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The Summer 2013 Catalog Auction of Autographs & Memorabilia
560 lots | 559 with images
June 29, 2013
www.IconicAuctions.com, AZ, 85260 USA
Lot 1: The Beatles Exceptionally Fine Signed "Please Please Me" Record Album - PSA/DNA Graded MINT 9 - Highest Graded Beatles Group Album Known to Exist!
Description: All right, let's prioritize. Any item signed by the entire Fab Four is one thing; an album cover with all four signatures is another-but their actual debut album completely signed? Now we're talking about a whole different stratosphere! Behold, this beatific Beatle vision: the band's first LP release on Parlophone Records, "Please Please Me", signed radiantly on the reverse by John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The signatures on this album can be described using simply a single word: remarkable. These phenomenal ballpoint signatures and inscriptions are vintage to the album itself, circa 1963. Each autograph has been thoughtfully accomplished by each one of the Fab Four in blue ballpoint pen, and the signatures are so exceptional that PSA/DNA has graded the signatures as a collective MINT 9-and stands at the time of this writing as the only Beatles group signed album to ever receive a collective autograph grade of this caliber. As passionate collectors are well aware, one of the most common media for early Beatle signatures is the ever-transportable, easily compactible piece of paper, often a page from an autograph album. Larger items, such as this other, audible kind of album, are much rarer. Not only did they require special attention by the Beatles to sign, but how many people, after all, would carry a large LP around and then also have access to get all four band members to sign it? Very few indeed. Of those examples that have survived, nearly all are signed on the reverse, as is this choice specimen. In terms of its preservation, the album has a remarkably clean and well preserved. Some trivial handling wear is present along the edges and some minor surface impression are present along the surfaces-an amazingly minimal amount of wear for a record that now stands at over 50 years old! Please Please Me signaled the advent of Beatlemania proper. With such McCartney/Lennon classics as "I Saw Her Standing There," "Please Please Me," "Love Me Do," "P.S. I Love You," and "Do You Want to Know a Secret," the album would reach number 1 in the UK and stay there for 30 weeks (until the release of the band's second LP, With the Beatles). Beatles group signed albums are desirable in any condition and are coveted by collectors across the globe. But for those collectors who are looking for examples of the highest quality with exceptional signatures, we believe you can look no further than this high quality investment-grade rock relic. Accompanied by a full Letter of Authenticity from music autograph authority Roger Epperson/REAL Authentication and a full Letter of Grading and Authenticity by PSA/DNA.View additional info »
Description: In 1927, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, breaking his own record of 59 set in 1921. Lou Gehrig's 47 was the second most in the Major Leagues. Ruth had established an unimaginable longball standard and, outdoing that, Gehrig was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Their team lauded as the game's most dominant ever--a popular opinion that remains prevalent to this day. A choice collectible that highlights the historic legacy of the 1927 Yankee team, this Official Reach American League (Ban Johnson) baseball has been signed in blue ink on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth and two side panels by Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri. The signatures are light but legible, with the Lazzeri extremely light but visible above the Ban Johnson stamp, otherwise fine condition. The baseball bears exceptionally bold stampings and is especially bright for its age. A superb example that features the powerful portion of the 1927 Yankees legendary 'Murderer's Row' lineup, the season in which Ruth hit 60 home runs. This baseball can be definitively dated to this fabled year, as 1927 was the only year that the official American League baseball was adorned with these specific stamps and patent markings-and it was not signed later, as Ruth discontinued using quotation marks around his first name the following year. A simply exquisite piece from what is widely considered the greatest team in baseball history! Accompanied by a full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.View additional info »
Lot 3: Marilyn Monroe Historically Significant Signed Termination Agreement from 20th Century Fox Film Corportation - Hollywood's Greatest Starlet is "Fired" by Her First Studio! (PSA/DNA)
