Monthly Archives: January 2014

Thomas Edison Signed Photo To L. H. Long

Fabulous vintage matte-finish 6.5 x 8.5 head-and-shoulders photo of Edison in his laboratory, affixed to its original 8 x 10.75 photographer’s mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in black ink, “To L. H. Long, one of the Pioneers of the Industrial Truck, Thos. A. Edison.” Matted and framed, in a period frame, to an overall size of 9.5 x 12.75. In fine condition.

In 1921, the Automatic Transportation Company of Buffalo, NY, held an exhibit to show off the wide variety of industrial trucks in their factory, ranging from platform-lifting trucks to the superintendent’s Shop Vehicle. The same year, under the leadership of second vice president L. H. Long, Automatic released their first electric vehicle. Having spent over a decade developing a long-lasting and easily rechargeable battery for the Ford Electric (released in 1914), Edison held great interest in the subject. This stunning photograph inscribed to a “Pioneer of the Industrial Truck,” captures an important part of the inventor’s career, and an industry that, owing much to Edison’s work, continues to develop to this day. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Thomas Edison


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Nelson Mandela Signed Photo of Mandela sitting with Kofi Annan

Very nice color glossy 7 x 5 photo of Mandela sitting with Kofi Annan, signed in black felt tip, “N. Mandela 15.3.2000.” Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 14 x 12. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from James Spence. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Nelson Mandela


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Elvis 1957 signed Program photo

Vintage 8 x 10 program photo from 1957 of Elvis turning his head toward the camera, beautifully signed against the light background in blue ballpoint. In fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from the widow of Jerry Ledford, Elvis’s Second Lieutenant while at Fort Hood, stating that her husband was in the Army and assigned to basic training at Fort Hood at the same time Elvis was there, and that he occasionally helped to ‘smuggle’ Elvis off of the base in an effort to evade fans and paparazzi; near the end of his training, Elvis signed pages of a souvenir photo booklet for them. A fabulous image of ‘the King’ from the late 1950s. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Elvis


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Beatles Rare Uninscribed British Copy of With the Beatles


Very rare With the Beatles album beautifully signed on the back cover in blue fountain pen by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In fine condition, with some scattered light toning to back cover, and a mild album impression to front cover. The record is included. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner of the album. Letter reads, in part: “The signed With the Beatles album was obtained for me back stage by a school friend on 13the December 1963 in Southhampton. Her father was an accountant at the Gaumount Cinema, Southhampton. In having such a great contact with her father she used to get free tickets and had access for all the pop stars autographs of the day.” Their appearance at the Gaumount was the second to the last stop on the band’s Autumn tour, where they played a total of 10 songs, including ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘She Loves You,’ ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ and ‘Twist and Shout.’ Research indicates approximately 15 to 20 known band-signed examples of the album, as their skyrocketing popularity made it much more difficult to gain access to the band. RR Auction COA

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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Beatles


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George Washington Signed Partly-printed DS as president

Partly-printed DS as president, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 12.75 x 15.5, October 25, 1794. Three-language ship’s papers, in French, English, and Dutch, issued to “Elias Nordbery master and commander of the Ship called Dispatch…lying at present in the port of Boston bound for North West Coast of America & China and laden with Sundry Articles of Merchandise to depart and proceed with his said Ship having been visited, and the said Elias Nordbery having made oath before the proper officer, that the said Ship belongs to one or more of the citizens of the United States of America, and to him or them only.” Signed in the middle panel by Washington, and countersigned by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, Deputy Collector Benjamin Weld, and Judge Samuel Barrett. Document has been professionally repaired on the reverse, with some backing and paper replacement along folds, and has been removably encapsulated in acid-free Mylar. In good to very good condition, with aforementioned repairs and strengthening, scattered toning and foxing, and intersecting folds through two letters of signature. The two white wafer seals are intact.

Departing from Boston Harbor on October 29, 1794, the Dispatch sailed to the northwest coast of America, where it caught and skinned seals and otters and carried out trade with nearby Indian tribes. From there, it headed east for China, where it exchanged the furs for tea, silk, and other sought-after exports, which it then returned to New England and sold for huge profits. Signed by President Washington and Secretary of State Edmund Randolph in Philadelphia and sent to the Port of Boston to be filled out, this is an attractive example of the crucial ship’s papers that enabled Americans to safely travel the seas, boosting international trade during the country’s early years. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in George Washington


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Ingrid Bergman Signed Photo from Gaslight

Stunning vintage matte-finish 7 x 9 photo of Bergman as she appeared as Paula Anton in her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1944 film Gaslight, signed and inscribed in blue ink to screenwriter Walter Reisch, “To Walter—from his sad Paula and happy Ingrid Bergman 1945.” In fine condition, with slightly trimmed edges. A magnificent and crystal-clear portrait of Bergman from the peak of her Hollywood career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Ingrid Bergman


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Steve McQueen screen worn denim jeans The Sand Pebbles

McQueen’s screen worn denim jeans worn in the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles in his role as Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jake Holman. Pants feature a button-up front, four pockets and a Western Costume Company label sewn into the inside of the waistband with McQueen’s name typed on the second line and “2788-1,” typed on the first line. Waistband also bears a Western Costume stamp on the waistband and is stamped “51.” The jeans can be seen in several scenes as he worked in the engine room and walking on deck. These comprised part of his ‘work’ uniform and were matched up with a blue shirt. In fine condition. So taxing was the seven months filming of the movie that McQueen did not do any other film work for almost a year. The film’s director Robert Wise, recounted how obsessive McQueen was about every little detail of the film, including his wardrobe, having just the right aged look. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Steve McQueen


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