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RR Autograph Auction Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Original Oil Painting

RR Autograph Auctions Walter Lantz Woody WoodpeckerExtremely scarce original painting by Walter Lantz, oil on canvas, entitled ‘Liberty Bell,’ 19.25 x 16.5, depicting Woody Woodpecker looking unhappy with a broken beak presumably from flying into the Liberty Bell behind him. This is one of a small series of paintings done by Lantz which shows Woody at different historical places. Painting is signed in black paint in the lower right, “Walter Lantz 1979.” Framed to an overall size of 26 x 22. In very fine condition. Provenance: Christie’s, 1994.

A magnificent piece of art, this was one of a scant handful of paintings by Lantz depicting Woody at various historical locations; other themes in the set included Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore. This exceptional series, apparently done for his personal enjoyment, are a tribute to Lantz’s artistic capabilities. This painting hung in Lantz’s studio in Beverly Hills until his passing in 1994, when it was sold by Christie’s in his estate sale. An exceptional piece of artwork with impeccable provenance. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Walter Lantz


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RR Autograph Auctions Ty Cobb exhibit card

RR Autograph Auctions TY Cobb

Vintage 3.25 x 5.25 exhibit card of Cobb in his Detroit uniform, with printing at the bottom of the card identifying his team as Philadelphia, nicely signed in fountain pen, “Ty Cobb.” In fine condition. Cobb signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927, after being cleared in a game fixing scandal brought about by Dutch Leonard. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Ty Cobb


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RR Autograph Auctions Eleanor Shurman Titanic Survivor

RR Autograph Auctions Eleanor Shurman Titanic Survivor

ALS signed “Eleanor Johnson Shurman, Titanic Survivor,” one page, 6.25 x 8.75, no date. Letter to a collector. In part: “I have autographed all the sheet music and hope that it is satisfactory…My grandfather was dying and wanted us to come. He died before we got there. We couldn’t take the ship we planned to and got tickets aboard the Titanic for return to U. S. Our dining room steward gave us escort to the boat deck and were able to get on Collapsible D, the last boat to be lowered. That was 2:05 AM. The Titanic sank at 2: 20 AM.” Accompanied by sheet music to ‘How Do You Do,’ 9 x 12, signed on the front cover in black ink, “Eleanor Johnson Shurman, Titanic Survivor,” and the letter’s original mailing envelope, postmarked November 29, 1996. Also accompanied by a commemorative cover with a cachet honoring the Titanic, postmarked May 6, 1934, and a couple of news clippings mentioning Shurman, one of which is her obituary. In fine condition, with creasing and edge wear to sheet music. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Titanic


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RR Autograph Auctions Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Vintage 7 x 10.25 photo of a reproduction of a Renoir, featuring a young woman holding flowers. The photograph is an authentication of one of his most attractive paintings. Signed in the bottom border in ink, “Renoir.” Also written in the bottom border by the Mayor of Cagnes, “Pierre-Auguste Renoir, artiste paintre, 9 Janrie, 1910,” signing below and adding the official stamp of city hall to authenticate Renoir’s signature. Image is affixed to a slightly larger cardstock mount. In very good condition, with some trivial rubbing, light ink borders around the image, adhesive remnants from previous mounting, and a few purple government stamps, one lightly affecting the signature. A rare opportunity to own an authentically signed Renoir at a fraction of what the painting would cost. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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RR Autograph Auctions Diana and Charles 1983 Christmas Card

Christmas card from 1983, 5.25 x 7.25 folded, opens to 10.5 x 7.25, embossed in gold on the outside with Prince of Wales’ feathers and Garter motto, as well as the Spencer family arms. Inside, the card bears an affixed charming satin-finish 4 x 5.5 color casual family photograph of Charles, Diana and baby William, with the William sitting on Diana’s lap on a swing as Charles looks on. Printed opposite the photograph is the sentiment “With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.” Charles has inscribed the card, “Harold and Mrs, Haywood,” and signed at the bottom “Charles and,” with Diana adding, “Diana.” A few vertical creases through inscription, small crease to lower right corner, and some toning to covers from magnetic album, otherwise fine condition. Haywood was close to Charles and served as his personal advisor on youth affairs from 1977–1988, and helped create the Prince’s Trust Charity. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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RR Autograph Auctions Charlie Chaplin

Extraordinary iconic vintage pearl-finish 5 x 7 full-length photo of The Tramp belting out a laugh, floridly signed in fountain pen, “Faithfully, Chas. Chaplin.” Some trivial edge and corner creasing, some light, brushed surface marks, and a bit of light silvering, otherwise fine condition. Chaplin describes his very first transformation into Mack Sennett’s now legendary character, recollecting a very natural, almost instantaneous acclamation: “The moment I was dressed, the clothes and makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onstage he was fully born.” An exceedingly rare and well-preserved example of Chaplin in his iconic character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Charlie Chaplin


