1076. Jimi Hendrix Signed ‘Sounds ‘68’ Program.
Scarce vintage program for the ‘Sounds ‘68’ concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 7, 1968, eight pages, 8.5 x 10.5, signed on the front cover in black ballpoint by Jimi Hendrix. In very good to fine condition, with light staining, moderate handling wear, and a central vertical fold. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, which reads, in part: “This Jimi Hendrix autograph was obtained by myself and my mother on Sunday 7 July 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Jimi was in the audience watching the show, seated behind us in one of the lower boxes. My mother was in the music business at the time and would frequently get tickets to a lot of music shows which she would take me to, even though I was only 11 years old and wasn’t always happy to go. People were going to get Jimi’s autograph while he was sitting down, but we managed to get his autograph on leaving when we were walking out. We saw him outside as he was waiting with his entourage for a taxi. My mum would always remark how polite he was and looking at me said ‘fans were getting younger.’” Amid finishing touches on Electric Ladyland, and a day after performing at the Woburn Music Festival, Hendrix played the part of spectator at the ‘Sounds ‘68’ concert, a Keystone fundraiser for the National Association of Boys’ Clubs. The concert was headlined by The Move and featured other acts like The Byrds, The Easybeats, The Bonzo Dog Band, Joe Cocker, and The Alan Bown. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Starting Bid $300
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Extraordinary Atom Heart Mother album fully signed by Pink Floyd, with an amazing illustration by the drummer
1077. Pink Floyd Signed Album. German pressing of the Atom Heart Mother album by Pink Floyd, signed prominently on the inner gatefold by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason, who has creatively added “Best wishes from the great Pink Floyd” against an incredible sketch of a mountainous landscape with fighter planes, hot air balloons, and a bird flying overhead. Mason continues his illustrations by adding the band’s name in large block lettering, with the upper left of the “P” defended by two stick figures from a long line of attackers scaling the side; the right side shows more stick figures climbing the “K” with rope and planting a flag on top; the base of the “N” features a winding ravine; and each letter in “Pink” spells out the phrase: “Deep Purple in Rock.” Other drawings by Mason include: a pyramid; a gravestone with cowboy boots; a pair of cats, with a thought bubble above one reading: “Oh what!! Steak again?”; and a man wearing a hat with an arrow through his neck looking to the mountains and saying: “There’s gold in them thar hills.” An unknown hand has struck through the name of Norman Smith in the credits and added “Steve O’Rourke.” In fine condition. The record is included. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Jeff Gold of Recordmecca, which reads, in part: “This album was signed near the time of the album’s release for a European EMI Records executive; we purchased it from a collector who obtained it directly from the original recipient. This is by far the most complex and impressive signed Pink Floyd album we’ve seen; in fact we haven’t ever seen a signed album from any artist as impressive as this.” An astounding album boasting an extensive drawing by Nick Mason that he really spent time on for an EMI executive, along with huge vintage signatures of the band from 1970 when the album was first released. A truly amazing piece that stands as possibly the greatest signed and illustrated album by any band. Starting Bid $2,500
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Zeppelin play Belgium in June 1980, three months before Bonham’s death 1078. Led Zeppelin Signed 1980 Ticket Stub. Sought-after light
green 2.75 x 3.5 ticket stub for a Led Zeppelin concert at Vorst Nationaal in Forest, Belgium on June 20, 1980, signed in blue ballpoint by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. Includes an unused red guest pass for Zeppelin’s 1980 European Tour, 3 x 4, with upper portion bearing a notation of June 21, 1980, the date of the band’s stop in Rotterdam, Holland. In fine condition. A warm-up for a planned tour of the United States, Led Zeppelin’s 1980 Tour Over Europe was the last concert tour the English rockers would ever undertake. The band played a total of 14 relatively low-key shows between June 17 and July 7, 1980, with the majority of dates occurring in West Germany. The band’s morale was high following the final concert and preparations for Led Zeppelin’s return to America began soon thereafter. However, the death of 32-year-old drummer John Bonham on September 25, 1980, derailed any such plans and the surviving members of Led Zeppelin would not play again for a live audience until their record-breaking reunion show on December 10, 2007. To date, with more than 500 Led Zeppelin concerts performed, this is the only fully-signed concert ticket to surface for sale, made particularly desirable by the timing in relation to Bonham’s untimely death. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Starting Bid $1,000
“One Love, All the Best, Bob Marley, Jah Guide” 1079. Bob Marley Signed Album. Babylon by Bus album by Bob Marley and the Wailers, signed and inscribed on the front cover in blue felt tip, “To Mayinara, One Love, All the Best, Bob Marley, Jah Guide.” In fine condition. The records are included. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from JSA and REAL. Starting Bid $1,000
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Prince’s VOX guitar with custom graphics, played in a Swiss studio in 2013 1080. Prince’s Personally-Owned and -Played VOX Electric Guitar. Prince’s personally-owned and -played VOX HDC-77 semi-
hollow body electric guitar from the 3RDEYEGIRL era, featuring a colorful custom-made psychedelic graphic overlay sticker on the front, an image which features two sets of plump glowing lips. Prince used this particular guitar during his recording session at Powerplay Studios in Maur, Switzerland, in July 2013; after the session, Prince left his guitar behind in lieu of payment for the session. Andreas Kuhn, a noted analog audio technician, then received the guitar for his services in repairing the studio’s tape machine. Prince had spontaneously decided to record at Powerplay Studios after a concert in Montreux, only to find that its Studer A-800 multichannel tape machine was broken. He said he would return to record the next day, and Kuhn was summoned to the studio for an emergency repair. Kuhn managed to successfully fix the machine after a twelve-hour ‘firefighting’ campaign, and it was ready by the time Prince returned. This episode was covered by the Berner Zeitung (a Swiss German-language newspaper), and in the Memoriav Bulletin of November 2013. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the present owner, a friend of Andreas Kuhn who acquired the guitar from him. Starting Bid $5,000
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Steve McQueen’s personally-annotated script for The Great Escape
