RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology

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Boasting nearly 1,000 lots in a variety of genres, RR Auction's June Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is highlighted by a Science and Technology section that includes a Lunar Module rotational hand controller, letters by Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, rare early computer hardware, and more. Other top lots include Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell's lunar surface-worn backpack strap, a letter by Joseph Stalin with a hammer-and-sickle sketch, a Beatles-signed promo slick for A Hard Day's Night, hand-drawn plans from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin studio, and signed letters by luminaries like Davy Crockett, Paul Gauguin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner, and Claude Monet. 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 June 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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Harriet Beecher Stowe508 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Crisp ink signature, "Very truly yours, H. B. Stowe," on an off-white 3.5 x 2.25 card, dated May 29, 1879, below. In fine condition, with ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Stendhal509 - Stendhal
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French writer born Marie-Henri Beyle (1783–1842) considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. ALS in French, signed with a ps
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Rabindranath Tagore510 - Rabindranath Tagore
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Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher, and author (1861–1941) who became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913. Striking ma
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Leo Tolstoy511 - Leo Tolstoy
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Russian novelist and moral philosopher (1828–1910) best known for his epic novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Extremely desirable matte-finish 3.
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Ivan Turgenev512 - Ivan Turgenev
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Highly influential Russian author (1818–1883) whose 1862 novel Fathers and Sons remains one of the pillars of nineteenth-century literature. Rare 2.5
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Virginia Woolf513 - Virginia Woolf
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ANS signed “V. Woolf,” penned on the reverse of a 5.5 x 3.5 Monk's House postcard belonging to her husband Leonard Woolf, postmarked August 15, ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Cornell Woolrich514 - Cornell Woolrich
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American writer (1903–1968) who is best known for his crime fiction; his story It Had to Be Murder served as the source for Alfred Hitchcock's 1...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Edward Abbey515 - Edward Abbey
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Signed book: The Journey Home. First edition. NY: E. P. Dutton, 1977. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 242 pages. Signed on the first free end
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Earl Derr Biggers516 - Earl Derr Biggers
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American novelist and playwright (1884–1933) best known for creating the fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan. Vintage fountain pen signa
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Gwendolyn Brooks517 - Gwendolyn Brooks
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Handwritten poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, penned in ballpoint on a blue 5 x 7 sheet. The poem, entitled "Robert, Who Is Often A Stranger to Himself...
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James M. Cain518 - James M. Cain
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American novelist (1892–1977) best known as the author of such crime/noir classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. TLS signed
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Willa Cather519 - Willa Cather
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American writer (1873–1947) who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Agatha Christie520 - Agatha Christie
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Vintage fountain pen signature of the prolific detective novelist, "Agatha Christie,” on an off-white 5 x 3 card. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Mary Hemingway521 - Mary Hemingway
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Four items: a Christmas card with giraffes under Mt. Kilimanjaro, measures 7.75 x 8 open, signed inside in ballpoint by Mary Hemingway; and a group of
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MacKinlay Kantor522 - MacKinlay Kantor
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Signed book: Andesonville. Stockade Edition for Members of Civil War Book Club. Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1955. Hardcover
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Elmore Leonard523 - Elmore Leonard
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TLS signed “Dutch,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, January 27, 1962. Letter to literary agent H. N. Swanson, in part: "It's been a while so I'd b...
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Jack London524 - Jack London
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Central Bank of Oakland check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Jack London, payable to American Life Insurance Club for $2, May 9, 1905. In fine
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Carl Sagan525 - Carl Sagan
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Signed book: The Dragons of Eden. First edition. NY: Random House, 1977. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 263 pages. Signed and inscribed on the
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Maurice Sendak526 - Maurice Sendak
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Signed book: In the Night Kitchen. First edition. NY: Harper & Row, 1970. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.75 x 11.25, 40 pages. Signed on the firs...
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John Steinbeck527 - John Steinbeck
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Vintage fountain pen signature, "John Steinbeck,” on an off-white 5 x 3 card bearing a small affixed portrait. Notation on the reverse dates th...
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John Updike528 - John Updike
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Glossy 8 x 10.25 photo of the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist posing against a pair of columns, signed in black ink by John Updike, who add
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Tennessee Williams529 - Tennessee Williams
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Personal check, 8.5 x 3.5, filled out in type and signed by Williams, "Tennessee Williams," payable to Robert Carroll for $242.74, June 1,...
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Tom Wolfe530 - Tom Wolfe
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Signed book: The Right Stuff. First edition. NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 436 pages. Signed and inscribed
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Anton Bruckner531 - Anton Bruckner
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Important Austrian composer (1824-1896) whose symphonies are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism. Autograph musical
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Maria Callas532 - Maria Callas
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Attractive glossy 4.25 x 5.75 postcard photo of Callas as Imogene in the 1959 production of Il Pirata, signed in black felt tip, "Maria Callas,...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold533 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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Austro-Hungarian composer (1897-1957) who, after producing much well-received 'serious' music, enjoyed great success as a film composer and ...
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Franz Liszt534 - Franz Liszt
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Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Liszt by Fritz Luckhardt of Vienna, boldly signed in ink, "F. Liszt." In fine condition, with a li...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy535 - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Third-person ALS, signed within the text, “Mr. Mendelssohn,” one page, 4.25 x 7, April 28, 1847. Letter to Mrs. Erskine, possibly the wife of the Scot
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Giacomo Puccini536 - Giacomo Puccini
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Signed book: Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi. Paris: G. Ricordi & Co., 1919. Hardcover, 8.25 x 10.75, 234 pages. Signed and inscribed...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Giacomo Puccini537 - Giacomo Puccini
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Italian composer (1858–1924) who earned a central place in the operatic pantheon with such repertoire staples as ‘La boheme,’ ‘Madama Butterfly,’ and
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Sergei Rachmaninoff538 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Superb early vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 5.25 Russian postcard photo of Rachmaninoff in a seated pose, crisply signed in ink in Cyrillic, "S. Ra...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Arnold Schonberg539 - Arnold Schonberg
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Austrian-born composer (1874–1951) whose development of the 'twelve-tone' system proved to be one of the most far-reaching innovations in th...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Robert Schumann540 - Robert Schumann
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Highly important German composer and pianist (1810–1856) whose distinctively lyrical musical language, especially evident in his keyboard works and ar
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Estimates : 4,500.00 - 5,500.00
 
