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Humphrey Bogart and Michele Morgan Signed Photo Passage to Marseille

Vintage glossy 10 x 8 Warner Bros.–First National promotional photo for Passage to Marseille, showing Bogart and Michele Morgan in a convertible, signed in purple fountain pen, “Humphrey Bogart,” and signed and inscribed in purple fountain pen, “To Harold, best wishes, Michele Morgan.” In very good to fine condition, with light scattered creases and surface marks, mild edge wear with a few trivial tears, and some light rubbing to finish. Passage to Marseille, a 1944 war film directed by Michael Curtiz, reunited much of the cast of Casablanca, including Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Helmut Dantine. Michele Morgan had been the original choice for the Casablanca female lead, but the role fell to Ingrid Bergman due to contractual matters. Nevertheless, she found herself starring opposite Bogart in Passage to Marseille two years later. An immensely desirable photo, enhanced by this especially interesting Hollywood association. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Humphrey Bogart

 

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Queen A Day at the Races album signed on the front cover

A Day at the Races album signed on the front cover in yellow artist’s pencil by Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and Brian May, and in blue felt tip by John Deacon. Some scattered edge wear and dings, and a partial separation to one edge, otherwise fine condition. The record is not included. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Queen

 

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Abraham Lincoln ANS as President right before assassination

ANS as president boldly signed “A. Lincoln,” one page both sides, 3.25 x 2, April 5, 1865. In full: “Will the Sec. of War please see & hear Gen. Barringer of N. C. & oblige him if you consistently can in seeing some friends.” In fine condition, with some light toning and soiling, and a couple of barely noticeable bends.

The day after Lincoln landed in Richmond with a small group of soldiers and an entourage of freed slaves, he scheduled an interview with Confederate General Barringer, the first general officer captured and taken to the Federal Headquarters at City Point. The two men conversed pleasantly and found common ground in their discovery that the general’s brother, Daniel, had shared a desk with Lincoln while they were both in Congress. Lincoln gave Barringer a note for the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, ‘…oblige him if you consistently can in seeing some friends.’ Barringer himself noted in his diary of the occasion, ‘Dined with Brig. Gen. Collis Called to see Mr. Lincoln at Gen. Grant’s H. Qtrs—Pleased with him. His looks, dress & manners have been misrepresented [by the] South. Gave me a card to Mr. Stanton.’

The president’s note proved anything but helpful in light of the assassination nine days after their meeting. Barringer was questioned many times and held until July, long after many of the other prisoners had been released. He finally returned home in August, leaving behind a distinguished war record, having risen from captain to general in only a few years. His regiment, engaged in over 150 actions, was considered one of the finest in the Confederate service. This boldly signed note, written so near the time of his death, is a wonderful exemplar of the compassion and respect President Lincoln was known to extend to all, even his former enemies. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Abraham Lincoln

 

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John Lennon Signed Book The Penguin

Signed book: The Penguin. Later printing. England: Penguin Books, 1965. Softcover, 5 x 7.75, 155 pages. Signed on the half-title page, “Love from John Lennon,” adding quick caricature sketches of himself and Yoko Ono; also signed under the images by Yoko Ono. Autographic condition: fine, with some scattered light foxing and a small area of dampstaining to lower right corner tip. Book condition: VG-/None. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in John Lennon

 

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John F. Kennedy personally owned and worn navy blue silk neck tie

President Kennedy’s personally-owned and -worn navy blue silk neck tie with small embroidered gray design accents, made by A. Sulka & Company, measuring 54″ long. Manufacturer’s and material tags are sewn to the underside of the narrow end. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by David J. Powers, son of David F. Powers, who was JFK’s close friend and assistant. In part: “Many consider my father to have been President Kennedy’s best friend. They campaigned together from 1946 to 1963, and traveled the world together on presidential visits from 1960 to 1963. During their travels, they frequently needed to switch from casual attire to something more formal. My father and JFK were not the same size, but that mattered little when it came to neckties. This A. Sulka & Company navy silk tie with a gray graphic design was worn by JFK and subsequently ended up with my father, who may have worn it as well, as they did share on occasion. My father carefully separated this tie from others that were his alone and preserved it among his valuable memorabilia and archives.” While any items worn by presidents are incredibly desirable, the status of John and Jacqueline Kennedy as American fashion icons make pieces worn by them even more appealing. Highly sought-after, and with its excellent provenance from the Powers family, this is an extraordinary presidential piece. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in John F. Kennedy

 

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Four Horsemen Signed Program Ridgewood High School

Exceptionally desirable program for Ridgewood High School’s 17th Football Banquet, held on December 7, 1957, 6 x 9.25, 67 pages, signed above the famous ‘Four Horsemen’ image on the final page in ballpoint by Don Miller, Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley, and Harry Stuhldreher, who made a rare appearance together as guest speakers at the dinner. The image measures 4 x 3.5, and each player is captioned with his last name below. The program is tightly bound with covers present but separated, otherwise fine condition; the final page with the famous ‘Four Horsemen’ image and their bold signatures is unaffected and in very fine condition. An exceptionally rare fully signed example of this famous image, enhanced by its excellent provenance as they were all present at the annual dinner. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Four Horsemen

