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Color Classics production background from The Kids in the Shoe

(Fleischer Studios, 1935) Original Color Classics production background from The Kids in the Shoe featuring a brilliant hand-painted landscape with the colorful shoe-turned-house. Accomplished in gouache and airbrush on an 11.25 x 8.25 sheet of illustration board. In fine condition. A positively gorgeous piece, exceptionally vibrant and remarkably vivid for such an early cartoon, which was produced in two-strip Technicolor.


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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in RR Autograph Auctions


Flown Palapa B2 Apogee Rocket Motor Assembly

Flown commercial satellite Apogee Rocket Motor Assembly from the Palapa B2 satellite retrieved from space by the shuttle Discovery during the STS-51-A mission. Assembly, serial number 31, with its graphite closure measures approximately 30″ tall with a nozzle diameter of approximately 23″. This assembly flew in space for over 119 million miles until it became the focus of the first ever satellite rescue mission. A small Morton Thiokol label is affixed to the included rectangular metal collar, and reads: “Project Name: Star 30 Palapa / Subject: Retrieval S/N 031 / Photo Date: 7/28/88 / Test Description: Disassembly.” In fine condition, with expected wear from firing.

Launched from shuttle mission STS-41B in February of 1984, the Palapa B failed to achieve geosynchronous orbit due to a design flaw of this very assembly. After its failed deployment, the satellite was purchased by Sattel Technologies which contracted NASA to retrieve it on the November 1984 STS-51-A shuttle mission. Sattel also contracted Hughes Aircraft Company and McDonnell Douglas to refurbish and relaunch the satellite. After its recovery, Thiokol corporation de-integrated this nozzle assembly with its graphite closure for analysis, and determined that it was a failure of this nozzle that was the root cause of the satellites inability to achieve proper orbit. A historically significant artifact from the first ever satellite recovered and returned to space. In compliance with ITAR regulations, this item is limited to purchase by US Citizens. RR Auction COA.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Nov 13, 2014 & ends Nov 20, 2014

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in RR Autograph Auctions


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Complete set of the 1938 R69 Gum Inc Horrors of War trading cards

Scarce mid-grade complete set of the 1938 R69 Gum, Inc., ‘Horrors of War’ trading cards, comprised of all 288 cards. In overall very good condition; none of the cards are creased. Card #283, depicting Adolf Hitler, is encapsulated by PSA and graded “VG-EX 4.” The ‘Horrors of War’ series is one of the most famous non-sport trading card sets ever issued, owing to its impressive and violent illustrations, which depict and describe events of the Sino-Japanese War, Ethiopian War, and Spanish Civil War. It was originally released as a 240-card set, with 48 cards later added to depict the violence in Germany and start of World War II; given their shorter print run, these last 48 cards are especially scarce. RR Auction COA.


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Rare signed first edition off-print of Watson and Crick’s paper on DNA

Signed offprint article: ‘Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid.’ Off-print from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953), 14 pages. Original self-wrappers. Signed on the first page in black ballpoint, “James D. Watson” and black felt tip “Francis Crick.” Includes an attractive custom-made leatherbound clamshell case. In very fine condition. This is the enormously desirable rare first edition off-print of the article announcing the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, the single most important breakthrough in the history of the life sciences. An exceedingly scarce example, signed by Watson and Crick on the first page and thus eminently suited for exhibition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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Wooden Saturn 1B Rocket Model

Very nice wooden Saturn 1B rocket model. Multi-stage rocket measures 42.5″ tall, including its square wooden base, with each stage labeled accordingly and a small figure of a pad worker on the base to give rocket some scale. Some chipped paint, surface marks, and a couple missing small accessories which have broken off from the edges, otherwise fine condition. RR Auction COA.


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RR Auctions Gangsters, Outlaws Lawmen Preview for Live Auction on Sept 30th


The American Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen live auction will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012, beginning at 10am. For more information, please visit the RR Auctions web site


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