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James A. Garfield DS: Rare boldly-signed foreign affairs document as president appointing former Confederate general and battlefield adversary

Ships From: Lakewood, NJ US

Description: Partly-printed DS as president, Garfield directs the “Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to an envelope containing the letter of Recall of Mr. Dichman, as Minister Resident of the U. S. to Colombia.” An abrasion at the “ames” in his autograph was expertly and inconspicuously effaced to restore its original appearance, resulting in the boldest known signature from Garfield. Ernest Dichman was appointed Minister Resident to Colombia by Pres. Hayes in 1878. On May 19,1881, President Garfield appointed George R. Maney to replace Dichman, at the request of the Colombian government. It seems that Dichman had difficulties working with Colombian official Dr. Becerra, the Secretary of Public Instruction and Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs. In an ironic twist of fate, it seems that both Garfield and Maney had been generals during the Civil War just two decades earlier, on opposing sides. Ohio-born Garfield had served in the Union, while Maney, a native of Tennessee, was a Confederate. Each man fought a number of battles, and the two actually faced each other at the Battle of Chickamauga. This document dates to just six weeks before Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau, an injury that proved fatal in September. As he was in office for a mere six months—and incapacitated for two—documents signed as president are very scarce.

Condition Report: Very near fine condition, with light intersecting folds.

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Price: $11,000

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Franklin D. Roosevelt TLS: The only known communication between FDR and Truman as President and VP in private hands, written just weeks before FDR’s death

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Description: Typed memorandum signed as president, White House letterhead, dated March 26, 1945. Memorandum sent to the Vice President [Truman], the Speaker [Rayburn], Senator Barkley [Majority Leader], Senator White [Minority Leader], Congressman McCormack [Majority Leader], and Congressman Martin [Minority Leader], blasting Congressional leaders for visiting war zones during WWII. In full: “On March 23, 1943, I addressed the attached memorandum to you [typescript present], urging the limitation of visits of Congressional Committees to the theaters of war. It was hoped that this policy would permit committees directly concerned with the prosecution of the war to view the front-line activities at first hand but that, at the same time, such Congressional visits would be limited sufficiently as to avoid placing undue burdens on the military commanders in the field. "The Secretaries of War and the Navy have recently sent me a memorandum, a copy of which I am sending to each of you in confidence [photocopy present], calling my attention to problems with respect to visits overseas by individual Congressmen as contrasted to committee trips. It appears that in numerous recent instances, individual members of Congress have approached theater commanders in rear areas, such as the United Kingdom, with a request that they be permitted to enter areas of active operations for which they do not have the required Joint Chiefs of Staff Military Permit. The theater commanders concerned have, quite understandably, usually given the requested permission in spite of the fact that they know that such visits might interfere with military activities. You will readily appreciate that it is very difficult for the theater commanders or their staffs to avoid recognition of persons of national prominence and, as a consequence, their attention is diverted from the very pressing and difficult tasks at hand. "I feel it highly desirable, in view of this situation, to keep such requests to theater commanders to a minimum, and I am sure you will agree with me as to the necessity for this. I hope, therefore, that you will find it possible to suggest to members of the Senate and of the House that they refrain from visits to areas of active operations unless they are in possession of a Military Permit issued by the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to their departure from Washington.” Removably contained in Mylar. Accompanied by photocopies of related letters and documents noted to be “Reproduced from Holdings at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.” This memorandum dates to a critical time during World War II as Allied forces closed in on Germany and a conclusion to war in the European theater appeared imminent. Looking toward the future of postwar Europe, President Roosevelt met with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference a month earlier. Even with victory on the horizon, Roosevelt recognized the importance of maintaining focus on the operations at hand and distractions would not be tolerated, thus this memorandum. Three days after sending this correspondence, on March 29, the president left Washington by train for Warm Springs, Georgia, where he would die 17 days later. An extremely rare and historically important piece, this memorandum is the only recognized communication between Roosevelt and Truman as president and VP in private hands. In addition, there is only one other known White House letter written by President Roosevelt after this date.

