Adams (1902-1984). American
photographer, renowned for his landscapes. Unique Photograph
Signed, showing a head and shoulders bust portrait of Adams
in suit coat and tie. His signed photos have all but disappeared
from the market. $750.
Lee Bates (1859-1929). American educator and author, noted
for America the Beautiful. Choice Full Signature
on 3.25 in. by 1 in. slip of paper. $OLD
Actor and Academy Award Winner. Beautiful Rare Vintage Signature.
Hart Benton (1889-1975). American artist, noted for his Western
murals and paintings. An Autograph Note Signed, one page,
quarto, on personal "THOMAS H. BENTON 3616 Belleview Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64111" letterhead, dated May 16, 1972.
Legendary American Actor,
best remembered as the leading actor in The Maltese Falcon
(1941), Casablanca (1942), and African Queen,
(1951), to name a few. A Unique Associational Document Signed,
being an Occidental
Bank of Africa Five Franc note [Banque De L'Afrique Occidentale]
, neatly signed on one side by Bogart and his wife Mayo, and
a dozen others. $1,950.
Borglum (1867-1941). American sculptor, designer of Mount
Rushmore. A Scarce Photograph Signed of Mount Rushmore by
the sculptor, being a 3.5 in. by 5.5 in. postcard of a work in
American Artist and Cartoonist,
creator of Little Lulu cartoon strip. Rare Original Color
Sketch of Little Lulu, standing on a fence, waving, on an
approximate 3.5 in. by 5 in. postcard, with one-cent stamp on
verso, postmarked, Philadelphia, PA., August 2, 1943. The first
we have ever handled. In very good condition and ideal for framing.
Legendary American Actress,
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in the classic The Wizard
of Oz (1939). Very Rare Vintage Signature. $950.
Spanish cellist, Conductor, and Composer. Autograph Letter
Signed, one page quarto, dated July 2, 1922, Paris, on official
Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris" letterhead. In this untranslated
letter, Casals appears to be offering an introduction for a young
cellist that he has mentored, William van den Burg. Signed boldly:
"Pablo Casals". $250. (#H5241)
Russian Painter, artist,
spent most of his life in Paris and the United States. Striking
Israeli First Day Cover Signed, bearing two large commemorative
stamps of stained glass windows designed by Chagall. $OLD.
S. Church (1842-1924). American illustrator and painter, especially
loved for his playful depictions of animals, children, and attractive
women. Magnificent Autograph Letter Signed, with Original
Legendary British Actor
who became typecast in horror genre after his brilliant portrayal
as Dr. Frankenstein in the 1931 classic, Frankenstein.
Very Rare Photograph Signed. $OLD.
Academy Award Winning
Actress. Vintage Signature, on a small octavo sheet, c.
Crawford (1908-1977). Academy Award Winning Actress. Handsome
Photograph Signed. One of Hollywood's most enduring stars,
a signed and inscribed 5 in. by 7 in. portrait of MGM star Joan
Crawford. The bust portrait shows a radiant and beautiful Crawford.
Inscribed on the lower left of the image: "Hello to Ruben
Ordoves from Joan Crawford". $295.
Dean (1931-1955). Legendary American Actor, teen idol,
died tragically in a car crash. Choice Vintage Signature,
"James Dean", on a 4 in. by 1.5 in., trimmed
slip, no place or date, but circa early 1950s. Ample margins for framing, accompanied with a 3.5
in. by 4.5 in black and white portrait of Dean. Ideal for framing.
Dickens (1812-1870). Preeminent English author of the nineteenth
century. Rare Autograph Quote Signed. $OLD.
DOORS Jim Morrison
(1943-1971) and the Doors. Legendary Rock Band. Very Rare
Document Signed, being a fabric self-adhesive backstage pass
for the "doors soft parade tour", signed by all four
members of the band. $3,500.
Conan Doyle (1859-1930).
British Physician turned
novelist and the literary genius who created Sherlock Holmes.
Unusual Autograph Letter Signed. $1,850.
Dumas, fils (1824-1895).
Son of Alexandre Dumas,
père, who followed in his father's footsteps becoming
a celebrated author and playwright. Exceptional Content Autograph
Letter Signed, in French, seven pages, octavo (recto/verso,
cross-folded), "Les Salles -Neuves par Montcresson"
imprinted stationary. While in Loiret, Dumas replies to a librettist,
critiquing the interpretation of one of his father's novels,
the 1843, Le Chevalier d'Harmental (The Knight of Harmental).
'd'Harmental was one of the first large historical novels
of Dumas, père. The younger Dumas focus's on the dramatic
and structural weaknesses of the libretto in explicit detail.
Eastwood (b.1930). Academy Award Winning Actor, Director.
Very Attractive Photograph Signed, being a black and white
bust portrait from the classic Western, Pale Rider (1985).
