Highly desirable uninscribed official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Armstrong in his white space suit, boldly signed in black felt tip. In fine to very fine condition, with an extremely trivial ding to the lower left corner tip. Uninscribed photos of Armstrong represent one of the most coveted prizes in the entire field of space collecting, and this is an especially fine example. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Monthly Archives: February 2015
Manuscript DS in French, signed “Antoinette,” one page, 7.5 x 10, July 1779. Marie Antoinette adjudicates a real estate agreement. In part (translated): “Price of the acquisition of M. Giac on M. Chateaugiron—290,000. Schedule of Payments: Before the end of January 1774, 6 months—90,000. During the year 1774—18 months—100,000. In the first 3 months 1779—21 months—100,000. Total: 290,000. M. Giac also promised half of the salary until the payment of the 90,000. That is to say, for 6 months this object is valued at 4,000. M. Bertier has offered the same arrangements. M. Giac deserves money (immediately available) which is indispensable to him to satisfy the arrangement. M. Bertier offered him some, while deducting the interest. The deduction of this interest would increase the price of the charge by 18,900. M. Bertier, little preoccupied with money matters asks no better to satisfy. M. Giac, not wanting to go against the outline which the Queen’s letter provides, has honored M. Seulray. Decision of July 1779. Her majesty is asked to decide if she will permit M. Bertier to give M. Giac 294,000 (immediately available) without deducting interest.” In the left margin, Marie Antoinette writes: “Mr. Berthier will make the same arrangements and schedule as Mr.Giac with Mr. Chateaugiron.” Attractively mounted, cloth-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 22.5 x 18.5. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), scattered creases, and a bit of light soiling. An exceedingly desirable document from one of Europe’s most infamous royals. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Signed book: The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. First edition. Philadelphia: David MacKay Company, 1931. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.75. Boldly signed and inscribed on the dedication page, “To ‘Billy,’ With Best Wishes, Walt Disney.” The boards are slightly bowed. The spine benefits from professional restoration, with the page immediately inside the front cover replaced with a copy by the book restoration expert. The corresponding page inside the back cover was also professionally replaced, creating a solid book, with some mirroring of the inscription and signature, otherwise fine condition. The restoration did not affect the page signed by Walt Disney nor any of the other interior pages. Despite these physical flaws and repairs, the signed page remains an exceptionally bright and colorful example. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Phil Sears.
A relatively substantial collection of several curly strands of Beethoven’s hair, most appearing to be at least 3″ long. The hair has been kept in a slip of paper folded several times, captioned twice in pencil “Beethoven.” The inside bears a penciled draft for Beethoven’s funeral procession, most likely written by Anton Schindler or Stephan von Breuning, who made the preparations. Notes read in part (translated): “1. leader with staff. 2. 8 children 2 girls with candles 2 girls w/ flower baskets wherein flws. & fruit / 2 boys w/ candles 2 children with pitchforks, scythes, flowers…Soprano, Alto & Basso.” The hair is in fine condition and the folded slip in very good condition, with heavy intersecting folds and the writing a few shades light. The funeral at the Währing cemetery took place on March 29, with roughly 20,000 mourners in attendance. The eulogy was written by Franz Grillparzer and read by actor Heinrich Anschutz. Franz Xaver Stöber’s famous painting of the even shows a “leader with staff,” as described in these notes, followed by trombonists and singers, then by the children, and then by the catafalque bearing the composer’s casket.
Sought-after pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on an off-white 3.75 x 2 card, with collector’s notations penciled above and below: “Signature of Geronimo, Sept 30-1904, at Worlds Fair St Louis.” Displayed below is a substantial lock of Geronimo’s hair, which is accompanied by materials thoroughly tracing its provenance. Matted and framed to an overall size of 17.75 x 14. In overall fine condition, with some brushing to graphite in the signature. Accompanied by a packet of provenance information, as well as a small 1904 pocket notebook used by the same person that wrote the notations on the signed card.
Exceptional RCA Records souvenir photo album from 1970, twenty pages, 8.5 x 11, full of great images of Presley from throughout his career, signed three times in black ballpoint: signed once on the front cover, “Elvis Presley”; signed and inscribed on the back cover, “To Sandy, from Elvis Presley”; and signed and inscribed on the opposing side in the same manner. In fine condition, with a diagonal crease at the top (most noticeable on the front cover). Accompanied by a photo of Presley signing this while sitting in his car. A desirable item boasting three signed color images of the King. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Exceptionally rare 1963–1964 official Beatles fan club membership card, 4 x 2.5, filled out with the member’s name and signature, “Thomas D. Waddell, Member Number 10366,” signed in blue ballpoint by all four Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In very good condition, with scattered creases and soiling, and areas of light contrast to signatures against the dark text printed on the card. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, stating that the autographs were obtained backstage at the Carlton Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Scotland on October 6, 1963. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.