Vintage 7 x 10.25 photo of a reproduction of a Renoir, featuring a young woman holding flowers. The photograph is an authentication of one of his most attractive paintings. Signed in the bottom border in ink, “Renoir.” Also written in the bottom border by the Mayor of Cagnes, “Pierre-Auguste Renoir, artiste paintre, 9 Janrie, 1910,” signing below and adding the official stamp of city hall to authenticate Renoir’s signature. Image is affixed to a slightly larger cardstock mount. In very good condition, with some trivial rubbing, light ink borders around the image, adhesive remnants from previous mounting, and a few purple government stamps, one lightly affecting the signature. A rare opportunity to own an authentically signed Renoir at a fraction of what the painting would cost. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
Exceedingly rare original Titanic deck chair, measuring approximately 37.75 x 22.5 x 54, one of only seven still known to exist. The chair displays expected wear, and its caned seat is mostly present although a center portion is broken with some loss of cane (this could have occurred on impact with the water but is more likely the result of use since the time of recovery). There is some evidence of minor repairs throughout consistent with the entry in the Mackay-Bennett’s logbook relating to repairs made by a carpenter. The headrest supports a metal name holder on the right which is empty, and on the lower portion of the chair is imprinted, “Made By R. Holman & Co. Boston Mass. USA.” This chair was exhibited in the United States in the late 90s and has essentially been out of public view since that time. The lot is accompanied by a detailed letter of authenticity from renowned Titanic author, curator and deck chair authority Steve Santini.
As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage, RR Auction is offering the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea. These surviving items convey the astonishing legacy of not only the ship that epitomized the very meaning of opulence, luxury, and stability in the early 20th century, but her passengers as well; the individuals whose names would forever became synonymous with the most devastating peacetime maritime disaster in history.
This historic assemblage will be available for bidding starting April 19-26. A preview will be available beginning March 23rd. For details, go to rrauction.com.
Otherwise occupied with “public affairs,” Cromwell sends “Mr. Stapylton, to treat with you about the business in agitation between your Daughter and my Son”
English soldier and statesman (1599–1658) who led Parliamentary forces in the English Civil War, waged war against Scotland and Ireland and, in 1653, following the execution of Charles I, became Lord Protector of Great Britain, a position he held until his death in 1658. After a yearlong reign by his son, Richard, the British throne was restored (to Charles II) and Cromwell’s body was exhumed and posthumously ‘executed.’ ALS in Old English, signed “O Cromwell,” one page, 7.25 x 11.5, March 8, 1648. Letter to his son Richard’s future father-in-law. In full: “Yours I have received; and have given farther instructions to this Bearer, Mr. Stapylton, to treat with you about the business in agitation between your Daughter and my Son. I am engaged to you for all your civilities and respects already manifested. I trust there will be a right understanding between us, and a good conclusion; and though I cannot particularly remember the things spoken of at Farnham, to which your Letter seems to refer me, yet I doubt not but I have sent the offer of such things now as will give mutual satisfaction to us both. My attendance upon public affairs will not give me leave to come down unto you myself; I have sent unto you this Gentleman with my mind. I salute Mrs. Mayor, though unknown, with the rest of your Family. I commit you with the progress of the Business, to the Lord; and rest.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, scattered light toning and foxing, and two wax remnants to left edge.
Christmas card from 1983, 5.25 x 7.25 folded, opens to 10.5 x 7.25, embossed in gold on the outside with Prince of Wales’ feathers and Garter motto, as well as the Spencer family arms. Inside, the card bears an affixed charming satin-finish 4 x 5.5 color casual family photograph of Charles, Diana and baby William, with the William sitting on Diana’s lap on a swing as Charles looks on. Printed opposite the photograph is the sentiment “With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.” Charles has inscribed the card, “Harold and Mrs, Haywood,” and signed at the bottom “Charles and,” with Diana adding, “Diana.” A few vertical creases through inscription, small crease to lower right corner, and some toning to covers from magnetic album, otherwise fine condition. Haywood was close to Charles and served as his personal advisor on youth affairs from 1977–1988, and helped create the Prince’s Trust Charity. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Extraordinary iconic vintage pearl-finish 5 x 7 full-length photo of The Tramp belting out a laugh, floridly signed in fountain pen, “Faithfully, Chas. Chaplin.” Some trivial edge and corner creasing, some light, brushed surface marks, and a bit of light silvering, otherwise fine condition. Chaplin describes his very first transformation into Mack Sennett’s now legendary character, recollecting a very natural, almost instantaneous acclamation: “The moment I was dressed, the clothes and makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onstage he was fully born.” An exceedingly rare and well-preserved example of Chaplin in his iconic character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Nineteen official Rawlings baseballs, each signed in ballpoint on the sweet spot by a different member of the illustrious 3000 Hit Club. Signers are: Robin Yount, Al Kaline, Cal Ripken, Jr., Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Rickey Henderson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Tony Gwynn, Eddie Murray, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Paul Molitor, Craig Biggio, Lou Brock, and Rafael Palmiero. In very good to fine condition, with scattered toning to about half the balls, as well as authentication labels affixed to most of the balls. The Molitor is PSA graded “Gem MT 10,” and the Biggio ball is graded a “9.5.” RRAuction COA.
One of the Hall of Fame’s five original inductees in 1936, Wagner combined rare offensive and defensive excellence throughout a 21-year career. He was also was the first baseball player to have his signature branded into a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Vintage glossy 8 x 10 photo of an older Wagner in his Pirates uniform preparing a wad of chewing tobacco for himself, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to noted collector Lionel Aucoin, “With best wishes to Lionel from Honus Wagner Pirates 49.” Some scattered light creases, mainly to background, otherwise fine condition. A great photo from Wagner’s time as a Pirate’s hitting instructor.
Model 1860 Field and Staff Officer’s sword with patriotic motif on pommel, D-guard handle, and clamshell guard, depicting eagles and flags. Black leather handle grip has wire wraps. Steel blade, manufactured in Germany, has ornate floral etching with patriotic shield and flags, maker marked “The M.C. Lilly Company. 13 W. 30th St. New York.” Comes with original tan leather belt with sword hanger strap, and a brass buckle depicting the G.A.R. membership emblem. In good to very good condition, with the expected wear and tarnish from age and handling. RRAuction COA.
Four hardcover volumes of Battles and Leaders of the Civilian War, The Century Company, De Vinne Press, New York, published 1884–1889. In very good condition, with light toning, loose, but intact hinges, and the expected wear to the covers and spines. RRAuction COA.