Condition Report: Very good condition, with staining to corners from adhesive residue on reverse, block of toning over text and signature from previous display, and paperclip impressions to top edge.

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Price: $13,000

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy Signed Holiday Card: Exceptionally rare one-of-a-kind 1963

Ships From: Lakewood, NJ US

Description: Official Hallmark card issued during the 1963 holiday season, featuring an image of a nativity scene on the front, the first time a religious image was put on a White House Christmas card. Signed inside in bold ink as president, “John Kennedy,” and as first lady, “Jacqueline Kennedy.” The image on the front is identified as “Creche in East Room, The White House,” and a gilt-embossed presidential seal and engraved holiday greeting appear above the signatures, reading: “With best wishes for a Happy New Year.” According to Mary Evans Seeley’s book “Season’s Greetings from the White House,” Hallmark published over 2,200 White House holiday cards bearing the printed sentiment ‘With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year,’ the majority featuring facsimile signature of the president and first lady. A letter dated November 14, 1963, from Hallmark V. P. Jeannette Lee, informed Major General C.V. Clifton, Jr., Kennedy’s military aide, that 500 unsigned cards would be shipped directly to the White House, awaiting the President upon his return. There were an additional 150 cards with the message, "With best wishes for a Happy New Year," presumably intended primarily for Jews. After attending a test launch of a Polaris missile at Cape Canaveral and then flying south to Palm Beach on November 16th, President Kennedy made speeches in Tampa and Miami and returned to Washington around midnight two days later on November 18th; the blank cards having already arrived and awaiting his signature. President Kennedy must have signed this card on November 19th or November 20th. On the morning of November 21st, President and Mrs. Kennedy left for Texas, where the president was assassinated the following afternoon. The cards were never mailed. Research indicates that there are a mere five other known Kennedy-signed 1963 holiday cards in existence, and this is the only non-denominational signed example experts have encountered. A truly rare card further enhanced by the presence of both the President and First Lady.

Condition Report: Fine condition with fully intact gilt-embossed presidential seal.

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Price: $26,000

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Benjamin Franklin DS: Pristine Revolutionary War bounty land grant beautifully signed by the Founding Father with intact seals

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Description: Partly-printed vellum DS, signed "B. Franklin." As President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, Franklin issues a land grant to "John Keaton private in the late army of the United States" who "is granted by the said commonwealth... a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the county of Westmoreland... containing two hundred acres." Beautifully signed below the seal on the left side by Franklin, complete with his hallmark flourish and paraph. The document ends, "In witness whereof His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esquire—President of the Supreme Executive Council, hath here unto set his hand, and caused the state seal to be affixed," and is signed by James Trimble as a witness. One of the most strategic and beneficial decisions made by the government during the Revolutionary War was to offer land bounties as a reward for military service. Not only did this encourage enlistment, but it also paved the way for westward expansion. By populating the frontier with military veterans able to defend against Indian incursions, they enticed new settlers to follow and buy land, helping to reduce Revolutionary War debts. Serving as President of Pennsylvania in 1787, Franklin issued this War Bounty Land Grant for a large plot in Western Pennsylvania to John Keaton, a private in the state's Army. An important piece of early American history, this incredibly rare grant holds a beautiful example of the Founding Father's sought after autograph and a stunning intact large seal.

Condition Report: Fine condition, with expected folds, some wrinkles, and light scattered soiling. Large eight point seal above signature fully intact, as well as the seal on the reverse.

