Monthly Archives: September 2013

Israeli-Palestinian Agreement Program Signed Bill Clinton Y. Arafat

Program for the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Agreement, held on September 13, 1993, 4.5 x 8, four pages, with a gilt-embossed presidential seal on the cover, signed on the front cover in ink and felt tip, “Bill Clinton,” as president, “Y. Arafat,” “Y. Rabin,” “Shimon Peres,” and “Al Gore.” The first page bears an original hand-drawn portrait by Peter Max, signed underneath the image. Max had been commissioned by the White House to paint a piece commemorating the event, which was eventually titled ‘Peace Accord.’ In very fine condition. This momentous agreement was signed at the White House, with the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize eventually presented to Arafat, Peres, and Rabin ‘for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.’ RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Bill Clinton


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Neil Armstrong Choice uninscribed color 8 x 10 NASA Photo Signed

Choice uninscribed color 8 x 10 NASA photo of Armstrong in his white space suit, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition. A fantastic example with a bold, crisp signature. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.





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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Neil Armstrong


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Abraham Lincoln Civil War-dated handwritten endorsement

Civil War-dated handwritten endorsement of a prisoner’s release signed as president, one lightly-lined page, 7.5 x 1.75, May 3, 1864. Lincoln writes, “Let the prisoner above named be discharged on the condition stated.” Matted and framed with an attractive and desirable original William E. Marshall engraving of Lincoln to an overall size of 21 x 28. In very good condition, with some irregular toning not affecting the very bold handwriting and signature. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Abraham Lincoln


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INXS Michael Hutchence 1980s Australian passport

Lead singer of the band INXS, he committed suicide in a Sydney, Australia, hotel room in 1997. Hutchence’s personal passport, number N077797, issued by the country of Australia on December 23, 1981, with a December 23, 1986, cancellation date. Passport measures 3.5 x 5, and contains his personal information typed on the second page. The reverse of the first page bears his 2 x 2.25 color photo and is signed in the special signature area next to the photo, “M. Hutchence.” All 12 pages of the passport are stamped on both sides with entry stamps from countries including Australia, United States, New Zealand, Japan, France, the Philippines, Canada, Norway, and England. On the final page, his Australian address has been added in another hand. A Japanese commodities purchase receipt is stapled to one of the pages as well. In fine condition, with expected use and handling wear, several “cancelled” stamps to pages, and clipped right corners.

This passport was put into use very quickly, as INXS would tour New Zealand as the opening act for Cold Chisel. After the release of their next album, Shabooh Shoobah, and propelled by their first top 40 US single ‘One Thing,’ the band hit the road again, making their US debut in San Diego, supporting Adam Ant, in front of just 24 people. The band remained on the road for most of the year, and took part in New Wave Day at the US Festival in 1983. A very personal item from the talented front man as the band was approaching its commercial peak. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in INXS, Michael Hutchence


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Janis Joplin Vintage ballpoint signature

Vintage ballpoint signature, “Janis Joplin,” adding a small heart under her signature, on an off-white 3 x 4.5 lightly-lined sheet. Matted and framed with a copy of Joplin’s Tampa, Florida, mugshots, to an overall size of 21.25 x 14.5. In very good condition, with uniform toning, a light diagonal bend through portion of last name of signature, and some soiling to lower portion of sheet, well away from signature. Joplin’s signature remains very bold and largely unaffected by the physical flaws of the sheet. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Janis Joplin


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Beatles Signed Original ‘Four Aces’ program

Original ‘Four Aces’ program from the Beatles Fall 1964 tour with Mary Wells, 8 x 10.5, 16 pages, featuring images of the band on playing cards on the front cover. Signed in blue ballpoint on their full page image on the inside cover, “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” “Ringo Starr,” and “Paul McCartney.” A collector’s notation of “November 1, 1964,” has been added to the front cover. In very good condition, with light creasing and wrinkling to cover and signed page, other creasing and handling wear to inside pages, missing upper staple of binding, and a spot of light toning to first page. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads, “I can confirm that the Beatles playing cards programme was signed on November 1st at Finsbury Park, Astoria Cinema, London in 1964. My mother knew the management staff who obtained the autographs personally for myself as I was ill…As a gift my parents gave me the programme the day after the concert.” The band played a 10-song set at the cinema, including ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘If I Fell,’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ A scarce signed program which more than made up for the poor girl missing the show. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Beatles


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John Lennon Signed 1975 Seventeenth Annual Grammy Awards Program

