(Walt Disney Studios, 1953) Original dye transfer print featuring Mickey Mouse from the ‘Mickey Mouse’s 25th Anniversary’ painting by John Hench. Image measures 7.5 x 10, matted as prepared by the Art Props Department at Disney Studios and framed to an overall size of 16 x 20, with the Disney label affixed to the backing. Boldly signed and inscribed on the mat in red pencil by Walt Disney. In fine condition. Pre-certified Phil Sears COA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
Scarce complete set of three official color 8 x 10 NASA lithographs of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins pictured individually in their white space suits, each signed in black felt tip by the astronaut pictured, with the Aldrin lithograph inscribed in another hand, “To Tommy, Best Wishes.” In overall fine condition, with a paperclip impression and creases to one corner tip of the Armstrong lithograph. Uninscribed Armstrong lithographs are highly sought after, particularly those boasting such strong signatures, and these classic portraits are infrequently offered as a full set. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Eminent Russian composer (1844–1908) best known for such brilliantly orchestrated works as Scheherazade and for operatic staples like Sadko, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and The Golden Cockerel. Scarce and extremely desirable 4 x 5.75 cabinet photo of Rimsky-Korsakov seated in a three-quarter length pose, boldly inscribed at the top in Russian and signed “N. R.-Korsakov,” and dated December 24, 1906. Matted to an overall size of 5.75 x 8.25. In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and stains, and the ends of the signature and date light but mostly legible. Rimsky-Korsakov began working on the The Golden Cockerel in 1906, drawing inspiration from the political unrest in the region to write an opera satirizing the autocracy, Russian imperialism, and the Russo-Japanese War. The controversial opera was immediately banned by the Palace and went unstaged until 1909, not premiering until after Rimsky-Korsakov’s death. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Historic pairing of two Texas Revolution–era cannonballs originating from the family of Asa Mitchell, an early settler who participated in the Texas Revolution throughout its entirety. The larger cannonball measures 4″ in diameter and weighs 3 pounds 5.6 ounces, and the smaller cannonball measures 3″ in diameter and weighs 1 pound 7.2 ounces. The cannonballs exhibit general expected pitting and wear. After moving to Texas in 1822 and settling at the mouth of the Brazos River, Asa Mitchell established himself as a successful merchant, farmer, and stock raiser. He joined an early faction of supporters of Texan independence, and was one of the 112 who resisted Mexican oppression in the Battle of Velasco in 1832, the first true military conflict between Mexico and settlers in Texas. He also fought under Sam Houston in the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution in 1836, when the the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Santa Anna’s Mexican forces.
Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Beautifully signed on a free end page in blue ballpoint, “John Lennon,” and in black ballpoint, “Ringo Starr.” Autographic condition: fine to very fine. Book condition: VG-/None. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. This literary effort, comprised of nonsensical, disjointed short stories and line drawings, was Lennon’s first published work and the first solo effort of any of the Beatles—a great showcase of his creative talent. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Supremely rare White House card, signed in bold fountain pen, “Lyndon B. Johnson.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original White House transmittal envelope and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This exact card was featured in Charles Hamilton’s book American Autographs, and in From the President’s Pen by Larry F. Vrazlik and Michael Minor; in the latter book it is identified as the only authentically signed example known to exist. A true rarity in modern presidential autographs. RR Auction COA.
Official Amateur League ‘No. 50’ baseball signed and inscribed on a side panel extending into the sweet spot in fountain pen, “To Douglas, From Babe Ruth.” In very good condition, with scattered soiling and scuffs (a few slightly affecting the inscription and signature, most noticeably to the “o” in “To,” “F” in “From,” and “t” in “Ruth”), and a few small stains along the seams. A desirable single-signed baseball with classic red-and-blue stitching, with an especially large, prominent signature. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Flown Series 1953B two dollar bill, serial number A70489987A, signed across the top of the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Carried aboard Apollo 15, July 26–Aug 7, ’71, David R. Scott,” and also signed in black felt tip by the crew, “Dave Scott,” “Al Worden,” and “Jim Irwin.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the US Two Dollar Bill ($2), Serial number A 70489987 A, included with this letter was carried aboard the Apollo 15 ‘Endeavour’ for six days in lunar orbit during Apollo 15…This US Two Dollar Bill…is signed on the reverse by all three crew members…and an additional certification signed on the reverse by the Commander, David R. Scott…This US Two Dollar bill…has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” In very fine condition. Carried as a good luck symbol on many space flights, a total of 50 two-dollar bills were flown to lunar orbit on this mission. Another package of currency was taken to the lunar surface, but accidentally left behind. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown COAS Spare Light Bulb Assembly carried to the lunar surface on board the Apollo 15 Lunar Module Falcon. Assembly measures 2 x 1.75. Assembly consists of a small light bulb inside a housing which would be inserted into the COAS to illuminate the optical reticle used for docking alignment. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, complete with images and diagrams of the assembly, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the Lunar Module COAS Spare Light Bulb Assembly included with this letter was carried aboard the Lunar Module ‘Falcon’ during Apollo 15…The Crewman Optical Alignment Sight (COAS) is an alignment aid that provides fixed line-of-sight attitude reference between the Lunar Module and the Command Module as well as the horizon (Earth and Moon) and stars…To ensure this capability during a mission, a spare bulb assembly was carried aboard the spacecraft…This LM COAS Spare Bulb Assembly has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” RR Auction COA.
Remarkable sketchbook titled on the cover “Le Probleme du Fantome,” 4 x 5.5, circa 1946, containing 49 original sketches by Magritte in ink and pencil (several back-to-back), six of which are signed in pencil with his last name, “Magritte.” The sketchbook features representations of various subjects in the artist’s recognizable style, including studies of classic Magrittian tropes—among these are a hot air balloon, leaves, faces, landscapes in linear perspective, and hands. About half of the drawings are of ghostlike figures depicted in many different manners, from ghosts shrouded in shadowy darkness to chubby stuffed bedsheets. In overall fine condition, with uniform toning throughout and the last page folded along a fragile perforation.