Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised early design on the face of the iconic Apollo 11 mission insignia, with the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, along with the July 16, 1969, launch date; July 20, 1969, moon landing date; and July 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “190.” Condition is mint state. Medal is accompanied by the original case, labeled “190.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 11 silver medallion number ‘190’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 11 number ‘190’ included with this letter.” Remarkably scarce flight-flown mementos such as this—particularly one from man’s first step into a brave new world—are highly prized by collectors. Provenance: Dave Scott.
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Former slave (1818–1895) who lent his eloquent, powerful voice to the abolitionist movement. Manuscript DS, signed “Fred’k Douglass,” one page, 3 x 7.75, December 18, 1885. The docketing panel of an official bill of sale for a land transaction between Jesse D. B. Peters and W. S. Deardorff. Crisply signed by Douglass as recorder of deeds. Nicely double-matted and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 14.5 x 14. In fine condition, with expected document wear and light toning. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Absentee Bidding ends at 12 PM ET Wednesday Feb 18 – Live Bidding Begins at 1 PM ET Feb 19
Uncommon flown Franklin Mint medal, number 0061, approximately 1.5″ diameter, carried into lunar orbit on board the Command Module Kitty Hawk during the Apollo 14 mission. The medal features a raised Apollo 14 mission insignia on the front, with the reverse depicting the lunar surface with raised letters at the bottom reading: “Spacecraft/ Kitty Hawk & Antares/ Destination/ Fra Mauro—1971.” Medallion is inside a small cardboard holder, notated and initialed in blue ballpoint by Edgar Mitchell, “Flown on ‘Kitty Hawk,’ No. 0061, EM.” In fine condition, with some light tarnishing to insignia side. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Edgar Mitchell, in part: “This document is to certify Apollo 14 Franklin Mint Medallion, serial number 0061. The accompanying medallion was flown aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk on the Apollo 14 expedition to the moon which launched January 31, 1971.” Each of the three Apollo 14 crew members carried 65 of these medallions in their PPKs. After the mission, fifty of them were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down toward the production of Apollo 14 commemorative coins that were sent to Franklin Mint subscribers in 1971. Compared to the 303 Robbins medals flown on the mission, these Franklin Mint medals are considerably scarcer with just 145 possible examples. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Rare original Army of Northern Virginia Confederate battle flag, featuring the iconic dark blue Saint Andrew’s Cross edged in white against a deep red background, adorned with 13 white stars. The flag is constructed of a high quality bunting and measures the standard infantry size of 48″ on the hoist and 47″ on the fly. The stars are of heavy white linen and applied to the front side only, with corresponding star shapes cut out from blue fabric so that both sides are identical in appearance. The hoist is a heavier canvas material with hand-sewn grommets, folded over and sewn to the edge of the flag. It is a highly displayable piece in fine condition, with a nice age patina and some small holes and tatters throughout; it is entirely original and unrestored, and there is a six-inch open seam at the fly end. Previously sold by respected Civil War specialist Dale C. Anderson and accompanied by his letter of authenticity.
The first commander of the Army of Northern Virginia was General P. G. T. Beauregard, who suggested the design and adoption of a battle flag, which came to be the primary battle flag for all corps and forces under the Army of Northern Virginia. In a letter to Joseph E. Johnston of September 5, 1861, Beauregard proposed ‘regimental war or badge flags made of red with two blue bars crossing each other diagonally on which shall be introduced the stars.’ At the first Battle of Bull Run a number Confederate regiments fought under the Confederate national flag, known as the ‘Stars and Bars,’ which resembled the flag of the United States—this led to some confusion in identifying troops, and Beauregard stated that if the army created a new battle flag, ‘We would then on the field of battle know our friends from our enemies.’ Original Confederate battle flags are extremely scarce—particularly in such a well-preserved state—and rarely ever come to open market.
Bidding for the Auction opens Sep 11, 2014 & ends Sep 17, 2014
(Walt Disney Studios, 1937) Original production cel featuring Sneezy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, showing him happily emerging from a circular hole. The cel has been trimmed and applied to an airbrushed woodgrain background as prepared by the Disney Studio to be sold at the Courvoisier Galleries. Image measures 3 x 4.5, with a mat opening of 5.25 x 5.5. Mat dimensions are 11 x 12. The piece has the original Disney Courvoisier Galleries label on the reverse. In fine condition. Prepared and marketed by Courvoisier Galleries in the late 1930s, these celluloid images from the actual production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were trimmed and placed on airbrushed backgrounds. A wide variety of these cel setups were created and sold. These particular examples display a visible woodgrain background. One common design was to place the character within a circle along with the name.
Vintage pencil signatures of the four highest ranking officers to survive the sinking of the Titanic on two off-white 8.5 x 5.5 sheets of Dr. Frank H. Blackmarr’s personal stationery obtained on board the Carpathia after their rescue. One sheet is signed, “J. Groves Boxhall, ‘Manora’ Westbourne Ave., Hull, England, 4th Officer of the late Titanic,” “C. H. Lightoller, Nikko Lodge, Netley Abbey, Hauts, 2nd offr. of late SS ‘Titanic,’” and “H. G. Lowe, Pernalls, Bournemouth, N. Wales, England, 5th Officer S. S. ‘Titanic.’” Second sheet is signed in pencil, “H. J. Pitman, C/o W. H. Taylor, Castle Cary, Somerset, 3rd officer S/S Titanic.” Reverse of the second sheet bears notations in another hand, which read, in part: “Picture of little boy & officer for Dr. Washington Dodge, Care N. Vidor, 116 Nassau, New York.” Punch holes to top of one sheet, along with a central horizontal fold, slightly trimmed top edge to second sheet, along with some scattered toning and stray ink marks, otherwise fine condition. Dr. Blackmarr’s complete scrapbook was auctioned by Dunnings Auction House, Elgin, Illinois, in 1998, this being one of those scrapbook items. The here-offered piece was once displayed at the Smithsonian’s Fire and Ice Exhibition.
Blackmarr was a physician from Chicago travelling on board the Carpathia when the distress signal from the Titanic was received. Besides assisting in treating those taken on board during the rescue, he also began to write down his observations and statements from survivors, as well as obtaining the signatures of these four crew members. He would later use these notes to give lectures, as well as publish several articles. All four officers played important roles in evacuating the Titanic as it sank, with Lowe being the only one to return to the area to search for survivors after organizing several life boats, as well as rescuing the passengers on the sinking Collapsible A. An amazing collection of signatures acquired only hours after the tragedy, with two of the eyewitness officers already noting the loss of the ship. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Titanic Auction opens Apr 17, 2014 & ends Apr 24, 2014
Original copy of the Compass, the annual for George Washington High School, Alexandria, Virginia (Volume 26), for 1961, hardcover, 8 x 10.75, 199 pages, signed in blue ballpoint at the top of the first page, “J. Morrison.” Morrison’s clean-cut image is located in the senior class photos. Remainder of the book bears many signatures and inscriptions to the book’s original owner. In good condition, with moderate to heavy areas of dampstaining and foxing throughout the book, resulting in some pages sticking together and areas of paper loss. However, Morrison’s page is largely unaffected by the exposure, with only mild dampstaining and rippling to page. This was the second high school Morrison attended, having transferred from Alameda High School in California to George Washington, due to his father being stationed in the Navy. Difficult to find even in in unsigned editions, this copy, boasting a very early Morrison signature, is the first signed yearbook we have ever offered. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Mar 13, 2014 & ends Mar 20, 2014