Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Signed on the first free end page in blue ballpoint by John Lennon, Brian Epstein, and Wilfrid Brambell; also signed on the front pastedown in blue felt tip by Helen Shapiro, and in blue ballpoint by Arthur Askey. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. This was probably signed at a special literary luncheon on April 23, 1964, held by Foyle’s bookshop at the Dorchester Hotel during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night, which was attended by all five. The first UK nationwide tour the Beatles accomplished were as Shapiro’s opening act in 1963, and Brambell appeared in the role of ‘Grandfather’ in A Hard Day’s Night. An uncommon assemblage of signers with several terrific Beatles associations. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Sought-after fountain pen signature and inscription, “Herr Dr. Diamond, Albert Einstein, 1934,” on an off-white 3 x 1.5 card. A uniform block of moderate toning from previous display and irregularly trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a striking unsigned matte-finish 7 x 9 portrait from the period, showing the renowned physicist in a wonderful, classic pose. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Bank of Columbia check, 6.25 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Madison as president, “James Madison,” payable to Cudden Davis for $3000, September 28, 1816. In very good condition, with overall toning, expected cancellation cuts to the body, and light dampstaining affecting a central portion of the signature. During this period the White House was being rebuilt after having been torched by the British in 1814, and Madison would not reside there for the rest of his term. A highly desirable check penned by a sitting president for an unusually hefty sum. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Extremely rare UK mono pressing of the 1965 album John Mayall Plays John Mayall, signed on the back cover in blue ballpoint by Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Hughie Funt, and John McVie. In very good condition, with moderate overall creases, substantial wrinkling and creasing to the laminate on the front cover, and toning and soiling to edges. The record is included. A scarce line-up of this influential band that helped to launch the British ‘blues boom’ of the 1960s. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Appealing matte-finish 5.75 x 7.75 formal portrait of Houdini in a dapper suit, boldly signed in fountain pen in the upper right, “Yours etc, Houdini, 1917,” adding “and alls well” to the left side. Trimmed and affixed to a same-size mount. In very good condition, with several professionally repaired tears and cracks to the photo (not affecting the signature) and light soiling. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Block of four five-cent stamps issued in 1963 to honor the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, 2.25 x 4, signed in blue ballpoint, “Best wishes, Martin Luther King.” Poor contrast of the signature against the background of the same color, otherwise fine condition. A fantastic association between important eras of progress in American civil rights, especially as King gave his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the year these stamps were issued. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Harrisongs Ltd. business check, 7.5 x 3.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Lennon, payable to Ray Sargeant Ltd. for £65.11.0, June 16, 1971. Matted and framed with a color portrait to an overall size of 12.5 x 20. In fine condition, with punch holes to top edge, and a bank stamp over first name of signature, as well as a red cancellation mark slightly touching last name of signature. Lennon checks are quite scarce, and this is the first we have ever seen issued on behalf of George Harrison’s publishing company. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.