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Michael Jackson Original signed ballpoint sketch of a surrealistic human figure

Original signed ballpoint sketch of a surrealistic human figure, possibly a bizarre self-portrait as he labels it “M. J.,” on an off-white 8.5 x 5 sheet, signed on the left side, “Michael Jackson.” In fine condition. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Michael Jackson

 

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John F. Kennedy Pen Used to Sign the 1963 Child and Mental Health Bill

Fountain pen used by President Kennedy to sign the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill. Presidential Lucite and black plastic Esterbrook fountain pen measures 6″ long has “The President—The White House,” printed on the clear portion of the pen, and still retains some ink on the nib. Pen comes with a cardboard box which is labeled in an unknown hand, “1576,” This pen was used by Kennedy in the Cabinet Room of the White House at a bill signing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on October 24, 1963. One of several pens used that day to sign the bill, this pen was presented to Mr. John G. Fettinger, president of the National Association for Retarded Children. Pen is accompanied by a second-generation photo from the bill signing ceremony, with the president handing one of the pens to his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with Fettinger, his wife, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and others in the background. Also included is a photocopy of Fettinger’s official White House invitation to the bill signing, several other photos of Kennedy speaking on the subject, with Fettinger seated by his side, and invitations to the 1963 and 1964 Annual International Awards for outstanding achievement in research, service, and leadership in mental retardation; and a program from the 1961 awards event. According to the JFK Library, this was the second or third to last bill-signing ceremony of Kennedy’s presidency, and one which was no doubt very close to his heart as mental handicap research and treatment were a personal issue for the family due in part to his sister Rosemary’s affliction. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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Babe Ruth Signed Personal Check To Auto Dealer

Personal check, 8.5 x 3, filled out and signed by Ruth, “G. H. Ruth,” payable to Bayers Auto Sales Inc. for $69.62, January 8, 1946. In fine condition, with two vertical folds, one through a single letter of signature, staple holes to left blank area, and cancellation holes to body. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Babe Ruth

 

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John F. Kennedy Final Sailboat Sketch

Original vintage pencil sketch of a sailboat, drawn by Kennedy on an off-white 4 x 6 sheet of Rice Hotel stationery. Includes a typed note signed by Evelyn Lincoln, in full: “President John F. Kennedy arrived at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas at 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 1963, where he stayed for 3 1/2 hours. He left the Rice Hotel to go to the Coliseum to attend Congressman Albert Thomas’s dinner. Later that evening he went to the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth where he stayed over night.” Both the sketch and note are affixed at the top to foam-core mounts of the same size. In fine condition. Originates from the Robert L. White collection and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Erik L. Dorr, curator of the Gettysburg Museum of History. Published in Cabinet Magazine’s 2006 book Presidential Doodles. Provenance: Guernsey’s, 2005.

The most prolific doodler of all US presidents, Kennedy was known to cover entire sheets of paper with stacked boxes, repeated words, and small drawings—most frequently of sailboats. From 1952 until his death, Evelyn Lincoln accumulated and catalogued countless pages, including this: the final doodle of his life. Looking at this sketch, which reminds us of Kennedy’s own beloved sloop, the Victura, it is easy to imagine the president at the historic Rice Hotel, where he dined and attended a meeting, with his pad in hand, dreaming of the peace and freedom of the open ocean. In the summer of 1964, in the wake of the assassination, a collection of his doodles went on a memorial tour of twenty-three cities, after which they were returned to Evelyn Lincoln or prepared for the Kennedy Library, where a photocopy of this original piece remains. Considered one of his most charming sailboat doodles and the most historically significant, due to its November 21st date, this is one of the most desirable pieces of Kennedy memorabilia available. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Senate-era Handwritten Notes

