Monthly Archives: September 2013

Charlie Chaplin Photo signed and inscribed in fountain pen

Vintage matte-finish 7 x 9 photo of a young Chaplin in a tuxedo, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Elizabeth Mekue, Faithfully, Chas Chaplin 1921.” In fine condition, with slightly trimmed edges and a few small areas of light silvering (visible only at an angle). Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.




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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Charlie Chaplin


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Albert Einstein Superlative uncancelled Einstein check signed in full

Choice Princeton Bank & Trust Company uncancelled check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by Einstein, “Albert Einstein,” payable to Luttman’s Luggage Shop for $1.75, July 19, 1937. In fine condition, with a vertical fold to the right side (affecting a single letter of his last name). A quite scarce and desirable example—it is one of just a handful of Einstein checks we have offered and features his less common full signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Albert Einstein


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Declaration of Independence Scarce engraved broadside

Scarce engraved broadside, “In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. When in the Course of Human Events.” [Washington, DC,] engraved by W.J. Stone, and reprinted in 1833 from the same copperplate for Peter Force’s multi-volume work, American Archives (1837–1853).

By 1820, the original Declaration of Independence, had seriously deteriorated due to inappropriate handling and storage. In an effort to preserve the memory of the venerable document, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned William J. Stone to engrave an exact facsimile on a copper plate. When Stone completed his painstaking work in 1823, Congress ordered 200 official copies printed on vellum. Stone’s original engraved plate remained with the Department of State.

Several years later, Peter Force, historian, publisher and mayor of Washington DC (1790–1868), conceived a 20-volume anthology entitled American Archives, which would reprint letters, documents and broadsides from the American Revolution and convinced Congress to fund an edition of 1,500 sets. For the project, Force arranged with the State Department to print 4,000 copies of the Declaration using Stone’s original copperplate. Stone’s imprint was neatly burnished out at the top of the plate—and “W.J. STONE SC[ULPSIT] WASHN.” was placed in the lower left. The facsimiles were folded and bound into volume one of the fifth series of American Archives: A Documentary History of the United States of America.

Recently uncovered documentation demonstrates that Force’s edition was not printed in 1848 as previously believed, but earlier, in 1833. American Archives was published at intervals between 1837 and 1853, but paid subscriptions to the elaborate (and bulky) collection proved disappointing. In 1843, when Force received Congressional re-authorization to continue the work, he had scaled back his subscription plan to 500 copies. In the end, only 9 of the projected 20 volumes were ever issued.

Although Force printed over 4,000 copies, extant editions of his facsimile are surprisingly scarce. The Force printing, the second edition of the first exact facsimile, remains one of the best representations of the Declaration as the manuscript looked over 150 years ago, before the document’s near complete deterioration today.

Beautifully cloth-matted and framed, and possibly mounted, to an overall size of 34 x 39.5. In overall very good condition, with intersecting storage folds, well-done professional repairs to separations along folds, repaired areas of small paper loss, with well-done touch ups to the text in those areas, and other separations, light mirroring and ink transfer to print, and some scattered light toning. A visually-striking example of one of only a few hundred printings known to exist. Oversized. RR Auction COA.


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Mick Jagger stage-worn blue and white pants from the 1982 Rolling Stones European Tour

Jagger’s stage-worn blue and white pants from the 1982 Rolling Stones European Tour. Pants are three-quarter length with a lace-up front and were designed by Antony Price, whose tag is sewn into the waistband with no size indicated. In fine condition, with light scattered soiling. Accompanied by multiple images of Jagger wearing these pants in concert. Previous owner obtained them while backstage at one of the concerts. This European tour was to promote the album Tattoo You, an extremely critically and commercially successful release featuring one of their best known songs, ‘Start Me Up.’ Provenance: Julien’s 2011. RR Auction COA.


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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones


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Madonna True Blue album signed

 MadonnaTrue Blue album signed on the front cover in blue felt tip, “love, Madonna.” Two discount cuts to bottom right, a few edge creases, and scattered light cover wear, otherwise fine condition. The record is not included. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from James Spence. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.




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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Madonna


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Sammy Davis, Jr Personally-owned Cartier watch

Davis’s personally-owned Cartier watch. Watch and clasp were made in London in 1972, done in a style unique only to Cartier of London, and sports a black crocodile band, gold clasp stamped with several proof marks as well as a “1228,” on the back of the loop, and is engraved on the reverse, in an imitation of his own signature, “S D Jr.” The stamped number is in all likelihood the reference number for Cartier London, although it could be a production number for the casemaker. The hallmark “JC” is Cartier’s registered London mark. The mechanism is a fine grade LeCoultre 17J. The form of the watch, with its unique dial orientation, is seen in only a few Cartier models from France; otherwise, the watch is of unique style, and at most very limited production.  The case and deployment clasp are 18K. Watch comes in its original Cartier box. In fine condition, with a dial refinish, which is quite common. Watches were Davis’ obsession and he had a collection of nearly 5,000, many of which he gave away in the last year of his life as gifts. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Jr


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John Lennon and Yoko Ono Promotional copy of the Double Fantasy album signed

Promotional copy of the Double Fantasy album signed on the back in black ballpoint in the sky area of the Kishin Shinoyama photo, “Love, John Lennon” and “Yoko Ono.” The record is not included. The album jacket, which is embossed with ‘Promotional Copy Not For Sale,’ and also bears a sticker which states, “Includes the single (Just Like) Starting Over,” just below the name Yoko Ono on the front cover, has been split along the top and bottom seams so as to display both sides, then matted and framed to an overall size of 32.5 x 20. A mild area of moisture discoloration and two spots of minor surface loss to upper left corner of back cover, and a small affixed photo covering an inscription, otherwise fine condition.

This particular album was once owned by Dick Clark, and is accompanied by a 2006 auction book from Guernsey’s in which the item previously appeared, and also by two Frank Caiazzo letters: a letter of authenticity, and an appraisal letter for the album issued in February 2007. To date, less than ten signed copies of Double Fantasy have been documented, as Lennon signed a scant handful of promotional copies for close friends and associates. This example, according to Caiazzo, was signed during the last week of November 1980, just two weeks before Lennon’s murder on December 8. A true rock rarity which would hold a place of distinction in any Beatles or music collection. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in John Lennon


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