 

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Walt Whitman handwritten receipt

Handwritten receipt, signed “Walt Whitman,” on the correspondence side of a government postcard, dated February 25, 1881. Receipt reads, in full: “Received Ten Dollars from JL & JB Gilder for piece in Critic Feb. 12.” Front of the postcard is addressed by Whitman to “JL Gilder, Critic office 757 Broadway, New York City.” Several brushes to text and address, and a bit of light soiling, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Walt Whitman

 

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Lou Gehrig Clean pencil signature

Clean pencil signature, “L. Gehrig,” on an off-white 2.25 x 1.25 slip. In fine condition, with closely cropped edges. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Lou Gehrig

 

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Apollo 15 Flown lunar surface EVA retractable tether

Flown lunar surface EVA retractable tether used on the lunar surface by Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin. The tether, referred to by astronauts as a ‘yo-yo,’ is stamped with a part number of SEB33100291-303 and serial number SN 1025. The device measures approximately 6.25 x 2.75 x 1.5, 0.7 pounds, with remnants of its original brown strap used to attach it to Irwin’s PLSS and to carry tools during lunar surface operations. Attached to the end of the 35″ retractable cord is a replacement double-jawed spring-closing mechanism with an incorporated eyelet for attachment to the tether cord. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Dave Scott which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the EVA Retractable Tether (‘Yo-yo’) included with this letter was used by Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Jim Irwin during the lunar surface activities of Apollo 15…The purpose of the Yo-yo was to enable the astronaut to carry certain tools attached to his spacesuit and be readily available without having to carry them by hand. These include the scoop and tongs, both of which were used by Jim Irwin in sampling rocks and soil near Elbow crater on the Moon during EVA-1. This Yo-yo was also used for the Universal Hand Tool (UHT) to assist in ALSEP deployment (Boyd Bold release); however during the ALSEP deployment, this particular Yo-yo failed when the string connecting the clamp broke at its attach point on the clamp, and the clamp was lost on the Moon. We returned the Yo-yo to Earth; and subsequent disassembly after the mission showed that both the bowline and the figure-eight knot attaching the cord to the clamp had untied, thus allowing the cord to retract into the housing…After this post-mission analysis the Yo-yo was reassembled to its current configuration (however the original clamp was replaced in this assembly). An improved clinch knot was installed on large Yo-yos for subsequent missions.” As noted in the Apollo 15 Mission Report (chapter 14, 5.7), both retractable tethers failed during lunar surface operations; the Commander’s tether cord broke during the first extravehicular activity, and the tool clamp came off the end of the Lunar Module Pilot’s tether. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Boris Pasternak Autograph Manuscript

Unsigned autograph manuscript in Russian, one page both sides, 9.25 x 12.5, no date. This manuscript, handwritten by Pasternak, is a draft of his translator’s preface to Hamlet, in which he describes his initial reluctance to undertake the task of translating the play, despite several requests from theaters; he discusses his change of heart and his personal modus operandi, which was to translate the work with only dictionaries and commentaries to help him, and only then to consult the work of other Russian translators. Draft includes numerous pencil notations and corrections. The great majority is in purple ink, with a few lines in pencil written on a separate slip and affixed at the conclusion. In very good condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds (small separations at edges) and scattered toning.

Commissioned in 1939 by renowned Soviet director Vsevolod Meyerhold to translate Hamlet for a production at Leningrad’s Pushkin Theater, it would be over fifteen years before Pasternak’s accomplishment would finally see a stage. At a time of ever-increasing persecution and censorship of the arts, the project suffered a series of major blows, beginning with the arrest and execution of Meyerhold at the beginning of 1940. Already deeply involved in his translation, Pasternak completed his work despite the tragic loss of his friend and patron, and soon caught the attention of a founder of the Moscow Art Theatre. With new preparations for production immediately underway, the realities of life in Moscow again interfered; dismissed by Stalin as a ‘decadent’ play, rehearsals were put on hold in 1941. As World War II took hold of the Soviet Union the following year, Hamlet was shelved indefinitely. It was not until 1954—a year after Stalin’s death—that it would finally debut at the theatre for which it was initially intended, Leningrad’s Pushkin Theatre. (Despite his excitement over the event, Pasternak remained busy at work on Doctor Zhivago and missed the play’s opening night.) Though difficult to date, as Pasternak’s Hamlet went through twelve revised editions over the course of two decades, this is an absolutely remarkable draft that maintains relevancy throughout his entire career. Discussing his highly important translation work—still considered by many the best translations of Shakespeare into Russian—this is arguably the finest piece we have offered from the highly sought-after Nobel winner. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Boris Pasternak

 

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