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Paper Money - Spain 1000 Pesetas 1957

by Numismatica Leiloes

May 14, 2015, 4:00 PM WET

1069 - 025 Lisboa, Portugal

Estimated Price: €35 - €45

Description: Paper Money - Spain 1000 Pesetas 1957 PAPER. 1000 Pesetas, 29 Nov 1957, U8283446. 15,6x10,1 cm. P 149a.

Condition Report: Almost V. Fine.

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 Fly to Spain by Iberia - The Sky caravels

by Original Poster Barcelona

May 14, 2015, 6:00 PM CET

Barcelona, Spain

Estimated Price: €580 - €1,000

Description: Iberia promotes its "Spanish spirit" comparing its airplanes to Columbus' three caravels. Lithographic poster printed by Rasgo, linen backed, B+ condition. Dimensions in inches: 37 x 24.4''.

Condition Report: B+

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DAVID KLEIN Switzerland - Fly Twa Jets

by Original Poster Barcelona

May 14, 2015, 6:00 PM CET

Barcelona, Spain

Estimated Price: €250 - €450

Description: Jet Age Poster Ad commissioned by TWA airlines, promoting flights to Switzerland. Klein depicts the destination by a simple, colourful, overflowing style, featuring iconic elements. Between 1955-1965, Klein designed numerous award-winning travel advertisement posters, many of which are now considered emblematic of the 1960s Jet Age (especially the ones for Trans World Airlines). In 1957, New York?s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) added Klein?s TWA Times Square poster to its permanent collection. Lithographic offset, B+ condition. Dimensions in inches: 40.2 x 25.2''.

Condition Report: B+

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VINCENT GUERRA Afrique occidental

by Original Poster Barcelona

May 14, 2015, 6:00 PM CET

Barcelona, Spain

Estimated Price: €250 - €500

Description: Just after the end of the war, France had to provide airline service to its colonies. A new type of poster appeared, promoting tourist attractions. The airline drew on mythology and highlighted the clash of cultures: pagodas and riverboats, in contrast to the modernity and mechanics of the airplane. A recurring design incorporated the airplane, underscoring the opposition between travel geared for the future and the immutability of these countries. The Africa that Air France flew over was an eternal land of folklore. The posters were parables echoing the relationship of now-dated colonial thought: modernity versus secular tradition. Lithograph poster printed by Alépée & Cie, linen backed, A condition. Dimensions in inches: 19.3 x 12.2''.

Condition Report: A

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MIQUEL BARCELÓ Feria de Nîmes 1988

by Original Poster Barcelona

May 14, 2015, 6:00 PM CET

Barcelona, Spain

Estimated Price: €400 - €900

Description: Similarly to many Spanish painters before him, Barceló's art has been influenced by the culture of the corrida. Unlike other artists, Barceló puts in first place the arena, which is the ?protagonist? of the canvas. The artist has signed many posters about the corrida: in addition to this one, he created for example the one for San Isidro (Las Ventas, Madrid, 1990). Offset poster printed by Imp. Arti, linen backed, A condition. Dimensions in inches: 61 x 46''.

Condition Report: A

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5 Pc. American Airline/United Airlines Lot

by J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC

May 14, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Estimated Price: $100 - $300

Description: 5 Pc. American Airline/United Airlines Lot Manufacturer: American Airline, United Airline, Type of Item: Promotional images, pins, Era or Year Produced: 20th century, Approximate Measurement: Largest item measures 12.5" x 15.5", Weight: 6 lbs. Lot includes framed airplane promotional photos, framed pins from United and American, "Occupied" sign and safety pamphlet.

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Diego Rivera (1886-1957)

by J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC

May 14, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Diego Rivera (1886-1957) "Autorretrato" Pastel A circa 1929 unframed matted original pastel drawing on paper by a listed artist depicting a self portrait of the artist. Signed and dated. Piece is accompanied by a COA from Arturo Garcia Bustos of Mexico dated 1986. Sight area measures approximately 8.75" x 5.25" and matting 14" x 11".