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Price: $25,000

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Orville Wright TLS: Historic letter on the birth of aviation where the famed flier fact-checks information on man’s first flight

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Description: Historic TLS, personal letterhead, May 16, 1940. Wright responds to fact-checking requests regarding his first flight from John Walter Wood, author of “Airports: Some Elements of Design and Future Development.” In part: “First in regard to ‘Wright Field 1904–905’: On page 1, last line, the length of the 1901 wind tunnel is given as 8 feet instead of 6 feet. I should have noticed this error in former drafts but failed to do so…The statement that Kill Devil Hill has moved about a quarter mile south since the early years of our experiments there is not correct. The base of the hill at that time was a little over 1200 feet from the spot on which the boulder now stands. I can not believe it is more than 1600 or 1700 feet from the boulder now. Maybe the reference to the hill moving had better be omitted…The weight of the bare motor was 152 pounds; with magneto it weighed 170 pounds…It might be well to state that the motor was a horizontal one, so that it be not confused with our later four cylinder vertical one.” Accompanied by two carbon copies of Wood’s February 21 and February 27 letters to Wright. Orville Wright first met John Walter Wood in 1935, and the two began a steady stream of correspondence regarding Wood’s writing projects. Wright, concerned with leaving behind accurate records for generations to come, happily complied with the author’s requests for information. In this letter, he corrects facts about his airplane, the weight and orientation of the motor, and the topography of Kill Devil Hills, the dunes just south of Kitty Hawk where the Wrights’ first historic flight began in 1903. The hill, difficult to measure due to shifting sands over the three decades since the first flight, holds a small rockfaced granite boulder placed by the National Aeronautic Association to mark the lift-off site. Wright references the marker, saying, “The base of the hill at that time was a little over 1200 feet from the spot on which the boulder now stands. I can not believe it is more than 1600 or 1700 feet from the boulder now.” After years of work, with his facts checked by the pioneers of aviation, Wood’s book was published in 1940 and provided one of the first thorough surveys of early flight. This is a wonderful glimpse into the correspondence between two passionate figures in aviation history, presenting facts of the first flight straight from the aviator’s hand.

Condition Report: Fine condition, with two punch holes to top edge and faint staple mark to the upper left corner.

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Price: $9,000

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Stephen Hawking Signed Book: Exceedingly rare and virtually unobtainable 1973 signature by the brilliant and famed theoretical physicist with impeccable provenance

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Description: Signed book: The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution. First edition, first printing. London: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1973. Hardcover with dust jacket, 207 pages. Signed by Hawking in blue ballpoint, along with 15 other colleagues in various inks, as a presentation to a faculty member. The inscription in one colleague’s hand reads, “With gratitude and best wishes, from the friends of the IOA computer staff.” Stephen William Hawking is a world-renowned British theoretical physicist, known for his contributions to the scientific fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity. Hawking held the title of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, one of the world's most celebrated academic positions first held by Isaac Newtown, and is a fellow at the Royal Society. He authored a number of notable titles, including A Brief History of Time, which was an international bestseller, and is the subject of the movie “The Theory of Everything,” released in 2014. In 1968, Hawking joined the staff of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, where he remained until 1973. This became the site of some of his most important early scientific breakthroughs in the study of singularities and black holes. At the end of his tenure at the Institute of Astronomy, Hawking published his first book on science, The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, a highly technical work exploring the foundation of space itself and its nature of infinite expansion. At a young age, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neurodegenerative disease, which has gradually paralyzed him over the decades. This fact had made anything signed by Hawking extremely rare and virtually unheard of. The time from when this autograph was signed marked a period of physical deterioration, and he would soon lose his ability to walk and write; by 1975 he was confined to a wheelchair. Hawking autographs are of the utmost rarity, with this rare example exhibiting ironclad provenance.

Condition Report: Autographic condition is fine; book condition is near fine.

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Price: $56,000

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Noah Webster Autograph Manuscript: A rare page from the original draft of Noah Webster's 1828 An American Dictionary of the English Language – the standard reference for American English

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Description: Autograph Manuscript (unsigned), being a portion of a draft of An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) with extensive edits and emendations throughout. A choice selection of definitions ranging from "Bitter-sweet" to "Bivouac." Noah Webster's dictionary at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States. Webster was an ardent nationalist who wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by cultivating a separate American language. Under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, he gave many printed American words a distinctive appearance. The bulk of Webster’s manuscript—over 450 leaves—now resides in the Pierpont Morgan Library—and rarely appear for sale, particularly as a complete page. Webster’s dictionary is the cornerstone of the brand of English spoken in America today, and this manuscript offers fabulous insight into Webster’s discerning editorial process as he compiled the foundational text. Offered with a copy of the corresponding page from the1828 edition of Webster's dictionary.