Kennedy’s unsigned handwritten notes on two off-white 4.25 x 7 lightly-lined sheets. Over 70 words in Kennedy’s hand, with complete transcriptions done by Evelyn Lincoln accompanying the piece. A sampling of the notes includes: “Mobilized resources however vast they may be.do [sic] not win wars—Barbara Ward Policy of the West,” “German armament; contingents no larger than brigade groups start at size of German force not to exceed 1/5 of all forces,” and “Says many communist in Italy are so because of domestic matters. Says one of the greatest difficulties of getting Italians to make war effort is that they do not feel that they are equal to other countries because of peace treaty.” A typed letter of provenance accompanies the notes and reads, “John F. Kennedy always kept a small, black notebook accessible so that he could jot down thoughts that came to him…After recording his thoughts he would tear out the page and keep it handy for future reference. The handwritten notes, which you now have in your possession, are two of those pages.” Archivally matted and framed with a portrait of Kennedy on the phone and jotting down some notes, with Lincoln’s transcripts affixed to reverse, along with the typed provenance, to an overall size of 24.75 x 17. In fine condition, with the writing on one page a couple shades light but still completely legible, and a couple trivial ink brushes to the second page. With a notable reference to British economist and Cambridge friend Barbara Ward’s Policy for the West, a book that greatly impacted Kennedy’s views on international politics, this item gives an extraordinary glimpse into the unedited thoughts of the future president. Oversized. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Personalized Cigar and Monogrammed Handkerchief

Two items owned by President Kennedy: one unopened cigar measuring 6″ in length, housed in its original glass tube, and retaining its impressive red and gold, personalized cigar band printed with “JFK”; and one of Kennedy’s personally-owned and -used white linen handkerchiefs, hand-embroidered with his initials, “J. F. K.,” in a script design. Both are handsomely framed together with a presidential blue suede mat and striking gold leaf frame, to an overall size of 13.5 x 23. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Kennedy’s personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln, dated May 29, 1983 and written on White House stationery to noted collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, which reads, in part: “It is a pleasure for me to share a couple of personal items of President John F. Kennedy…One is a personal cigar with his initials on the band. The other is a white linen handkerchief, monogrammed with his intials…The cigar has never been opened and is encased in its original glass tube…The cigar and handkerchief were owned and/or used by JFK.” In fine condition. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy personally owned and worn necktie

One of John F. Kennedy’s personally-owned and -worn neckties. Black silk tie with diagonal red, yellow, and white stripes bears a Jordan Marsh maker’s label on the underside. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authenticity from David J. Powers, the son of Kennedy’s special assistant David F. Powers, which states, “This Jordan Marsh Company all silk black tie with red, yellow and white stripes, RN19970, was worn by JFK and subsequently ended up with my father…My father carefully separated this tie from others that were his alone and preserved it among his valuable memorabilia.” In fine condition. RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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– John and Jacqueline Kennedy 1962 Signed Book

Signed book: The White House. Special limited edition of 75 copies (this being No. 33a). Washington, DC: White House Historical Association, 1962. Red leather hardcover with “MF” at bottom right, 7.25 x 10.25, 130 pages. Signed and inscribed on the colophon, “For Mike Feldman, with warm personal regards, John F. Kennedy,” and “Jacqueline Kennedy,” with John adding, “Christmas 1962,” under his wife’s signature. Autographic condition: fine, with a couple of light brushes to Jacqueline’s signature. Book condition: VG+/None. Red leather-covered boards with gilt title and beautiful marbled endpapers; few minor scuffs to covers, otherwise NF condition.

During their official Christmas party, held on December 12, 1962, President and Mrs. Kennedy presented each member of the Kennedy administration with a stunning, red leather-bound copy of the Executive Mansion’s story, the publication of which was overseen by the first lady as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House. This copy, inscribed, “with warm personal regards” to “Mike” Feldman, undoubtedly held much deeper regards than could be conveyed through these four words inside a book cover. Myer (“Mike”) Feldman began working closely with Kennedy in 1957 as a legislative assistant, and had found his place as a close confidante by the time the Senator earned the Democratic nomination for the 1960 presidential election. He played a crucial role in Kennedy’s success, heading the research team that maintained ‘Nixopedia,’ a compendium of Nixon’s every utterance, vote, and potential weakness that would help during crucial debates with their Republican opponent. After Kennedy’s election, Feldman remained by his side, serving as deputy special counsel to the president, writing speeches, working on trade matters and legislative issues, and serving as White House liaison to several Cabinet officials. He also provided invaluable insight into the American Jewish community and Israel’s emerging nuclear arms program. A gorgeous book centered on one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s most memorable contributions during her time as first lady, made exponentially more desirable by its inscription to a close friend and loyal staff member to the president through the most important years of his career. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Brown Leather Watch Band

Kennedy’s personally-owned and -worn Lord Elgin brown leather watch band removed from the gold Cartier watch, which had been engraved on the back with their wedding date, “J.F.K., 9-12-57.” In overall fine condition.

