Monthly Archives: September 2013

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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Virginia Woolf Signed Limited Edition Book Orlando

British author (1882–1941) revered as one of the most important writers in the English language. Signed book: Orlando. Limited edition of 861 copies (this being number 787). NY: Crosby Gaige, 1928. Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.25, 331 pages. Signed in purple fountain pen on the reverse of the half-title page. Autographic condition: fine, with a bit of mild edge toning. Book condition: VG/None. Navy cloth-covered boards with gilt title and decoration, gilted upper textblock edge; moderate wear to edges with small tears in cloth at corners and spine-ends; spine and portion of covers sunned. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.



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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Virginia Woolf


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Bob Dylan Tour Book Signed Photo Promoting his Love & Theft album

Color 9.5 x 13.5 tour book photo promoting his Love & Theft album, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition, with some light wrinkling to top edge. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. An excellent example from this period of Dylan’s career. RR Auction COA.




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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Bob Dylan


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Grace Kelly Signed 8 x 10 three-quarter length photo

Glossy 8 x 10 three-quarter length photo of Kelly standing in front of a tree, signed in black felt tip, “Grace Kelly.” In fine condition, with some scattered light creases and edge dings. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.





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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Grace Kelly


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Frank Lloyd Wright Original printed blueprint Elevation from Lake Monona

Original printed blueprint, 56.5 x 18, of Wright’s design headed “Elevation from Lake Monona 1/32″= 1´-0″,” signed in brown ink, “F Ll W/56,” in a 1 x 1 square box shaded in red pencil. Blueprint shows the civic auditorium from Lake Monona, the fountain, and the top of the Madison State Capitol building can be seen in the distance. Rolled and in very good condition, with toning and some tape to edges from previous display (all of which could be easily matted out), scattered creases and wrinkles, and printing several shades light but still visible.

In 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a design for a civic auditorium that would link Lake Monona, surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison with the Wisconsin State Capitol building two blocks away. The proposal was defeated by one vote, but in the postwar economic boom of 1955, the city reconsidered and asked Wright to undertake the project. This stunning blueprint was completed in 1956, just one year before a state law would again bring the project to a halt; reducing the height of a lakefront building to 20 feet, the new law was considered by the mayor to be ‘a regrettable insult to Wisconsin’s most renowned living citizen,’ an evaluation with which Wright agreed, of course. In January of 1959, legislators passed a bill repealing the law and again turned to Wright—in the three final months of his life, he completed his last rendering of the building. After another 35 years of back-and-forth, the city of Madison finally began construction on Monona Terrace in 1994, completing its construction three years later, nearly sixty years after Wright’s original proposal. Blueprints from any of the legendary architect’s buildings are highly sought after—with its fascinating background story and high profile struggle to materialize, the Monona Terrace blueprint holds even greater appeal. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Frank Lloyd Wright


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