Condition Report: Very near fine condition, with expected folds and minor losses affecting seven words in text expertly repaired with archival tissue.

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Price: $15,000

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Stephen Crane ALS: Shortly after publishing the great Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, Crane pens a rare letter from his upstairs room at

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Description: ALS, no date. Letter arranging a meeting with "Mr. Thompson,” probably Daniel Greenleaf Thompson, the secretary of the Author's Club. In full: "l am to be in the city now for some time. Won’t you come in—say—Tuesday morning at 11 o’k.” Crane adds his address at the top, "33 East 22nd Street.” Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Prolific throughout his short life, he is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. He won international acclaim in 1895 for his Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without having any battle experience. Frequently plagued by financial worry, Crane moved around sporadically from rooming house to rooming house, establishing his residence at33 East 22nd in both 1894 and 1896; this letter appears to be from March 1896. At this time Crane was enjoying enormous success, having found himself an instant celebrity six months earlier upon the publication of his magnum opus. The exclusive Authors Club of New York was founded in 1882. Members included leading authors Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, and Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt. This letter likely dates around the time when he joined the Author’s Club, explaining the correspondence with the club’s secretary, Thompson, who died a short while later. Crane himself died of tuberculosis in Germany at the age of 28. Any autographic material from Crane is exceedingly rare, given his early passing, with this being an especially fine example given his address in New York – the setting of much of his work – and the important period to which it dates. Kenneth Rendell remarks that "autograph material of Stephen Crane... is extremely rare, and anything in his hand is nearly unobtainable." A true treasure from this most elusive of American literary figures!

Condition Report: In fine condition, with a mild overall block of toning and evenly trimmed edges.

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Price: $7,000

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J. D. Salinger TLS: Extraordinarily rare letter in which the reclusive Salinger discusses Catcher in the Rye nearly 30 years after the American classic’s release

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Description: A typed letter to paramour Janet Eagleson, a sometime houseguest at his reclusive New Hampshire home, reads, in part: “I do indeed take your brother Tim’s assessment of The Catcher in the Rye as ‘subjective’ as a compliment. A high and entirely comfortable compliment.” Salinger goes on to apologize for an “inaccurate magazine article” about his testiness towards outsiders who “sometimes park their cars across my driveway or lay for me outside the P.O. with their zoom-lens cameras, things like that, as that piece he saw tried to convey.” He closes this letter with some kind words about Eagleson’s home state of Maine, and takes a jab at New Hampshire’s first in the country primary, “Nice that you live in Maine, I think. So northern… so removed from asinine Presidential primaries.” He goes on to refer a couple of good baseball books for Tim, stating, “Baseball books. There just aren’t that many good baseball books. Wish I’d saved all my good old… Merriwell books…” The letter is signed, “JD Salinger,” a rare deviation from his usual “Jerry.” Critics delighted in the “subjective” perspective of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, but Salinger’s later writings fell short of literary acclaim. Released in The New Yorker in 1965, ‘Hapworth 16, 1924’ was his last published work. Though disparaged by critics who deemed the piece self-indulgent, Salinger considered it the high point of his career. The author saw the maturation of subjectivity in his writing, a complete escape from the distasteful “usual context.” He seems to confirm this in the letter, referring obliquely to himself in those “couple of people” who “lonelily reconstitute words to suit themselves.” Salinger moved to “attractively inaccessible” Cornish, New Hampshire in 1953 to escape his unwanted fame. Although he occasionally attended church suppers and was often found shopping in town, he remained aloof even to locals. As to the press and admirers, he was completely remote: Salinger gave his last interview a few months after this letter. Although the Morgan Library has a number of letters addressed to the identical recipient, this missive is unique in its reference to his bestselling classic, and is signed with his uncommon full signature. A rare and exceptional piece of correspondence from the enigmatic writer, and the perfect combination of topics: his most famous work and his reclusive lifestyle.