A real bargain! $150.
Legendary American Actor.
Known as the "King of Hollywood," noted for his rugged
machismo, best remembered for the role of 'Rhett Butler' in Gone
With the Wind. Outstanding Vintage MGM Photograph Portrait Signed,
to the famed French film
magazine, Ciné Miroir. $1,750.
Swedish Actress and
Hollywood Legend. Four-Time Academy Award Nominee, 1954 Special
Academy Award. A Choice
Bold Vintage Signature, on
a light green album page. $2,950.
and Character Actor best remembered as 'Uncle Henry' in the
Wizard of Oz (1939). Very Rare Photograph Signed, circa 1940. Possibly the rarest signature
of all the major actors in the Wizard of Oz, this prize
SP is the only one seen in over thirty years. $2,950.
Grey (1875-1939). American novelist and dentist, noted
pioneer of the Western as a new literary genre. Document Signed
Haley (1898-1979). Legendary Hollywood Actor. Beautiful
Wizard of Oz Photograph Signed, measuring approximately
8 in. by 10 in., no place or date but circa early 1970s, showing
left to right, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy, and the Scarecrow,
the 1939 Masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz. $495. (#11135)
M. Hemingway (1899-1961). American Author and Nobel Laureate (1954).
Document Signed Check, "Ernest Hemingway",
one page, oblong, Ketchum, Idaho, months before his death. In
very good condition. $3,500.
Four Time Academy Award
Winning Actor and Legend of the Silver Screen. Beautiful Vintage
Signature, cut from an album, no place or date but circa
1934, on a small octavo sheet, with a black and white bust portrait
of Hepburn laid on to the sheet, and accented with gold paint
pen design. $OLD. (#11103)
Iconic star of American
film and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England
gentility and fierce independence. A screen legend, Hepburn holds
the record for the most Oscars won by any actress at four. Beautiful
Vintage Photograph Signed to Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx,
being an 8 in. by 10 in. black and white head and shoulders
portrait, no place or date, but circa 1940s. $2,500.
Legendary Jazz and Blues
Singer, Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000). Rare
Document Signed, the Contract for Billie Holiday's Last Performance,
one page, quarto, dated May 20, 1959, New York City, being an
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) Standard Form of Artists
Engagement contract, for a one day concert at the Phoenix Theatre,
for which Holiday will be paid $350. A typed notation adds that
"Billie Holiday to Supply Pianist." Signed with a large
ink signature :"Billie Holiday" and countersigned
by the operator of the Phoenix Theatre. $9,500.
Wouk (1915). This listing is a typescript from The
Caine Mutiny.It is signed Herman Wouk. It
is in excellent condition and the signature is bold and distinct.
Foremost American Landscape
and Marine Genre Painter. Was one of the great illustrators during
the Civil War, sending battlefield sketches and producing lithographs
for Harpoer's Weekly. One of the foremost painters of the nineteenth
century. Good Art-Related
Autograph Letter Signed,
one page, Scarboro, Maine, October 3, 1901, on watercolors at
the Pan-American Exhibition. $3,750.
American Artist and Cartoonist
who created "Batman" in May 1939.
A Set of Original Sketches
of Batman and Robin on
separate sheets, being bust portraits of the 'Cape Crusaders,'
on quarto-sized sheets. $1,450.
Kipling (1865-1936). English Author, Nobel Prize for Literature
(1907), noted for his exotic tales and adventures of the British
Empire. 1908 Interesting Literary-related Typed Letter Signed.
creator of "Woody Woodpecker. Original Autograph Sketch
Signed, on a Wildlife Conservation First Day Cover. $325.
and Hardy, Stan
Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957). American-British Comedy Team, and the
most successful comedy duo in the history of the silver screen.Photograph
Signed, being their famed publicity portrait, no place or
date, but circa late 1940s. $2,500.
Famed Cuban Composer.
Uncommon, Rare Vintage Photograph Signed, being a postcard
sized image, close-up head and shoulders portrait staring intensely
into the camera. Inscribed on the lower margin in green, in Spanish.
Lee (b. 1926). American writer. To Kill a Mockingbird,
One Page Typescript Signed. $395.
Lucas. Academy Award Winning Director, Creator
of the Star Wars epic. Color Photograph Signed, 8 in.
by 10 in., n.d., but c. 1980, showing the creator and director
of the Stars Wars saga posing with two of his creations, the
ewoks and C3PO. Boldly signed and inscribed in silver: "To
Dr. Mascher, May the force be with you. George Lucas". In
fine condition. $195.
Famed an American Actor
& Academy Award Winner (1952). Vintage Signature on album
page measuring approximately 3 in. by 5 in, no place or date
but circa early 1930s. Boldly signed : "Harold Lloyd".
