Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction: Featuring Pop Culture

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RR Auction's December Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts more than 900 lots, highlighted by a multitude of important historical letters and a robust selection of material from popular culture. Highlights of the sale include a signed Abraham Lincoln carte-de-visite, checks from George Washington and Donald Trump, a Charles Dickens autograph quote from A Christmas Carol, rare artifacts recovered from the USS Arizona after Pearl Harbor, unique mixed-media artwork by Bob Dylan, a Christmas card from Al Capone, and rare oversized 'outtake' prints from the Beatles' famous Abbey Road shoot. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in December 2018.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Otto Frank252 - Otto Frank
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Father (1889–1980) of Jewish World War II diarist Anne Frank, and the only member of his family to survive the concentration camps. Postcard depicting
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French Visiting Cards253 - French Visiting Cards
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Collection of over 100 visiting cards, mostly from members of the Academie Francaise: a few are signed, and most bear some kind of note, greeting, or
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Milton Friedman254 - Milton Friedman
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University of Chicago economist (1912-2006) who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics. Glossy 8 x 10 head-and-shoulders photo of Milton Friedman, sign
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V. V. Giri255 - V. V. Giri
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Fourth President of India (1894–1980) who was the only person to be elected as an independent candidate. Following his full term, Giri was honoured by
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Mikhail Gorbachev256 - Mikhail Gorbachev
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Three color glossy photos, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, each showing Mikhail Gorbachev meeting with Ronald Reagan and/or George Bush during his political career
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Martin Heidegger257 - Martin Heidegger
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Handwritten notes by Heidegger on "Eidos" and "Being," one page, 5.75 x 8.25, no date. In very good to fine condition, with ligh...
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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay258 - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
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Three items: a glossy 8.25 x 5.75 of a vintage comic strip showing Edmund Hillary taking off his boots and being told that the International Geophysic
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J. Edgar Hoover259 - J. Edgar Hoover
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TLS, two pages, 8 x 10.5, FBI letterhead, March 26, 1954. Letter to Edward Krupinsky, in part: "Regarding military leave without pay, this stat...
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Joseph Hume260 - Joseph Hume
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Scottish doctor and radical member of Parliament (1777–1855). Twice-signed ALS, one page, 4.5 x 7.25, 1830. Letter to Dr. McVickar, in part: "M...
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Kaiser Wilhelm II261 - Kaiser Wilhelm II
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Last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia (1859–1941) who reigned from June 15, 1888 until his abdication on November 9, 1918. He was the eldes
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Joseph P. Kennedy262 - Joseph P. Kennedy
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TLS signed "Dad," one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, June 25, 1956. Letter to his daughter, Patricia Kennedy, addressed to "Mrs. ...
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King George III263 - King George III
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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “George R.,” one page, 13.5 x 9.5, April 1, 1807. King George appoints Thomas Gloster as "Ensign in the 61st (...
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King George V264 - King George V
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DS, signed “App'd, G. R. I.,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, May 17, 1933. Document submitted to King George V by Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, in full...
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King George V265 - King George V
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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “George,” one page, 9.75 x 13.75, July 16, 1900. Certificate from the Royal Humane Society, in part: "It was R...
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Scandinavian Royalty: King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Queen Louise of Sweden266 - Scandinavian Royalty: King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Queen Louise of Sweden
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Scandinavian Royalty: King Gustaf Adolf VI and Queen Louise, daughter of Charles XV of Sweden and spouse of Frederick VIII of Denmark. Two items: 1.
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King Henry IV267 - King Henry IV
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King of France (born 1553), the first of the Bourbon line, who ruled from 1589 until he was assassinated in 1610. Untranslated vellum manuscript DS in
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King Hussein268 - King Hussein
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Two items: a TLS, signed "Your sincere friend, Hussein," one page, 6.75 x 9, embossed crown letterhead, April 27, 1974, addressed to "...
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Austen Henry Layard269 - Austen Henry Layard
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British historian and archaeologist (1817-1894) best known as the excavator of Nimrud. ALS signed “A. H. Layard,” three pages on two adjoining sheets,
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Henry M. Leland270 - Henry M. Leland
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American machinist, inventor, engineer, and automotive entrepreneur (1843–1932) who founded the luxury automotive brands Cadillac and Lincoln. Partly-
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Nelson Mandela271 - Nelson Mandela
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Color glossy 10.25 x 7.5 photo of South African President Nelson Mandela meeting with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during the former's three-da...
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Jules Mazarin272 - Jules Mazarin
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French cleric and statesman (1601–1662) who, through the influence of Cardinal Richelieu, became Prime Minister of France. He later became minister to
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John McCain273 - John McCain
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Signed book: Character Is Destiny. Later printing. NY: Random House, 2005. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.25 x 9.5, 311 pages. Signed on the title page
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Mother Teresa274 - Mother Teresa
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Glossy 8 x 10 photo of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer, signed in black felt tip, "God bless you, M Teresa mc." Typed colle...