Condition Report: Fine condition with rare full signature.

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Price: $35,000

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Thomas Pynchon Signed Book: Especially rare inscribed first edition of his award-winning post-modern epic work Gravity’s Rainbow

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Description: Signed book: Gravity’s Rainbow. First edition, first printing. NY: Viking, 1973. Hardcover with original, first issue dust jacket, 760 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page in black ink, “10/86, To Michael Urban, Best Wishes, Thomas Pynchon.” Pynchon and Gravity’s Rainbow hold a place in the pantheon of modern literature, with the author as storied as the tale itself. Considered his greatest novel, Gravity’s Rainbow is arguably the definitive postmodern literary work and has been the subject of much acclaim and controversy—in addition to receiving the National Book Award in 1974, it was selected for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction but went unawarded after objections from the board. Pynchon famously shuns any sort of public attention and is recursively reclusive—indeed, his private life is the most notable feature of his biography, of which little is known. Photographs of him are virtually nonexistent and his whereabouts the subject of speculation, making any autographic material incredibly rare. He made an exception in this case as a personal gift for a young boy stricken with Lymphoma. In a letter sent along with the book (not being offered at this time), Pynchon writes, “I would of course be happy to sign some books for your son… He is fortunate to have you as a source of love and support... Lymphoma is a tough fight, and I don't see how it's possible to neglect… the spirit, and the will to prevail.” As an inscribed first edition of his most important book, this is undoubtedly one of the rarest and most sought-after pieces in all of literature.

Condition Report: Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: near fine.

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Price: $45,000

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Christa McAuliffe Signed NASA Photograph: First teacher in space

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Description: Color 8 x 10 NASA photo of the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, in her blue NASA flight suit and holding a model of the space shuttle that would soon seal her fate, crisply signed in black felt tip, “S. Christa McAuliffe.” In 1985, Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from New Hampshire, was selected from over 11,000 applicants for the “Teacher in Space” project. She was scheduled to become the first civilian in space and teach two lessons from Space Shuttle Challenger to be broadcasted to students across the country. The project sparked the country’s interest and McAuliffe’s enthusiasm and excitement quickly endeared her to the media and beyond. From September until January, McAuliffe actively trained for the trip in NASA’s facility in Houston. On January 28, 1986, the shuttle took off, only to explode 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members, including beloved teacher, Christa McAuliffe. After her death, schools and scholarships were named in her honor, and in 2004 she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. This picture is a valuable and rare piece from McAuliffe, considering the short period of time from when she was approved for the mission until her death. A beautiful and poignant memory from this unforgettable disaster.

Condition Report: Near fine condition, with scattered light toning along the edgets and on the revers, and some trivial soiling to the bottom left corner.

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Price: $3,500

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana signed card: Pristine 1983 Christmas card inscribed by the Prince of Wales to a close friend and fellow soldier in the Royal Navy