 
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Dimitri Shostakovich541 - Dimitri Shostakovich
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Russian composer and pianist (1906–1975) who is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Vintage glossy 3.25 x 5.25 postcard photo
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Johann Strauss II542 - Johann Strauss II
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Eminent Viennese composer (1825–1899) known as the 'Waltz King,' who is remembered for such classics as 'The Beautiful Blue Danube' ...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Igor Stravinsky543 - Igor Stravinsky
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AMQS in pencil on an off-white 4.5 x 3.5 card, signed below, "Igor Stravinsky, Paris, 1936." Stravinsky writes a line from his second ball...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Giuseppe Verdi544 - Giuseppe Verdi
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ANS in Italian, signed “G. Verdi,” penned on a 3.5 x 2 calling card belonging to Verdi, December 1, 1900. An untranslated note to Ernesto Conigliaro.
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Richard Wagner545 - Richard Wagner
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Exquisite 4.5 x 6.5 cabinet photo of Wagner by Fritz Luckhardt, signed and inscribed on the reverse to Carl Brandt, a close collaborator of Wagner at
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Richard Wagner546 - Richard Wagner
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ALS in German, signed “Rich. Wagner,” one page, 5.25 x 8.5, May 10, 1873. Letter concerning the shipment of a brochure relating to the building of the
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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John Coltrane547 - John Coltrane
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Someday My Prince Will Come album signed neatly on the back cover in black ballpoint by John Coltrane. In very good to fine condition, with light scuf
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Woody Guthrie548 - Woody Guthrie
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TLS, signed, "Woody Guthrie," one page, lightly-lined, 7.5 x 9.75, March 19, 1946. Letter to Moe Asch and Marian Distler. In full: "I...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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AC/DC549 - AC/DC
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Highly sought-after original color 23.75 x 33.25 poster for an AC/DC concert at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany on November 20, 1979, as part of thei
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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AC/DC550 - AC/DC
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Fly on the Wall album by AC/DC, signed on the front cover in blue felt tip by Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Simon Wri
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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AC/DC: Bon Scott and Angus Young551 - AC/DC: Bon Scott and Angus Young
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Sought-after ink signatures and inscriptions, "To Michael from Angus Young, AC/DC" and "To Michael, Bon, AC/DC," on an off-white...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Beatles552 - Beatles
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Hugely appealing Parlophone Records promo card, 3.5 x 5.75, showing the Beatles posing together behind their instruments, crisply and neatly signed on
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Beatles553 - Beatles
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Amazing original promotional cover slick for the British album release of A Hard Day's Night by the Beatles, presented to a stewardess on Fab Fo...
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Estimates : 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
 
 
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Beatles554 - Beatles
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Hugely desirable official program for the Beatles’ infamous appearance at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre on November 4, 1963, or a royal variety per
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Estimates : 7,500.00 - 9,500.00
 
 
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Beatles555 - Beatles
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Vintage ballpoint signatures of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on an off-white 5 x 3 card clipped from the reverse of a
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Beatles: George Harrison556 - Beatles: George Harrison
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ANS signed “G. Harrisongs,” penned in felt tip on an off-white 6.5 x 7 sheet, which reads, in full: “Is there any particular reason for these cheques
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Beatles: Lennon and Ono557 - Beatles: Lennon and Ono
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Unusual ALS written by Yoko Ono to her daughter Kyoko featuring a sketch by John Lennon on the reverse. Letter is signed by Yoko, "Your mommy,&...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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