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Sitting Bull Signature with documentation from an ancestor

Extremely rare and highly-sought after ink signature, “Sitting Bull,” on the reverse of an off-white 3.5 x 2.25 business card of noted Native American photographer D. F. Barry. Front of the card bears a notation by Barry which reads, “June 12th 1889, Written at Grand River, his home, South Dak., D. F. Barry.” Also accompanied by a 2013 letter of authenticity from Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie Lapointe, with images of Lapointe and Sitting Bull which reads, in part: “I, Ernie Lapointe am the great-grandson of the famed Lakota Chief, Sitting Bull…This business card is one that has been signed by my Great-Grandfather Sitting Bull and the noted Native American photographer D. F. Barry.” Additionally, a color copy of a letter from Barry sending the signature to H. M. Brown, is included, which reads, in part: “Please find Sitting Bull autograph. This was written on 12th of June 1889…Sitting Bull was sick…when he wrote this.” In very good condition, with scattered toning from old tape to both sides, lightly affecting the tops of a few letters, soiling over portion of last name, not affecting legibility, and some other scattered mild toning and soiling, and slight surface loss at bottom.

David Francis Barry was an accomplished photographer of Native American portraits, especially known for his iconic images of chiefs and other figures of the utmost historical importance. Despite the historically tenuous relationship between the Sioux and whites, Barry was able secure sittings with their warriors and leaders throughout the 1870s, even as they fought against General Custer on the battlefield. Whites called Barry the ‘Sioux Charmer’ because of his ability to ingratiate himself with their tribes, while the Native Americans knew him as ‘Little Shadow Catcher,’ because of his diminutive stature and ability to ‘catch’ images and commit them to paper. What is most remarkable about this piece, however, is the additional provenance provided by the chief’s great-grandson. Lapointe descends from a long line of chiefs—Sitting Bull on his mother’s side—and has spoken on various television programs and published a biography of his great-grandfather. With this outstanding familial history and association with Barry, this is a fabulous example of arguably the most sought-after of all Western and Native American signatures. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Sitting Bull

 

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Apollo 9 Flown Robbins Medal

Flown Apollo 9 Robbins Medal, approximately 1-inch diameter, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts James McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart, as well as “March 3–13, 1969” and is serial numbered “95.” Normal condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 9 silver medallion number ‘95’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 9, March 3–13, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 9 number ‘95’ included with this letter.” RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Apollo

 

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Nelson Mandela Signed book Long Walk to Freedom

Signed book: Long Walk to Freedom. First edition, first printing. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25 x 9.5, 558 pages. Signed on the title page in black felt tip, “N. Mandela 14.5.99.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a May 19, 1999, letter from Mandela’s administrative secretary which reads, in part: “Your book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ has been autographed by the President as you requested.” An extremely desirable autograph with outstanding and iron-clad provenance. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Nelson Mandela

 

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Lee Harvey Oswald government issue Marine Corp raincoat

Oswald’s personally-owned and -worn long double-breasted raincoat issued by the United States Marine Corps, dark green, size 38R, stenciled inside the collar area, “L. H. Oswald.” His name is also stenciled inside the belt, which is included. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from University Archives and notarized letter from Robert L. Oswald, in part: “Lee wore this coat during the period of time from his enlistment in 1956 until his discharge in September 1959. Before leaving for Europe in September 1959, Lee left this very coat with me in my Fort Worth home.” An outstanding piece with impeccable provenance, this is the only clothing officially issued to Oswald we have offered. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Lee Harvey Oswald

 

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Walt Disney Personal Check

Personal check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Disney, “Walter E. Disney,” payable to Walt Disney Special Acct. for $450.00, stamp-dated November 19, 1949. In fine condition, with cancellation holes around beginning of signature, expected stamps, and a small red pencil mark to top right. Pre-certified Phil Sears and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Walt Disney

 

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Albert Einstein 1931 Signed Portrait visit with astronomer Charles E. St. John

Striking vintage matte-finish 13.5 x 16.5 portrait of Einstein seated at a table with astronomer Charles Edward St. John, signed in the lower right in black ink, “Albert Einstein, Pasadena, 1931” and “Charles E. St. John.” Also signed in the lower left by the photographer, “Portrait by E. Willard Spurr, Pasadena, Calif., Feb. 1931.” Archivally matted and framed under UV plexiglass in an attractive gold-and-black wooden frame to an overall size of 23 x 27. In very fine, essentially flawless condition, with signatures as crisp and bold as the day they were signed. Originates from the estate of Spurr’s son, the famous Hollywood photographer Melbourne Spurr.