Overall, in very good condition.Autograph
of Bruce Cabot (1904-1972), famed John Wayne sidekick on verso
American author and short
story writer, noted for his adventure tales of the Alaskan wilderness
and high seas, including Call of the Wild and White
Fang. A Handsome Rare Photograph Signed, in sepia
tone. Extremely scarce. $2,950.
Century American Poet. A Rare Autograph Verse Signed,
being a stanza from one of his noted works, Excelsior.
Holograph verses by Longfellow are very uncommon. $1800.
Century American Poet, noted for Paul Revere's Ride, The Song
of Hiawatha, The Village Blacksmith, and Excelsior. Photograph
Signed, being a cabinet sized portrait. $1,595.
Lowell (1874-1925). American Poet of the Imagist School,
Pulitzer Prize Winner (1926, Posthumously). Good Content Typed
Letter Signed, one page quarto, personal imprinted letterhead,
November 6, 1918. $395.
Louis 'H.L.' Mencken
literary critic, humorous journalist, essayist, whose comic skepticism
about human progress is a treasure for all interested in extravagant
language. Sharp and Witty Good Content Typed Letter Signed
to the famed writer, architectural critic, historian and philosopher,
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990). $425.
(1814-1875). French Landscape
Painter. Very Good Content Autograph Letter Signed, one
page, octavo, Barbizon, dated December 22, 1867, discussing the
sudden death of his friend and leading post-impressionist painter,
Theodore Rousseau. $2,500.
ma Moses (1860-1961). Legendary American folk painter. A
Beautiful Signature on the verso on a personal "Grand
ma Moses" postcard. $295.
Premier British Sculptor.
Good Art Related Content Typed Letter Signed, "Henry
Moore", one page octavo, on personal letterhead, November
27, 1957. "
I have sent to the shippers, the 'Mother
and Child with Apple' and the 'Draped Reclining Figure' (the
small 'Reclining Figure' Egyptian has not yet been returned from
) I will get the remainder of the works promise
to you ready
". Letter shows normal aging, folds,
with additional holograph address postscript by Moore on verso.
American Protestant theologian
and philosopher, composer of the famed Serenity Prayer, noted
for his influence in reshaping American thought concerning history,
society, politics and religion. Very Uncommon Autograph Letter
Signed, April 30, no year, on official "Bethel Evangelical
Church, Detroit" stationary, one page, oblong, octavo. Reads:
"Dear Mrs. Weer: Thank you for your kind letter. I have
filled out the two cards you enclosed for your grandson. It is
a pleasure to welcome you to our service. Yours, R. Niebuhr".
Very choice. $495.
FitzSimons] (b. 1920). Irish-American
Film Actress. Very Desirable Vintage Photograph Signed,
from the 1950 John Ford Classic Western, Rio Grande, being
an approximate 8 in. by 10 in. black and white publicity photograph
of the stunningly attractive O'Hara wielding a pair of pistols.
Rare in this form. $350.
painter, studied under Benjamin West, most noted for his distinguished
portraits of Washington, Jefferson, Napoleon, and Dolley Madison.
Art Related Autograph Letter Signed. Very nice reference
to a work in progress. Very Rare in this form. $1,950.
Picasso (1881-1973). Spanish artist and sculptor, widely
regarded as the most influential artist of the 20th Century.
A Stunning Portrait Signed of the artist standing in his
studio amidst his work. $OLD
Geisel] (1904-1991). American
author and illustrator of children's literature, including The
Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Grinch That
Stole Christmas. A Signed Cat in the Hat Illustration.
Boldly signed in block print across the top of the crate:
"Dr. Seuss". A very choice collectible, ideal
for framing. $695.
Clergyman, Poet, author of the hymn America. Autograph Manuscript
Signed, of his famous hymn America. $OLD.
(b.1918). Russian Author.
Nobel Laureate (1970). Typed Letter Signed, in German,
one page, quarto, d. August 17th, 1983, Cavendish, VT. The Russian
writer and leading dissident against the Soviet system, in exile,
writes to a German schoolmaster and his students. Translation
reads in part: "
I regret that translations of
my books appear in the German Language with large errors, and
also their quality is rarely satisfying. Fortunately this does
not concern the Gulag Archipelago. The French translations
are very good and appear fast
My best desires for you and
your pupils. I would hope that my books help
them get through
todays difficult situation in Germany
In fine condition. $695. (#10515)
(b. 1918). Russian Author
& Nobel Laureate (1970). Typed Manuscript Signed,
one page, quarto, being a transcription of the first page of
the Gulag Archipelago, his most famous novel. Boldly signed
in Cyrillic: "Alek Solzhenitsyn". In fine condition.
Legendary American writer,
long a resident of Paris, associated with Picasso, Matisse; coined
the phrase "The Lost Generation". A Lyrical Autograph
Quote Signed, being a play on her most famous verse, "Rose
is a rose is a rose is a rose." $1,950.
