RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Literature

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Boasting almost 1,000 lots, RR Auction's October Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale features a robust literature section that includes autographs from authors across the ages—from Goethe to Kafka to Hemingway, a wide assortment of great writers and literary movements are represented. Other highlights in the sale include an important letter by Stephen Hawking, an extremely rare Mao Zedong autograph, a fully signed Led Zeppelin album, a wise autograph quote by Albert Einstein, and a letter by Thomas Jefferson on a political economics textbook. 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 September 2019.
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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Kurt Vonnegut608 - Kurt Vonnegut
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Signed book: The Writer's Desk by Jill Krementz (wife of Kurt Vonnegut). First edition. NY: Random House, 1996. Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.25...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Kurt Vonnegut609 - Kurt Vonnegut
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Signed book: Timequake. First edition. NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1997. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25 x 9.25, 219 pages. Signed and inscribed o...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Eudora Welty610 - Eudora Welty
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Signed book: Acrobats in a Park. First edition, limited issue, numbered 295/300. Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. Hardcover with acetate jacket,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Thornton Wilder611 - Thornton Wilder
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ALS signed on the reverse of the accompanying mailing envelope, “T. N. Wilder,” one page both sides, May 24, 1969. Fascinating letter to noted novelis
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Tennessee Williams612 - Tennessee Williams
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Crisp personal check, 8.5 x 3.5, filled out in type and signed by Tennessee Williams, payable to writer and partner Robert Carroll for $242.74, June 1
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Gahan Wilson613 - Gahan Wilson
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Signed book: I Paint What I See. Later printing. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1971. Softcover, 8 x 11, 126 pages. Signed on the first free end page in ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Gahan Wilson614 - Gahan Wilson
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Signed book: Gahan Wilson's America. First edition. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1985. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.75 x 11.25, 143 pages. Signed ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Yevgeny Yevtushenko615 - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Signed book: The Collected Poems: 1952–1990. First edition. NY: Henry Holt, 1991. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25 x 9.5, 659 pages. Signed on the fir
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Yevgeny Yevtushenko616 - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Signed book: Fatal Half Measures: The Culture of Democracy in the Soviet Union. First edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991. Hardcover with
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Bela Bartok617 - Bela Bartok
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ALS in Hungarian, signed "Bartok Bela," one page, 5.5 x 8.5, March 17, 1937. Letter to the president of the Janos Vajda Association, in pa...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Hector Berlioz618 - Hector Berlioz
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ALS in French, signed “H. Berlioz,” one page, 5.25 x 8, August 25, 1852. Letter to Richard Otto Spazier, nephew and biographer of the German writer Je
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Enrico Caruso619 - Enrico Caruso
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Exceptional vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 12.5 portrait of the celebrated Italian tenor, signed and inscribed in bold fountain pen, "To Mr. John ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Gaetano Donizetti620 - Gaetano Donizetti
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Italian composer (1797-1848) known as a leading composer of the bel canto opera style. ALS in French, signed "Donizetti," one page, 4.75 x...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Edward Elgar621 - Edward Elgar
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Boldly penned AMQS on an off-white 10 x 5.5 musically-lined sheet, beautifully signed at the conclusion, "Edward Elgar, March 17th 1927." ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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George Gershwin622 - George Gershwin
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Brilliant AMQS on a beige-colored 6 x 4.5 album page, signed boldly in fountain pen, "Good wishes, George Gershwin, Feb. 20, 1932," who be...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Mikhail Glinka623 - Mikhail Glinka
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ALS in Italian, signed “Michele Glinka,” one page, 4.75 x 7, December 6, [1832]. In full (translated): "When I asked you to give me the pleasur...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Edvard Grieg624 - Edvard Grieg
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Untranslated ALS in Norwegian, one page on a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard, July 5, 1887. Grieg writes from Bergen to music publisher Carl Warmuth, Jr. In fine t
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Franz Liszt625 - Franz Liszt
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ALS in French, signed “F. Liszt,” one page, 4.75 x 7.25, no date. Letter to "Monsieur l'Abbé Luigi Minichini," in full (translate...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Giacomo Puccini626 - Giacomo Puccini
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Sought-after AMQS on a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard of Puccini's villa in Chiatri, boldly signed and dated below in ink, "Giacomo Puccini, 29.4.06,&q...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Giacomo Puccini627 - Giacomo Puccini
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Brief ALS in Italian, one page, 8.5 x 5.25, Caffe Biffi Milano letterhead, January 11, 1902. Puccini writes to Pillora, inquiring as to why he did not
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Sergei Rachmaninoff628 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Vintage glossy 7.5 x 9.75 photo of the virtuoso seated and playing the piano in a half-length profile pose by New York photographer Herman Mishkin, si
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Anton Rubinstein629 - Anton Rubinstein
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ALS in French, signed “Ant. Rubinstein,” one page, 5 x 8, June 20, 1859. Letter to Belgian soprano Desirée Artôt, asking her for the names...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Richard Strauss630 - Richard Strauss
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ALS in German, one page, 4.5 x 5.5, personal letterhead, May 27, 1926. Letter concerning a venue, in full (translated): "Since even the draper&...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Giuseppe Verdi631 - Giuseppe Verdi
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ALS in Italian, signed “G. Verdi,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 3.5, July 4, 1898. Letter to Giuseppe de Amicis, written from the village of Sant'...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Giuseppe Verdi632 - Giuseppe Verdi
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ANS in Italian, signed “G. V.,” one page, 8 x 6, no date. Handwritten telegram in which Verdi thanks the orchestra of Rome and its great master for th
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Louis Armstrong633 - Louis Armstrong
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Fabulous pairing of an original pencil sketch of Armstrong drawn by an admirer on an off-white 4.75 x 8 sheet, signed and inscribed in fountain pen,...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Irving Berlin634 - Irving Berlin
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Sheet music for Irving Berlin's popular carol "White Christmas," two pages, 9 x 2, boldly signed on the front cover in fountain pen. I...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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George and Ira Gershwin635 - George and Ira Gershwin
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Signed book: Porgy and Bess. Limited first edition of 250 copies (this being No. 224). NY: Random House, 1935. Hardcover, 9.75 x 12.5, 559 pages. Sign
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Jerome Kern636 - Jerome Kern
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Exceptional AMQS on an off-white 5.25 x 3.25 card, signed and inscribed in black ink, "To William de Melt, with the thanks of the American Nati...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Woody Guthrie637 - Woody Guthrie
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Beautifully penned ALS signed “Woody,” six pages, 8 x 10.5, February 21, 1945. Lengthy, touching letter from Guthrie to frequent correspondent Charlot
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Beatles: George Harrison638 - Beatles: George Harrison
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Rare promotional record of ‘A Dark Horse Records presents A Personal Music Dialogue with George Harrison at 33 1/3,’ signed on the ‘side two’ label in
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Beatles639 - Beatles
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Beautiful vintage glossy 8 x 10.25 promotional photo of the Beatles on location in the Bahamas during filming for their second motion picture, Help!,
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
 