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Description: Partly printed card, reading, “With all Good Wishes/For Christmas/and the New Year,” bearing a color photograph of the couple posing with their son, Prince William. Inscribed by Charles “To you both – from”, and signed “Charles” and “Diana” – very fine with two bold and distinct signatures. Housed in a gilt frame and matting, with small black plaque toward bottom of frame dating the card to Christmas 1983. Not examined out of frame. The photograph in the card was taken in Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the private residence of The Queen and a favorite resort for the royal family during the summer holidays. Diana is sitting on a swing, holding baby William, who is a year old. Charles, standing, is wearing the Royal Balmoral Tartan, designed by Prince Albert back in 1853 for members of the family to wear during their stays at Balmoral. Queen Elizabeth wears this tartan, along with other members of the family that have received express permission from her to do so. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in 1981, and had two sons, William and Henry. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1996, and Diana died in a car crash in Paris the following year. Following royal tradition, the couple sent out annual Christmas cards, inscribed and signed for a select few. This card was sent to Commander James Perowne, a friend of Prince Charles whom he met aboard a ship while serving in the Royal Navy. Perowne was a long-time correspondent with Charles, and served as an usher at the royal couple’s wedding just two years previously. Captain Perowne was later stationed at the British Embassy in Washington D.C, and greeted the Prince and Princess on their visit to Washington. Offered with a letter of provenance from Perowne who writes that, “This 1983 Christmas card was received by me from the Prince and Princess of Wales. It was my good fortune to have served with Prince Charles onboard HMS JUPITER 1974-75 and to have been invited to usher his wedding in 1981…” Accompanied by the original envelope, stamped and dated as registered mail from Buckingham Palace in December 1983, along with various other pictures and document. A magnificent remainder of the royal couple’s short marriage, with Princess Diana’s rare and valuable signature and excellent provenance, this piece is sure to animate bidders worldwide.

Condition Report: Fine condition, in gilt frame

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Price: $3,500

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Diana, Princess of Wales Signed Card: A year before her divorce, Diana sends holiday greeting to her trusted psychic, Rita Rogers

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Description: Partly printed card, reading, “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas/and New Year/1995,” bearing a mounted black and white photograph of Diana posing with her two young sons, Princes William and Henry. Inscribed by Diana “Rita, much love from, Diana.” – with bold and sharp signature. White card mount with gilt Royal Crest on front. Fine condition. Princess Diana was the ‘most photographed woman in the world’, and a true 20th century icon. From her fairytale wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, to her tragic death in 1997, her life captivated people around the world. She was a beloved figure and humanitarian around the globe, and her connection with the masses made her an instant celebrity. Beneath the glamour, though, things were not so picture-perfect. Diana’s rocky marriage ended in divorce in 1996, but according to Sally Bedell Smith, author of “Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess,” that was not when her problems began. Diana suffered from mental illness, severe mood swings, and depression throughout her short life, and frequently visited alternative healers, including astrologers and spiritualists to help her find happiness and peace of mind. She met psychic Rita Rogers in 1992 at the recommendation of her sister-in-law Sarah, Duchess of York, and consulted with her regularly. Rogers was the only one from the princess’s personal life who met Dodi Fayed, the man who died along with Diana in the car crash. They came to consult with her on August 14, 1997, just over two weeks before they were tragically killed. This card, inscribed to Rita, was sent a full year prior to Diana’s legal divorce, but the couple had already been separated since 1992, and this is the third holiday card she sent without Prince Charles. Accompanied by a paperback copy of Smith’s bestselling book, “Diana in Search of Herself.” Princess Diana’s autograph is probably the most sought after among autographs of famous people in the world, with this holiday card dating to a particularly painful period in her life. A rare and valuable glimpse into the famed celebrity’s personal life.

Condition Report: Fine condition, with small smudge of ink under "Rita," from time of writing.

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Price: $4,000

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Clark Gable Cut Signature:  2004 Topps Tribute Hall of Fame Baseball Card

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Description: Regarded as one of the most remarkable collections of cut autographs, The 2004 Topps Tribute Cut Signature Edition featured rare 1/1 cut signature cards from 186 different personalities from the Hall of Fame, as well as 41 leading actors, musicians, military leaders and politicians. Offered at this time from the set is the signature cut of the “King of Hollywood” Clark Gable (HFC-CGA), celebrated movie star during Hollywood’s Golden age and thrice-nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Gable was named the seventh greatest male star of classic American Cinema by the American Film Institute, and appeared opposite quite a number of the most admired actresses of the day, including superstars Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy . Gable's final film, “The Misfits”, united him with the legendary Marilyn Monroe (also her last screen appearance). An identical card with the signature cut of Marilyn Monroe is also available at present auction. (See Lot number 17) Clark Gable's signature is highly sought after by collectors, with this clear and well-defined example authenticated by the Topps Company. The “open” G in his last name indicates that the autograph was taken from a contract or check (he had another method of signing his name in other matters). A must have for every entertainment themed autograph collection.