Model, Actress, and Playboy
Playmate of the Year, (1980), tragically murdered by her estranged
husband on August 14, 1980. She has grown to legendary status
in the genre.Exceptionally Scare Photograph Signed, being
an 8 in. by 10 in. black and white publicity portrait by Crown
International Pictures for her debut film, Galaxina.
Stratten's signed items are exceptionally
rare and considered one of the scarcest celebrity signatures
of the 20th Century. $2,500.
artist and foremost manuscript illuminator of modern times; brilliantly
wielded paintbrush and palette in the great battles for freedom
in his lifetime, considered by scholars and art critics to have
been the greatest 20th century illuminator. A Rare Full-Color
Manuscript Illumination Signed, quarto, entitled, The United
States of America". $1,200.
Fredric Dannay (1905-1982). Co-creator
with his cousin Manfred B. Lee of the Ellery Queen mystery
novels 1929, and publishers of the acclaimed Ellery Queen's
Mystery Magazine, Autograph Letter Signed,
"Frederic Dannay 'Ellery Queen'", one page,
quarto, August 30, 1979, on Official "ELLERY QUEEN Mystery
Magazine" letterhead. $295.
Legendary Mexican Artist.
The leftist-oriented painter specialized in murals of native
historical themes. He is best noted for his works at the Mexico
City Presidential Palace and his "Man at the Crossroads"
done in 1933 for Rockefeller Center but removed and sent to Mexico
because one of the figures resembled Lenin. A Unique Vintage Photograph of Rivera with a Signature
and Inscription. $OLD.
American Painter, illustrator.
Art-Related Autograph Note Signed, one page, on the verso
of a postcard, marked, April 16, 1964.$695.
Photograph Signed, being an official MGM Studio head and
shoulders portrait, 8 in. by 10 in., circa 1930s. Boldly signed
and inscribed: "To Ed Best Wishes Jimmy Stewart".
Housed in a custom frame. Fine. $950.
Legendary Screen Idol.
His death at age 31 caused a national panic which resulted in
several suicides. Very Rare Document Signed, associated
with the bigamy scandal that rocked his career, being a promissory
note to his first wife for $5,000, dated May 1, 1922, payable
on May 15, 1922, drawn on the Commercial Bank of Los Angeles,
measuring approximately 8 in. by 3.5 in. Boldly signed with his
full rare Italian signature: "Rodolfoh Valentino".
French author, extraordinarily
anticipated the advance of technology and considered the "Father
of Science Fiction." Autograph Note Signed, dated
January 18, 1883, responding to a woman regarding her letter.
Affixed to another sheet. Tersely written, a very fine example.
rare Herbert Amiens French
postcard photo of Verne sitting at his desk, with pen in hand,
signed and inscribed in fountain pen in French.$3750.
Famed German Composer.
Originator of music drama and pioneer in the development of the
Leitmotiv. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, one page
large octavo, Paris, April 25, 1861. A fine letter, in French,
roughly translated, discussing his return to Germany, from which
he had been in exile for twelve years, and mentioning an invitation.
Penn Warren (1905-1989). American writer of novels and poetry.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, noted for All the Kings Men.
Autograph Note Signed. Very fine. $150.
Academy Award Winning
Actor; One of the Great Hollywood Legends.
An exceptional Black and
White Publicity Portrait Signed, no place or date, being
a studio print, from director John Ford's classic, The Quiet
Man (1952), showing a dapper Wayne dressed in a black coat
and necktie, gazing directly into the camera.
No flaws, perfect for framing.
Academy Award Winning
Actor, American Icon. A Very Fine Black and White Publicity
Photograph Signed, measuring approximately 8 in. by 10 in.,
no place or date, but a photo credit on the lower left circa
1970, posing in a classic Western outfit, from director Howard
Hawks classic Rio Lobo (1970). $1,650.
American Painter. Noted
as the first American painter to paint figures in historical
scenes. In 1772 appointed official historical painter of King
George III. Very Nice Autograph Letter Signed, one page,
large octavo, February 22, 1812, Newman Street [London]. Boldly
written in dark ink, with exceptional clarity, tipped to a larger
leaf. A very desirable letter and fine example. In very good
painter, best known for his work Mrs. George Washington Whistler,
better known as Whistler's Mother. A Fine Autograph Note Signed
with the Artist's famed "Butterfly Signature." $1,450.
poet, writer, abolitionist, known as the Quaker Poet. An Uncommon
Autograph Verse Signed, on an oblong, octavo sheet, dated
March 22, 1875. $950.
Wolfe (1900-1938). Legendary American Author. Extraordinarily
Rare Typed Letter Signed, July 13th, 1935, New York City.
Returning from Europe, Wolfe takes time to respond to a letter
of praise concerning his second work, Of Time and the River.
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