View additional images online at www.RRAuction.com 1081. Steve McQueen’s Annotated Script for The Great Escape. Steve McQueen’s personally-owned and -used annotated script for the classic 1963 war film The Great Escape, 8.5 x 11, 191 numbered pages, custom leatherbound by the California Bookbinding Co., gilt-stamped on the front, “The Great Escape, Steve McQueen.” An opening page in an unknown hand identifies the principal actors and director. The script is profusely annotated throughout in ballpoint and pencil, much of which is in McQueen’s own hand. On the title page, McQueen writes out comments on several different scenes: “Scene 613: Could he show a bit more of Hilts, and relationship with Ramsey,” “Scene 234: Might be good place for me to sneak out.—maybe before scene 239 could be time for Hilts to sneak in for piano wire,” “Scene 151: scene I think needs rewriting, lacks certain individuality for Hilts…scene is all a bit to easy.” Throughout the rest of the script, he makes notes on dialogue and stage direction; his character’s lines are frequently circled. In one instance, he modifies the line, ‘I haven’t a train to catch,’ to be more informal, “I don’t have to worry about catching a train”; in another, he strikes through line and notes, “Should show fact they understand each other rather than over flattery.” Opposite two yellow revision pages in the center of the script, he continues the commentary on scenes: “Scene 343 (Pick Up Shots): If I use push-ups in the beginning—need something new here…I think it would be better to show Hilts back at a new type of therapy,” “Scene 349: Never show Hilts get
out of cooler. If there is a shot of him getting out could be something else quick but showing, like complete escape plan on wall, to confuse Germans” and “Scene 359: Again need more involvement, as Hilts was substantiated as being a man who thinks up all sort of ideas for Escape, now suddenly has stopped thinking, Idea about dispersing dirt was originally, as you had told me was for Hilts…I think it is important that Hilts has some of the situation that Jim has, keeping Germans from finding tunnel.” Similar notes appear on the script’s last page, for example: “Scene 448: Spreading dialogue thin again would like to finish thought in scenes, if possible,” “Scene 492: I know that Hilts is hard to write for but, this is good instance, where a chance to show Hilts character is thrown away. Maybe we could think of something to show a little more of Hilts specific personality.” Below, he notes: “Would like to discuss end!” In fine condition, with pages evidently trimmed during the re-binding process, affecting some of the handwritten annotations. Starting Bid $5,000
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1082. Bobby Fischer Signed 1958 Portoroz Interzonal Tournament Program. Magnificent
original FIDE (World Chess Federation) program for the Interzonal Chess Tournament held in Portorozˇ, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia between August 4 and September 14, 1958, 20 pages, 5.75 x 8.75, signed inside below his image in red ballpoint by Bobby Fischer, who crosses out the name of Lothar Schmid below and adds “Poul Benko [sic].” The program is signed inside in pencil and ink by 19 other competitors from the tournament, including: Yuri Averbakh, David Bronstein, Rodolfo Cardoso, Boris de Greiff, Miroslav Filip, Géza Füster, Svetozar Gligoric´, Bent Larsen, Aleksandar Matanovic´, Oleg Neikirch, Fri<eth>rik Ólafsson, Ludek Pachman, Oscar Panno, Tigran Petrosian, Héctor Rossetto, Raúl Sanguineti, James Sherwin, László Szabó, and Mikhail Tal. The program is also signed by chess arbiters Harry Golombek and Vladimir Vukovic´. In fine condition, with general handling wear, and light stains to the bottom edges of some of the pages. Starting Bid $200
Rare circa 1985 Saint Laurent design sketch from the collection of Vogue’s fashion director 1083. Yves Saint Laurent Signed Sketch. Original circa 1985 signed sketch of a large-format dress-and-jacket design of a redheaded model wearing a long purple scarf and slimfitting plaid outfit, accomplished in graphite, colored pencil, and colored felt tip on an off-white 17.25 x 21.25 sheet of artist’s paper, prominently signed in the lower right in purple felt tip by Saint Laurent. Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 22.5 x 28. In fine condition. Consignor notes that the sketch originates from the collection of June Weir Baron, a fashion historian and journalist who worked at several influential publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. A marvelous oversized sketch from the rarely encountered French fashion designer. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Starting Bid $1,000
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Magnificent original Picasso drawing, presented to the wife of photographer Lucien Clergue 1084. Pablo Picasso Signed Original Sketch.
Superb original mixed media artwork by Pablo Picasso, accomplished on an off-white 9.5 x 12 sheet of artist’s paper using felt-tip pen, pastels, and flower pigment, inscribed at the top in black felt tip to the wife of photographer Lucien Clergue, “Pour Yolande,” and dated and signed at the bottom, “20.8.65, Picasso.” The stunning abstract image shows a face, and/or two faces in profile. Apparently, after completing the felt-tip drawing, Picasso used a bunch of gladioli to add color to the image, causing a pleasing halo effect of water staining around the edges of the page. He then added additional color using pastels. Handsomely framed in dark wood to an overall size of 17.25 x 19.75. In fine condition, with dampstaining to the perimeter which very slightly brushes the signature and the date. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist’s son, Claude Picasso. Pablo Picasso and Lucien Clergue first met in 1953, outside the bull ring in Arles, France, and the two formed a friendship that would last until Picasso’s death in 1973. The pair collaborated on several projects, and Picasso complimented his work: ‘Clergue’s photographs are from God’s own sketchbooks.’ Clergue’s autobiographical book, Picasso My Friend, looks back on important moments of their relationship. This original piece of artwork by Picasso, boasting excellent provenance and enhanced by this association between fellow artists, is truly extraordinary. Starting Bid $10,000
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Rare manuscript notes by Burton, with incredible hand-drawn map of the Great African Lakes
1085. Richard Francis Burton Handwritten Manuscript. Very rare
handwritten manuscript by Richard Francis Burton, unsigned, seven total pages, 4.5 x 7, Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall stationery. Penned in his difficultto-decipher hand, the manuscript features copious historical and geographical notes related to Burton’s various travels and studies, with particular emphasis placed on the east coast of the African continent. On one of the sheets, Burton has integrated a wonderfully detailed hand-drawn map of the region covering Tanzania, Mozambique, the Congo, and Kenya, which locates various prominent waterways and lakes such as Lake Albert, Lake Victoria, and Lake Tanganyika, which Burton has centrally located on the map. Burton also makes reference to various publications throughout, which includes titles like “The Catenati Cultures of Sicily” and “The Life of Prince Henry of Portugal” by Richard Henry Major. In fine condition. In June 1857, Burton and John Hanning Speke embarked on an expedition from Zanzibar that would carry them west into mainland Africa in search of an ‘inland sea’ and the possible discovery of the source of the Nile River. Aided by guides and porters and following the traditional trade route to Tabora, the party made their way to the town of Ujiji and soon thereafter cemented themselves as the first Westerners to reach the banks of the massive Lake Tanganyika. Both men were in grievous condition upon their arrival, however, with Speke virtually blind and unable to properly view the lake, and Burton barely capable of walking due to a bout of malaria, an illness that prevented him from joining Speke on his journey northward to Lake Nyanza, which he would rename as Lake Victoria. Starting Bid $300
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“Tis now the very witching hour of night”—garden sundial crafted by Tiffany’s during the 1920s 1086. Tiffany Studios Bronze Garden Sundial.
