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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in rr auctions


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U2 Signed Island Records Joshua Tree-era publicity photo

Semi-glossy 10 x 8 Island Records Joshua Tree-era publicity photo, signed in blue ballpoint, “Bono ’87,” “Edge,” and “Adam,” and in blue felt tip, “Larry.” In very good to fine condition, with scattered creases and surface marks. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 31, 2014 in U2


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Charles Lindbergh Signed Flown airmail cover

Desirable airmail cover with a stamped horseshoe cachet reading “Lindbergh Again Flies the Airmail,” signed in the upper left in fountain pen, “C. A. Lindbergh.” Postmarked St. Louis, Missouri, February 20, 1928. Small stains and stray ink marks, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from Henry Breckinridge, dated November 30, 1927. Breckinridge worked closely with Lindbergh for years and was by his side throughout the developing story of his son’s kidnapping; he went on to serve as Lindbergh’s representative at the trial. Lindbergh flew a series of special airmail flights over his old route on February 20 and February 21, 1928, to raise awareness of the airmail service. Lindbergh and two other pilots flew between St. Louis and Chicago, with each piece of mail they carried receiving this special ‘horseshoe’ stamp. The demand for these covers was so high that three planes were needed to carry it all, but the Post Office Department assured everyone that Lindbergh at least took each plane for a trip around the airfield, so each piece of mail got flown by him. A fascinating piece of aviation history. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Charles Lindbergh


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James Bond Goldfinger complete lobby card set

(United Artists, 1964). Rare and very desirable complete set of original lobby cards for the 1964 James Bond classic, Goldfinger. Each card measures 14 x 11, with all eight featuring Sean Connery as James Bond, two featuring Odd Job, and two featuring Goldfinger himself. In very fine condition, with small tack or staple holes to a few of the cards and a couple trivial corner tip creases. A scarce offering from what is widely considered the best of all the Bond films. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in James Bond


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Johannes Brahms publishing contract for five of Brahms’s works

Famed German composer (1833–1897) whose works in the classical spirit, written in the midst of the Romantic era, take a place among the most enduring music of the 19th century. Rare partly-printed DS in German, signed “Johs Brahms,” one page, 9.5 x 9, March 1, 1869. A contract between Brahms and his publisher, N. Simrock, in which he signs over the rights to four vocal works, Opus 46 to 49 inclusive, as well his vocal/orchestral work Rinaldo (Opus 50). Affixed to a same-size card. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and trimmed edges. A wonderful document concerning his work at a time that Brahms was emerging as Europe’s foremost composer. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Johannes Brahms


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Benjamin Franklin Revolutionary War–dated LS signed

Revolutionary War–dated LS signed “B. Franklin,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9, Passy, France, December 13, 1781. Letter to his son-in-law, Richard Bache. In full: “I received yours of June 20. It gave me great Pleasure, as it inform’d me of the Welfare of yourself and the dear Family. I am glad Ben’s Profile got safe to hand. I assure you it is very like him. He is well. I have read Mr. Wharton’s Pamphlet. The Facts, as far as I know them, are as he states them. Justice, is, I think, on the Side of those who contracted for the Lands; But moral and political Right sometimes differ; and sometimes are both subdued by Might. I received and thank you for several Copies of the Indian Spelling Book. I received also the German and English News Papers. The Newton Pippin Grafts will be very welcome. As will some of the Apples, and a few of your white Walnuts, & Chest-nuts.

Among my Papers in the Trunk which I unhappily left in the Care of Mr. Galloway, were eight or ten quire or 2 quire Books of rough Drafts of my Letters, containing all my Correspondence when in England, for near twenty Years. I shall be very sorry if they too are lost. Don’t you think it possible, by going up into that Country, and enquiring a little among the Neighbours, you might possibly hear of and recover some of them. I should not have left them in his Hands, if he had not deceived me, by saying, ‘that tho’ he was before otherwise inclined, yet that since the King had declared us out of his Protection, & the Parliament by an Act, had made our Properties Plunder, he would go as far in Defence of his Country as any Man; and accordingly he had lately with Pleasure given Colours to a Regiment of Militia, & an Entertainment to 400 of them before his House.’ I thought he [had] become a stanch Friend to the glorious Cause. I was mistaken. As he was a Friend of my Son’s, to whom in my Will I had left all my Books and Papers, I made him one of my Executors, and put the Trunk of Papers into his Hands imagining them safer in his House (which was out of the Way of any probable March of the Enemies Troops) than in my own. It was very unlucky.

