Boldly penned Civil War–dated handwritten endorsement signed as president, “A. Lincoln, Nov. 13. 1861,” penned on the reverse of the second integral pages of a letter written to him by Judge John D. Caton, one page, 5 x 8, September 13, 1861. Lincoln’s autograph endorsement, in full: “Respectfully submitted to the War Department.” Judge Caton’s letter, in part: “Allow me to call your attention to a note…recommending Col. A. H. Redfield for an appointment in the commissary department of the volunteer forces…He is in every respect eminently qualified for such a position.” In fine condition, with unobtrusive repairs to separated intersecting folds (not affecting the bright, clean panel boasting Lincoln’s signature). At the time he wrote this letter Judge Caton was chief justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, and knew Lincoln from his past involvement in state law and politics—Lincoln was an attorney in 214 cases in the Illinois Supreme Court while Caton was on the bench. An excellent association piece with a superior example of Lincoln’s presidential autograph. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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Important French post-Impressionist painter (1848–1903) recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style. In 1891, he traveled to Tahiti, where the brilliant hues and primitive sculpture closely complemented his own art, which was marked by strong colors, few lines, and flat patterns. Charming circa 1892 unsigned sketch of a seated Tahitian woman on an off-white 6 x 7 sheet, attractively matted and framed to an overall size of 15 x 16.75. In fine condition, with a stray ink mark to the extreme left edge. This piece was exhibited in Basel and Berlin in 1928, and again in Basel in 1949-1950. Provenance: Collection of Durrio Paco, Paris (until 1928), after which it was held in a private collection in Switzerland. Accompanied by previous exhibition labels and a letter of provenance from the Wildenstein Institute, February 17, 2011, confirming that the present drawing is recorded in the forthcoming catalogue of Gauguin’s watercolors and drawings.
Personal check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lee, “Bruce Lee,” payable to Lerman & Son for $32.71, August 6, 1970. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes (trivially affecting the first letter of the signature). Lerman & Son was an orthotics and prosthetics company in Los Angeles that produced medical braces for various ailments including injuries to the back, neck, arms, and legs. During the summer of 1970, Lee sustained damage to the fourth sacral nerve in his back while attempting to perform an exercise using a 135-pound barbell—roughly his own body weight at the time. Doctors speculated that he would never be able to practice martial arts again. While confined to a bed he began compiling notebooks full of his ideas on jeet kune do—ranging from technique to philosophy—which was published posthumously as Tao of Jeet Kune Do, now the best-selling martial arts book of all-time. Lee began training again after about six months of rest. Contrary to doctors’ opinions—and likely with the aid of a Lerman & Son brace—he returned to martial arts at full capacity within a year. Not only an extremely rare autographic piece, this check represents Lee’s incredible recovery fueled by his strong will to overcome. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Handsome matte-finish 3.25 x 5.5 postcard photo of Mahler as a young man, signed and inscribed circa 1900 in German in black ink, “Zur freundlichen Erinnerung, an Gustav Mahler.” Postally used and addressed on the reverse in another hand. In very good condition, with a crease to the upper left corner, irregular surface marks or scuffing to his chin area and to the right of his face, and light soiling. An infrequently encountered format with a desirable early image and bold signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Official Rawlings Major League baseball signed in black felt tip on the sweet spot, “Hillary Rodham Clinton.” In fine condition, with a couple scattered light spots of toning. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
A flown sliver-tone religious medal carried on Apollo 9, measuring 1″ in diameter, depicting “Our Lady of Loretto [sic]” with text below reading, “Protect my Flight.” The reverse depicts an airplane and is encircled by text reading, “Patroness of Aviators & Air Travelers.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Jim McDivitt, in full: “I certify that this Our Lady of Loretto [sic] medallion was flown on-board Apollo 9 on her flight in March, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” A different format than typically seen with a fine manned flight association, as Our Lady of Loreto is the patron saint of pilots.
Very scarce Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ Dow-Unicover insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, with a cachet honoring the three crew members and the first step on the moon, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The cover is desirably certified on the reverse, “This insurance cover from my personal collection is for Howard Weinberger. Michael Collins.” In fine condition. Signed prior to launch in order to provide financial security for astronauts’ families, insurance covers are some of the most highly sought-after space collectibles, particularly from the first moon mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Gordon Cooper’s personally-owned and -worn blue jacket bearing an official NASA ‘meatball’ logo patch on the left breast and a Gemini 5 ‘Eight Days or Bust’ patch on the right breast. The original Land Mfg. Co. Flite Wear tag is sewn into the collar area. Expected wear and light soiling from use, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Cooper’s wife, in part: “This authentic vintage Gemini V NASA ‘Flite Wear’ jacket…belonged to my husband L. Gordon Cooper. It was manufactured by Land Manufacturing Co. of Kansas and worn with pride by Gordo for many years.”
The affixed ‘8 Days or Bust’ mission patch is considered one of the rarest and most highly sought after patches associated with the manned space program—with only a handful ever having been produced; an authentic flown example recently sold at auction for $7,500. Material from this early period of the space program is scarce, and as one of Cooper’s personal items representing his historic mission this jacket is a unique and wonderful piece.
Flown gold-tone tie tack pin carried on the Apollo 12 mission, approximately .75″ in diameter, depicting an American flag against a lunar background. Raised text on the reverse reads: “Flown to the moon by an intrepid crew, Apollo XII, November 1969, Conrad-Gordon-Bean.” In fine condition.
Limited edition 30th Anniversary Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch, numbered 1195/9999, manufactured by Omega in 1999 to celebrate the anniversary of the first moon landing. The stainless steel case houses a manual-winding Omega chronograph movement, calibre 1866 with rhodium-plated finish. The caseback is stamped with the Apollo 11 mission emblem and engraved with Neil Armstrong’s first words upon landing, “Hello Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed,” as well as the date and time, “July 21, 1969, 02:56 GMT.” Includes the original black leather presentation case, box, certificate of authenticity, instruction and service booklets, and three additional bracelet links. In fine condition, with expected light marks and scratches to band from use. NASA subjected several brands of watches to tests under extreme environmental conditions before determining which would be issued to their astronauts—they were subjected to environmental conditions ranging from 0 to 200 °F, tested under 95% humidity for ten days at a time, exposed to high acceleration and shock forces, and experienced severe air pressures and vibrations. After about three years of this extreme testing the evaluation concluded in March 1965 with the selection of the Speedmaster, which survived the tests while remaining largely within 5 seconds per day rate. The Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch has gone on to become one of the most iconic timepieces ever created and is intimately associated with the Apollo program. A highly desirable limited edition watch representing NASA’s crowning achievement of landing a man on the moon. The Leon Ford Collection.