In 1931, Einstein took his first visiting professorship position at Caltech in Pasadena. He was greatly impressed with the research being done at the nearby Mount Wilson Observatory—which housed the world’s largest telescope at the time—and the theoretical processing of its astronomical discoveries. During his time in Pasadena, Einstein attended various lectures in astronomy and astrophysics and himself delivered a lecture on his Unified Field Theory, on which he had been working since 1915. In this extraordinary photo, Professor Einstein is shown with astronomer Charles E. St. John, a member of the Mount Wilson staff since 1908 who was busy at work with Edwin Hubble; the two had recently discovered the red shift effect and were working towards their conclusion that the universe was expanding. From the personal collection of famed photographer Melbourne Spurr, whose father was responsible for creating this shot, this is a beautiful and remarkably impressive oversized image of the legendary scientist at one of his favorite US sites. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Jim Morrison 1961 Yearbook

Original copy of the Compass, the annual for George Washington High School, Alexandria, Virginia (Volume 26), for 1961, hardcover, 8 x 10.75, 199 pages, signed in blue ballpoint at the top of the first page, “J. Morrison.” Morrison’s clean-cut image is located in the senior class photos. Remainder of the book bears many signatures and inscriptions to the book’s original owner. In good condition, with moderate to heavy areas of dampstaining and foxing throughout the book, resulting in some pages sticking together and areas of paper loss. However, Morrison’s page is largely unaffected by the exposure, with only mild dampstaining and rippling to page. This was the second high school Morrison attended, having transferred from Alameda High School in California to George Washington, due to his father being stationed in the Navy. Difficult to find even in in unsigned editions, this copy, boasting a very early Morrison signature, is the first signed yearbook we have ever offered. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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The Doors 1966 ASCAP membership applications

The Doors’s individual applications for writer membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, each one page, 7.5 x 10, all dated between October 10–14, 1966, and each filled out and signed by a member of the group. Jim Morrison has printed his full name, “James Douglas Morrison,” on the first line, listed his place of birth, “Melbourne, Florida,” signing at the bottom, “J. Morrison,” adding his current Hollywood, California, address underneath. The three remaining members have also printed out their full names, places of birth, current California addresses, and signed “Raymond A. Manzarek,” “John Densmore,” and “Robert A. Krieger,” at the bottom of their respective application. All four are triple-cloth-matted and framed with a group portrait and a small plaque to an overall size of 36.5 x 31. In fine condition.

Having recorded their first album at the end of August 1966, it became necessary for the band to join the organization, to protect their musical rights when the album would be released in January of 1967. Joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, who were also members, these applications allowed the band to receive royalties from the performances of their songs. The band’s first televion performance occurred in late 1966 or early 1967 on the Los Angeles television show, Boss City, and later on Shebang, performing ‘Break On Through.’ These applications, each filled out by the band members, represent one of the earliest, and arguably one of the most important, collection of Doors items available. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in The Doors

 

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Elvis Presley personally owned antique cross

Presley’s personally-owned antique cross, which he kept above his bed in the mid-1950s. Wooden cross is inlaid into silver, then gold-plated, and measures 3.25″ long, with a small hoop at the top for a chain. Cross was given by Presley to his long-time friend and confidant Judy Spreckels, who shared a unique and intimate brother-sister relationship with Presley during the early days of his career. Cross is accompanied by a letter from Spreckels which reads, in part: “The antique cross was a gift to me from Elvis when he was leaving Beverly Hills for a train trip home to Memphis. I have treasured it since that day 47 years ago…Elvis gave me the cross I always kept adhered to the wall…He had it in his bedroom at the hotel, and he knew I liked it so he gave it to me.” In fine condition, with much of the plating worn off revealing the silver underneath. A deeply personal gift to an early trusted companion. RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Elvis Presley

 

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Bob Dylan rare handwritten lyrics to the song “Lay Lady Lay”

Amazing and rare handwritten lyrics to the song ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ on an off-white 5 x 8 sheet of Atlantic Lumber Company stationery. In pencil, Dylan has added the title at the top, with the musical keys near the right edge. He proceeds to write all three verses of the song. In full:

“Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed (2) Whatever colors you have in your mind I’ll show them to you you’ll see them shine Whatever colors you can have and hold I’ll show them to you, they’ll shine like gold Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed

Stay lady stay stay with your man awhile Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile Clothes face (keep) travelling on the moonlit mile Hands are dirty, hands are clean You’re the best thing I (he’s) ever seen— Stay lady stay stay with your man awhile

Why wait any longer for the world to begin Why wait for the sky to turn blue (You can have your cake and eat it too) Why wait any longer for the one you love When he’s standing right in front of you.

Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed Stay, lady, stay—stay while the night is still ahead I long to see you in the morning light I long to hold you in the night (all thru the night) Got my night light shining and the stars are too Got the heartbreaking blues and they’re all for you Stay lady stay stay while the night is still ahead Lay lady lay across my big brass bed.”

Several subtle differences exist from the recorded version and the lyrics offered here, with Dylan changing a couple of the lines including: “shine like gold,” as well as the removal of the two lines, “Got my night light shining and the stars are too / Got the heartbreaking blues and they’re all for you.”

Accompanied by 2013 letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, President of the Bob Dylan Music Company which reads: “I have represented Bob Dylan for the past 35 years. This letter will certify that the lyrics to Lay, Lady, Lay, contained herein, are authentic, original Bob Dylan lyric worksheets, written in his own hand. These lyrics were discovered in a storage vault with several other of Bob Dylan’s personal items dating from the 1960’s and 1970’s.” In fine condition.

Originally written to be included on the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack, the song missed the submission deadline, and was then reportedly offered to the Everly Brothers, who also declined. Finally released on his 1969 album Nashville Skyline, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ subsequently appears on several of his compilations, as well as making the set lists of his live performances. An unbelievably scarce offering from one of music’s most influential songwriters, authenticated directly by Dylan’s longtime current manager. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Bob Dylan

 

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