I should be happy to see William. But I think a foreign Education for one of your Sons, sufficient. Give William at my Expence the best our Country can afford. I wish him however to learn French. You have at present Schools & Masters that teach it. Besides other usual Things, let him acquire a little Mathematics, and a perfect knowledge of Accounts. With this he will be able to bustle and make his Way.

My Love to Sally & the Children. I shall soon write to all my Friends. At present I am pinch’d in time, and can only add that I am ever Your affectionate Father.” Intersecting folds with some repaired partial separations, a small professionally repaired area of paper loss to the lower corner of the first page (affecting no writing), and light toning, otherwise fine condition. Originally from the James S. Copley Library, Sotheby’s, 2010.

The pamphlet Franklin refers to in the opening paragraph was a tract regarding the expired Ohio land grant published by Samuel Wharton, who had gone to London to try to have the grant reinstated by King George. However, in the interim some of his correspondence with Franklin in furtherance of the Revolution was discovered and he was forced to flee for his life, meeting Franklin in France where he was serving as US minister to the country. Franklin had entrusted his papers back home to Joseph Galloway, who had been his close political ally and served in the Continental Congress. As war broke out, Galloway moved increasingly toward the Loyalist side before fleeing for Great Britain in 1778; he petitioned to return to Pennsylvania in 1793, but was denied. The last paragraph refers to his grandson, William Franklin Bache, who would have been eight years old. This is an important letter rife with historic associations, and is cited within early biographies of Franklin and in his collected letters. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Benjamin Franklin


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Confederate Civil War Canteen

This is a classic style drum canteen with wooden staves bound by strap iron bands. The canteen is 7.5″ in diameter and 2.25″ thick with a separately carved wood spout. We do not know the type of wood, but the color is great with the sides being a dark reddish-brown with some black striping. One side has a 2.25″ crack at the edge that is tight with no missing wood. The iron straps have a dark patina with even light pitting and one of the three retaining loops for a carry strap is missing. One side of the canteen is neatly carved “CHS. F. WALDRON / CO. C. 24TH REGT. ME. VOLS / PORT HUDSON, / L.A. / JULY 8TH, 1863.” Included information from internet databases indicates that Charles F. Waldron of Canaan, Maine, was 20 years old when he enlisted as a sergeant in ‘C’ Co., 24th Maine Infantry, on October 13, 1862. This was a nine-month regiment that served in Louisiana. The regiment participated in the entire siege of the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson during May and June of 1863. Battle casualties were almost nil, however 190 officers and men died of disease in the few short months they were in the south. The regiment left Port Hudson on July 24, 1863 (only a few days after the inscription on this canteen, perhaps accounting for the wonderful condition, as Sergeant Waldron took it directly home). The regiment arrived in Augusta, Maine, on August 6 and mustered out of service on August 25, 1863. A custom wood display stand is included. An excellent addition to any Civil War collection. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Civil War


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Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton ALS and Signature

ALS signed “Nelson & Bronte,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, October 8, 1801. Letter to Lady Hamilton. In part: “I send on shore one line by the boat which goes for letters to tell you not to be surprised if you get no other letter tomorrow for now it blows very hard and every appearance of an increasing gale, how I am praying for the admiralty. Last night I had one of the attacks on my heart which some day will do me up but it is entirely gone off. I know it has been brought on by fretting at being kept here doing nothing. I shall write later and if possible get it on shore, but you must not expect.” Also included is a bold ink signature, “Lady Hamilton,” on an off-white 4 x .75 slip. Both are nicely double-matted and framed together with portraits of Nelson and Hamilton to an overall size of 28 x 19. In overall fine condition. Nelson would return home shortly after writing this letter, as the British and French reached a preliminary peace agreement with the Treaty of Amiens, bringing hostilities to a halt on October 12. He stayed with Sir William and Lady Hamilton and began to regularly attend sessions in the House of Lords, where he spoke in support of the Addington government. He and Lady Hamilton also set out on a tour of the United Kingdom, where Nelson found himself greeted with a hero’s welcome, with celebrations and events held in his honor. Autographs of both Nelson and Hamilton are quite scarce, and this is a wonderful pairing from an important time in his career. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Horatio Nelson


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