Rare program for the Seventeenth Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975, 8 x 10.25, signed vertically on the cover in blue ballpoint, “John Lennon ´75,” adding a quick self-portrait caricature; and also signed in black felt tip, by David Bowie “Bowie ´75,” and Ann-Margret. Matted and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 14.5 x 19.25. In fine condition, with a bit of mild soiling and light handling wear. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. Lennon, along with Paul Simon, presented Olivia Newton-John her Record of the Year award for ‘I Honestly Love You.’ At the end of their segment both Lennon and Simon jokingly asked if they would be reuniting with their respective musical partners. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in John Lennon


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Ringo Starr Signed Drumhead and Drumsticks

Two items: an unused 12″ Ambassador coated Remo drumhead, signed in black felt tip, “Ringo”; and a pair of Starr signature Pro Mark II drumsticks, each also signed in back felt tip, “Ringo.” In fine condition. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Ringo Starr


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Jimmy Hoffa Life Insurance Documents

Historic archive of documents related to Hoffa’s life insurance policy through US Life, three signed by Hoffa, consisting of approximately 70 pages dated between 1955 and 1983, from Hoffa’s initial application to the insurance company’s payout to his son. Contents are loosely bound with metal clips in a 9.25 x 11.75 manila folder. In overall fine condition, with expected document wear.

First document is part of Hoffa’s application, signed “James R. Hoffa,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11.25, July 18, 1955. Document lists Hoffa’s occupation as “Labor Union Work,” and includes a detailed medical history report signed by his doctor.

Second continues his application, signed “James R. Hoffa,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, July 30, 1955. Document lists Hoffa’s occupation as “Union Official…Executive,” with “Teamsters” as his employer, and requests a “Preferred Whole Life” policy in the amount of $50,000, with “Premium Waiver” and “Accidental Death” coverage requested.

Third is a modification to his policy changing his beneficiary, signed “James R. Hoffa,” one page, 8.5 x 11, March 3, 1967. Document names his son, James P. Hoffa, as the beneficiary of the policy. Includes a copy of the modified policy.

The balance of the archive consists of internal memos and documents, and letters from James P. Hoffa and lawyers following the disappearance of his father. Among these is a typed memo from three months after Hoffa’s disappearance, one page, 8.5 x 11, November 4, 1975, in part: “Will you please attempt to develop from this policy file a rough estimate of our liability in the event that Hoffa becomes a death claim which is to be paid by United States Life…I’d like to have an idea of just what our exposure is.”

A later internal document, dated September 24, 1982, lists “Cause of Death: Unknown,” and “Circumstances, if relevant: Teamster leader—missing for 7 years.” Following this is a copy of the State of Michigan Probate Court’s “Order of Presumption of Death,” declaring Hoffa dead as of July 30, 1982, after having been missing for seven years. The final document is a carbon copy of Treasury Department Form 712, detailing the final payment of $50,687 to his son.

Released from prison after serving five years of his 13-year sentence for jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud, Jimmy Hoffa remained subject to a non-participation clause that restricted him from joining in union activities until March 1980 (which would have been the end of his prison term, had he served his full sentence). While appealing this condition of his release, he began efforts to regain control of the union from Frank Fitzsimmons, who held equal support from the US government and underground mob leaders; Hoffa’s insistence on reinstating himself in the union made him unpopular on both sides. Scheduled to testify before a Senate committee regarding intelligence activities around the time of the Kennedy assassination (which his mob connections were rumored to have a hand in), Hoffa mysteriously disappeared on July 30, 1975, never to be heard from again. With countless enemies and numerous plausible motives to dispose of him, the case was never solved. Though his body was never found, Hoffa was officially declared dead in July of 1982, on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance. His life insurance policy, thoroughly documented in this archive, was paid in full to his son, James P. Hoffa, who went on to follow in his father’s footsteps, becoming president of the Teamsters’ Union in 1999. An incredibly rare set of documents holding three signatures of the infamous disappeared union leader. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Jimmy Hoffa


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Rudolf and Stephanie rare and desirable signed portrait

Rudolf (1858–1889), son and heir of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, who died at the age of 30, together with his mistress, under mysterious circumstances most often explained as a suicide, bringing an effective end to the Habsburg dynasty. In 1881, Rudolf married Stephanie, daughter of King Leopold II of Belgium. Scarce original 4.25 x 6.25 cabinet full-length portrait of Rudolf and Stephanie standing side-by-side, signed in the lower border in black ink, “Rudolf” and “Stephanie.” Published by H. Eckert of Prague. In fine condition, with trimmed left and right edges. RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Rudolf and Stephanie


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