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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 Autograph Auctions Baseball: 3000 Hit Club

Nineteen official Rawlings baseballs, each signed in ballpoint on the sweet spot by a different member of the illustrious 3000 Hit Club. Signers are: Robin Yount, Al Kaline, Cal Ripken, Jr., Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Rickey Henderson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Tony Gwynn, Eddie Murray, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Paul Molitor, Craig Biggio, Lou Brock, and Rafael Palmiero. In very good to fine condition, with scattered toning to about half the balls, as well as authentication labels affixed to most of the balls. The Molitor is PSA graded “Gem MT 10,” and the Biggio ball is graded a “9.5.” RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Baseball


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RR Autograph Auction Honus Wagner

RR Autograph Auction Honus Wagner

One of the Hall of Fame’s five original inductees in 1936, Wagner combined rare offensive and defensive excellence throughout a 21-year career. He was also was the first baseball player to have his signature branded into a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Vintage glossy 8 x 10 photo of an older Wagner in his Pirates uniform preparing a wad of chewing tobacco for himself, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to noted collector Lionel Aucoin, “With best wishes to Lionel from Honus Wagner Pirates 49.” Some scattered light creases, mainly to background, otherwise fine condition. A great photo from Wagner’s time as a Pirate’s hitting instructor.

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Honus Wagner


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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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RR Auctions Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Original albumen photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, 8.75 x 6.25, by Alexander Gardner, taken in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 1865. The albumen print on paper shows the scaffold and the dangling, hooded bodies of Mary Surratt (who kept a boardinghouse where the conspirators met), George Atzerodt (charged with the attempted assassination of Vice President Johnson), David Herold (who assisted Booth on his flight from Washington) and Lewis Payne (who attempted to assassinate Secretary of War Stanton). The photo’s deckled edges are preserved at top of sheet and is cloth matted and framed to an overall size of 17.75 x 16.

Scattered creases and wrinkles, a couple small tears to bottom edge, and some light silvering and curling to vertical edges, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: William E. Simon Collection of Historical Documents, Christie’s, New York, June 14, 2005.

Entitled ‘After the Drop: The Execution of the Lincoln Assassination,’ this famous photograph is one of a series of ten images, “Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators,” captured by Alexander Gardner (assisted by Timothy O’Sullivan) on July 7, 1865, representing the official record of the execution at the Washington Penitentiary. The Scottish-born photographer was the sole photographer permitted to document the execution, but the photographs were considered too graphic for public consumption and were recreated as illustrations for Harper’s Weekly.

Gardner’s biographer, Mark Katz wrote that these scenes “remain the most vivid images from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was the longest picture-story recording of an event to date, capturing a complex, significant series of events. Gardner and O’Sullivan’s execution series was a 19th-century precursor of the kind of photo-journalism that subsequently became so important” (Witness to an Era, p. 192). RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Abraham Lincoln


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RR Auctions 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War Years

RR Auction is proud to announce their first Civil War themed auction in March. This compelling array of more than 470 items— that offer an intensely comprehensive look into some of the key figures in our country’s most bloody conflict; letters, photos, and exemplary artifacts meld together to tell the harrowing story of our nation’s most defining war. Esteemed notables such as Abraham Lincoln, U. S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Mary Todd Lincoln, and the assassin who sealed the crushing, woeful fate of one of America’s most beloved presidents, John Wilkes Booth, have all been drawn together, once again, to tell their story.

This exceptional arrangement of Confederate and Union memorabilia, including pieces from George Custer, J. E. B. Stuart, William T. Sherman, and George B. McClellan, plus an array of uncommon Civil War-era weapons and other artifacts will be available for bidding March 15 – March 22. For additional details,


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