Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., business check, 8 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Marilyn Monroe, payable to Sutton Motors, Inc. for $58.33, dated December 5, 1959; and a Yankee Clipper Enterprises, Inc. business check, 6 x 2.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Joe DiMaggio, “Joseph DiMaggio,” payable to Allegheny for $79.00, dated November 1, 1987. Both checks are double-matted and framed together with a color copy of a copy of their marriage certificate and five photos of the couple, to an overall size of 31 x 29. In fine condition, with bank stamp to body of Monroe’s check touching the opening stroke of her signature, and a red check mark to the end of DiMaggio’s signature, as well as some light show-through from stamps on reverse. An impressive display of the iconic pair. Oversized. RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
Personal check, 8.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Ruth, “G. H. Ruth,” payable to S. J. Phillips & Co. for $206.40, February 14, 1944. Double-matted and framed with an exceptional oversized full-length portrait of Ruth taking a cut to an overall size of 20.5 x 26.5. Expected cancellation holes, light show-through from stamps on reverse, and Ruth’s signature a shade or two light but completely legible, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Brilliant and versatile Croatian-born American inventor and engineer (1856–1943) whose discoveries revolutionized the understanding and practical applications of electricity and magnetism. Unbelievably rare vintage glossy 8 x 10 head-and-shoulders portrait, signed vertically in fountain pen, “Nikola Tesla, Aug 13, 1934.” In very good condition, with scattered creases mainly to background and edges, heavier crease to lower left corner, some light areas of mild discoloration, and some red ink marks along right edge. Any autograph material from Tesla is quite scarce, even more so in signed images—this is the first we have offered in over 30 years. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Brad-bound treatment script for the 1965 live-action Disney film That Darn Cat, 8.5 x 11, 73 pages, labeled on the front cover, “That Darn Cat / By / The Gordons / Treatment / The Gordons / April 18, 1963,” heavily notated throughout by Disney in pencil and blue ballpoint, with many of the longer notations on the reverse of the typed pages. A selection of Disney’s notations include: On the reverse of page 1, “Sammy enjoys reading headlines about hold up—Helen Jenkins picture in paper is one taken 10 years ago—Crooks are holed up in neighborhood of bank. To them this is a clever trick—Police will be looking for them all over town and never think to look in back yard of bank—They will hang out there until things cool down—Sammy wants to count money, Dan against it.” On the reverse of page 8, “Zeke—A wandering cat & stolen watch are matters for the police not the FBI. Ingrid. But it said in the papers a bank robbery was a federal offense. Zeke–That’s right—But what has a cat & watch to do with the bank hold up.” On the reverse of page 12, “Better climax to this scene—Land lady knocks with hot soup—Etc. Or fire in a wastebasket with smoke—electric fan & money blown all over apartment.” Reverse of page 31, “D. C. goes out—FBI starts to follow him—Various incidents of them tailing cat—DC becomes aware he is being followed and heads back home—They try to get him out again but he refuses.” One other interesting note on page 35 reads, “All the girls I know like cats.” Accompanied by a 1988 TLS from one of the film’s writers to the consignor, Gordon Gordon presenting the script to a woman and providing background information on the script: “Disney, who insisted from the first day that we call him Walt, took this treatment with him to Palm Springs one week-end while the rest of his family was swimming he stretched out on a chaise and went over the script. Then Monday and for the next few days we conferred with him and out of this came the basic movie. Working with him was a writer’s dream.” In fine condition, with expected handling wear and a partial separation to front cover.
When Disney purchased the rights to former FBI agent Gordon Gordon’s novel Undercover Cat, he quickly inform the Bureau that he would be using it for a feature length film. Despite his outspoken anti-Communist beliefs and ‘helpful’ participation in the House Un-American Activities Committee—naming several of his employees and other animators as Communist sympathizers—Hoover did not trust that Disney would portray the FBI in a positive light with That Darn Cat. Telling the tale of a cat who witnesses a bank robbery and inadvertently becomes the FBI’s only chance at finding the criminals and their hostage, the film contained some comic elements in the actions of the agency, as they fumbled to solve the case; the Bureau closely monitored the progress of the film, with informants on the inside and constant direct contact, but struggled to obtain a copy of this script before its release. In the end, Hoover’s worries were unfounded, as the film was a hit and the agency’s image remained unscathed upon its release. This amazing, copiously annotated script for the film shows a crucial step in Disney’s process of making the story suitable for release, suggesting dialogue, character studies, scene suggestions, and multiple changes highlighting the Bureau’s professional and respectable action, “FBI starts to follow him—various incidents of them tailing cat,” giving the script its distinctly Disney feel and ensuring Hoover’s approval. An annotated final-draft script for the historically important film resides in the Disney Burbank Studios and Archives—aside from that copy, this is the only such we know of, with pages and pages of the legendary animator’s handwritten notes on the film that caused endless behind-the-scenes political controversy. Pre-certified Phil Sears COA and RR Auction COA.
