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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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