This historic piece is accompanied by a binder of exhaustive documentation and research detailing its history, compiled by previous owner and renowned Kennedy collector Robert L. White. A gift from Jackie to her husband in celebration of their fourth wedding anniversary, the watch—according to a letter from Kennedy’s longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln to White—“was worn by President John F. Kennedy for a short while, but he then discarded it because he didn’t like the wrist band.” The band was then replaced with a black alligator band, and Kennedy began to wear the watch on a regular basis; he was wearing it as such on November 22, 1963.

After being rushed to Parkland Hospital, Kennedy was brought to Trauma Room #1, where Nurse Diana Bowron was on duty. Included in the accompanying information with this band are a copy of her testimony before the Warren Commission and a hospital memo describing her role in treating Kennedy, in part: “Two of the doctors wished to start fluids in the President’s left arm, upon which he was wearing a gold watch with a black leather strap. As this was about to fall off I removed it and placed it in my pocket for safe keeping…I ran to the blood bank and collected two units of uncrossmatched blood. I returned to the Emergency Room and…was told that the President was dead…As the body was being removed, I remembered that I still had the President’s gold watch in my pocket. I ran out to the Triage desk and there I saw Mr. Wright. I gave him the gold watch and explained how I had come by it.” Additional corroborating accounts, including an excerpt from O. P. Wright, Head of Security at Parkland, are also provided.

The watch was then given to Special Agent Roger C. Warner; a notarized statement from Warner confirms that he picked up the watch from Mr. Wright on November 26, 1963, and sent it back to Washington. From there, Special Agent Robert Bouck released the watch to agent Clint Hill for its return to Mrs. Kennedy; a receipt from the National Archives confirms this. Before he returned it, Hill replaced the bloodied black alligator band with this original one, to spare the grieving widow the additional reminder of the gruesome event.

A photocopied letter from Evelyn Lincoln to Robert White reads, in part: “Soon after Mrs. Kennedy moved out of the White House in 1964…she filled an entire room with cast offs. Dresses, yard goods, all kinds of clothing belonging to the President, herself and her children…Mrs. Kennedy invited me, among the first of many of her friends, to come to that room and choose anything I wanted…I carried away many, many very personal items.”

Completing the chain of ownership, Robert White has included two notarized letters, both showing images of the watch and this band, reading, in part: “This is…as I received it on June 5th, 1992 from Evelyn Lincoln…it is indeed the watch he wore for many years and was wearing the day of the assassination in Dallas. The original black Cartier alligator strap…was removed by the Secret Service and replaced with the Lord Elgin leather strap before the watch was returned to Mrs. Kennedy on December 2nd, 1963.” RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F Kennedy Sixth Floor Window of the Texas Book Depository

The controversial and extremely historically important sixth-floor corner window from the Texas School Book Depository, originally removed six weeks after Kennedy’s assassination by the building’s owner, Colonel D. Harold Byrd. Recognizing the value of the window as a historical curiosity, Byrd instructed an employee named Buddy McCool to remove and replace it, according to a deposition and video testimony by McCool. He then hung it in the banquet room of his Vassar Street mansion, displayed beside other artifacts and mementos from his career, until his death in 1986. Byrd’s son, Caruth Byrd, inherited the window and in 1995 loaned it to Dallas’s Sixth Floor Museum for display to the public, where it remained until 2007. The window is dark green on what was the interior and off-white on the exterior, with paint original to the time of the assassination. Beautifully presented in a custom display case. Lee Harvey Oswald was hired at the Texas School Book Depository on October 16, 1963, and was driven to work on November 22 by friend and co-worker Wesley Frazier, who said that Oswald was carrying a bag of ‘curtain rods.’ Charles Givens, another co-worker, testified to the Warren Commission that he last saw Oswald on the sixth floor of the Depository with a clipboard in his hand at approximately 11:55 a.m.—35 minutes before the assassination. An historically significant piece accompanied by extensive provenance material. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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