Beautiful left-handed sunburst-finish Hofner ‘violin’ or ‘Cavern’ B-Bass HI-Series bass guitar, beautifully signed on the pearloid pickguard in black felt tip. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in which he writes, “This signature was obtained in person in 2010.” Oversized. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
Manuscript draft, written in a secretarial hand, signed on the last page, “Theodore Roosevelt,” with numerous deletions and over 325 words added by Roosevelt, mostly in ink and a few in pencil, 50 lightly-lined pages, 8 x 12.5, 1885, for a 10,000-word article for Century Magazine. Article contains recollections, observations, and anecdotes on topics including the Czar’s treatment of Russian Jews, the Catholic vote, women’s suffrage, temperance, the Masons, the treatment of the Irish, legislative corruption, and his Albany colleagues (quoting them in dialect).
Excerpts include: “The only way to teach Paddy how to govern himself and the only way to teach Sambo how to save himself from oppression is to give each the full rights possessed by other American citizens; and it is not to be wondered at if they at first show themselves unskillful in the exercise of these rights.”
“Every year some one who is desirous of bidding for the Catholic vote introduces this bill, which appropriates a sum of carrying dimensions for the support of the Catholic Protectors, an excellent institution but one which has no right whatever to come to the State for support.”
“There is the Protestant fool who thinks that our liberties are menaced by the machinations of the Church of Rome; and his companion idiot who wants legislation against all secret societies, especially the masons. Then there are the believers in ‘isms’ of whom the women suffragists stand in the first rank. Now, to the horror of my relatives, I have always been a believer in woman rights, but I must confess I have never seen such a hopelessly impracticable set of persons as the woman suffragists who came up to Albany to get legislation…The ultra-temperance people—not the moderate and sensible ones—are quite as imperious to common sense.”
ORIGINALLY: “I received shoals of letters of advice, congratulation, entreaty and abuse half of the time anonymous. Most of these were stupid, but one broke the monotony by the charming frankness with which it began—‘Mr Roosevelt; Sir; Oh you google-eyed Liar’ [next 24 words in TR’s hand] a sentence which thus combined a graphic estimate of my moral worth together with a delicate allusion to the fact that I wore eyeglasses.”
CORRECTED TO: “A member receives shoals of letters of advice, congratulation, entreaty and abuse half of the time anonymous. Most of these are stupid, but one received by a friend broke the monotony by the charming frankness with which it began—Mr So-and-so; Sir; Oh you google-eyed Liar!—[next 25 words in TR’s hand] a sentence which thus combined a graphic estimate of my friend’s moral worth together with a delicate allusion to the fact that he wore eyeglasses.”
“During my term of service in the Legislature, resolutions were introduced…assailing the Czar for his conduct towards the Russian Jews, sympathizing with the Land League and the Dutch Boers &c &c; the passage of each of which we strenuously and usually successfully opposed, on the ground that, while we would warmly welcome any foreigners who came here and in good faith assumed the duties of American citizenship, we had a right to demand in return that he should not bring any of his race or national antipathies into American political life.”
“The Aldermen [of Philadelphia] passed a resolution ‘condemning’ the Czar of Russia for his conduct towards his fellow citizens of Hebrew faith, and demanded that he should forthwith treat them better.”
In its published form, the article included headings such as “Dark Side of the Legislative Picture,” “Difficulties of Preventing and Punishing Corruption,” “The Constituents Are Largely to Blame,” and “Allies of Vicious Legislators”; these headings are written in the margins of the manuscript in pencil in another hand. In very good to fine condition, with four pages having been cut to remove text, scattered light soiling, and some edge chipping.