Condition Report: In as new condition, the card is encased in heavy plastic, with the original packaging unopened. Stamped 1/1 in gold on back, along with serialized authentication sticker.

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Price: $1,500

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Elvis Presley Cut Signature: 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Signature Marks Baseball Card

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Description: The 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Set was the single Pristine Legends Product ever created. Included in the collection were only ten rare 1/1 Signature Marks of assorted greats from the sports and entertainment industries, distributed solely to hobby outlets. Prominent in the set and currently up for auction is a rare signature cut of “The King of Rock and Roll:” singer and actor Elvis Presley (SM-EP(.With a unique style that challenged the social barriers of the time, Presley ushered in a new era of American music and pop culture, and is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. Throughout his twenty-year career, Presley won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Presley’s early passing in 1977 at age 42 resulted in an extremely limited number of authentic autographs which are highly sought due to the singer’s global popularity. This bright example is authenticated by the Topps company. It reads in red ink, “yours” and then signed “Elvis Presley.” There is an additional word handwritten on a slant which, in true Presley style, is indecipherable. This autograph appears to have been signed later in his career, as compared to other signatures from that period. A rare signature cut that is sure to excite.

Condition Report: In as new condition, the card is encased in heavy plastic with a silver Topps sticker on the right side, reading “uncirculated.” The original packaging unopened. Stamped 1/1 in gold on back, along with serialized authentication sticker.

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Price: $6,000

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Jack Dempsey Cut Signature: 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Signature Marks Baseball Card

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Description: The 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Set included only ten rare 1/1 Signature Marks of various celebrities in the entertainment and sports fields, distributed solely to hobby outlets. Offered at this time from the group is the signature cut of the "Manassa Mauler,” heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey (SM-JD). Dempsey started his career in 1919, when he beat Jess Willard and became world heavyweight champion, a title he held until his fight with Gene Tunney in 1926. Dempsey is listed as number 10 on The Ring's list of all-time heavyweights, number 7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, and was voted by the Associated Press in 1950 as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years. His aggressive style and exceptional punching power have made him one of the most well-liked boxers in history. This bold and vibrant Dempsey autograph is authenticated by the Topps company.

Condition Report: In as new mint condition, the card is encased in heavy plastic with a silver Topps sticker on the right side, reading “uncirculated.” The original packaging unopened. Stamped 1/1 in gold on back, along with serialized authentication sticker.

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Price: $2,000

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Thomas Edison Cut Signature: 2005 Series 2 Power Brokers Baseball Card

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Description: The 2005 Topps Series 2 Baseball Collection featured the enormously popular 48-card World Treasures collection with a lineup of historical heavy hitters such as Pope John Paul II, Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill; as well as the 51-card Power Brokers series ranging from John Paul Getty and P.T. Barnum to Martin Luther King Jr. and Helen Keller. Currently up for auction from the Power Brokers selections is a signature cut from scientist and prolific inventor Thomas Edison (PWC-TE), who holds an astonishing number of patents for his inventions and discoveries. Included in his list of accomplishments are the creation of the light bulb, phonograph, and the first movie camera. His contributions to the technological world greatly impacted many industries until the present, including telecommunication and electric power generation. This rich signature cut is evidently taken from a check from the Edison Botanic Research Corporation, which Edison founded in 1927 together with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone to find a source of rubber that could be grown and produced in the United States. Signed with his classic “umbrella” flourish, the autograph reads, “Thos A Edison” (Edison refrained from signing his complete first name), with the middle initial linked to the “E” of his last name, characteristic of his later years. Underneath his name is the signature of J. Miller, Edison’s brother-in-law and personal secretary who co-signed on all the company’s checks. With expected cancellation holes running through signature, as well as a very faint line drawn after the amount on the check crossing the “umbrella,” the striking autograph is clearly legible and represents a fascinating personality with an important legacy.

