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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Theodore Roosevelt Bank Check

Bank check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by Roosevelt, payable to James L. Clark for $537, June 7, 1911. Also endorsed on the reverse by Clark. In fine condition, with two vertical folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature) and expected cancellation holes.

Clark was distinguished explorer who worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and was a close friend to Roosevelt. He had traveled to Africa in to 1908 photograph big game for Collier’s Weekly, producing the ‘first film to record African wildlife,’ and brought back exotic specimens for the president’s collection. Roosevelt first traveled to Africa in 1909 in his famous expedition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. A fine association with Roosevelt’s well-known enthusiasm for travel and exploration. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Rare tri-fold 1976 Led Zeppelin Press Release Signed by John Bonham

Rare tri-fold 1976 Led Zeppelin press release from their Swan Song record label, 8.25 x 11.75, signed on the front beneath an image of the group in blue ballpoint, “Best wishes, John Bonham.” In very good condition, with light creases and scattered staining (lightly affecting portions of the signature area). Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Led Zeppelin

 

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John Lennon 1976 ballpoint signature

Prominent circa 1976 ballpoint signature, “John Lennon,” on an off-white 5.75 x 4 slip. In fine condition, with a fold across the bottom edge, trivial skipping to beginning of signature, and a PSA/DNA label affixed to the lower right corner. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in John Lennon

 

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James Joyce Signed Book Ulysses

Signed book: Ulysses. First edition, fourth printing. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1924. Hardcover, 6.75 x 8, 736 pages. Neatly signed and inscribed on the first free end page in crisp black ink, “To Edward Irvine Halliday, James Joyce, Paris, 31. iii. 924.” Autographic condition: uniform fragile toning, a few small edge chips, and an inch-long tear to the upper left edge near the spine (in no way affecting the inscription or signature), otherwise fine. Book condition: VG-/None. Edward Irvine Halliday (1902–1984) was a painter and student at the Royal College of Art, attending classes on a travel scholarship at the Academie Colarossi in Paris when Joyce inscribed this copy of Ulysses for him. He was highly regarded for his portraits, portraying many members of the British royal family and foreign dignitaries. As an extremely rare early edition of this iconic work inscribed to a portrait artist as a young man, this is an immensely desirable cornerstone piece.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in James Joyce

 

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Woodworking Tools Used on the Construction of the Titanic

Two woodworking tools once owned and used by Thomas McCauley who was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast during the construction of Olympic and Titanic. These two tools, consisting of a folding carpenter ruler and ‘keyhole’ hand saw were once part of the tool kit of Thomas McCauley. They eventually passed as part of McCauley’s entire tool kit to his grandson, Ernest McGookin of Belfast, Ireland. Attractively archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with a photo of the Titanic at the shipyard and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 22.5 x 31. Included with this lot is a photocopy of a picture showing McCauley as well as a copy of a letter on Queen’s University of Belfast’s letterhead dated January 17, 1975, thanking McCauley for the loan of his tools he used when working on Titanic for inclusion in an educational exhibit. Other examples of tools owned and used by Thomas McCauley are currently on display at the Titanic museum attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Chain of custody is as follows: Thomas McCauley to his grandson Ernest McGookin, Ernest McGookin to Steve Santini in 1999. Oversized.

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Jean Jacques Rousseau Handwritten Note

Important Swiss-French philosopher and writer who held that the individual is essentially good but usually corrupted by society (1712–1778). Rare unsigned handwritten manuscript in French, one page, 7.5 x 9.75, no date. A fragment from a manuscript related to a projected work on the history of women that Rousseau undertook at the insistence of his patron Mme. Dupin. In full (translated): “This is in memory of Heloise, learned in Greek that the nuns of the Paraclete are accustomed to the Greek office on the day of Pentecost.” The reference of this quote is written in the margin. In fine condition. One of Rousseau’s chief works was entitled Julie, or the New Heloise, which drew its name from the history of Heloise d’Argenteuil and Peter Abelard, a medieval story of passion and Christian renunciation. An exceedingly rare and intriguing piece. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

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Abraham Lincoln Signed Letter 1860

LS signed by Lincoln, “A. Lincoln,” one page, 5 x 2.75, June 19, 1860. Letter to J. Van Prag complying with an autograph request. In full: “I herewith send you my autograph which you desire.” Matted and framed with an image of Lincoln to an overall size of 12 x 15. Small tears and wear along the right edge, otherwise fine condition. Lincoln had received the presidential nomination just one month earlier at the Republican National Convention in Chicago on May 18, and was en route to electoral victory in November. A wonderfully bold signature from the year of his election to the presidency. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Abraham Lincoln

 

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LeBron James game-used high school uniform

Game-used official On Sports St. Vincent–St. Mary High School uniform worn during the 2003 Pangos Dream Classic, consisting of James’s white mesh jersey and matching shorts, displaying all correct tagging and sewn-on identifiers. The jersey features his number 23 in dark green and gold on the chest and back, with the chest bearing the team nickname, “Irish,” and his name above the number on the back, “James.” The On Sports manufacturer’s tag is sewn in left front tail and indicates a size XXL. Right breast of the jersey bears an American flag embroidered ribbon worn in remembrance of 9/11, and an Adidas logo is screened on the left breast; the team’s logo is also displayed at the center of the neck. The shorts also feature the correct On Sports manufacturer’s tag is sewn inside the waistband, indicating a size of XXL, and dual Fighting Irish logos appear on the sides; the Adidas emblem is also present. Appropriate one-time event wear is discernible and apparent throughout. Accompanied by a Mears letter of opinion and authenticator’s worksheet, evaluating the uniform at a grade of A5 with respect to characteristics and game use.

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in LeBron James

 

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria Signed Letter

Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary as wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, known for her obsessive concern with her health and beauty (1837–1898). LS in Italian, signed “Elisabeth,” one page, 8 x 10.5, July 6, 1866. Untranslated letter sending congratulations to an unnamed recipient on his appointment as cardinal. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds and red pencil marks to lower left. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

 

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Marilyn Monroe Productions Inc signed business check

Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., business check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Monroe, payable to May Reis for $104.72, November 20, 1959. Attractively double-matted and framed with a portrait of Monroe to an overall size of 18 x 25. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold and expected bank stamps (one very light stamp to the first letter of her last name. May Reis was Monroe’s longtime personal secretary and one of the beneficiaries named in her will. At the time she wrote this check, Marilyn was between projects—the classic Some Like It Hot had been released earlier in the year, and she would begin shooting Let’s Make Love in early 1960. Oversized. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

 

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Posted by on December 23, 2014 in Marilyn Monroe

 

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