Official NASA color 10 x 8 semi-glossy photo of the Apollo 17 crew in their white space suits, signed in felt tip, “Harrison H. Schmitt,” “Ron Evans,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition. A choice, uninscribed example, which Space expert Ken Havekotte notes was signed preflight. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
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Impressive Collier Trophy awarded to Scott Carpenter as one of the members of the Mercury 7, measuring 13.5″ tall with an 8.25 x 8.25 base, engraved on one side with the names of the first seven NASA astronauts, Malcolm S. Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Donald Slayton, noting that they were being honored with the 1962 award “For pioneering manned space flight in the United States.” On the opposing side of the base is raised text describing the award, in full: “Awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association sponsored by Look Magazine for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, the value of which had been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Carpenter, in part: “President John Kennedy presented the 1962 Collier Trophy that accompanies this letter to me along with each of my Mercury 7 brothers. This occurred on Oct. 10, 1963 at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. I consider this one of [the] most prestigious honors I have ever received and have proudly displayed it in my home for many years.”
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
Fantastic fountain pen self-portrait sketch of his instantly recognizable ‘Little Tramp’ character on an off-white 6.75 x 4 album page, signed and inscribed below, “To Richard B. Gelbert, From Charlie Chaplin, Nov. 20th 1920,” adding “me” with an arrow pointing to the sketch. In fine condition. A scarce and exceptionally desirable sketch by the iconic actor of his signature character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
(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.
Flown sterling silver Apollo 10 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 x 1.25, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia and the last names of crew members Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “May 18–26, 1969” and serial numbered “106.” Condition is mint state, with some expected light surface wear to reverse. Accompanied by a 2013 letter of authenticity from Apollo 10 CMP John Young, which reads: “I hereby certify that Apollo 10 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 106, was flown to the moon with me aboard the mission May 18-26, 1969 and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Exceptional vintage 7.75 x 9.75 double-sided program cover from the 1957 Elvis Presley photo folio, signed on both sides in blue ballpoint. Smoothed overall creases and some mild staining to the forehead and nose areas on one side, otherwise fine condition. A wonderful uninscribed example with a pair of bold signatures. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Uncommon large format March 1963 issue UK Parlophone Records promotional card, 7.25 x 5, featuring an Angus McBean portrait of the band on the front, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint to their friend Chris Huston, “To Chris, me ould mate, keep going, John Lennon,” “To Chris, all the very best, Paul McCartney,” “To Chris, best wishes from George Harrison,” and “To Chris, Best wishes, Ringo Starr.” Scattered bends and creases (primarily to edges), otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beatles expert Perry Cox, as well as a letter of provenance from Chris Huston.
Huston was a fellow Liverpudlian guitarist in one of the leading local Merseybeat bands, The Undertakers, who played many shows with the Beatles. He was a friend of the group, and actually installed the Bigsby on John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325 guitar that he played on the Ed Sullivan Show. Shortly after the Beatles’ new promo card came out Lennon showed it to Huston, who asked them to sign it—thus the warm inscriptions to a friend. In his letter of provenance, Huston describes this as coming from a scrapbook that he kept of autographed photos of the musicians he met while touring, such as Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Tony Sheridan, and Bill Haley. Excellent provenance and association to the early British Merseybeat music scene—a simply superb, fully signed example of the rarer large format Parlophone card. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Oct 16, 2014 & ends Oct 23, 2014
Church bulletin from Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in La Quinta, California, dated April 7, 1985, 8.5 x 11, four pages. Signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, and Prince Albert Grimaldi of Monaco. In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Official dipping pen of immense historical importance, used by President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964. The presidential Esterbrook pen measures 6.25″ long and features a black plastic grip with a Lucite handle imprinted with “The President—The White House.” Includes an official typed statement describing the act and a White House card bearing a calligraphic description of the pen. An actual pen used by the president for such an iconic piece of legislation is expected to have just such an official typed inclusion within the tan presentation box. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was one of the first in attendance to receive such an official pen from LBJ.
Prior to his assassination, President Kennedy had called for legislation to end racial discrimination and segregation in public accommodations, public education, and federally assisted programs. Shortly after his death, President Johnson urged Congress to honor his memory by passing such an act, declaring, ‘We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.’ His appeal was successful and manifested itself in HR 7152, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of legislation that banned segregation and racial discrimination, while guaranteeing equal job opportunities. The tremendous sociopolitical impact made the Civil Rights Act a crowning achievement of the 1960s Democrats and one of the most important laws passed in the 20th century. An epochal offering of a rarely seen official bill signer pen used by LBJ on that historic day in civil rights history.
Original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Darwin by Elliott & Fry, circa 1874, signed below the image in black ink, “Ch. Darwin.” Printed text on the reverse [now concealed by the frame] reads: “Elliot & Fry, 55, Baker Street, Portman Square. W.” Beautifully archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with an engraved plaque to an overall size of 12 x 17.5.
In 1874, Darwin published the second—and finally complete—edition of his second book on evolutionary theory, The Descent of Man. This exceptionally rare pose features Darwin with his arms crossed—cartes-de-visite typically seen from this sitting with Elliott & Fry are a slightly different pose where his arms are not visible. This is a perfect example of one of a handful of known signed Darwin cartes-de-visite.