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George Harrison Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Signed drumhead

Unused clear 14″ Tama drumhead, signed in black felt tip by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, signing first name only. In fine condition. Harrison‘s signature was obtained on December 14, 1992, at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles; McCartney’s was acquired on November 13, 2006, at a Virgin Megastore in New York; and Starr’s on October 21, 2012, in Century City, California. The first multi-signed drumhead we have ever offered, as any band-signed instrument is quite scarce. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Mar 13, 2014 & ends Mar 20, 2014

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Jimi Hendrix handwritten working lyrics to the Hendrix song ‘Pass It On’

Very rare handwritten working lyrics to the Hendrix song ‘Pass It On’ (the original name of the song that evolved into ‘Straight Ahead’), on two off-white 8.5 x 11 sheets of Londonderry Hotel stationery. In red felt tip, Hendrix has written 25 lines of lyrics adding the title of the song at the top of both pages. Lyrics read, in full: “I ain’t always done right / that don’t mean you can always / keep doing wrong pass it on— / pass it on— / I climbed mountains and / mountains fell on me / but that don’t mean I’m as / weak as I used to be / pass it on pass it on.

I blew dreams through a / pipe of steam—But that / don’t mean I’m always a drag machine P. I. O. ect…the world is trembling / is breaking, shaking heavy / love making…the stage is cleared for the stars…the / Gods…pass it on, pass it on / Angels come to come and came / and now they’re trying / to be gone…pass it on, pass it on.

God help the understanding / of love and sweat / Day and night / rejoice and regret…pass it on.”

In fine condition, with a paperclip impression to top of pages. This song was intended to be on Hendrix’s next album, a double album tentatively titled either ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun’ or Strate [sic] Ahead,’ based on notes found after his death in 1970. The song was recorded between late 1969 and the summer of 1970, eventually appearing on his posthumous fourth studio album titled The Cry of love. Hendrix lyrics appear for sale at auction very infrequently, particularly those which can be identified, and are highly sought after by music collectors. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Mar 13, 2014 & ends Mar 20, 2014

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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Jimi Hendrix

 

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Beatles Signed Rare 1963 Christmas Card

Extremely rare vintage circa 1963 Beatles Christmas card featuring an image of the group in their distinctive collarless suits, measuring 5.5 x 3.5 closed, signed inside in fountain pen, “John Lennon xxx” and “Ringo Starr xxx,” and in ballpoint, “Love, Paul McCartney, (Beatles) xxx” and “George Harrison xxx.” The pre-printed sentiment on the right side reads, “From Me—To You, Wishing you a Merry Christmas.” In fine condition, with a few slight surface impressions to front and slight haloing to McCartney’s signature. A superlative piece that invokes the lyrics of the very first Lennon–McCartney tune to enter the American pop charts. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Mar 13, 2014 & ends Mar 20, 2014

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Beatles

 

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Beatles John Lennon personally owned and worn eyeglasses

A pair of Lennon’s personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses. Silver-finish wire rim glasses have clear oval frames and are shadow-boxed and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 11.25 x 12.5. The glasses were originally presented by Lennon to musician and entertainer Victor Borge, who provided piano work for Lennon in the 1970s and kept the glasses in his personal collection until 1974, when he sold them to a wealthy Massachusetts family following his performance at their private anniversary celebration. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from one of the family members, Glenn Davis, which reads, in part: “I, Glenn Davis, hereby certify that this pair of Eyeglasses (Silver framed spectacles with oval clear lenses) originally owned and worn by the late John Lennon of the Beatles…were obtained by the late Victor Borge and were sold to my family on July 2, 1974 by Mr. Borge. As witnessed by a very large gathering at my late parents wedding anniversary on July 2, 1974 at Woodland Country and Golf Club…Mr. Borge personallypresented these glasses owned and worn by John Lennon to us as a gift to my mother.” Also accompanied by copies of the receipt for the glasses from Borge’s manager, Borge’s appearance contract, photos of Borge at the event and other related documentation. In fine condition, with expected wear. Lennon first began wearing this particular style of eyeglasses in the late 1960s, and wore them in countless appearances and photographs. A very scarce piece of rock and roll history, accompanied by impeccable provenance, that helped to shape Lennon’s public identity. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Beatles, John Lennon

