Two original Bohemia Club playbooks, both 4.5 x 7.25. One from 1926 is signed by 20, including Rube Goldberg, George Sterling (California poet), Lawrence Tibbett (singer/actor), Harrison Fisher (illustrator), Domenico Brescia (Italian-American composer), Edwin Schneider (pianist), Clay M. Greene (playwright), Ossip Gabrilowitsch (Russian-American composer; also married to Mark Twain’s daughter), Haig Patigian (sculptor and former two term club president), Mischa Elman (violinist), and John McCormack (Irish-American tenor); the second playbook, from 1928, is signed by one unidentified member. In fine condition, with scattered toning and soiling to one cover, as well as a few light edge tears. RRAuction COA.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
American general in the Revolutionary War and a delegate in the Continental Congress. Sullivan served as a major general in the Continental Army and as governor (or president) of New Hampshire. He is most famous for leading the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, a scorched earth campaign against the Iroquois towns that had taken up arms against the American revolutionaries. ALS signed “Jno Sullivan,” one page, 7 x 8, February 6, 1769. Letter to Hunking Wentworth. In part: “Mr. George Wentworth is now upon the point of bringing an action at Next Court to Recover the Legacy given to him by Mr. George Wentworth Decd. I should be glad that the matter might be accommodated without a suit. I conversed with Col. Atkinson upon the Subject and he has no objection to our bringing an action to try the validity of the will & hope you have no Objection to trying the strength of a will in which he is so deeply interested.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, trimmed left edge, and scattered toning. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Vintage 45 rpm record sleeve for ‘Eight Miles High,’ signed in blue ballpoint and felt tip by Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, adding “C.S.N.,” and Michael Clarke. Scattered creasing, mainly to top edge, and light contrast to Hillman’s signature, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner who collected the signatures over a period of time. Anything signed by the original five members is quite difficult to find. RRAuction COA.
Glossy 7 x 9.25 Vandamm portrait of Bernstein, signed vertically in black felt tip. In very good condition, with moderate surface impressions to the eye-line, soiling to the left edge, scattered spotting and horizontal streaking to the emulsion, and trimmed edges. RRAuction COA.
Glossy 10 x 8 photo of the Gibbs posing together with Frampton, signed in-person in blue ballpoint by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and in purple felt tip by Peter Frampton. In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and impressions and a diagonal crease along bottom portion of image. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Rare Beatles 1965 UK tour program, 10.5 x 7, 16 pages, featuring an image of the animated Fab Four on the front cover. Signed in blue and purple ballpoint by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, and in fountain pen by George Harrison. In very good condition, with a central vertical fold, scattered creasing to covers, small ink notation to top left corner of cover, and expected handling wear. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks and a letter of provenance from the original recipient. Consignor notes signatures were obtained on December 9, 1965, at the Odeon Cinema, Birmingham, England just three days before The Beatles played their final UK concert. Only a handful of these signed programs are known to exist as by this point it was virtually impossible to gain access to the band. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
RR Auctions Beatles Liverpool Echo Pop Special Salute to the Beatles, signed by John, Paul, and George
Rare Original “Liverpool Echo Pop Special Salute to the Beatles” newspaper, 11.5 x 14.5 unfolded, 16 pages. Signed and inscribed on the front cover in blue and black ballpoint, “Love to Ann, Paul McCartney,” “George Harrison to Annie,” and “John Lennon.” Also included is a vintage ballpoint signature, “Ringo Starr,” on a salmon-colored 3.5 x 4.5 dining check. Moderate central horizontal fold, scattered toning and foxing, edge wear and chipping, and several tears to spine, otherwise very good condition. Ringo’s signature rates fine, with intersecting folds. The newspaper includes an insert “The Beatles in America” which features photographs of The Beatles in Central Park, in Washington, D.C., and on Miami Beach, as well as photos showing the band on The Ed Sullivan Show and arriving at London Airport on 22 February 1964. Few of these publications have survived the years, let alone one signed by three of the band members. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA
Distinguished American composer (1905–1986) best known for his songs for the film The Wizard of Oz. Vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of a pensive Arlen, signed in fountain pen in the lower border. Mild scattered creases, mild toning to edges, and some light irregular adhesion and brushing to signature, otherwise fine condition. RRAuction COA.
Italian automotive magnate (1898–1988) whose sports cars are prized the world over as both a classic example of industrial design and an iconic status symbol. Purple ink signature, “Ferrari,” on the reverse of an off-white 6.25 x 4.5 photo of Arturo Merzario, and bearing a typed sentiment dated 1972 on the reverse, along with a printed signature of Merzario. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
American boxer (1866–1933) who was the first gloved heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1892 to 1897. Vintage ink signature, “Yours truly, Jas. J. Corbett,” on an off-white 4.75 x 3.5 sheet of Aetna Insurance Company of Hartford stationery, dated May 6, 1904 in another hand. In fine condition, with a horizontal fold through the loops in each “J,” some show-through from adhesive remnants on reverse, and trivial scattered soiling. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.