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RR Auction Brigham Young Crisp ink Signature

RR Auction  Brigham YoungCrisp ink signature, “Truth will prevail, Brigham Young,” on an off-white 3 x 1.75 slip. In fine condition, with light overall toning and a couple trivial spots of foxing. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Brigham Young

 

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RR Auctions Carl Linnaeus Full Ink Signature

RR Auctions Carl LinnaeusSwedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (1707–1778), who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. Uncommon full ink signature, “Carolus N. Linnaeus, Wexion: I: 15 Feb 1727,” on an off-white 4 x 2 slip. Mild overall toning, with a few heavier spots, and some mild haloing around date, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Carl Linnaeus

 

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RR Auctions Clark Gable Personal Check

RR Auctions Clark GablePersonal check, 8.25 x 3.25, filled out in type and signed by Gable, “Clark Gable,” payable to Laverne Keesee for $40, December 21, 1948. Three vertical folds (one passing through a single letter of the signature), expected cancellation holes, and slight haloing to the signature, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Clark Gable

 

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RR Auction Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano Signed Program

RR Auction Maria Callas and Giuseppe di StefanoProgram from a performance by Callas and di Stefano, 6 x 9, 7 pages, from their February 11, 1974, performance at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Callas and in blue ballpoint by di Stefano. In fine condition, with a light central vertical fold passing through a single letter of Callas’s signature and a bit of light handling wear. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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RR Auctions Marilyn Monroe Bankers Trust Company Bank Check

RR Auction Marilyn MonroeBankers Trust Company bank check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Monroe, “Marilyn Monroe,” payable to the Internal Revenue Service for $2.29, April 13, 1961. One vertical fold, expected cancellation holes and bank stamps, and slight show-through from stamps to reverse affecting the beginning of the signature, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Marilyn Monroe

 

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RR Auction Abraham Lincoln Handwritten Endorsement

RR Auction Abraham LincolnHandwritten endorsement, as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” dated April 3, 1863, written vertically on an off-white 8.25 x 3.5 mailing envelope, addressed in an unknown hand to Lincoln, “His Excellency, A. Lincoln, President U.S.” Lincoln writes, in full: “Mr. Whitehill appears to be a worthy and competent gentleman, and being so well recommended by Hon. Thadeus [sic] Stevens & Hon. John Strohm, I would be glad to appoint him an Additional Pay Master, if the service of another is needed.” A couple ink notations along top edge, a horizontal fold near bottom, endorsement over a small portion of address, and a bit of scattered light soiling, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Lincoln, and a clipped label from Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston, having been previously framed by them.

While preparing his visit to Major General Joseph Hooker’s headquarters the following day, Lincoln wrote this sincere endorsement of Mr. Whitehill’s appointment to “Additional Pay Master,” based on the recommendations of the influential Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania and his predecessor in the U. S. House of Representatives, John Strohm. With its mention of Stevens, one of the most powerful men in Congress and an early advocate for the Emancipation Proclamation that was finally issued three months prior to this endorsement, this is a highly desirable piece from a crucial year in the Civil War. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Abraham Lincoln

 

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RR Auction President William Henry Harrison Signed Appointment

RR Auction William Henry HarrisonPractically nonexistent partly-printed DS as president, signed “W. H. Harrison,” one page, 15.5 x 11.5, March 5, 1841. President Harrison appoints Kentucky lawyer and US Senator John J. Crittenden to the post of attorney general. In part: “That reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity, Abilities, and Learning of John J. Crittenden of Kentucky, I have nominated, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Attorney General for The United States and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the Duties of that Office according to law and to have and to hold the said Office with all the powers, privileges, and emoluments thereunto of right appertaining unto him, the said John J. Crittenden during the pleasure of the President of the United States.” Signed at the conclusion by Harrison and countersigned by Secretary of State Daniel Webster. The reverse bears a handwritten endorsement from Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Story writes: “City of Washington–for–on this eighth day of March In the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred & forty one personally appeared the within named John J. Crittenden & took & subscribed the oaths prescribed by the Constitution & Laws of the United States upon his acceptance of the office of Attorney General under the within commission. Before me Joseph Story one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the U States.” Document is removably encapsulated in acid-free Mylar and in good to very good condition, with intersecting folds, portions of handwritten text traced over, other portions of text fairly light but still legible, scattered toning and dampstaining, primarily to edges and touching Webster’s signature, and Harrison’s signature several shades light, but still completely legible. The white wafer seal is toned and slightly worn, but intact.

When Harrison took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, one of his primary goals was to build his cabinet based on ability rather than partisanship. He resisted pressure from fellow Whigs attempting to assert their own choices for these crucial seats—especially Henry Clay—and made his own selections. Having outraged Clay by naming his rival Daniel Webster as secretary of state, Harrison did offer one concession: the appointment (by the document offered here) of Clay’s protege, Kentucky Senator John Crittenden, to the post of attorney general. Also endorsed by Joseph Story, the youngest Supreme Court justice, this document appoints a key player in American politics, who would remain as such until his death during the Civil War. With his presidency lasting only one month, anything signed by Harrison as Chief Executive is virtually unobtainable. Of the thirty that we have found in our current census, this appointment of Crittenden as Attorney General is by far the most important. A cornerstone for the finest of presidential collections! Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions Joseph Smith Signed Rare $2 Bank Note

Max Furniture Joseph SmithAmerican religious leader (1805–1844) who founded the Latter Day Saint movement. Exceedingly rare Kirtland Safety Society $2 bank note, 6.75 x 3, January 4, 1837, issued to Newel K. Whitney, signed at the bottom by Joseph Smith, “J. Smith, Jr., Treas.,” as well as Whitney, “N. K. Whitney,” and Frederick G. Williams, “F. G. Williams.” In very good condition, with overall wrinkling, scattered toning and soiling, and a tiny piece of tape affixed to reverse.

Organized as a joint stock company on January 2, 1837, the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company was set up to serve the financial needs of Joseph Smith’s growing Mormon community in Kirtland, Ohio. With no formal banking charter and insufficient assets to back their notes, the KSS quickly failed and was dissolved by November of 1837. Sparking intense distrust of Smith and the LDS leaders, believed to be enriching their own lives at the expense of their community, hundreds of bankrupted Mormons left the church as Smith faced lawsuits for ‘running an illegal bank.’ This incredibly rare bank note, issued two days after the KSS’s establishment, holds not only the signature of the LDS founder Joseph Smith, but also that of influential leader Newel K. Whitney and counsel in the First Presidency of the Church, Frederick G. Williams. A highly desirable and hard-to-find piece from the tumultuous beginnings of the now widespread religious movement. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Joseph Smith

 

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RR Auctions Nathan Bedford Forrest 1860s Albumen Carte-de-Visite Portrait

RR Auctions Nathan Bedford ForrestOriginal 1860s albumen 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Forrest in full uniform. The reverse has the original E and H.T. Anthony studio stamp and an 1860s two-cent tax stamp. Forrest’s name is neatly written in pencil at the top of the back in an unknown hand. The front has a few small creases and edge wear. Overall presents strongly. RR Auction COA.

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RR Auction Jefferson Davis Carte-de-Visite Bust Portrait

RR Auctions Jefferson DavisOriginal 2.25 x 4 anonymous carte-de-visite bust portrait of Jefferson Davis that reproduces an engraved portrait. Light edge and corner wear only. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Jefferson Davis

 

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