Remarkable Shakespeare-themed bronze garden sundial with corresponding hour plaques crafted by Tiffany Studios in New York during the 1920s, commissioned by William Leonard Benedict, banker and partner of Kidder, Peabody & Co., first installed in Duxbury, Massachusetts, then Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The central sundial is circular, 18.5˝ in diameter, with a compass rose at center with directional markers, and 8.75˝ tall triangular gnomon in the form of panpipes. The dial is framed by a scroll marking hours of the day in Roman numerals, inscribed with a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “’Tis now the very witching hour of night.” The disc-shaped hour marker plaques measure approximately 7˝ in diameter, and feature Shakesperian quotes relating to the hour (includes extra, slightly different plaques for hours IIII, IX, and X). The quotes are as follows: I. “The bell then beating one”—Hamlet II. “Sure, Luciana, it is two o’clock”—Comedy of Errors III. “The clock hath stricken three”—Julius Caesar IIII. “How far into the morning is it, Lords? Upon the stroke of four”—Richard III IIII. “How far into the days is’t now my Lords? Upon the stroke of four”—Richard III V. “At five o’clock I shall receive the money for the same”—Comedy of Errors VI. “How’s the day? On the sixth hour”—Tempest VII. “Let’s see. I think ‘tis now some seven o’clock”—Taming of the Shrew VIII. “The eighth hour be that the uttermost”—Julius Caesar IX. “My Lord, it’s nine o’clock”—Richard III IX. “It’s supper time, my Lord, it’s nine o’clock”—Richard III X. “It is ten o’clock, thus we may see how the world wags”—As You Like It X. “Ten o’clock within these three house twill be time enough to go home”—All’s Well That Ends Well XI. “Eleven o’clock the hour”—Merry Wives of Windsor XII. “What hour now? It think it lacks of twelve”—Hamlet In fine condition, with the plate of the sundial misshapen with some losses to the patina and oxidation/discoloration in places due to weathering. The original installation had the sundial surrounded by a pool of water, with the plaques mounted upon an outer circular stone wall. Proper readings of the sundial depended on determining the exact latitude and longitude during installation. Starting Bid $5,000
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First edition of Chinese series of enormous prints celebrating the Emperor’s conquests in Sichuan 1087. Emperor Qianlong ‘Battle Copper Prints’ Suite.
Qianlong, Emperor of China. [Pingding Xiyu zhantu]. Suite of engravings representing the military campaigns at the conquest of Jinchuan. [Beijing, Wu Ying Ting Press], 1778– 1785. Suite of 13 (out of 16) large copper-engraved plates (each measuring approximately 34˝ x 19.75˝), laid down on slightly larger sheets with painted brown borders, with a printed poem in Chinese within each plate (based on Qianlong Emperor’s own personal commentary on the battles). Later morocco-backed and cornered marbled boards, cloth ties. Chinese issue, following the Paris printing of 1755–59. The “Battle Copper Prints” are a series of prints from copper engravings dating from the second half of the 18th century. They were commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty, who ruled from 1735 to 1796. They depict his 1772–76 military campaigns, led by General A-Kuei, against the Jinchuan tribes in China’s inner provinces and along the country’s frontiers in the ethnically Tibetan mountain regions of Szechuan. The master illustrations for the engravings were large paintings executed by European missionary artists employed at that time at the court in Beijing. They included the Jesuits Giuseppe Castiglione (1688–1766), Jean- Denis Attiret (1702–68), and Ignaz Sichelbarth (1708–80), as well as the Augustinian missionary Giovanni Damasceno Sallusti (d. 1781). The engravings of the first set of 16 paintings were not produced in China but in Paris, at that time home to the best European artisans working in this technique. The Emperor even decreed that the work must emulate the style of the Augsburg engraver Georg Philipp Rugendas (1666–1742), whose work he knew. Small-scale copies of the paintings by Castiglione and his Beijing colleagues were sent to Paris to be transferred onto copperplates, printed, and then sent back to China, along with the plates and prints. Later sets of engravings were executed in Beijing by Chinese apprentices of the Jesuits and differ markedly in style and elaborateness from those of the Paris series. In the history of Chinese art, copper-print engraving remained an episode. Qianlong’s “Battle Copper Prints” were just one of the means the Manchu emperor employed to document his campaigns of military expansion and suppression of regional
unrest. They served to glorify his rule and to exert ideological control over Chinese historiography. Seen in their political context, they represent a distinct and exceptional pictorial genre and are telling examples of the self-dramatization of imperial state power. Later campaigns of Qianlong which were similarly commemorated include Taiwan (1786–88), Annam or Vietnam (1788), Gurkhas invasion of Tiber (1790), and Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan (1795–1796). The striking plates comprising this set appear to be examples of the Chinese versions printed later, with Chinese text within the plates and technical and stylistic differences which differ greatly from the earlier Paris ‘westernized’ versions executed under the supervision of the accomplished Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715–90). Such a large complement from this suite of sixteen from the Chinese printing is extremely rare: while copies of the earlier Paris printing have appeared on the market (a complete set sold at Christie’s Paris, on 29 Oct. 2012), we have been unable to trace a comparable copy of the Chinese issue. The Getty Research Institute owns a suite depicting one of Qianlong’s last print commissions, produced nearly 30 years after the first series, the “Ping ding Kuoerke zhan tu” (“Pictures of the Campaigns against the Gurkhas”), which likewise stands out as a highly unusual example of Chinese images executed with European graphic techniques. The Getty’s suite is the only complete set in American public collections of this later work. The Taipei Palace Museum has a complete set of this series with the Chinese text apparently of the same issue. One plate with short marginal tear, otherwise in fine condition. From the collection of Jean R. Perrette. Literature: Shiqu Baoji, Imperial Catalogue. Chuang Chi-fa, Taipei Palace Museum – Ten Military Campaigns of Qianlong Emperor. W. Fuchs, in: Monumenta Serica, 4 (1939-40), p. 122. Paul Pelliot, “Les ‘Conquêtes de l’Empereur de la Chine’”, in: Toung pao 20 (1921), pp. 183-274. S. L. Shaw, Imperial printing, p. 22. Takata Tokio, “Qianlong Emperor’s Copperplate Engravings of the ‘Conquest of Western Regions’”, in: The Memoirs of the Tokyo Bunko 70 (2012). Starting Bid $25,000
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Alfred Nobel directs dynamite production in Italy 1088. Alfred Nobel Autograph Document Signed.
