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Ezra Pound Signed Portrait

American modernist writer and critic (1885–1972) whose works, particularly his poetry, occupy a central place in twentieth-century letters. Glossy 8 x 10 photo of Pound in profile, signed in the lower border in fountain pen, “Absent Dei from serendipity, Ezra Pound.” In very good condition, with some light irregular ink adhesion to signature and scattered creases to image. Signed portraits of Pound are quite uncommon, particularly in this size. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Ezra Pound

 

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John F. Kennedy Massachusetts Senator Signed Photo

Exquisite, crystal-clear vintage glossy 8.5 x 11 portrait of Kennedy as a Massachusetts senator, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Rod and Diana MacLeish, with the very warmest regards of their friend, John Kennedy.” Originally taken by renowned photographer Philippe Halsman in 1952. Affixed to a same-size mount. Paper loss to lower right which could mostly be matted out, otherwise fine condition. Rod MacLeish was an accomplished journalist who was news director for WBZ radio in Boston in the early 1950s, going on to be a commentator for CBS News, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. Halsman’s photographs are highly collectible even unsigned, and the association with an important political commentator makes this example a unique and exceptionally desirable portrait. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in John F. Kennedy

 

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Jim Thorpe Signed Portrait of the Native American football legend embracing his heritage

Fantastic matte-finish 8 x 10 photo of Thorpe in an elaborate Native American headdress, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Norman D. Money from Jim Thorpe 1940.” Encapsulated in a removable plastic PSA/DNA authentication holder grading the autograph an “8.” In fine condition, with a few small mounting remnants to reverse, a bit of mild silvering to darker areas, and a small tear to lower right edge. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, also grading the autograph an “8.” Autographed 8 x 10 portraits of Thorpe are extremely rare, with this exceptional example being just the third we have ever offered. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Jim Thorpe

 

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Harper Lee Signed Book To Kill a Mockingbird First Edition

Signed book: To Kill a Mockingbird. First edition (stated explicitly on the copyright page). Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.25, 296 pages. Signed and inscribed later on in black felt tip, “To Jean and Bill, With best wishes, Harper Lee, Christmas 1988” on a similarly-sized page which has been inserted and affixed into the front of the volume. Autographic condition: fine, with some light staining to edges of signed page and an authentication label affixed to the reverse. Book condition: VG-/VG-. A rare opportunity to acquire a scarce first edition of a modern classic.

 

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Harper Lee

 

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Laptop used to send the first-ever presidential email to outer space

Extremely well-documented Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop computer used by Bill Clinton to transmit the first-ever presidential email, sent to John Glenn while he was in outer space during NASA’s STS-95 mission. The laptop is complete with its external floppy drive, a floppy disk, and power cords. While orbiting Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on November 6, 1998, Glenn sent President Clinton an email that read, in part: “This is certainly a first for me, writing to a President from space, and it may be a first for you in receiving an E mail direct from and [sic] orbiting spacecraft. In any event, I want to personally thank you and Mrs. Clinton for coming to the Cape to d/see [sic] the launch. I hope you enjoyed it just half as much as we did on board. It is truly an awesome experience from a personal standpoint, and of even greater importance for all of the great research projects we have on Discovery. The whole crew was impressed that you would be the first President to personally see a shuttle launch and asked me to include their best regards to you Hillary. She has discussed her interest in the space program with Annie on several occasions, and I know she would like to be on a flight just like this one. We have gone almost a third of the way around the world in the time it has taken me to write this letter, and the rest of the crew is waiting.”

On the morning of November 7th, Clinton responded, in full: “Thanks for your message. Hillary and I had a great time at the launch. We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous. We can’t wait for you to get home so we can have a first hand report. Meanwhile back on earth, we’re having a lot of fun with your adventure. At a camp rally in Queens, I asked an 83 year old lady what she thought of your trip. She replied that it seemed like a perfectly fine thing for a young man like you to do! I hope your last few hours go well. Give my best to the rest of the crew.”

Both of these emails are preserved on the laptop’s hard drive and backed up on the included floppy disk, and remain accessible via the AOL application on the computer. This laptop belonged to White House physician Commander Robert G. Darling of the United States Navy Medical Corps, and includes a color satin-finish 10 x 8 official White House photo of Clinton and Darling together with the computer, signed and inscribed in the lower border as president, “To Rob Darling—with thanks not only for keeping me healthy but for getting my message into outer space!—Bill Clinton.” With this is Darling’s letter to Clinton on White House letterhead, September 4, 1999, requesting that he sign the photo.

The extensive accompanying documentation consists of a two-page typed memo on White House letterhead by Darling explaining the circumstances that led to the email exchange on his computer, a copy of a letter from the Department of the Navy advising Darling that it is legal for him to sell the computer, a typed letter by Darling explaining various specifics about the computer itself, and instructions on how to access the email files.

In early 2000 President Clinton commented that he did not use email because of security concerns, and was quoted in an interview with a New York reporter: ‘I e-mailed John Glenn in space. And I e-mailed some Marines and sailors on a ship at Christmas. That was it.’ This is a remarkable museum-worthy collection that represents the dawn of a new age, combining America’s greatest technological achievements—space travel and the internet—in spectacular fashion. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Bill Clinton, Nasa

 

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Apollo 11 Cue Card Flown To The Moon Signed by Buzz Aldrin

Two adjoined Velcro-backed cue cards from the Apollo 11 mission. First card measures 2.5 x 8 and is headed at the top, “EMS–AV to 7000 fps, Boost,” and starts at T -3:00, continues to lift-off, and ends at “11:50 Insersion.” This card is signed at the top in black felt tip, “Buzz Aldrin,” and signed again on the reverse with the confirmation “Flown to the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI.” Attached to the bottom of the first card is laminated 2.5 x 8 cue card, printed primarily in red, headed “Mode I,” and “Mode II–III–IV,” with both modes starting with “Abort.” In fine condition, with some scattered light toning and soiling.

