Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Lee in a profile pose, boldly signed at the bottom of the image, “R. E. Lee,” and signed and inscribed on the reverse, “Miss Emily M. Bennett, with the regards of R. E. Lee, Charleston, 27 Apl 1870.” Published by Alexander Gardner of Washington, DC. A bit of light soiling to the image, a bit of chipping to gilt borders, and a thin band of surface loss to top edge of reverse, otherwise fine condition. This photo was taken by the acclaimed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner during an 1866 sitting and is an uncommon twice-signed example, with both signatures exceptionally crisp and appealing. The recipient, Emily M. Bennett, was the sixteen-year-old daughter of prominent Charleston merchant William Jefferson Bennett. On the evening of April 27, 1870, Bennett hosted an elaborate reception for Lee at his Charleston home, with dozens of guests including two former Confederate Treasury Secretaries—Memminger and Trenholm. Boasting two exquisite signatures and dated to a special event in honor of the distinguished general, this is a particularly interesting portrait. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
Color glossy 8 x 11.75 photo of the Pope waving, signed in black felt tip, “Francisco.” In very fine condition. While images signed prior to his papal inauguration are frequently seen, photos signed as Pope are extremely rare. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Rare official Rawlings National League (Feeney) baseball signed in black felt tip, “Ronald Reagan.” Overall toning, light soiling, and some scuffs to the right of the signature, otherwise fine condition. A rarely seen example of one of the most desirable presidential formats, combining America’s history with its national pastime. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Signed book: The White House. Special limited edition, numbered 97/100. Washington, DC: The White House Historical Association, 1962. Hardcover, 7 x 10.25, 129 pages. Signed on the colophon in blue ballpoint, “To Eve, with affection and appreciation, Jackie, December 25, 1962,” and signed in fountain pen, “and Jack.” Autographic condition: fine. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the publication of this guide to the Executive Mansion as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House, releasing a softcover version for the general public with the intent of spreading knowledge of the house’s historic importance. Limited edition examples were specially bound for the Kennedys to give as Christmas gifts; in addition to this version, there was a red leatherbound edition limited to 75. A wonderful piece from the Kennedy White House. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Exceptional sepia matte-finish 7.25 x 9.25 publicity photo of Gehrig as he appeared in the 1938 film Rawhide, neatly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Vivian—My sincerest and best to you always, Lou Gehrig.” In fine condition, with an irregular surface spot to the lower left, a few tiny red marks to his chin area, the inscription and signature just a shade light, and uniformly trimmed edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA. A wonderful, sharp image of Gehrig in his only Hollywood screen appearance, playing himself as a vacationing ballplayer visiting his sister on a ranch in the fictional town of Rawhide, Montana. Filming took place prior to the 1938 season, which would be his last full season before being diagnosed with ALS in June of 1939. In 2006, neuroscience researchers studied the film and found that Gehrig did not exhibit any visible signs of the disease during the film, concluding that he was functioning normally at that time. A handsome portrait with an interesting background. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Rare handwritten notes in English, unsigned, one page, 4.25 x 6.75, March 24, 1946. Gandhi’s notes penned on the reverse of a letter sent to him. In part: “We are soldiers but are all lovers of Indian freedom. B. I am glad to hear that. For so far you have been instrumental in the suppression of that freedom. What did they do in Jallianwala Bagh? Do you know the meaning? Have you been there? S. Oh, yes, but those days are past. Those people were water frozen in the well. We have seen the world. Our eyes are opened. G. I know this. That is how it should be. S. What would be our future when we fear Indian freedom?” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, a few light stains, and tack holes to upper left corner.
Distinguished British composer (1902–1983) best known for such works as Façade, a theatrical collaboration with Edith Sitwell, and the oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast. Autograph musical manuscript by Walton, one musically lined page, 8.5 x 7.25, no date, signed at the conclusion in fountain pen, “William Walton.” Walton pens five bars of music for six different instruments, titling it at the top, “from Concerto for Violincello & Orchestra (1957).” In fine condition, with trimmed edges. RR Auction COA.