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RR Auction Malcolm X Signed Press Release

RR Auctions Malcolm XPress release, signed at the top in blue ballpoint, “Bro Malcolm X,” headed “Malcolm X Supports Mississippi Challenge,” one page, 7.5 x 9.75, no date, but January 1965. Release reads, in full: “We applaud the efforts of James Farmer and the other civil rights groups to block the seating of the five illegal representatives from Mississippi when Congress convenes on January 4. We are pleased to see that Mr. Farmer and his civil rights colleagues are so dead earnest in backing the election challenges that have been initiated by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. As chairman of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, I want to state emphatically that we support all uncompromising efforts made by all well-meaning people to unseat the illegal representatives from the state of Mississippi and any other area where our people are denied the right to vote simply because they have been born with dark skin.

We also insist that since over 97 percent of the Black Americans supported Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and the Democratic Party in the recent elections, which is the most overwhelming support given by any minority group to one party and its candidates, I am challenging Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Robert Kennedy, to declare exactly where they stand on the seating of these illegal representatives from Mississippi before January 4. And they should state their case.

We applaud the lead that has been taken by New York representative William Fitts Ryan in blocking the seating of these Mississippi congressmen, and the firm stand taken at his side by Adam Clayton Powell. Since Mayor Wagner will be in Harlem later this year to obtain the political support of our people in order to remain in City Hall, I challenge Mayor Wagner and his chief assistant, J. Jones, also to let nearly one and a half million Black Americans in New York City know where they stand on the plan to seat illegal representatives before January 4th.

I, for one, along with some friends, plan to be in Washington on January 4 as an observer. We wish to witness and record the stand taken by the so-called liberals, who are seekers of our people’s political support at poll time, for we plan to be 100 percent active in all political areas from 1965 onward.” Sheet is affixed to a slightly larger black scrapbook page. Scattered light toning and wrinkling from adhesive on reverse, otherwise fine condition.

After being publicly censured for his harsh comments on the assassination of President Kennedy, Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam to create his own platform, founding the Organization of Afro-American Unity in June of 1964: a decision that would prove fatal less than a year later. Pushing the OAAU’s agenda—securing the human rights of blacks—Malcolm X wrote this press release at the start of 1965 in support of the newly formed Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. When the Democratic Party excluded blacks from local meetings, made it nearly impossible to register by enforcing rigid ‘voting qualifications,’ and prohibited the repeal of any segregation laws on their platform in the 1964 elections, the MFDP formed to challenge them. Seeking recognition as an official delegation, they proposed to unseat five congressmen who they claimed were elected illegally because of the discriminatory practices. Although they were unsuccessful on that front, the pressure they placed on President Johnson led to the groundbreaking Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed the discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for their widespread disenfranchisement. Anything signed by Malcolm X is quite scarce and highly sought-after; this piece, written just six weeks before his assassination and focused on pressing Civil Rights issues, is one of the most interesting we have offered. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Malcolm X

 

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RR Auctions Che Guevara Signed and Inscribed Photo

RR Auctions Che GuevaraVintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of Guevara, in his beret, and Fidel Castro lighting up a cigar, signed and inscribed on the reverse in black ink in Spanish (translated): “Although I don’t like to do this, I can’t refuse to give my signature when a friend like W. M. asks it of me. Che.” Authenticated in Spanish beneath the note: “Certify that the signature is of Che. Aleida March.” Over her signature is the stamping of “Che Centro de Estudios Che Guevara.” Aleida March was married to Che Guevara from 1959 until his death in 1967. She is the head of the Che Guevara Studies Center in Havana. Scattered creasing to image side, some scattered light foxing and creases to reverse, as well as two tape remnants to top corners, and a bit of light spreading of ink to signature and inscription, otherwise very good condition. Guevara signed photos of any size are extremely scarce. We know of no other signed photo that shows Che in his iconic beret or pictures him with Castro. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Che Guevara

 

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RR Auctions Winston Churchill Signed Vintage Print

RR Auctions  Winston ChurchillVintage print, 13.25 x 11, of a portrait of Churchill seated in a chair, his trademark cigar in one hand, originally done by Arthur Pan in 1943, signed in the lower border in black ink, “Winston S. Churchill 1951.” Framed to an overall size of 14.75 x 13. In very good condition, with scattered foxing and dampstaining to borders, some lightly affecting signature, and some slight rippling. There is also some wear and chipping to frame. Pan’s painting was a rallying cry to the British people during the dark days of the war, and this image carries Churchill’s famous quote and a reproduction of his signature at the bottom. The original oil painting by Arthur Pan hangs at the American Embassy. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Winston churchhill

 

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RR Auction Ralph Capone “All Capone Brother” Memphis Finger Print Card

RR Auction  Ralph CaponeOlder brother of Al Capone who was once named ‘Public Enemy Number Three’ and nicknamed ‘Bottles’ because he ran the Chicago bottling operation (1894–1974). Memphis police department identification card, one page both sides, 8 x 8, February 5, 1928, bearing Capone’s fingerprints individually as well as prints of all fingers simultaneously, signed at the bottom in black ink, “Ralph J. Capone.” Opposite side bears typed information about Capone, including name and aliases, height, weight, tattoos, and charges, as well as an affixed mug shot. Moderate overall creases, various edge chips and tears (one affecting the signature), a few affixed pieces of toned tape, and various notations, otherwise very good condition. RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Al Capone, Ralph Capone

 

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RR Autograph Auction Audrey Hepburn My Fair Lady Signed Photo

RR Autograph Auction Audrey HepburnLovely glossy 7.75 x 9.75 photo of Hepburn in My Fair Lady, boldly signed in black felt tip. In fine condition, with a few light surface spots and creases, and lightly trimmed edges. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Audrey Hepburn

 

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RR Auctions Errol Flynn Personal Check

RR Auctions Errol FlynnPersonal check, 8.25 x 3.25, filled out in type and signed by Flynn, payable to Pasadena-First National Bank for $20,000.00, March 12, 1947. In fine condition, with a couple corner tip dings and expected cancellation stamps and holes, none affecting the clean signature area. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Errol Flynn

 

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RR Auction James Dean Vintage Ink Signature

RR Auction  James DeanVintage ink signature, “James Dean,” on an off-white 3 x 1.5 irregularly clipped slip, affixed to a slightly larger black slip. Beautifully double-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Dean to an overall size of 16.5 x 21.5. Light overall toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in James Dean

 

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