The cue card details contingency abort activities (automatic and crew initiated) during the critical boost phase of flight from launch through earth orbit insertion which would allow the crew to effect an early return or achieve orbit in the event of a critical launch vehicle or Command Service Module (CSM) anomaly. The card addresses four abort modes. Mode 1 (enabled up to 19 miles altitude) leveraged the Launch Escape System (LES) to separate and ferry away the Apollo Command Module from the booster; Mode II (after jettison of the LES) utilized the Service Propulsion System (SPS) and Command Module Reaction Control Engines (RCS); Mode III (Contingency Orbit Insertion or COI) employs the Saturn V third stage (S-IVB); and Mode IV uses the SPS to achieve CSM orbit in the event the S-IVB is unable to do so.

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Hirohito and Empress Nagako Signed Photos

Emperor of Japan (born 1901) from 1926 to his death in 1989. Following the devastating result of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in World War II, he renounced his divinity in favor of a democratic constitutional monarchy. Incredibly scarce set of vintage matte-finish 8.5 x 12.75 three-quarter length portraits of Hirohito and Empress Nagako, beautifully signed in thick black ink in Japanese by the emperor and empress. In fine condition, with a small tear to the upper border of the Hirohito photo that could be easily matted out for pristine display. Accompanied by the original presentation folder, bearing an embossed Imperial Seal of Japan on the front. Few Hirohito portraits are made available to the collecting public, particularly those of this quality and size—this the largest Hirohito photo we have ever offered. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Hirohito

 

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Elvis Presley 1976 Stage Used Mahogany Acoustic Guitar

Presley’s stage-used 1976 NBN limited edition #0014 mahogany acoustic guitar, briefly played during his April 23, 1976, concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. He had received the guitar as a gift from two of the owners of NBN during a trip to Vail, Colorado, on January 8, 1976. The gorgeous six-string guitar has 21 frets, a dark pickguard, gold Grover tuners, and an intricate mother of pearl inlay decorating the frets, neck, base, and trim. There is some crazing to the guitar’s finish, a few trivial cracks to trim, and the high E string is broken. Elvis’s chipped off-white Fender guitar pick and the original hardshell case are also included.

Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from Al Strada, dated August 18, 1979, in part: “This Guitar was given to Elvis Presley, as a gift, in Vail, Colorado, while vacationing there in 1976. The Guitar was later used, by Elvis, at a Denver Concert in 1976,” as well as a letter of provenance from Joe Esposito, describing its history, in part: “Some of the people present when the guitar was presented was, Joe Esposito, Al Strada, Billy Smith, Marty Lacker, Jerry Schilling and Linda Thompson…These NBN guitars were handmade and the manufacturer made only five or six per year. This guitar was given to Elvis’ chief of security, Al Strada. The guitar was sold to a gentleman in Oklahoma who in turn sold it to Jimmy Velvet’s Elvis Presley Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in 1982.” Also accompanied by certificates of authenticity from the Elvis Presley Museum for the guitar and original hardshell case. Though the abundant provenance confirms the guitar was briefly played at the Denver concert, likely due to Elvis’s utilizing multiple instruments during the show, we were unable to locate an image of him with this particular instrument. Oversized. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Elvis Presley

 

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Marilyn Manson Orginal Watercolor Self-portrait Dope Show

Incredibly desirable original self-portrait, watercolor on heavy canvas paper, 33.5 x 47.5, signed in the lower left corner, “MM.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 45.25 x 55. In fine condition. Accompanied by an ALS from Manson, signed “MM,” to “Mr. G,” which reads, “Here’s the teaser. I included an extra if you think Richard L. at Caa should see it. Make it rare and cherished. I want all of Hollywood to be frowning. Also a score-reel—copy if needed. A disc of art (not the layout) and a little retard-made book of prints. You can pass it around. You got the book of quotes. I have the other half of the script. The other disc is just for you.” Also included is the hardbound book of prints mentioned in the letter, featuring a full-page image of the painted portrait, and other impressive examples of Manson’s watercolor works.” Becoming interested in watercolors in the late 1990s, Manson originally sold his art to drug dealers. His first show, titled ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’ took place in 2002, and was quite successful, even though his work was panned by critics, several of his paintings sold quickly. This particular self-portrait, done in 1998 as a part of his Gray Series, was used on the cover for his ‘Dope Show’ single, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 1999. Manson’s artwork has been featured in galleries and special exhibits around the world and has become increasingly popular and highly desirable by contemporary art collectors. Provenance: Gerry Harrington. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Marilyn Manson

 

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The Who Signed Promotional Group Photo

Very rare and early vintage semi-glossy 6.25 x 8.25 promotional group photo, signed in the lower border in blue ballpoint, “Roger Daltrey,” “Keith Moon,” “Peter Townshend,” and “John Brown,” John Entwistle’s stage name used for a short time while the band played a series of shows at the Marquee Club in London. Signatures date from December 1964 to January 1965. A few light bends and creases and Moon’s signature a couple of shades lighter than the others due to decreased ink flow, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. These now legendary concerts entitled ‘Maximum R & B’ were considered to be the group’s stepping stone to mega-stardom. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in The Who

 

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