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Alfred Fontville de Breanski, Jr. (1877-1957) Oil

by J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC

May 14, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $4,000

Description: Alfred Fontville de Breanski, Jr. (1877-1957) Oil Alfred Fontville de Breanski, Jr. is a listed British artist. "In The Llugwy Valley N. Wales" is an original oil on canvas that is signed lower left and on verso and has dimensions of 24.5" x 36.5". There is an appraisal included with this lot for $16,000. The frame is ornate, gold with a white liner and approximate dimensions of 30" x 41.5" x 3". Cracking evident on canvas due to age. The approximate weight is 10 lbs.

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Pablo Picasso

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1958

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $300

Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Alf Jarnestad

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $250 - $500

Description: Alf Jarnestad "a farm house in south sweden" porcelain plate 1957 dia 7.25"

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Pablo Picasso

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1957

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Description: Pablo Picasso "Suite Vollard" Lithograph signed in red crayon by Picasso 8.5" x 11" with Gallery certificate, published by SPADEM, Paris, Great Britain 1958

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Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957) OIL ON CANVAS 29

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $15,000

Description: Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957) OIL ON CANVAS 29" X 20"

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Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957) OIL ON CANVAS 16

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 14, 2015, 7:30 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $10,000

Description: Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957) OIL ON CANVAS 16" X 12"

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Ackermann, Max (German, 1887-1975). DIE SCHAUSPIELERIN HILDE KORBER

by AFT Auctions

May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM ACDT

Portland , ME, USA

Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: Ackermann, Max (German, 1887-1975). DIE SCHAUSPIELERIN HILDE KORBER. Etching, 1928. A proof before, or in addition to the edition of 200. Signed and dated "Max Ackermann 1928" in pencil lower right. and inscribed "Probe" in pencil lower left, and with the dry stamp "ATELIER SAMMET" lower right. Printed on wove paper. 12 1/4 x 8 1/4 in., 310 x 207 mm). with full (3 1/2 inches) margins and deckled edges. In excellent condition. Max Ackermann studied with Franz Von Stuck and Adolf Holzel. He was a member of Der Blaue Reiter in 1918-1919. He was friendly with Mondrian, Adolf Loos, and exhibited in Stuttgart with Kandinsky and George Grosz. The Nazi's considered his art to be "degenerate;" he was forbidden to teach, and many of his works were confiscated. He had a distinguished career as an artist and educator after World War II. 

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Colles, Gertrude (American 1869-1957). MALE FIGURE STUDY.

by AFT Auctions

May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM ACDT

Portland , ME, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $400

Description: Colles, Gertrude (American 1869-1957). MALE FIGURE STUDY. Charcoal on paper, not dated. Signed upper right. About 24 x 18 inches. In very good condition, but with a small break in the paper at the upper edge. Framed, and with a label from Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME on the verso. 

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Fisher, Davira (American 1918-?). UNTITLED - TOWN AT NIGHT

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May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM ACDT

Portland , ME, USA

Estimated Price: $800 - $1,200

Description: Fisher, Davira (American 1918-?). UNTITLED - TOWN AT NIGHT. Woodcut, 1957. Inscribed "To Florrie with love," and signed in pencil. Edition size not known. 13 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches, plus margins. Davira Fisher was an African-American artist who lived and worked in Cincinatti, Ohio and exhibited at the Cincinatti Art Academy. Other prints we have seen also depict urban scenes of buildings and streetscapes. In very good condition.

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Unknown Photographer.

by AFT Auctions

May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM ACDT

Portland , ME, USA

Estimated Price: $250 - $350

Description: Unknown Photographer. "...WORLD AIRWAYS" AIRPLANE, C. 1947. Sepia toned gelatin silver photograph of a four engined propeller plane. Could be World Airways, Swiss World Airways, or Pan American World Airways. A narrow band of paper tape around the edges, a small closed tear going about one inch into the image at bottom; overall a monumental image in very good condition. 