Interesting partially handwritten and twice-signed document in French, signed “Alfred Nobel” and “A. Nobel,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 10.75, January 24, 1873, in which Nobel gives permission for the production of dynamite in Italy. The agreement entails that a company (“anonymous Italian society for the production of dynamite”) is to be founded, in which Alfred Nobel will receive 1,200 shareholdings, while the other shall receive 340 shareholdings. Nobel concludes by clarifying that this agreement does not, in any way, restrict the Nobel patent for the dynamite. The first page and a half, written in another hand, in full (translated): “Gentlemen, To confirm, as is necessary, the commitment toward you that I entered following the action of April 29, 1872 concerning the formation of an anonymous Italian society for the production of dynamite, for which you guaranteed the subscription of social capital, which project was followed by a new act signed this day, I hereby declare formally that I am obliged to hand over to you, Gentlemen, the following.” Here, the distribution of the 340 shares is outlined. The letter continues, in part: “It remains understood, Gentlemen, that these 340 dividend shares will be paid out to you on the day the anonymous Italian Society will be able to deliver them, against the 1200 that are designed for me and my contribution.” The concluding portion, written in Nobel’s hand (the first portion in ink over pencil), in full (translated): “Good for three hundred and forty dividend shares of the anonymous Italian Dynamite Society against the twelve hundred shares assigned to me by the Society’s action on January 24, 1873. Alfred Nobel, P.S. It is understood that my signature under this letter and on the action of the Society today in no way grants the right to Mr. Carstens and Mr. Boardmann to file for a patent of an invention that was mine, whether on their own or via a proxy. A. Nobel.” In fine condition, with a crease to the lower right corner, and a light stain at the bottom of the hinge. Letters and documents by Nobel are very rare, especially when the word “dynamite” is mentioned. This document does not only mention ”dynamite,” it’s strictly about dynamite, which is what defined his life and legacy. In 1888, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel—famed as the inventor of dynamite—was shocked to read his own obituary in a French newspaper: ‘The Merchant of Death is Dead,’ the headline read, ‘Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.’ It was a case of mistaken identity, his brother Ludvig having actually passed. Given this rare opportunity to witness the way he would be remembered, Nobel resolved to change his legacy. He secretly rewrote his will, directing his fortune toward the establishment of annual prizes to be granted to ‘those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind’ in the realms of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. He directed that the prizes for physics and chemistry be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and expressly wished for there to be ‘no consideration be given to nationality, but that the prize be awarded to the worthiest person.’ Alfred Nobel succeeded in redefining his legacy—today, the Nobel Prize is recognized around the world as one of humanity’s highest honors.Starting Bid $2,500
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1089. Nobel: Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget Stock Certificate. Stock certificate for shares in the explosives manufacturing firm founded by Alfred Nobel, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9 x 11.5, issued on April 7, 1915, to his nephew Emanuel Nobel. Signed at the bottom in fountain pen by seven company officials. The second page logs the transfer of ownership of the shares from 1915 to 1976, in which the company’s name change from “Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget” to “Nitro Nobel AB” can be observed. In fine condition, with two punch holes. Emanuel Nobel was the son of Ludvig, Alfred Nobel’s brother whose death had been misreported as his own. It is extremely rare to have a Nobel stock certificate issued to a Nobel family member. In 1888, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel—famed as the inventor of dynamite—was shocked to read his own obituary in a French newspaper: ‘The Merchant of Death is Dead,’ the headline read, ‘Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.’ This prompted him to secretly rewrite his will so that he would be remembered otherwise, dedicating his fortune to the establishment of a prize to honor those who have conferred great benefits upon mankind. Despite family quarrels, Emanuel Nobel played a fundamental role in supporting the execution of his uncle’s will. Starting Bid $200
1090. Unissued c. 1902 Bronze Nobel Prize Medal. Rare unissued Nobel Prize medal produced in an extremely limited edition circa 1902, struck from bronze by the Swedish Royal Mint, featuring the same design used on the Nobel Prize medals for Physics and Chemistry. These unissued medals were written about in the book by the Swedish Royal Coin Cabinet, “Nobel Medals” (Lars O. Lagerqvist, 2001), p. 22: ‘A few were struck c. 1902, in silver, silver gilt and bronze for museums and collectors.’ Designed by Erik Lindberg, the medal measures 66 mm in diameter (identical to awarded Nobel Prize medals), and weighs 108 gm (awarded medals are heavier, as they were struck from 23K gold prior to 1980). The obverse features a bust portrait of Alfred Nobel facing left, inscribed with his name in relief, “Alfr. Nobel,” as well as his birth and death dates of 1833 and 1896, “Nat. MDCCCXXXIII, Ob. MDCCCXCVI.” Engraved in the lower left with the artist’s name and date, “E. Lindberg, 1902.” The reverse features an allegorical vignette of the figure of Science unveiling the face of Nature, with the Latin legend in relief above, “Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes.” The tablet at the bottom is left blank, but would be engraved with the recipient’s name and date on awarded medals. In fine condition, with a few minor nicks and scratches. Starting Bid $200
1091. Unissued c. 1980s Gilt Nobel Prize Medal. Unissued Nobel Prize medal produced in the 1980s, engraved “Förgyllt 23K” on the bottom edge (indicating that it is plated in 23K gold), featuring the same design used on the Nobel Prize medals for Physics and Chemistry. Designed by Erik Lindberg, the medal measures 66 mm in diameter (identical to awarded Nobel Prize medals), and weighs 118 gm (post-1980 awarded medals are heavier, as they feature an 18K electrum base with 24K gold plating); the base metal of this example is not indicated. The obverse features a bust portrait of Alfred Nobel facing left, inscribed with his name in relief, “Alfr. Nobel,” as well as his birth and death dates of 1833 and 1896, “Nat. MDCCCXXXIII, Ob. MDCCCXCVI.” The lower left bears the artist’s name and date, “E. Lindberg, 1902.” The reverse features an allegorical vignette of the figure of Science unveiling the face of Nature, with the Latin legend in relief above, “Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes.” The tablet at the bottom is left blank, but would be engraved with the recipient’s name and date on awarded medals. In fine condition. Starting Bid $200
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Hawking on the hunt for gravitational waves and the birth of his daughter 1092. Stephen Hawking Typed Letter Signed. Exceedingly rare TLS signed
“Stephen,” one page, 8 x 9.75, University of Cambridge, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics letterhead, November 10, 1970. Letter to physicist Charles W. Misner, a professor at the University of Maryland, in full: “A student of mine, Gary Gibbons, will be attending the A.P.S. meeting in New Orleans from November 23rd to 25th, where he will report on the British work on the design and construction of gravitational wave detectors. We think that, without the use of liquid helium, we can improve the sensitivity by a factor of 100. The first of these detectors should be operating before the end of the year, and the second one at Reading should follow soon after.
As he is getting his fare paid to New Orleans I thought that Gary might as well stay on and attend the relativistic astrophysics meeting Austin. I asked Howard Laster to write to Weber to try and arrange for Gary to visit Maryland for a few days after the New Orleans meeting. Weber replied that he was very busy and would not be able to devote more than a very short time to showing Gary round. However, although Gary has devoted quite a time to the design of gravitational wave detectors, he is primarily a theoretician and is interested in the problem of how much gravitational radiation would be emitted by a collapsing object. He would very much like to have an opportunity to discuss this with you and Brill. I wonder, therefore, if you could possibly arrange for Gary to spend several days at Maryland and reassure Weber that he will not have to devote all his time to him. We have now got a little girl who was born last Monday. Her name is registered as Catherine Lucy, though we will probably call her Lucy. She looks quite like Robert did when he was born but she is a bit plumper. She is very well behaved and causes very little trouble. Give my regards to Susanne and the children. Hope to see you in Austin.” In fine condition, with some light creasing. A remarkable letter in which Hawking writes about the hunt for gravitational waves (finally detected in 2016), asks his correspondent to aid his doctoral student Gary Gibbons (today an accomplished theoretical physicist), and announces the birth of his daughter (Catherine Lucy, who indeed goes by Lucy today). Diagnosed with early-onset motor neurone disease in 1963, Hawking’s physical capabilities deteriorated over time—his shaky hand evinced in this signature of seven years later—making authentic autographs exceedingly scarce. Confined to a wheelchair by the end of the 1970s, he opted to sign with just a thumbprint later in life. As an incredibly rare autograph from one of the towering scientific figures of the 20th century, with profound scientific and personal content, this is a truly spectacular letter. Starting Bid $10,000
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Apple award recognizing “ten years of creativity,” signed by Steve Jobs
1093. Steve Jobs. Rare Apple Computer ten-year award plaque presented to Suzanne Lindbergh in 2000, 6 x 12, signed at the bottom in black felt tip, “Steve Jobs.” The text reads: “This ten-year plaque recognizes those who have contributed a decade of personal achievement to Apple’s phenomenal success. Apple honors you not only for your talent, enthusiasm, and energy, but also for your ten years of creativity and career commitment. We hope you continue to believe, as we do, that the journey in itself is the best reward.” The display’s plastic glaze has “Ten” elegantly etched in vertical italicized lettering. Framed and in fine condition, with some light rippling. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This plaque was issued shortly after Jobs returned to Apple, and is one of few authentically signed examples— the company soon transitioned to facsimile signatures on the anniversary awards. A member of Apple’s innovative marketing department, Lindbergh spent 25 years at the company, rising to ‘Worldwide Director of Buzz Marketing’ before leaving in 2013. In that role, she was in charge of product placement of Apple devices in movies and television shows. A supremely desirable Apple award signed by the company’s innovative co-founder. Starting Bid $1,000
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The Aero Club of France honors Wilbur in 1908 Vintage French-language menu for a dinner organized by the Aero Club of France in honor of Wilbur Wright, held in the Automobile Club de France in Paris on November 5, 1908, measuring 9.5 x 12.25, signed to the left of an image of a Wright flyer in fountain pen. Lower portion of menu reads (translated): “After dinner, an hour of cinematography: The Stages of Aviation in France (Films of the Gaumont, Pathe and Eclipse houses).” Affixed to a same-size sheet of cardstock and in fine condition, with trimmed edges, a central horizontal crease, and a few other scattered creases. Starting Bid $500
