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RR Autograph Auction Benito Mussolini War-dated handwritten telegram

RR Autograph Auction Benito Mussolini

War-dated handwritten telegram, in Italian, signed “Mussolini,” two pages, 8.25 x 11.5, on his personal telegram stationery headed “The Duce [Leader] of Fascism” and “Head of the Government,” December 30, 1943. Mussolini sends a telegram to Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, Minister of Defense of the Italian Social Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Italian forces still fighting on the German side after his rescue by SS Col. Skorzeny’s special forces on September 12, 1943. In full (translated): “I’m informing you that by my decree published in the Official Gazette the 15th of this month…I have temporarily suspended payments to the armed forces…War indemnities are to be given only to those who in fact make War…civil servants cannot benefit from similar allowances…I am certain, Marshal, that you approve of my suspension, which is justified not only by our insupportable financial burden but most especially by reasons of a moral nature, which you will be the first to appreciate.” Central horizontal fold to both pages, several blue pencil notations to text, and some light toning, otherwise fine condition.

Two months after being dismissed by the Italian Fascist government and arrested on orders from the king, Mussolini was rescued from his prison by Otto Skorzeny and taken to Germany for a meeting with Hitler. Although in poor health and hoping to leave politics behind, the Duce agreed to set up a new regime, the Italian Social Republic, in late 1943 in hopes of blunting the edges of Nazi repression. With Allied bombings taking their toll, leaving factories at a standstill from lack of materials, coal, and oil, the Italian economy had been all but destroyed. Completely dependent on German funding, Mussolini suspended payments to the armed forces and denied all war indemnities to citizens, claiming “reasons of a moral nature” when in fact they were simply unable to pay. Items from Mussolini from this late period in his life, after his arrest and rescue, are incredibly scarce; compounded by the important recipient, Rodolfo Graziani, the only Marshal that remained loyal to him, this letter is an extraordinary piece. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Benito Mussolini

 

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RR Auctions Heartfelt birthday card from “Diana & the boys”

RR Auctions Diana & the boys

RR Auctions Diana & the boys

 

Birthday card, measuring approximately 4.5 x 7, featuring a color image of a frog playing a guitar, originally done by Gary Larson. Inside bears a short pre-printed sentiment, with Diana writing, “To Mel, Wishing you a very happy birthday, from Diana & the boys.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, addressed by Diana, “To Mel,” and featuring a small pre-printed Gary Larson cartoon. A great look at Diana’s lighter side. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Autograph Auctions Neil Armstrong Signed Book First on the Moon

RR Autograph Auctions Neil Armstrong

Signed book: First on the Moon. First edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970. Hardcover with dustjacket, 5.75 x 8.75, 511 pages. Signed in black ballpoint on an inside image of Armstrong in the lunar module after his walk on the moon. Autographic condition: in fine condition, with some light dampstaining to bottom of signed page. Book condition: G/G. Black cloth-covered boards; extensive water-damage, mostly effecting second half of book (interior and exterior); several pages gently creased at lower corner; light foxing; shaken; previous owner’s gift inscription to half-title. Dust jacket has heavy water-damage and staining to entire back half; small chips/tears and creases along edges; slightly yellowed; rubbed and soiled. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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RR Autograph Auction Official Adirondack Neil Armstrong Model Baseball Bat Signed Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins

RR Autograph Auction Official Adirondack Neil Armstrong model baseball bat

Official Adirondack Neil Armstrong model baseball bat signed in blue felt tip on the barrel by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. In fine condition, with Aldrin signing over portion of the label. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions Harry S. Truman Signed and Inscribed White House card

RR Auctions Harry S. Truman

White House card, 4 x 2.5, signed and inscribed in black ink, “Best wishes to Butchie Strouk, Harry Truman, Dec. 2, 1952.” A couple spots of slight soiling, circular stain to the lower left corner, and tape remnants to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving of Truman. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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RR Autograph Auction Herbert Hoover Signed White House Card

RR Autograph Auction Herbert Hoover

White House card, 4.25 x 2.75, neatly signed in black ink, “Herbert Hoover.” In fine condition, with a mild overall shade of toning. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Herbert Hoover

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Benjamin Harrison Three bank checks

RR Autograph Auctions Benjamin Harrison

Three bank checks, all filled out and signed by Harrison, “Benj. Harrison,” all measuring 7 x 2.75, dating from 1880–1888. In very good condition, with vertical folds to each check, a single cancellation cut to each, and expected stamps. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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