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Roman Republic  - Denarius nd, Ti. Claudius Ti.f. Ap.n. Nero

by Numismatica Leiloes

May 15, 2015, 10:30 AM WET

1069 - 025 Lisboa, Portugal

Estimated Price: €42 - €50

Description: Roman Republic - Denarius nd, Ti. Claudius Ti.f. Ap.n. Nero AR. Denário nd. S C; TI CLAVD (TI F AP N). 79 a.C. 3,91 g. SM 310.

Condition Report: Almost EF

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Mozambique - 50 Centavos 1957, Prova

by Numismatica Leiloes

May 15, 2015, 10:30 AM WET

1069 - 025 Lisboa, Portugal

Estimated Price: €50 - €70

Description: Mozambique - 50 Centavos 1957, Prova BR. 50 Centavos 1957. Prova stamped. 4 g. Gomes E3.06, KM Pr38.

Condition Report: UNC

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Mozambique - Escudo 1957, Prova

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May 15, 2015, 10:30 AM WET

1069 - 025 Lisboa, Portugal

Estimated Price: €50 - €90

Description: Mozambique - Escudo 1957, Prova BR. Escudo 1957. Prova stamped. 7,97 g. Gomes E4.06, KM Pr39.

Condition Report: UNC

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V Bergman 310 sqdn. Battle of Britain pilot. Good condition

by Chaucer Covers & Auctions

May 15, 2015, 10:00 AM GMT

Folkestone, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £10 - £20

Description: V Bergman 310 sqdn. Battle of Britain pilot. Good condition

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Cliff Michelmore: 1993 Biggin Hill International Air Fair cover signed by Cliff Michelmore who is best known for the BBC television programme Tonight, which he presented from 1957 to 1965. He also hosted the BBC's television coverage of the Apollo

by Chaucer Covers & Auctions

May 15, 2015, 10:00 AM GMT

Folkestone, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £4 - £8

Description: Cliff Michelmore: 1993 Biggin Hill International Air Fair cover signed by Cliff Michelmore who is best known for the BBC television programme Tonight, which he presented from 1957 to 1965. He also hosted the BBC's television coverage of the Apollo moon landings, the Aberfan disaster and the 1966 and 1970 UK general elections -

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10 American Flyer freight cars 48560, 48621, 48379, 48837, 48272, etc

by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

May 15, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Williamsport, IN, USA

Estimated Price: $10 - $225

Description: American Flyer modern S gauge freight cars in OBs. Ten cars include 48560 BNSF flat with jet load, 48621 Canadian National hopper, 49053 American Flyer Lines searchlight, 48827 M&St.L boxcar, 48380 Circus stock car, 48372 Canadian National boxcar, 48379 stock car, 48373 Union Pacific stock car, 48837 MKT Katy boxcar, and 48272 TTOS Sacramento flat with beech craft airplane. Cars are C8+ to C10.

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Lionel and K Line accessories operating back hoe, fork lift station, Rico station, etc

by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

May 15, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Williamsport, IN, USA

Estimated Price: $10 - $200

Description: Lionel and K Line modern O gauge accessories in original boxes. Includes 12736 coaling station, 12798 fork lift loader, 52210 Rico Station, Nicholas Smith train shop, 12860 Visitor Center semi, 42416 back hoe scene, 42415 figure with sledgehammer, and 42438 boy and airplane accessory. Items are C8 to C10.

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R. Birdwell eye-witness  account of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight

