Vintage 3.5 x 5.25 German deckle-edge postcard photo for Presley’s film Jailhouse Rock, signed at the top in fountain pen. Photo also bears a stamped signature and sentiment to bottom portion. In fine condition, with signature uniformly light due to irregular ink adhesion, but still completely legible. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
Superb collection of seven color individual portraits of each member of the ill-fated crew, including six official color 8 x 10 NASA lithographs, each signed in black felt tip by the astronaut pictured. Signers are: Ellison Onizuka (ins), Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee (ins), and Ron McNair (ins). In fine condition. A magnificent collection of the tragic heroes—including the first teacher to be selected for the space program—whose deaths brought the shuttle program to a halt for almost three years. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Courtney and Tennant, Charleston SC. marked Confederate navy cutlass. This piece was built by Robert Mole in England and acquired for the Confederacy by George Tennant who was the agent for the Confederate Navy. This piece shows an 18.75″ excellent blade. There is one area of fine pitting on both sides of the blade and some staining. The original washer is in place. Mole is correctly stamped as is the Courtney and Tennant marking. The black checkered grips are original and rate very good to excellent. The black leather scabbard is complete and rates excellent with only some age and surface crazing. The seams are solid with unpolished brass fittings. The uppermost 2.5″ of the scabbard is in perfect condition, as it was protected by the frog. This piece is overall 24″ and is one of the scarcer cutlasses as fitted with the full iron guard. This piece is in its as found condition, it has not been cleaned or polished. An excellent example for the serious Confederate naval collector. RR Auction COA.
Original signed and inscribed felt tip sketch of a horse drawn by Ronald Reagan on an off-white 6.25 x 8.5 sheet of personal stationery, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, “Merry Christmas to Stephanie—Ronald Reagan” and “Nancy.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original recipient’s White House identification badge. Reagan had a vacation home known as Rancho del Cielo in the Santa Ynez Mountain range, where he kept horses of his own, including favorites named Little Man and El Alamein. A one-of-a-kind sketch with great provenance. RR Auction COA.
Very nice vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 photo of Gershwin working on a composition while at his piano, signed and inscribed in the lower border in fountain pen, “To George McDevitt—all good wishes—George Gershwin,” adding four bars from ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ to the left of his signature. Beautifully double-matted and framed to an overall size of 15 x 16.75. In fine condition, with a couple unobtrusive surface creases. A magnificent image of the great American composer plying his craft. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Choice vintage brown ink signature, “Walt Disney,” on an off-white 5.5 x 4.25 sheet of his personal Mickey Mouse stationery. In fine condition, with a small, unobtrusive tear to upper edge. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Phil Sears and an unsigned color photo of Disney. Disney kept a pad of this note paper on his desk and was known to sign them in advance and put them in his pocket to pass out to autograph seekers; as such, when these are found they are often folded or wrinkled, while this example is in superlative condition. Mickey Mouse items signed by Disney are also surprisingly scarce, making this piece of Disney’s personalized stationery an exceptionally desirable autographed piece. RR Auction COA.
Signed book: Men Without Women. First Living Library edition, first printing. Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1946. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5 x 7.5, 164 pages. Signed and inscribed entirely in Hemingway’s hand on the first free end page in fountain pen, “To Helen Bamberger, with Christmas Greetings, from Charles Sweeny (and Ernest Hemingway).” Autographic condition: very fine. Book condition: VG+/VG-.
Hemingway first met Col. Charles Sweeny—a mercenary soldier who was said to have fought in seven wars for five different countries—in 1922 during the Greek-Turkish War. The two became fast, close, and lasting friends, and would often see each other in war zones, at the bicycle races in Paris, and on hunting expeditions and fishing trips. Later in life, they would sit and trade old war stories and compare their collections of battle scars. Hemingway wrote in a 1940 letter that Sweeny had ‘one of the most brilliant military brains I have ever known.’ A wonderful association between Hemingway’s life and work, as Men Without Women contained some of his most well-known short stories, including ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ and ‘The Killers.’
Miniature white porcelain two-handled sugar bowl painted by Renoir with a magnificent pink and green floral design on the front and gilt accents to rims of the bowl and lid. The bowl measures approximately 1″ in diameter and .75″ tall. In fine condition. This was originally part of the Pierre Auguste Renoir Personal Artifacts and Archives Collection consigned to Hantman’s in 2005 by Renoir’s grandson, Paul Renoir (1924–2005), son of his youngest child Claude (1901–1969). As part of his inheritance, Claude received Renoir’s home, Les Collettes, in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir began working in a porcelain factory at age 13, where his drawing talents led to his being chosen to paint designs on fine china, and his skillful work earned a good income and the nickname Monsieur Rubens. In his book ‘La Vie et l’Oeuvre de Pierre-Auguste Renoir,’ his agent, Ambroise Vollard, describes seeing a miniature service in Renoir’s dining room: ‘I saw on the sideboard shelf of the dining room, a small coffee service and two candlesticks made out of porcelain, decorated by hand, well applied…‘Those are the only pieces I still have from my old career as a porcelain decorator,’ Renoir told me.’ This is also mentioned in ‘Renoir in Time’ by noted French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. A beautiful and exceptionally rare piece of original art from the French master. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Complete unused concert ticket for the Beatles performance at Atlanta Stadium on August 10, 1965, 5 x 2.5, featuring an image of the ‘Fab Four’ in their famous collarless suits. The mustard-colored ticket granted admission to the upper level of the stadium. A fold at the stub and ballpoint notation to reverse, otherwise fine condition. The Atlanta show received praise for its terrific energy and excellent audio system—screaming fans at other venues often stifled the band’s sound. Full tickets for this concert are quite scarce as the Beatles sold out the stadium, most tickets being reduced to stubs upon admission. RR Auction COA.
One of the premier American folksingers (1888-1949), he spent years in and out of jail for murder and attempted murder, recorded ‘Goodnight, Irene,’ ‘Boll Weevil,’ ‘The Midnight Special,’ and others. Vintage 7.25 x 9.25 program photo, signed in the lower border in black ink, “Huddie Ledbetter.” In fine condition, with a vertical fold, small edge tear, and some scattered light creases. One of the rarest blues autographs, virtually nonexistent in signed photos. RR Auction COA. Learn more about Larry Rafferty.