 

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Vincent Zito Over 80 superb celebrity caricatures

Zito (1900–1966) was a talented artist most famous for his caricatures of the celebrities he encountered throughout his life in both Europe and America, primarily working in Paris and Palm Beach. Original sketchbook used by famed caricaturist Vincenzo Maria Zito during the 1930s and 40s while in Paris, measuring approximately 8 x 10.5, containing over 80 caricatures of celebrities and notables, many of them signed by the subject. Signers are: Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Helen Twelvetrees, Jimmy Durante, Alfred Smith, Adolphe Menjou, Jack Donohue, Lester Allen, Harry Rosenthal, William Gaxton, Lili Damita, Irene Bordoni, Winnie Lightner, Joe Cook, George Jessel, Marc Connelly, Mickey Walker, Jack Pearl, Sophie Tucker, E. Ray Goetz, Lillian Roth, Margaret Livingston, Gertrude Lawrence, Alice White, Vivienne Segal, Henry Richman, Paul Whiteman, Helen Morgan, Gracie Allen, Marilyn Miller, Graham McNamee, and Ralph DePalma. Unsigned sketches include: Josephine Baker, Richard Barthelmess, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Charlie Chaplin, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks, Mohandas Gandhi, Greta Garbo, George Gershwin, Walter Hagen, Adolf Hitler, Walter Huston, Emil Jannings, Bobby Jones, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Fritz Kreisler, Thomas Lipton, Ramon Novarro, John Rockefeller, Will Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Horton Smith, Igor Stravinsky, Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Tibbett, Bill Tilden, Rudolph Valentino, and Joe Zelli. Individual pages in fine condition with light toning and chipping; sketchbook cover has separated and binding is loose. Accompanied by a scrapbook containing a few contemporary newspaper articles about Zito and his work. These caricatures are fantastic works of art in themselves and adroitly express the personality of every figure as well as their physical appearance. The full sketchbook is a testament to Zito’s talent as an artist and captures the essence of the era’s popular culture. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Vincent Zito

 

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Maxim Gorki Autographed Letter Signed In Russian

Important Russian/Soviet author and activist (1868–1936). Though his criticism of the Communist government led to a relationship marked by conflict and unease, he was ultimately embraced (though closely monitored) by the Stalinist regime, and Stalin himself was a pallbearer at Gorki’s funeral. ALS in Russian, signed “A. Peshkov,” one page, 7 x 5, no date. Untranslated letter to Seraphim Nikolaievitch asking him to send him a bust to Capri. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Maxim Gorki

 

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Iwo Jima Signed photos

A scarce set of three vintage lightweight 8 x 10 photos of survivors of the historic Iwo Jima flag raising, each posing with the flag they helped raise atop Mount Suribachi, each soldier signing his portrait in blue ink, “Ira H. Hayes / Pfc., U.S.M.C.,” “John H. Bradley Ph.M 2/C,” and “Pfc. R.A. Gagnon.” Some mild rippling to horizontal edges of each photo, as well as light edge curling, otherwise fine condition. Bradley, Gagnon, and Hayes were three of the six soldiers who planted a US flag atop Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima—an event captured on film by photographer Joe Rosenthal, which became one of the most familiar images of World War II. With three of the enlisted men killed in action within a month of the flag raising, President Franklin D. Roosevelt transferred the survivors to Washington, D. C. and ordered them to participate in the 7th War Bond Drive. Phenomenal images of three unlikely heroes who, along with their fallen comrades, became the collective ‘face’ of World War II. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Iwo Jima

 

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