by Lion Heart Autographs

May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $900 - $1,500

Description: "Now this is what I want you to do. Beat it back to your telegraph operator and knock off the story of Lindbergh’s hop-off. Write about 2,500 words as though it had already taken place…" - BIRDWELL, RUSSELL. (1902-1974). Journalist and publicist who first reported Charles Lindbergh’s solo, non-stop transatlantic flight. AMsS. (“Russell J. Birdwell”). 30pp. 4to., November 30, 1927. Our manuscript, entitled “Covering the Air,” provides an eye-witness account of Lindbergh’s historic flight and recounts how Birdwell and the Daily Mirror were able to secure “the scoop of the century” ahead of all the other reporters assembled at Curtiss Field by bribing a telephone operator with several pairs of silk stockings and printing an account of the takeoff while Lindbergh was still on the ground. Completed by Birdwell over the course of several days, which he meticulously calculated as taking 13 hours and 40 minutes, our manuscript is heavily corrected by Birdwell and is filled with the reporter’s scintillating dramatic prose so typical of journalists from the time. Herewith, an abridged accounting taken from Birdwell’s extensive, 30-page report: ----- “On May 5, 1927 this item appeared buried in the newspapers: San Francisco, May 5. -- Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, an air mail pilot of St. Louis Mo., left here last night by train for San Diego where he will obtain the plane in which he plans a non-stop flight from New York to Paris…“After his plane has been christened ‘The Spirit of St. Louis,’ in that city, home of the financial backers of the flight, the pilot will fly to New York.” Cutting a lightning-like swathe through the skies, “Slim” Lindbergh, as he became known by newspapermen and fellow fliers, descended upon Curtis Field, Long Island, on the afternoon of May twelvth [sic], one and a half hours ahead of schedule…The unheralded landing sent a vibrant current into every newspaper office on Park Row. Reporters snapped from their lethargy and respectfully dubbed him “the flying fool”… Blase editors instantly realized the heavens had dropped upon them a remarkable “news find…” I had a hunch that day and broke all records by hustling into the editorial rooms of The Mirror… “Lindbergh gets the paper tomorrow,” I heard Payne say. “He’s the whole [business] and I want you to give him the works.” …The biggest prize imaginable would be a scoop… Three men stood talking to a sandy-haired boy in woolen jacket, khaki trousers, and golf stockings and low tan shoes. I knew I had found my prey! “You might have stopped to knock,” one of the men, whom I later learned to be an official of the Wright Whirlwind Motor Co., said tersely. “Yes, I might have,” but being an expert in opening doors without knocking when the goal is a story I was not embarrassed. I muttered the usual apologies, introduced myself and then set to the task of getting the life story of the boy standing before me… “I don’t see why you want my life story,” Lindbergh said in answer to my request… “I was born in Detroit, February 4, 1902,” he answered my opening question. Fact by fact - and only the bare, cold facts which do not make for colorful newspaper copy - he sketched briefly the story of his simple life… The interview was about ended - fifteen minutes to deadline - and where was the color which the American public expects in newspapers, in the life story?... In the days and nights which followed we of the species very commonly known as reporters, led a mad existence. Three different airplane camps to watch and a hop-off from any one of them contingent entirely upon fickle weather. Lindbergh did not make any statements or promises concerning when he would challenge the gods in the bid to be the first man across. Byrd was not quite ready, he said, but we recalled he had beaten Amundsen in the hop-off from Spitzbergen in the flight over the North Pole. He bore careful watching. Bertaud and Levine had had their unfortunate quarrel. Chamberlin was ready to go on a moment’s notice with an unnamed companion whom for days we labeled “Mr. X.” At the last minute Levine turned out to be the mysterious passenger… I became suddenly seized with [that?] chronic reportorial ailment - a hunch…this was the night, surely, that something was bound to happen… Everything was calm in the lobby. Usually the tempo there served as a pulse as to what was in the air. I strolled over to the telephone operator. “Have you any good advice tonight, Sis,” I