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RR Auctions Grand Army of the Republic Sword

Model 1860 Field and Staff Officer’s sword with patriotic motif on pommel, D-guard handle, and clamshell guard, depicting eagles and flags. Black leather handle grip has wire wraps. Steel blade, manufactured in Germany, has ornate floral etching with patriotic shield and flags, maker marked “The M.C. Lilly Company. 13 W. 30th St. New York.” Comes with original tan leather belt with sword hanger strap, and a brass buckle depicting the G.A.R. membership emblem. In good to very good condition, with the expected wear and tarnish from age and handling. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Sword


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RR Auctions Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

Battles and Leaders of the Civil War



Four hardcover volumes of Battles and Leaders of the Civilian War, The Century Company, De Vinne Press, New York, published 1884–1889. In very good condition, with light toning, loose, but intact hinges, and the expected wear to the covers and spines. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Civil War


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RR Auctions Ivory Gripped Colt 1860 Army Revolver

#81137, caliber .44 with an 8” barrel having a very good bore. This was a standard military issue revolver with a few small inspector’s initials remaining on the metal. All of the steel surfaces have been cleaned to bright. There are no patent markings on the frame, the cylinder scene has been removed, and the “NEW-YORK” barrel address is clearly legible. The numbers match with the exception of “200737” on the backstrap and a plain wedge.

The ivory grips are repaired with a small piece of brown bone in the right hand side, otherwise they have nice age toning. The mechanism works well. RRAuction COA.

No Federal Firearms License or other permits are required to either purchase or receive these guns as the date of manufacture of this revolver was before the cut-off year of 1898.

Please note: RR Auction does not warranty the safety of the firearm. Therefore, we recommend that, before you use any firearm, purchased here or anywhere else, you have it examined by a qualified gunsmith to determine whether or not it is safe to use.

Notice Regarding the Sale of Ivory and Tortoiseshell: Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing ivory or tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Revolver


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RR Auctions Confederate Diary: B.M. Seaton

Brown leather Confederate diary of Benjamin M. Seaton, 5.5 x 7.5, housed in a hardcover presentation folder and slipcase. A solider in the Tenth Texas Infantry, at thirty years old, Seaton was amongst the elder soldiers. Spanning a period of three and a half years, this diary contains accounts of some of the most significant battles, including the Atlanta Campaign. A member of Company G, Seaton saw action in nine major engagements and several skirmishes, but what fascinated Seaton the most was not the conflict, but the maneuvering tactics that followed, which he writes about with eager fervor.

A few entries of note are as follows, including Seaton’s original grammar, vocabulary, and spelling:

January 11, 1863: “Sunday 11th—at 8 A. M. the [gunboat] fireing commenced again and kept up vary study all day and at 10 A. M. small arms commenced and was kept up untell 4 P. M. when the white flag was run up on our wright wich we was vary sory to sea but nevertheless it was so so we were ordered to stack arms and was marched down to the river bank and a strong guard placed around us fer the knight. We are prisners of war.”

Confederate Diary: B.M. Seaton

January 12, 1863: “Monday 12th—we lay thar on the bank untell late in [the] eaving when we went on one of ther boats to start to Yankadom. I was vary sick fer several days on the boat—no correct time of anything will be ceapt. We went up the Missippi River to Louisville [St. Louis] some 600 miles by water and thar our officers were taken from us and sent to Camp Chace [Chase] in Ohio near Columbus and the privets went up to Aulton [Alton, Illinois] some 50 miles and thar taken the cars [railroad] for Chicago to Camp Douglas som 250 miles by railrode. Arrived thar on the 28th—vary cold and snowing—sevare cold weather. The troops suffered a grate deale—it made a grate meny sick and caused a grate many deaths in the command. We cold git no correct news while we remained thar—we wer treated tolerable well about as well as we cold exspect prisners of war to be treated.”

The last journal entry on April 24, 1865, ends abruptly, giving no information as to his destination or plans after the war. He concludes the diary with a list of soldiers, noting their status as “died” or “transferred.” Ending as abruptly as it began, Seaton, over the course of the entire war, makes no mention of his home, family, or friends, making this account acutely intriguing as the memoirs of a seeming ghost. So little information from the Tenth Texas Infantry has come to print, making this diary exceptional in historical essence and value. Scattered light toning, soiling, and pencil notations throughout the text, and the expected wear to the cover, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the book, The Bugle Softly Blows, containing a complete transcription of the diary, along with information regarding Seaton’s regiment, published by the Texian Press. RRAuction COA.


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