 
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Beatles640 - Beatles
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Late 1963 ballpoint signatures of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon on an off-white 3.75 x 3 album page. Consignor notes t
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Estimates : 7,500.00 - 8,500.00
 
 
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Beatles: Lennon and Harrison641 - Beatles: Lennon and Harrison
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Mailing envelope from the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, 9 x 4, signed nicely in blue ballpoint by John Lennon and George Harrison. In fine cond
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Beatles: John Lennon642 - Beatles: John Lennon
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Picture sleeve for the Parlophone 45 RPM EP 'Long Tall Sally,' signed on the reverse in felt tip by John Lennon. In very good to fine condit...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Beatles: Paul McCartney643 - Beatles: Paul McCartney
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Handsome Epiphone FT-79 acoustic guitar with a natural finish and a Detroit Red Wings sticker affixed below bridge, signed on the pearloid pickguard i
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Beatles: Paul and Linda McCartney, and George Martin644 - Beatles: Paul and Linda McCartney, and George Martin
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MPL promotional postcard with a picture of Paul McCartney wearing headphones, 4 x 6, signed on the reverse in blue ink, “Paul McCartney,” “Love, Linda
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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David Bowie645 - David Bowie
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Dancing in the Street single album by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, signed on the front cover in blue felt tip, "Bowie, 86." In fine condit...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Jim Croce646 - Jim Croce
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You Don't Mess Around with Jim promotional album signed on the front cover in black felt tip, "Thanks—Jim Croce." In very good to fine...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Bob Dylan647 - Bob Dylan
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A spectacular example of Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, Blood On The Tracks, signed perfectly by Dylan in silver ink. Accompanied by a full letter of
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Bob Dylan648 - Bob Dylan
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Sought-after satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Bob Dylan during the 1970s, signed in black felt tip above a facsimile signature. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Fleetwood Mac649 - Fleetwood Mac
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Sought-after color semi-glossy 10.75 x 12.75 book photo of Fleetwood Mac lying in bed together, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz and used for the
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Grateful Dead650 - Grateful Dead
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Terrific glossy 9.75 x 7.75 Arista Records publicity photo of the Grateful Dead from 1989, signed in black felt tip by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Le
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Guns N' Roses651 - Guns N' Roses
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Cream-colored Austin Telecaster-style electric guitar, signed on the white pickguard in black felt tip, "W. Axl Rose" and "Izzy Strad...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Guns N' Roses652 - Guns N' Roses
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Attractive Carlo Robelli acoustic guitar with a natural finish, signed boldly on the body in blue felt tip, "Axl Rose," and in black felt ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Guns N' Roses653 - Guns N' Roses
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Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide (USR-001) album from Guns N' Roses, signed on the front cover in silver ink, "W. Axl Rose," "Slash,"...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Jimi Hendrix654 - Jimi Hendrix
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Very desirable ballpoint signature, "Love and Happiness to you forever, Jimi Hendrix," who adds a heart sketch on an off-white 7 x 3 sheet...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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KISS655 - KISS
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Handsome maroon-bodied Gibson SG electric guitar, signed on the body in pink ink by Gene Simmons, and in black felt tip by Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Led Zeppelin656 - Led Zeppelin
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Impressive Led Zeppelin display featuring a color glossy 7.5 x 9.5 photo of the band, signed in blue or black felt tip by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, an
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Led Zeppelin657 - Led Zeppelin
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Self-titled debut album from Led Zeppelin, signed and inscribed on the front cover in blue ballpoint, "To Chris, John Bonham," "Rober...
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Estimates : 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
 
 
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