asked. Early in my reporting days I learned to have a profound respect for the knowledge of telephone reporters. “I sure have,” and to emphasize her conviction she made another dent in her chewing gum before continuing: “I’d watch that Lindbergh outfit.” “Don’t give that advice to another… and I’ll buy you a pair of the sheerest hose made,” I admonished. “Ok - a hunch for hose. That’s not bad,” she phased[?] blotting out a red light on her board with a plug. “Get me Lindbergh’s hangar on the field…” “The head of my story ran: “That ‘flying fool,’ Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh was to hop off this morning in his single-seated monoplane, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, for Paris. Planned as a secret get-away in an effort to beat Commander Richard E. Byrd across that so far unconquerable Atlantic, the boy aviator’s veiled plans were learned exclusively by the Daily Mirror. At midnight last night everything was in readiness for the perilous trek across that uncharted air realm…” Across the stretch of field from Curtis to Roosevelt I could see the lights of many cars. Their occupants, no doubt, had read the Mirror and had driven out to witness the impending and memorable event… Reporters and cameramen were splashing about in the mud. All of them blamed me for the loss of another night’s sleep. Everyone was eager to assure me there was no chance of a hop-off. And when 3:30 o’clock came and Lindbergh’s plane still reposed in its hangar I, too, began believing the chances were becoming slim… “Boss, I hope this boy takes off,” I said. “He will,” was his confident reply. “And there’s a bonus waiting for you at the office. Now this is what I want you to do. Beat it back to your telegraph operator and knock off the story of Lindbergh’s hop-off. Write about 2,500 words as though it had already taken place. Don’t specify the time of the hop-off because we don’t know it. Just make your lead ‘Lindbergh is on his way to Paris.’ … It was five a.m. when I finished the detailed and graphic account of Lindbergh’s take-off from Roosevelt Field to Paris. Over my typewriter I could gaze through the hangar doors and see Slim’s plane still on the ground…The beginning of my story ran: “Charles A. Lindbergh, the “Flying Fool” is on his way to Paris! Pitting his youth, his courage and his skill against the elements, the dauntless young Westerner took off from Roosevelt Field this morning…“Lindbergh is in his flying suit - a mechanic is in the cockpit - warming up the motor for him - police are clearing back the crowds - Commander Byrd just jumped out of a car - he’s shaking hands with Lindbergh - police captain Beckett is talking to Lindbergh… he’s throttling her up - Lindbergh must have told him to - see Payne walking behind the plane - boss is always where things are going on, - a man runs up and shakes hands with Lindbergh -…Lindbergh is getting ready to get in - he stops - he’s looking down the runway - He’s getting in - he’s in the ship - man oh man - listen to that motor…a mechanic is kicking the blocks from under the wheels - as sure as I’m alive - he’s going to go - the blocks are out - throttle wide open - he’s off - going very slow - that mud is holding him - he’s picking up - he’s gone a third of the way - he’s sliding all over the runway - mud is splashing in a million directions - he’s off the ground! - he’s up about four feet - he flopped down - God, what a bounce - a wonder it didn’t crack the landing gear… he’s almost at the end - he’s down again - he’s off the ground - lugging it at about five feet - he’s off - he’s gone.” ----- Birdwell got his start as a reporter for the Dallas Dispatch, where he ran into trouble for breaking the news on his police court night beat before the precinct captain could approve it. It was his aggressive reporting style that likely convinced the management of William Randolph Hearst’s New York Daily Mirror to hire Birdwell. Established by Hearst in 1924 to compete against the successful tabloid, the New York Daily News, the Mirror’s sensational reporting style was characterized as 10% news and 90% entertainment. Birdwell’s reporting style served him well when he changed professions in the 1930s to work as a Hollywood publicist, where he promoted the careers of actresses Carole Lombard and Jane Russell and spearheaded the “Search for Scarlett” publicity campaign for David O. Selznick’s Gone With the Wind. In May 1927, Birdwell was sent by Daily Mirror managing editor Philip Payne (?