1094. Wilbur Wright Signed Menu.
Huge photo of Buzz on the moon: “110:31:48: Aldrin: and right in this area there are two craters” 1095. Buzz Aldrin Signed Photograph.
Impressive color glossy 20 x 16 full-length photo of Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 mission, his visor showing a small reflection of the photographer, Commander Neil Armstrong, signed in black felt tip, “’110:31:48: Aldrin: and right in this area there are two craters,’ Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI LMP, July 20, 1969.” In very good to fine condition, with some scattered light surface creasing. A hugely sought-after oversized and unpersonalized example of what is perhaps the most iconic image of the Apollo program. Aldrin’s addition of the mission transcript is, in our experience, unique—a truly superb example. Starting Bid $300
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Crew-signed presentation of an Apollo 11 lunar-flown American flag, presented to Aldrin’s family friend 1096. Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Lunar Flown Flag Presentation and Buzz Aldrin Typed Letter Signed. Amazing flown
6 x 4 fabric American flag carried to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, affixed to a glossy 12.5 x 10.5 certificate beside an Apollo 11 mission patch, signed at the bottom in ink by the complete crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. The certificate reads, “This U.S. Flag Was Carried To The Moon On Board Apollo 11, The First Manned Lunar Landing, July 20, 1969, presented to,” with an ornate hand-painted calligraphic inscription, “Larry Marron.” The crewmen and their flight assignments are identified below their signatures. Buzz Aldrin personally presented this certificate to Larry Marron at Marron’s home in Ridgewood, NJ; Aldrin’s father-inlaw was employed by the Marrons in their family oil business. The years-long association between Aldrin and Marron is further shown in a TLS signed “Buzz Aldrin,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 31, 1966, to “Mr. and Mrs. Larry Marron.” In part: “Jim Lovell and I are looking forward to the launching of Gemini XII on the afternoon of November 9 at Cape Kennedy. I hope that you will be able to witness the launch as my guests… Jim and I are expecting to enjoy a memorable afternoon at Complex 19, and I hope that you will be able to share it with us.” In very good to fine condition, with some creasing to the display, toning to the flag edges from the adhesive used to mount it, and Aldrin’s signature a few shades light; the accompanying letter shows light creasing and toning, and old tape stains along the top and bottom edges. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from Zarelli Space Authentication for both pieces, as well as two letters of provenance from Peter C. Marron, explaining their history. In part: “I am the nephew of Larry Marron. This certificate was given to him in person by Buzz Aldrin at Larry’s home in Ridgewood New Jersey. Buzz’s first wife was Joan Archer. Her father was Michael Archer who worked for Larry most of his adult life in the Marron family oil businesses in New Jersey. Larry and his wife Dorothy became friends of Buzz through their relationship with Joan Archer Aldrin. Sometime after Larry’s passing, Dorothy moved into our home in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. It was when she was living with us that she gave this certificate along with…a letter dated October 31, 1966 inviting my aunt and uncle to the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launching of Gemini XII, to my son Peter C Marron, Jr.” A superior example of a flown American flag brought on man’s first lunar landing mission, boasting exquisite provenance. Starting Bid $10,000
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The rarest Apollo-flown Robbins medallion, carried on man’s last lunar voyage
1097. Ed Gibson’s Apollo 17 Flown Robbins Medal. Rare and historic flown sterling silver Apollo 17 Robbins medal,
approximately 1.25? in diameter, featuring a raised design of the mission insignia on the face. The reverse is encircled with raised text, “America-Challenger, Apollo XVII, The Beginning,” and is engraved with the launch date of December 6, 1972, the moon landing date of December 11, 1972, and the reentry date of December 19, 1972. The medal is serial numbered “F44” on the edge. Encapsulated and graded by NGC as “MS 67,” with the label noting the provenance, “Ex: Ed Gibson.” This is one of the most sought-after and difficult-to-obtain of all the Apollo flown medals, as only eighty were flown on man’s final voyage to the moon—the fewest carried on any Apollo mission. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by astronaut Ed Gibson, in part: “The Space Medallion that accompanies this Certificate is from my personal collection. It was flown on the Apollo XVII mission. I have been its sole owner, and it has been in my possession since being acquired directly from the mission’s flight crew during the time I was an active astronaut.” Starting Bid $5,000
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The Splendid Splinter’s last contract— $60,000 in 1960
1098. Ted Williams 1960 Boston Red Sox Signed Player Contract (Last Season). Contract, signed “Theodore Williams,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, March 1, 1960. Ted Williams’s last contract, in which he agrees to render “skilled services as a baseball player during the year 1960” for the Boston Red Sox, for a salary of $60,000. Signed at the conclusion in ink by Ted Williams, “Theodore Williams”; American League President, former Red Sox Star, and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Cronin, “Joseph E. Cronin”; and Boston General Manager and fellow Hall of Famer Bucky Harris, “S. R. Harris.” In fine condition.