Description: The career of Marilyn Monroe, like most prolific personalities, was marked by highs and lows. Offered here in this lot is an extraordinarily significant document in Marilyn's career. One page, 8.5" x 11", drafted on 20th Century Fox Film Corporation letterhead, July 26, 1947. A formal letter of acknowledgement in which 20th Century Fox notifies Marilyn that her film contract with the company would not be re-optioned and in turn her employment with the studio was terminated effective as of August 25, 1947. Marilyn's start with Fox was promising, as the studio appeared to have high expectations for her when she was signed the year prior in 1946. They had helped her craft a great Hollywood name (the studio execs had her change her name from Norma Jean Dougherty to Marilyn Monroe) and she had spent a good amount of time getting singing, dancing and acting lessons. Almost immediately upon signing with the company Monroe was put in films, but essentially all of the roles were extra roles with no speaking lines or significance to the story plot. After about a year of trying, the studio had given up on Marilyn. Despite certainly being disappointed by this notice, Marilyn showed a strong sense of self pride by penning a bold and beautiful fountain pen signature at the conclusion ("9"). Being fired from 20th Century Fox may have seemed like the beginning of the end for Marilyn, but in reality it was the opposite. After several months back in modeling, Marilyn impressed an executive with Columbia Pictures, and approximately one year after her termination with Fox, Marilyn signed with Columbia. And unlike her former employer, Columbia found a way to utilize Marilyn's talent, and alas, a star was born! The document is well preserved and exhibits only the slightest signs of toning. Any document signed by Marilyn is a significant collectible, however a relic such as this-which literally altered and guided Marilyn's career path-is a piece of Hollywood history! Accompanied by a full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.View additional info »
Lot 4: The Beatles Ultra Rare Group Signed 17" x 22" 1963 Promotional Poster (Epperson/REAL & Tracks)
Description: An incredibly rare fully signed Beatles merchandising poster. John Lennon and Paul McCartney have signed in blue ballpoint pen, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have signed in black ballpoint pen. Posters signed by The Beatles are extremely hard come by but posters signed by The Beatles show the group performing live are almost impossible to find. The autographs were obtained by a competition winner at the Astoria, Finsbury Park, London (England) between December 24th and 31st 1963 when the group were performing at 'The Beatles Christmas Show' concert residency. All signatures are large and impressive, with Lennon's signature measuring 3 inches wide. Paul McCartney has signed across his body, the signature is very clear and measures 5.5 inches wide. George has signed at the bottom of his image, and the signature is 3.1 inches wide. Ringo Starr's signature is very clear and is 3.75 inches wide. The poster comes with a letter from the original recipient that reads, "In 1963 my sister entered a competition in a music paper called Melody Maker. The prize was two tickets to see the Beatles live in concert and meet them backstage after the show. They were playing at the Astoria in London. They were doing their Christmas Shows there. That is how my sister obtained these autographs." The poster measures 17.25" inches 22". The poster does show some moderate handling wear, however it is the ideal candidate for framing as it would certainly be the centerpiece of virtually every collection! Accompanied by full Letters of Authenticity from music autograph authorities Roger Epperson/REAL Authentication and Paul Wane/Tracks UK.View additional info »
Lot 5: The 500 Home Run Beautiful Signed Mickey Mantle H&B; K55 Model Bat with Mantle, Williams, Aaron, etc. (11 Sigs)(PSA/DNA)
Description: A tremendously desirable gathering of autographs from the "original" 500 Home Run Club of the 1980s, presented here is a Louisville Slugger H&B Mickey Mantle personal model baseball bat, beautifully hand signed in blue felt tip marker by Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt and Eddie Matthews. The signatures on the bat are very fine overall, rating an "8-10" in quality. While this collection of autographs is desirable in any form, bats are particularly desirable--and undoubtedly the rarest and most valuable form--given Mantle and Williams' restriction on signing bats throughout their professional signing days. In addition to autographs, the bat also features a special postal cancellation on June 12th, 1989 from Cooperstown, honoring the baseball Hall of Fame's 50th Anniversary.We guarantee this lot to pass PSA/DNA or JSA authentication, and full certification can be arranged for an additional fee (please contact us for further details).View additional info »