-1927) to Long Island to report on the competition to win the Orteig Prize. In 1919, French-born American restaurateur Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to anyone completing a solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris or vice versa. But it was not until much later that technology had progressed far enough to make such a feat possible. During the spring of 1927, Lindbergh competed against several other accomplished aviators to become the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. Clarence D. Chamberlin (1893-1976) had already set records for the most time spent aloft and for making the first ship-to-shore flight. Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957), a naval officer, and Floyd Bennett (1890-1928) were also contenders for the prize. The previous year, Byrd and Bennett had earned the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor by flying over the North Pole and beating Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s (1872-1928) flight by several days. A fascinated public eagerly followed Byrd and Chamberlain’s plans at Curtiss Field, headquarters for the daring aviators. After a record-breaking flight from California to New York, Lindbergh arrived at the Long Island airfield in the middle of May. Lindbergh later recounted his fellow competitors in his book The Spirit of St. Louis, “[Italian aviator Giuseppe] Bellanca and Chamberlain stop by to wish me well. Commander Byrd comes to my hangar to extend a welcome, and to offer me the use of Roosevelt Field for my take-off. He’s spent much more effort and money than I have in preparing for the Paris flight, and he must be just as anxious as I am to be the first to land on Le Bourget; yet he gives me the use of his runway, free of charge – and he says I’m welcome to his weather information too,” (The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh). Chamberlain and Byrd were but a few days away from competing for the Orteig prize when their hopes were dashed as Lindbergh, a newcomer and virtually unknown, took off from Roosevelt airfield on May 20 and touched down in Paris 33½ hours later. Not only did he fly to Paris nonstop, he did it alone (so he could carry additional fuel) and broke the standing record for distance in the process. Financed by Charles A. Levine (1897-1991), owner of the Columbia Aircraft Company, Chamberlin was scheduled to take-off with Lloyd Bertaud (1895-1927), but a last minute attempt by Levine to replace Bertaud with himself as co-pilot halted the flight. Byrd’s team was grounded following Bennett’s serious injury after their plane crashed during take-off in a practice flight. Despite the disappointment, both Byrd and Chamberlin attempted to complete the flight. A month after Lindbergh’s successful crossing, Chamberlin and Levine flew non-stop from Long Island to Germany, beating Lindbergh’s recently set distance record. Byrd also made an attempt but was unable to land in Paris, and crash-landed in Normandy on July 1. Three months later, Bertaud attempted a transatlantic flight from New York to Rome, financed by the Hearst Corporation as a publicity stunt for the Daily Mirror. Accompanied by air mail pilot James Dewitt Hill (1882-1927) and Birdwell’s formidable editor Payne, the entire crew of Old Glory perished after the plane crashed along the coast of Newfoundland in September. Our manuscript also mentions French aviators Charles Nungesser (1882-1927) and Francois Coli (1881-1927), whose plane, The White Bird, disappeared during their attempt at winning the Orteig Prize. Nungesser and Coli, World War I flying aces, departed May 8 from Paris, and their disappearance is considered one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. Just ten days after Lindbergh returned to New York, reports circulated that the pilots had been found alive in Canada. When these were refuted, more reports claimed that a dozen people had witnessed The White Bird flying over Newfoundland. On June 20, Birdwell was sent by the Mirror to Canada to conduct an investigation, an event also referred to in our manuscript. All efforts to solve the mystery have been unsuccessful, though it is generally assumed that the plane crashed near Newfoundland. Lower left corner of the first page is missing, affecting some text, but otherwise in good condition. Also included are two unsigned copies of Lindbergh’s contract with the New York Daily Mirror for exclusive rights to his life story, dated May __, 1927, in advance of Lindbergh’s historic flight. The “inside story” to one of the greatest news events of the 20th century!