After a disappointing 1959 season in which Ted Williams hit .254 with ten homers, nearly everyone—including Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey—expected him to retire. However, the great hitter didn’t want to end his career on a sour note, and opted to return for a swan song in 1960. In signing this deal, he insisted on taking a 30% pay cut because of his recent underperformance. In 1960, he had a far more successful season, batting .316 with 29 homers, earning a spot on the All-Star team by merit rather than recognition as he had the year before. The most memorable moment came in in his very last at-bat on September 28, 1960, when he fittingly hit a home run—the 521st of his career. As the capstone contract from the Ted Williams’s legendary Hall of Fame career, this is a truly remarkable piece of baseball history. Starting Bid $10,000
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CONDITIONS OF SALE ANYONE EITHER REGISTERING TO BID OR PLACING A BID (“BIDDER”) ACCEPTS THESE CONDITIONS OF SALE AND ENTERS INTO A LEGALLY, BINDING, ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENT WITH R&R AUCTION COMPANY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LLC (“RR AUCTION,” TOGETHER WITH BIDDER, THE “PARTIES”). The following terms and conditions (“Conditions of Sale”) constitute the sole terms and conditions under which RR Auction will offer for sale and sell the property described in the catalog of items for auction (the “Catalog”). These Conditions of Sale constitute a binding agreement between the Parties with respect to the auction in which Bidder participates (the “Auction”). By bidding at the Auction, whether in person, through an agent or representative, by telephone, facsimile, online, absentee bid, or by any other form of bid or by any other means, Bidder acknowledges the thorough reading and understanding of all of these Conditions of Sale, all descriptions of items in the Catalog, and all matters incorporated herein by reference, and agrees to be fully bound thereby. This acknowledgement is a material term of these Conditions of Sale and of the consideration under which RR Auction agrees to these terms. RR Auction and Auction: This Auction is presented by RR Auction, a d/b/a/ of R&R Auction Company of Massachusetts, LLC, as identified with the applicable licensing information on the title page of the Catalog or on the www.RRauction.com Internet site (“RRauction.com”). The Auction is conducted under these Conditions of Sale. Announcements and corrections from the podium at live auctions and those made through the Conditions of Sale appearing on the Internet at RRauction. com supersede those in the printed Catalog. Bidder: Bidder shall mean the original Bidder on the property offered for sale by RR Auction and not any subsequent owner or other person who may acquire or have acquired an interest therein. If Bidder is an agent, the agency must be disclosed in writing to RR Auction prior to the time of sale, otherwise the benefits of the warranty shall be limited to the agent and not transferable to the undisclosed principal. The rights granted to Bidder under these Conditions of Sale are personal and may not be assigned or transferred to any other person or entity, whether by operation of law or otherwise without the express written assent of RR Auction. Bidder may not transfer, assign, or otherwise convey these Conditions of Sale or any of the rights herein, and such purported transfer, assignment, or conveyance shall be null and void. No third party may rely on any benefit or right conferred on any Bidder by these Conditions of Sale, and no third party is intended as a beneficiary of these Conditions of Sale. Bids will not be accepted from minor persons under eighteen (18) years of age without a parent’s written consent containing an acknowledgment of the Conditions of Sale herein and indicating their agreement to be bound thereby on behalf of the Bidder. All Bidders must meet RR Auction’s qualifications to bid. Any Bidder who is not a client in good standing of RR Auction may be disqualified at RR Auction’s sole option and will not be awarded lots. Such determination may be made by RR Auction in its sole and unlimited discretion, at any time prior to, during, or even after the close of the Auction. RR Auction reserves the right to exclude any person from the Auction. If an entity places a bid, then the person executing the bid on behalf of the entity agrees to personally guarantee payment for any successful bid. By accepting the Conditions of Sale, Bidder personally and unconditionally guarantees payment. Credit: In order to place bids, Bidders who have not established credit with RR Auction must either furnish satisfactory credit information (including two collectiblesrelated business references) or supply additional information if requested, well in advance of the Auction. Bidders who are not members of RRAuction.com should pre-register before the close of the Auction to allow adequate time to contact references. Credit will be granted at the discretion of RR Auction. Additionally Bidders who have not previously established credit or who wish to bid in excess of their established credit history may be required to provide their social security number, or the last four digits thereof, so a credit check may be performed prior to RR Auction’s acceptance of a bid. Check writing privileges and immediate delivery of merchandise may also be determined by pre-approval of credit based on a combination of criteria: RRAuction.com
history, related industry references, bank verification, a credit bureau report and/or a personal guarantee for a corporate or partnership entity in advance of the Auction venue. Buyer’s Premium: The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a 25% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price on all individual lots sold in timed and live Auctions. Buyer’s premium for our Sports Auctions is 20%. For payment other than by cash, delivery will not be made unless and until full payment has been received by RR Auction, i.e., check or wired funds have fully cleared. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, signed by RR Auction, payment in full is due within thirteen (13) calendar days of the Auction or within twelve (12) calendar days of the invoice date, whichever is later. Bidding: Each Bidder’s determination of its bid should be based upon its own examination of the item(s), rather than the strict reliance as to what is represented in the Catalog, online or elsewhere. In any purchase or sale, the value of the item(s) is determined by the price. THE BIDDER HEREBY ASSUMES ALL RISKS OF VALUATION CONCERNING ANY AND ALL PURCHASES. RR AUCTION IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ERRORS IN BIDDING. A Bidder should make certain to bid on the correct lot and that the bid is the maximum (plus the Buyer’s Premium) that the Bidder is willing and able to pay. Since other Bidders (by mail, facsimile, online, and in person) will be present, and since a re-offering could damage the momentum of the sale, once the hammer has fallen and RR Auction has announced the winning Bidder, such Bidder is unconditionally bound to pay for the lot, even if the Bidder has made a mistake. All prospective Bidders who examine lots in person prior to the sale shall personally assume all responsibility for any damage they cause in so doing. RR Auction shall have sole discretion in determining the value of the damage caused, which shall be promptly paid by the prospective Bidder. Title to any lot remains with Consignor, any secured party of the Consignor, or assignee of Consignor, as the case may be, until the lot is paid for in full by Bidder. RR Auction reserves the right to require payment in full before delivering any lot to the successful Bidder. It is the Bidder’s responsibility and obligation to have the lots fully insured while in their possession. Bidder assumes any and all RISK OF LOSS once the lot(s) is in Bidder’s possession. Bidder grants to RR Auction or its assigns the right to offset any sums due, or found to be due by RR Auction, and to make such offset from any past, subsequent or future consignment, or items acquired by Bidder in possession or control of RR Auction or from any sums due to Bidder by RR Auction. Bidder further grants RR Auction a purchase money security interest in such sums or items to the extent applicable, and agrees to execute such documents as may be reasonably necessary to grant RR Auction such security interest. Bidder agrees that RR Auction and its assigns shall be a secured party with respect to items bought by Bidder and in the possession of RR Auction, to the extent of the maximum indebtedness, plus all accrued expenses, until the indebtedness is paid. By bidding in this sale, Bidder personally and unconditionally guarantees payment. The authorized representative of any corporate Bidder who is present at the sale shall provide RR Auction or its agent, prior to the commencement of the bidding (or at the time of registration), with a statement signed by a principal, director or officer that they he or she personally and unconditionally guarantees any payment due RR Auction. RR Auction may at its sole and absolute discretion, make loans or advances to Consignors and/or prospective Bidders. In the event of a successful challenge to the title to any goods purchased pursuant to these Conditions of Sale and the exclusive remedies provided herein, RR Auction agrees to reimburse any Bidder in an amount equal to the successful bid price actually paid by Bidder at auction plus any Buyer’s Premium actually paid, in full and complete satisfaction of all claims, which once tendered by RR Auction, relieves and releases RR Auction from any responsibility whatsoever to the Bidder, even if the instrument is not cashed or is returned. Bidding Options: Non-Internet bids (including but not limited to in-person, facsimile, phone and mail bids) are treated similarly to floor bids in that they must be on-increment. Any in-person, facsimile, phone, or mail bids that do not conform to a full increment will be rounded up or down to the nearest full increment and this revised amount will be considered Bidder’s high bid.