Ink signature, “A. Lincoln,” on an off-white slip. Double-matted with an image of Lincoln seated at a table to an overall size of 6.25 x 9. In fine condition, with several light vertical folds and a light central horizontal fold passing through lower portion of signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Fantastic one-of-a-kind leatherbound hardcover log book from Air Force One, 12 x 9, signed on an inside page in black felt tip by the Apollo 11 crew and their wives upon their arrival in New York city for their ticker tape parade as they kicked off their around-the-world good will tour. Each member has signed on an individual line, and included their address, the date, and a remark about the flight. Signatures are as follows: “Neil Armstrong, Seabrook, Texas, 8/13/69, A magnificent cross country experience”; “Michael Collins, Houston, Texas, 8/13/69, Superb!”; “Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Houston, Texas, 8/13/69, Enjoyed every moment of the flt”; “Jan Armstrong, Seabrook, 8/13/69, It’s the only way to fly!”; “Patricia Collins, Houston, 8/13/69, Wonderful trip. Thank you”; and “Joan Aldrin, Houston, 8/13/69, So very many thanks.” Page is also signed by NASA official Tom Paine, who accompanied the crew. Book is also signed by 77 others, including Lyndon Johnson, other politicians and dignitaries, and a 28-person contingent of family, friends, and NASA and White House staff of the Apollo 13 mission, who were flown by Nixon to Honolulu to be reunited with the crew. Signers in this group include Mrs. James Lovell, Mrs. Fred Haise, Jack Swigert’s parents, Frank Borman, and Michael Collins, as well as press members, Secret Service, and a doctor to accompany Mrs. Haise, who was pregnant at the time. In very fine condition.
The Apollo 11 crew and their wives boarded Air Force One after the astronauts spent 21 days in quarantine aboard the USS Hornet and at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, beginning a whirlwind good will tour around the world. Their first stop of the day would be in Chicago, then on to New York City where an estimated 300 tons of paper rained down on the crew as they paraded through the ‘Canyon of Heroes’. Nixon loaned the crew Air Force One for their trip, dubbed the ‘Giant Leap’ tour. A truly spectacular item, representing some of the earliest signatures of Armstrong and Aldrin after their historic moonwalks, as well as an impressive representation of Nixon’s recognition of the importance of these Apollo missions. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Cavalry commander (1828–1903) who led a regiment in the Battle of Chancellorsville and protected supply trains in Maryland during the Battle of Gettysburg. Original 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo by Harry A. Webb of Philadelphia, signed below the image in black ink, “Pennock Huey, Col 8th Pa. Cav & Bvt Brig Genl, USV.” In fine condition, with missing mount. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Large manuscript muster roll, one page both sides (made from several pages stuck together), 7.5 x 51, headed at the top, “List of Vols between the Road leading from Belmont to Coffeeville Miss & the Road leading from Panola to Oakland, Miss.” Roll goes on to list approximately 200 soldiers and their captains. In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling, with all names remaining legible. RR Auction COA.
Pair of Original Civil War Model 1860 Union Light Cavalry Sabers mounted on a shield-shaped plaque. One is marked “Ames” and dated 1865, the other is by Mansfield & Lamb and is dated 1864. Both sabers retain all of the wire binding on leather wrapped grips that show crazing. The brass guards have a dark patina with one having some white corrosion. The blades have light to heavy rust that should clean leaving small areas of pitting. The blades appear to have been soldered together where they cross. These will make a fine decoration as is or cleaned up. RR Auction COA.
Desirable mounted platinum print photograph of Lincoln, 7.75 x 9.5, printed by George B. Ayres circa 1890 from the original negative taken by Alexander Hesler shot in Springfield, Illinois, in 1860. Affixed to a slightly larger mount, with a copyright credit on the reverse, “Copyright, Geo. B. Ayres, Phila,” and a “G. E. Ayres, Copyright 1881,” photographer’s stamp to lower left corner. In fine condition, with some scattered light surface marks, visible only at an extreme angle. A very presentable and desirable period portrait of the president. RR Auction COA.