Condition Report: In as new condition, the card is encased in heavy plastic, with the original packaging unopened. Stamped 1/1 in gold on back, along with serialized authentication sticker.

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Price: $2,500

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Cornhill Magazine: January-April 1915 signed twice by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Description: A hardbound compilation of the Cornhill Magazine from January through April 1915 in near fine condition. This famous Victorian literary magazine is known for debuting the works of many important English writers. Included in these four issues is the complete serialized autobiographical work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, entitled “Western Wanderings.” The series is a sketch of his travels in United States and Canada pre-WWI. The first two issues have Doyle’s signature on their respective front pages, where his stories begin. Doyle’s writings in Western Wanderings range from American politics to a humorous description of baseball (in comparison to the English cricket), to predictions involving Canada’s destiny. Another famous story in the collection, beginning in the April issue, is “K” by noted American writer Mary Roberts Rinehart. The completed bestselling crime novel was published that year (1915). A unique assemblage of notable 19th Century literature in remarkable condition.

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Price: $3,000

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Gideon's Fire: A Harper Novel of Suspense by J.J. Marric, signed and inscribed by author

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Description: Fine, tightly-bound book in bright, near fine dust jacket with small tear at top of lightly-faded spine and publisher’s price of $3.50 written on inner flap. Inscription on title page to Clark Kinnaird, a journalist who praised the author’s numerous works, signed by six different pseudonyms (JJ Marric, Jeremy York, Anthony Morton, Michael Halliday, Kyle Hunt, and Gordon Ashe) for the author, whose true name was John Creasey. Creasey was an incredibly prolific writer who founded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) in the UK. This book is seventh in his series of twenty-one books involving fictional policeman George Gideon of Scotland Yard. Creasey won the Edgar Award for Best Novel, from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), for this suspense novel. A beautiful copy, uniquely autographed six times by the author!

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Price: $800

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Description: Fine, tight mystery book in near fine, bright dust jacket, with rubbing at extremities and a small tear at top of spine. Publisher’s price of $2.50 on inner flap. First page inscribed, “For Walter Shirley, with kindest regards, Helen McCloy. P.S. Of all my books, this is my own favorite. December 1980.” Through a Glass, Darkly was actually McCloy’s literary debut, first published as a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in September 1948, and later expanded into a novel. It is the eighth book in the Dr. Basil Willig series, and a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. A rare find with author’s inscription in beautiful condition!

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Price: $300

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The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason by Melville Davisson Post, signed and inscribed by author

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Description: Beautiful, fine mystery book with bright pages that appear as new. First edition of Post’s first book, and the first of three to feature New York lawyer Randolph Mason, published in 1896. Inscribed on dedication page, “For Lieutenant W.C.P. Muir U.S.N. / with the / Compliments of Melville D. Post.” A Queen’s Quorum title, this incredibly rare book is a true find!

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Price: $3,000

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A night with Sherlock Holmes: A paper read before the 12mo club by William O. Fuller, signed and inscribed by author

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Description: A private printing at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts of a Sherlockian mystery tale, entitled, “The Affair of the Mary Queen of Scots Jewel,” by William O. Fuller. Number 146 from a total of 200 numbered copies. Near fine book, with slight burn mark at top of cover, with no effects to any pages, which are bright and clean. Inscribed on first page, “To / Dr. Henry M. Pollack / with the regard of / W.O. Fuller / Christmas 1929.” A rare book in excellent condition!

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Price: $750

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The Singing Bone by R. Austin Freeman, signed and inscribed by author

Ships From: Lakewood, NJ US

Description: Very near fine mystery book of original red cloth with black titles to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. Clean pages and vibrant text. Presentation copy, inscribed on first page to his literary agent, “W.P. Watt / With all good wishes from / R Austin Freeman / Feb. 1912” with a small drawing of a face beneath the inscription. Freeman was the originator of the inverted detective story, and uses the technique in a number of stories in the book. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone and Queen’s Quorum title. Rare signed book in amazing condition!

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Price: $3,750

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