When identical mail or facsimile bids are submitted, preference is given to the first received. To ensure the greatest accuracy, written bids should be entered on the standard printed bid sheet and be received at RR Auction’s place of business at least twenty-four (24) hours before the Auction start. RR Auction is not responsible for executing mail bids or facsimile bids received on or after the day the first lot is sold, nor Internet bids submitted after the published closing time; nor is RR Auction responsible for proper execution of bids submitted by telephone, mail, facsimile, e-mail, Internet, or in person once the Auction begins. In all Auctions, bids on an item must raise the current high bid by at least 10%, or as specified on a per-Auction basis. Bids will be accepted in whole dollar amounts only. No “buy” or “unlimited” bids will be accepted. In a live sale, bids on an item can change at the discretion of RR Auction. RR Auction reserves the right to accept or decline any bid. Bids must be for an entire lot and each lot constitutes a separate sale. All bids are per lot unless otherwise announced. Live auction lots will be sold in their numbered sequence unless RR Auction directs otherwise. It is unlawful and illegal for Bidders to collude, pool, or agree with another Bidder to pay less than the fair value for lot(s). For live auctions, RR Auction will have final discretion in the event that any dispute should arise between Bidders. RR Auction will determine the successful Bidder, cancel the sale, or re-offer and resell the lot or lots in dispute. RR Auction will have final discretion to resolve any disputes arising after the sale and in online auctions. If any dispute arises, RR Auction’s sale record is conclusive. Payment: Subject to fulfillment of all of the Conditions of Sale set forth herein, upon the sooner of (1) the passing of title to the offered lot pursuant to these Conditions of Sale, or (2) possession of the offered lot by the Bidder, Bidder thereupon (a) assumes full risk and responsibility (including without limitation, liability for or damage to frames or glass covering prints, paintings, photos, or other works), and (b) will immediately pay the full purchase price or such part as RR Auction may require. In addition to other remedies available to RR Auction by law, RR Auction reserves the right to impose from the date of sale a late charge of 1.5% per month of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. All property must be removed from RR Auction’s premises by the Bidder at his/her expense not later than thirty (30) business days following its sale and, if it is not so removed, RR Auction may send the purchased property to a public warehouse for the account, at the risk and expense of the Bidder. Payment is due upon closing of the Auction session, or upon presentment of an invoice. RR Auction reserves the right to void an invoice if payment in full is not received within thirteen (13) calendar days of the Auction or within twelve (12) calendar days of the invoice date. In cases of nonpayment, RR Auction’s election to void a sale does not relieve the Bidder from their obligation to pay RR Auction its fees (seller’s and Buyer’s Premium) on the lot and any other damages pertaining to the lot. All sales are strictly for cash in United States dollars (including U.S. currency, bank wire, cashier checks, eChecks, and bank money orders), and are subject to all reporting requirements. All deliveries are subject to good funds; funds being received in RR Auction’s account before delivery of the Purchases; and all payments are subject to a clearing period. RR Auction reserves the right to determine if a check constitutes “good funds”: checks drawn on a U.S. bank are subject to a ten (10) calendar day hold, and ten (10) business days when drawn on an international bank. Clients with pre-arranged credit status may receive immediate credit for payments via e-Check, personal or corporate checks. In the event that a Bidder’s payment is dishonored upon presentment(s), Bidder shall pay the maximum statutory processing fee set by applicable state law. If Bidder attempts to pay via check and the financial institution denies the transfer from Bidder’s bank account, or the payment cannot be completed using the selected funding source, Bidder agrees to complete payment. If RR Auction refers any invoice to an attorney for collection, the Bidder agrees to pay attorney’s fees, court costs, and other collection costs incurred by RR Auction. If RR Auction assigns collection to its house counsel, such attorney’s time expended on the matter shall be compensated at a rate comparable to the hourly rate of independent attorneys. RR Auction shall have a lien against the merchandise purchased by the Bidder to secure payment of the Auction invoice. RR Auction is further granted a lien and the right to retain possession of any other property of the Bidder then held by RR Auction or its affiliates to secure payment of any Auction in-
voice or any other amounts due RR Auction or affiliates from the Bidder. With respect to these lien rights, RR Auction shall have all the rights of a secured creditor, including but not limited to the right of sale. In addition, with respect to payment of the Auction invoice(s), the Bidder waives any and all rights of offset he might otherwise have against RR Auction and the consignor of the merchandise included on the invoice (the “Consignor”). If a Bidder owes RR Auction or its affiliates on any account, RR Auction and its affiliates shall have the right to offset such unpaid account by any credit balance due Bidder, and it may secure by possessory lien any unpaid amount by any of the Bidder’s property in their possession. All checks, cashiers checks, bank checks, or money orders are payable to R&R Auction Company of Massachusetts, LLC. Sales Tax: RR Auction is a remote seller and we are now required to collect Sales/Use Tax from our bidders. The states that we have nexus in we will be required to collect and remit sales tax on your behalf. Each state has different requirements to meet nexus. When RR Auction has achieved a certain monetary and/ or invoice threshold in each state we will apply sales tax to your total invoice. Please go to our terms on our website to see the states that are affected. If we have not achieved nexus in a particular state it is still your responsibility to pay sales tax on your purchases. The sales tax rate is determined by the State, Country, and City where purchases are shipped to. If you decide to pick up your purchases at our New Hampshire location you will not be required to pay sales tax. The State of New Hampshire does not have a general sales and use tax. All purchases picked up at our Massachusetts location will be taxed at the current rate of 6.25%. Pennsylvania sales or use tax may be due in connection with the purchase and delivery of tangible personal property to Pennsylvania individuals and businesses. The purchaser is required to file a use tax return if tax is due in connection with the purchase and delivery in the Commonwealth. This notice is required pursuant to the provisions of the Tax Reform Code of 1971. 72 P.S. § 7213.2. If you have a resale number please email Sue@RRAuction.com or fax to (603) 732-4288 a copy of your state resale certificate and you will be exempt from paying sales tax. Delivery; Shipping; and Handling Charges: Bidder is liable for shipping and handling. RR Auction is unable to combine purchases from other auctions or affiliates into one package for shipping purposes. Lots won will be shipped in a commercially reasonable time after payment in good funds for the merchandise and the shipping fees is received or credit extended, except when third-party shipment occurs. Bidder agrees that service and handling charges related to shipping items which are not pre-paid may be charged to a credit card on file with RR Auction. Successful international Bidders shall provide written shipping instructions, including specified Customs declarations, to RR Auction for any lots to be delivered outside of the United States. NOTE: Declaration value shall be the item’(s) hammer price and RR Auction shall use the correct harmonized code for the lot. Domestic Bidders on lots designated for third-party shipment must designate the common carrier, accept risk of loss, and prepay shipping costs. Title: Title shall not pass to the successful Bidder until all invoices are paid in full. It is the responsibility of the Bidder to provide adequate insurance coverage for the items once they have been delivered to a common carrier or third-party shipper.