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Orville Wright typed letter signed about his rival Glenn Curtiss

by Lion Heart Autographs

May 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: "I must say I cannot help but admire Curtiss’ nerve. Only one with colossal nerve would dare to come out with the flat statements… that the machine he flew at Hammondsport was the original Langley machine…" - WRIGHT, ORVILLE. (1871 1948). American inventor and aviation pioneer who, with his brother Wilbur, completed the first sustained and piloted flight of a heavier-than-air machine. TLS. (“Orville Wright”). 1p. 4to. Dayton, November 10, 1921. To L.D. Gardner of Gardner, Moffat Company, publisher of the Aviation and Aircraft Journal from 1919 to 1921. ----- “I am returning enclosed the copies of Walcott’s and Manly’s replies to Brewer’s paper, which you kindly sent me. I am now in receipt of Mr. Brewer’s reply to these papers of Walcott, Zahm, Manly and Curtiss, which will be printed in the December issue of the Aeronautical Journal. I am seriously considering your suggestion to make some comment on the papers. I find that Walcott has fooled even Brewer, who, knowing the character of these men, was naturally on his guard. Walcott does not deny Brewer’s statement that only the cost of transportation of the machine to Hammondsport was paid by the Smithsonian, nor does he say that the Institution paid Curtiss $2,000, as Brewer understood him to say. This is another case, I think, of very skillful handling of English, which may be compared with the phrase in the National Advisory Committee recommendation to the President, which to the average reader appeared to recommend against a unified air service, but as a matter of fact does not, upon close examination of the wording. I must say I cannot help but admire Curtiss’ nerve. Only one with colossal nerve would dare to come out with the flat statements such as Curtiss makes, that the machine he flew at Hammondsport was the original Langley machine without any change except the addition of floats, when Walcott, Zahm and Manly admit the photographs prove that the changes mentioned by Brewer had been made in the machine. I note what you say in regard to the publication of Zahm’s reply in the Air Service magazine. I had not heard anything of this, but as Findley, the editor, has always been one of my dearest friends, I do not think that he will allow Zahm to get any unfair advantage in his paper.…” ----- After their first successful flight in a motor-powered airplane on December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers continued their aviation experiments and received a U.S. patent for a flying machine in 1906. American interest in the airplane developed slowly, but the brothers were soon negotiating with the French and British governments for the production of airplanes. However, legal matters dominated the discussions because of widespread cases of patent infringement. Notably, Orville refused to lend the 1903 craft to the Smithsonian because of a claim that a secretary of the institute had invented a machine capable of flight before the Wright brothers. Charles Manly (1876-1927), mentioned in our letter, was an American engineer who, with Smithsonian Secretary Samuel P. Langley, built “the Great Aerodrome.” The aircraft was piloted twice by Manly in 1903 but was a failure. One of the Wrights’ enemies in their patent war was aviation pioneer, aircraft manufacturer and father of U.S. naval aviation Glenn H. Curtiss (1878-1930). Curtiss started his career as a lowly Western Union bicycle messenger who, like the Wrights, eventually owned his own bicycle shop before his interests turned to motorcycles and aviation. He supplied engines for the first successful dirigible in the country, and so impressed Alexander Graham Bell that he earned an invitation to his Aerial Experiment Association. The A.E.A. produced several aircraft including the June Bug, or Aerodrome #3, which Curtiss famously test piloted at Hammondsport, New York, winning the Scientific American Trophy in 1908. In our letter, Wright takes issue with Curtiss’ claims about the similarity of the June Bug to Langley’s Great Aerodrome. Among Curtiss’ other historic “firsts” were his receipt of the Aero Club of America’s U.S. Pilot’s license No.1 (the Wrights were Nos. 4 and 5) and flying the first long distance flight (between Albany and New York). Prior to and during World War I, Curtiss worked with the military to train aviators and designed and manufactured some of the navy’s first aircraft. Between 1910 and 1914, the Wrights initiated a series of lawsuits against Curtiss at which Albert Francis Zahm (1862-1954), a professor of physics and the chief of the Aeronautical Division of the Library of Congress, testified as an expert witness. Our letter discusses the forthcoming publication in The Aeronautical Journal (Vol. XXV, No. 132. December, 1921) of Griffith Brewer’s article, “Langley Machine & Hammondsport Trials,” that included responses by Charles D. Walcott, Smithsonian Institution, A.F. Zahm, C.M. Manly, Glenn H. Curtiss. Brewer (1867-1948) was an English aviator and balloonist and the first Englishman to fly with Wilbur Wright, after meeting him in 1908. He was a close friend and supporter of the Wrights, visiting them often in the United States. It was Brewer who arranged for the British government to purchase the Wrights’ patents in 1914. Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927) was a paleontologist best known for his discovery of fossils in the Burgess Shale. He was the secretary of the Smithsonian beginning in 1907, and went on to serve as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as becoming an advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt. Lightly folded with two small pin holes in the top margin. Boldly signed an in excellent condition. Matted with a colorized photo of the historic flight at Kitty Hawk.

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