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Mother Teresa275 - Mother Teresa
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Printed prayer slip with an image of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer, 4 x 5.5, signed at the bottom in black ink, “God bless you, M Ter
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Mother Teresa276 - Mother Teresa
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Scarce color glossy 6.75 x 10 photo of Mother Teresa smiling and holding rosary beads, signed in blue felt tip, "God bless you, M Teresa mc.&qu...
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Benito Mussolini and Vittorio Emanuele III277 - Benito Mussolini and Vittorio Emanuele III
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Partly-printed DS in Italian, one page both sides, 9.5 x 14.5, May 12, 1930. Untranslated official document signed at the conclusion in bold ink, &q...
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Timothy Pickering278 - Timothy Pickering
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Postmaster general, secretary of war, and secretary of state under Washington (1745–1829). ALS signed “T. Pickering,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 5,
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Pope Benedict XV279 - Pope Benedict XV
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Uncommon apostolic benediction in Latin and Italian, signed "Benedictus P.P. XV," one page, 10.75 x 14, December 5, 1919. An untranslated ...
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Pope Benedict XVI280 - Pope Benedict XVI
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Ink signature, "Joseph Card. Ratzinger," on an off-white 3.5 x 5.75 presentation card in German, reading (translated): "Presented wit...
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Prince Arthur281 - Prince Arthur
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Matte-finish 4 x 5.75 photograph of Prince Arthur in the formal dress uniform of a General of the British Army, affixed to a 7 x 9 Alfred Ellis and Wa
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Prince Arthur282 - Prince Arthur
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Son of Queen Victoria who was titled Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, as well as Earl of Sussex (1850–1942). Uncommon sepia trimmed 4 x 6 cabinet pho
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Princess Grace of Monaco283 - Princess Grace of Monaco
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ALS signed “Grace de Monaco,” written on both sides of a 8.25 x 3.75 personal correspondence card, no date. Letter to "Mrs. Hale," in part...
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Princess Margaret284 - Princess Margaret
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Christmas card from 1951 featuring a color image of a painting entitled 'The First Posy,' measures 13.25 x 7.75 open, signed and inscribed o...
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Melvin Purvis285 - Melvin Purvis
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Pee Dee State Bank check, 8.25 x 3, filled out and signed by Purvis, "Melvin H. Purvis," payable to "Cash" for $300, July 6, 194...
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Queen Liliuokalani286 - Queen Liliuokalani
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Signed book: Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1898. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.25, 409 pages....
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Queen Victoria287 - Queen Victoria
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Partly-printed DS, signed “Victoria R.,” one page, 15.75 x 12, November 29, 1883. Queen Victoria appoints William Walker an "Officer in Our Vol...
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Richard S. Reynolds, Sr288 - Richard S. Reynolds, Sr
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Nephew (1881–1955) of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds, who made his own name as the founder of the US Foil Company; today, his company's 'Rey...
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Al Ringling289 - Al Ringling
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One of the famed Ringling Brothers (1864–1926) who parlayed their circus into a multimillion-dollar entertainment enterprise. Attractive Ringling Bros
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Helena Rubinstein290 - Helena Rubinstein
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Polish American businesswoman and cosmetics entrepreneur (1870–1965) whose Helena Rubinstein Incorporated cosmetics company made her one of the worl...
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Charles M. Schwab291 - Charles M. Schwab
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American steel magnate (1862–1939) whose Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important hea
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Henrietta Szold292 - Henrietta Szold
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Zionist leader (1860–1945) who worked for the Jewish Publishing Society of America before she founded Hadassah in 1912. TLS, two pages, 7.75 x 10.5, G
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Margaret Thatcher293 - Margaret Thatcher
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Satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Margaret Thatcher delivering a speech, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition.
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Gideon Welles294 - Gideon Welles
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Civil War-dated LS as Secretary of the Navy, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, July 30, 1861. Letter to future arctic hero and admiral G
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Whaling295 - Whaling
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ALS signed “Edward,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 9.75, November 9, 1858. Letter to "My dear Emily" from a young whaler name...
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John Burgoyne296 - John Burgoyne
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British army officer, politician, and dramatist (1722–1792) best known for his role in the American Revolution, where he surrendered his army of 5,000
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Marquis de Lafayette297 - Marquis de Lafayette
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LS in French, signed “Lafayette,” one page, 7.75 x 12, January 24, 1792. Letter to the "Administrators of the Department of the Meurthe," ...
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Marquis de Lafayette298 - Marquis de Lafayette
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ALS in English, signed “L.f.,” one page, 4.75 x 7, no date. In full: "Inclosed I send you two letters for Mrs. Crawford and Monroe calculated t...
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Benjamin Lincoln299 - Benjamin Lincoln
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Revolutionary War–dated ADS, signed “Benj'n Lincoln,” one page, 7.5 x 12.5, July 1, 1775. Document headed "Committee of Supplie, Chamber, W...
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USS Constitution300 - USS Constitution
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Desirable pin tray cast from metal removed from the USS Constitution during its 1927 restoration, measuring 4.5? in diameter, with the perimeter readi
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55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment: Black Sergeant's Commission301 - 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment: Black Sergeant's Commission
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Rare partly-printed DS, signed “N. P. Hallowell Col.,” one page, 14.75 x 10, June 24, 1863. Commission for a black officer in the "the Regiment...
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