With his high-pitched Harvard voice, ‘dandyish’ appearance, and a penchant for moralistic diatribes—which also happened to capture the beliefs of many Americans at the time—young Theodore Roosevelt became an instant media sensation during his first term on the New York State Assembly in 1881. On the edge of their seats to hear what the volatile politician may say next, the public devoured his speeches, interviews, and publications, making him one of the most frequently printed politicians of his day. This draft, published in The Century Magazine as ‘Phases of State Legislation’ in April of 1885, contains a fantastic selection of his famously impassioned, humorous, and often scathing rants on the State Legislature, focusing on corruption within the system, the mediocrity of many representatives, and the major limitations of the political process. This is one of the earliest, lengthiest, and most captivating Roosevelt manuscripts ever to appear at auction—a remarkable example of the characteristic style that would carry him to the White House two decades later. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Two sets of adjoined pages, consisting of the front and back cover and scorecard from the program for the June 12, 1939 exhibition game that took place at the grand opening of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 17 x 11 unfolded, signed in ink and pencil by 20 Hall of Fame players and a number of other non-Hall of Famers. Hall of Fame signers are: Babe Ruth (very bold pencil), Cy Young (ink), Walter Johnson (ink), Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Larry Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Arky Vaughan, Dizzy Dean, Connie Mack, Gabby Hartnett, Eddie Collins, Hank Greenberg, Lefty Grove, Joe Medwick, Bill McKechnie, Bill Klem, Carl Hubbell, Billy Herman, Charlie Gehringer, and Bill Terry. Other signers include: Wally Moses, Billy Jurges, Terry Moore, and Jimmie Wilson. Each set of pages is permanently affixed to slightly larger mounts. In very good condition, with a light overall shade of toning, scattered creases, a central vertical fold, rubbing wear to the front cover, and staple holes along central fold. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
Even though Hall of Fame balloting began in 1936, the Hall officially opened in 1939 to celebrate the centennial of Abner Doubleday’s so-called invention of the sport. On the day of its dedication, June 12, baseball legends past and present descended on the sleepy village of Cooperstown, New York, for the Hall’s first induction ceremonies. The coterie included 11 members of the inaugural induction class and 32 Major Leaguers in their prime—two from each team, and nine of whom would go on to be Hall of Famers themselves—who were to play in an exhibition game at Doubleday Field in honor of the historic event. Inductees Honus Wagner and Eddie Collins each managed a team, and ‘The Wagners’ managed to beat ‘The Collins’ 4-2 in the seven inning ballgame, scoring two runs in the sixth behind doubles from Arky Vaughan and Frank Hayes, and a single by Morris Arnovich. The undisputed highlight of the game was a pinch hit appearance by Babe Ruth—then 44 years old and four years removed from his professional career—for Wagner’s squad. The result was a disappointing foul out to the catcher, but his mighty swing did not fail to impress the crowd. Some lucky member of the crowd managed to meet the players and get this program signed—even filling out the lineups but failing to score the game, probably too awestruck by the spectacle at hand. It is a great reminder of a historic event in baseball history, when a group of the greatest players in the world came together to celebrate America’s national pastime. RRAuction COA.
Original 9.25 x 7 silver gelatin photo of Al Capone and eight other associates after their arrest in connection with the Adonis Club Massacre, with Capone standing on the far right of the second row. Pictured are: Al Capone, George Carrozza, Frank Piazza, Joe Howard, Andrew Desso, John Maloney, Sylvester Aggolia, Ralph D’Amato, and John Stabile. Reverse bears the typed names of all pictured, as well as the name of the arresting officer. A noticeable central vertical crease, slightly trimmed edges, repaired tear to top edge, a couple small tears to lower left corner, and some scattered light creases, otherwise very good condition.
Called to New York to take his sickly, young son into surgery, Al Capone took the opportunity to address business issues with former colleague and Brooklyn crime boss Frankie Yale, leader of the Italian Black Hand Gang, arranging the transfer of some hard-to-obtain imported Canadian whisky from New York to Chicago. Following their pleasant business transaction, Yale invited Capone to a Christmas party at the Adonis Social Club, despite the rumored attendance of rival gangster Richard ‘Peg-Leg’ Lonergan, leader of the Irish White Handers; Capone eagerly accepted. Around 3 a.m., when Lonergan’s gang arrived at the club, the lights went dark and chaos ensued. By the time police arrived, the Irish leader and two of his men were found executed, and another shot but still alive. Capone was arrested and charged in connection with the massacre along with six others, despite his assertion that he was just visiting and happened to be sitting as the doorman that night. This incredible, unpublished photo shows Capone among members of both feuding gangs, with White Handers Joe Howard and John Maloney standing by, just one day after the Italians reclaimed Brooklyn. RR Auction COA.
Superlative ink signature as president, “Th: Jefferson,” on an off-white 6.25 x 2.5 slip taken from a larger document, dated December 11, 1806, with Jefferson signing above the printed words, “By the President.” Matted and framed with a color print of Monticello to an overall size of 16 x 13. In fine condition, with two light folds, one horizontal and one vertical, neither affecting the crisp signature, and some small spots of staining to top corners. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Vintage ballpoint signatures, “John Lennon,” “Paul McCartney,” “George Harrison,” and “Ringo Starr,” on an off-white 4.25 x 3.5 album page. Affixed to a same-size card. In fine condition, with a couple slight creases and wrinkles. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks and a letter of provenance from the original recipient who states that the signatures were obtained backstage in 1963 during the Beatles’s tour with Roy Orbison—most likely on May 18th at the Adelphi Theatre in Slough. An exceptionally nice vintage example featuring all four Beatles. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Five Civil War-era bullets, one still housed in its jacket, all framed together to an overall size of 4.75 x 5. In very good overall condition. RR Auction COA.