Rights Reserved: RR Auction reserves the right to withdraw any lot before or at the time of the Auction, and/or to postpone the Auction of all or any lots or parts thereof, for any reason. RR Auction shall not be liable to any Bidder in the event of such withdrawal or postponement under any circumstances. RR Auction reserves the right to refuse to accept bids from anyone. Conducting the Auction: RR Auction reserves the right to postpone the Auction or any session thereof for a reasonable period of time for any reason whatsoever, and no Bidder or prospective Bidder shall have any claim as a result thereof, including consequential damages. RR Auction’s Discretion: RR Auction shall determine opening bids and bidding increments. 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 Auction’s 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. 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. 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. 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 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 property in RR Auction’s possession owned by such 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. Warranties: 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 or other intellectual property (including exhibition or reproduction rights) or whether the property is subject to any limitations or other rights. RR Auction does not make any representation or warranty as to title. 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 determining 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. 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. 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 “Certification of Authenticity”), to the exclusion of any other warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to those pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code. The Certification of Authenticity inures only to the original Bidder (as shown in RR Auction’s records). Bidder may not transfer, assign, or otherwise convey the Certification of Authenticity, and such purported transfer, assignment, or conveyance shall be null and void. The Certification of Authenticity is valid from date of the Auction in which Bidder was awarded the lot (the “Auction Date”) until five (5) years after the Auction Date, without exception. 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. Limitation of Damages: In the event that RR Auction is prevented for any reason from delivering any property to Bidder, or Bidder is otherwise dissatisfied with the performance of RR Auction, the liability, if any, of RR Auction, shall be limited to, and shall not exceed, the amount actually paid for the property by Bidder. In no event shall RR Auction be liable for incidental, special, indirect, exemplary or consequential damages of any kind, including but not limited to loss of profits, value of investment or opportunity cost. 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 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. Bidder’s Remedies: Under no circumstance will RR Auction incur liability to a Bidder in excess of the purchase price actually paid. This section sets forth the sole and exclusive remedies of Bidder in conformity with the Warranties and Limitation of Damages provisions of these Conditions of Sale, and is expressly in lieu of any other rights or remedies which might be available to Bidder by law. 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, in 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 shall 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, RR Auction shall disclose the identity of the Consignor to Bidder and assign to Bidder all of RR Auction’s rights against the Consignor with respect to such lot or property. Upon such disclosure and assignment, all responsibility and liability, if any, of RR Auction with respect to
said lot or property shall automatically terminate. RR Auction shall be entitled to retain the premiums and other amounts paid to RR Auction - this remedy is as to the 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. If Bidder wishes to challenge the AC within the period of the Certification of Authenticity, Bidder must present written evidence that the lot is not authentic as determined by a known expert in the field. If RR Auction agrees that the lot is not as represented, Bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be a refund of their purchase price, with no other costs, liabilities or amounts recoverable. If RR Auction does not agree with the claim by Bidder, then the Parties shall follow the dispute resolution procedures of these Conditions of Sale. Any such challenge concerning an AC or Certification of Authenticity must, without any exception, be brought within one (1) year of Bidder’s notice to RR Auction of Bidder’s contention that the lot was not authentic, or six (6) years from the Auction Date, whichever is sooner. If the description of any lot in the Catalog is materially incorrect (e.g., gross cataloging error), the lot is returnable 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. If there is any discrepancy between the description in the Catalog and the AC, then the description in the AC shall control. 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. NO RETURN OR REFUND OF ANY AUCTION LOT WILL BE CONSIDERED EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THESE CONDITIONS OF SALE. 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. Headings: Headings are for convenience only and shall not be used to interpret the substantive sections to which they refer. Entire Agreement: These Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the parties together with the terms and conditions contained in the 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 of competent jurisdiction, the remaining sections or terms and provisions of a section shall continue in full force and effect without being impaired or invalidated in any way. Governing Law and Enforcement The Parties agree that any 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. The Parties agree that these Conditions of Sale, and any other related agreement(s) are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard for its conflict of laws principles. The Parties agree that any dispute 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 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 be entitled to recover all of its related costs, whether before or after the formal
institution of the Arbitration, including but not limited to its reasonable attorneys’ fees and, if RR Auction prevails, the Buyer’s Premium as defined in these Conditions of Sale. The Parties agree that Bidder shall have no right to recover consequential or indirect damages, or lost profits damages. The Parties consent to the enforcement of the decision in the Arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act in either the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Except as provided in Bidder’s Remedies with regard to the Certification of Authenticity, any dispute, claim, cause of action related to or arising out of these Conditions of Sale or any other agreement(s) between the Parties must be brought within one (1) year of the acts, omissions or circumstances giving rise to the alleged claim, without exceptions. This provision is intended as a full, complete and absolute release of any claims after one (1) year of such acts, omissions or circumstances. The Parties agree further that these waiver provisions are intended to be binding on all parties in the event of any dispute, specifically including but not limited to third party claims and cross-actions brought by either RR Auction or Bidder. These provisions are consideration for the execution of these Conditions of Sale. 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. Notwithstanding the foregoing, RR Auction may, in its sole discretion, enforce its rights pursuant to these Conditions of Sale in the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts rather than in an Arbitration related to or arising out of any Auction of an item sold for less than $10,000. This right shall relate to the individual item price, such that RR Auction may, in its sole discretion, enforce its rights pursuant to these Conditions of Sale in the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts rather than in an Arbitration for items that in the aggregate exceed $10,000. The prevailing Party in such a proceeding shall be entitled to recover all of its related costs, whether before or after the formal institution of the proceeding, including but not limited to its reasonable attorneys’ fees and, if RR Auction prevails, the Buyer’s Premium as defined in these Conditions of Sale. This right of enforcement is unique to RR Auction, and these Conditions of Sale are a waiver by the Bidder of any right to enforcement or adjudication outside of an Arbitration.
CONDUCT OF AUCTION 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). 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. 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. Maximum Bids – 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. 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. 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. Bidding—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. 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. 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 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 con-
signor to protect the reserve. 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. 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. 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.
GLOSSARY OF CONDITION TERMS For decades, RR Auction has led the industry in providing an accurate and detailed condition statement for each item that we sell. Starting in 2016 we’ve decided to take a fresh approach to describing each item’s condition. As our website and catalog images continually improve, and bidders can see obvious details from those excellent images, we’ve decided to simplify things, using the same terminology to describe an item’s overall condition (on an ascending scale of 1 to 4: good, very good, fine, very fine), but only adding specific details, if any, that would not be obvious from the illustration. VERY FINE describes an item 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 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 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 with 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 exceedingly rare or important. Of course we’re more than happy to provide more in-depth information about any item via phone or email. We hope this new system will make for easier reading and a more pleasant bidding experience.
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