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RR Autograph Auctions Princess Diana touching letter and thoughtful gift

ALS, signed “Diana,” one page, both sides, Kensington Palace letterhead, June 13, 1991. Diana writes a thank you letter to a friend for an early birthday gift. In full: “A very special thank you for my early birthday present—I was so touched by the thought that had gone into it & its perfect, more remedies for this particular lady! You spoil me dreadfully with your friendship & support & now the arrival of an extremely generous 30th pressie!—I love it! Lots of love to you both.” At the bottom, Diana adds an apologetic postscript, “PS Pl forgive the wrong surname on envelope…I forgot!—sorry.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Diana’s hand, with the majority of the address removed and not included.

Also included is a charming pillbox, given as a Christmas gift from Diana. Colorful enamel pillbox by Halcyon Days measures almost two inches in diameter, with an image of a frog, clad in a Santa costume, skiing. Inside of the cover bears a pre-printed presentation sentiment and signature which reads, “Lots of love at Christmas from Diana 1990.” Pillbox is housed in its original box bearing Diana’s crest. Pillbox is accompanied by a photocopy of a short letter of provenance from the original recipient, with images of the gifts sent by Diana on the reverse. In fine condition. A very charming letter and personal offering typical of Diana’s well-known generosity. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

RR Autograph Auctions Princess Diana

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Princess Diana

 

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RR Autograph Auctions F. Scott Fitzgerald exceedingly rare, lengthy, and personal letter

RR Autograph Auctions F. Scott Fitzgerald

An exceedingly rare, lengthy, and personal letter, with direct reference to Zelda and to one of his finest works: “the strain under which Tender was written…caused defeat, ergo overwork, ergo nerves, drink & a whole vicious cycle”

Jazz Age novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald was the self-styled spokesman of the ‘Lost Generation,’ Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that feature themes of youth, despair, and age. Remarkable ALS signed “Ever your friend Scott,” two pages, 8.5 x 13, no date. Letter to Lola. In full: “I must have phoned you at a busy moment. Haven’t had such a lecture since I left the army. Sorry as hell the insurance people have bothered you. I was sick as hell from Nov. To March. & didn’t see how I could get the premium paid that was due Jan 15th. So with the help of a pint of whiskey I got out of bed here & went up to Wilmington where I went to bed again & phoned Donaldson because I thought sure the thing was going to lapse. I must say he was very nice. (About borrowing on it—didn’t you suggest to me it was the thing to do in these warfare times? Not that it matters for I had to do it anyhow).

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RR Autograph Auctions Sitting Bull signed portrait

RR Autograph Auctions Sitting Bull portrait

Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man (circa 1831–1890) known for his steadfast opposition to the intrusion of the U.S. government into Sioux lands. Sitting Bull’s “vision” of the defeat of American troops prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn proved prescient, indeed, and it was largely through his leadership and inspiration that the Cheyenne and Sioux decisively overcame Custer’s 7th Cavalry. Fleeing to Canada following the battle, Sitting Bull later returned to the U.S. and toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Fearing his growing influence, government agents fatally shot him during an arrest attempt at Standing Rock Agency on December 15, 1890. Very rare original 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet bust portrait, imprinted in the bottom border, “Geo. W. Scott, Fort Yates, Dakota,” signed on the reverse in black ink, “Sitting Bull.” Collector’s notation at top of reverse reads, “Autograph of Famous Sioux Indian War Chief Sitting Bull.” Scattered light rubbing and surface marks to image, some light toning and soiling to bottom border, and an even shade of mild toning to reverse, otherwise fine condition.

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Sitting Bull

 

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RR Autograph Auctions French Titanic Postcards

RR Autograph Auctions French Titanic Postcards

RR Autograph Auctions French Titanic Postcards

Two French Titanic postcards: Le “Titanic” with sinking information showing “1800 victimes”; and Plus Pres De Toi Mon Dieu words and music in French to ‘Nearer, My God, To Thee,’ with a small photo of Titanic in the upper left. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Titanic

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Titanic Richard Parsons Steward

RR Autograph Auctions Titanic Richard Parsons

Second class steward aboard the Titanic, with a monthly salary of £3 15s. Parsons died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never positively identified. ALS signed “Dick,” one page, 5.25 x 3.5, no date but postmarked July 1911. Letter to “Miss Parsons.” In full: “I arrived here safe yesterday about quarter to eight the train was very late it didn’t leave Taunton until 3 o’clock.” Accompanied by two other similar size postcards, both sent to Parsons, and both postmarked 1909. In very good condition, with a few creases, light soiling, and pencil notation to letter, and expected wear and soiling to other two postcards. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Titanic

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Titanic and Carpathia Postcards

RR Autograph Auctions Titanic and Carpathia Postcards

Eleven postcards: Five RMS Carpathia postcards: black and white Cunard liner R.M.S Carpathia postcard featuring an artist’s rendition of the ship; color card that was actually the top of a daily menu on the ship; black and white menu top, undated; a real photo of Carpathia pier-side at Fiume, Italy, featuring an ALS on the correspondence side, dated July 11, 1907, from the “Mid Atlantic”; a RMS Carpathia color reprint postcard; two Titanic postcards: black and white of Titanic, sailing to the left, featuring the Titanic’s name on the bow; a drawing of the Titanic in a large memorial wreath, affixed to a slightly larger cardstock backing; two postcards featuring the Titanic Memorial Tower atop the Seamen’s Institute Building, 25 South St., NYC.; and two color postcards featuring the “Sinking Titanic and Iceberg” rock formation located in the Park of the Red Rocks, Denver Mountain Parks in Colorado. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Titanic

 

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RR Autograph Auction Titanic Harrisburg Telegraph

RR Autograph Auctions Titanic Harrisburg Telegraph

Two pages from the April 19, 1912, Harrisburg Telegraph, 16.5 x 23. The first page is the front of the second section, with an image of Captain Smith at the top. Headline reads: “Every Ounce of Steam on When Steamer Struck Berg,” with other headlines on the page reading, “Band Plays on Great Ocean Liner as 1600 Are Carried To Death,” “Col. Astor Puffs on Cigaret as He Bids Wife Fond Farewell,” and “Ismay In Boat Before Women. Not Only Safety Seats Himself, But Picks His Oarsmen.” Reverse bears an almost half-page image of the ocean the morning after the wreck. Second page, page 13, headline reads “Carpathia Docks in New York With 745 of 2340 of Titanic’s Passengers;” Death List Reaches 1595, with images of several well-known men and women who were on board. Reverse bears another headline which reads, “President Ismay Carried on Boarded Carpathia and Sign Is Placed On Stateroom Door” ‘Please Don’t Knock;’ Survivors Give Graphic Descriptions of Ismay’s Actions.” Both pages are sealed in Mylar. In good condition, with professional repairs to horizontal folds, scattered paper loss, dampstaining and soiling, and uniform toning. RRAuction COA.

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