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Arnold Friberg’s Original Eight Faces of Moses on display in Salt Lake City
Frank Sinatra’s First New Jersey Drivers license sold for $15k at RR Auction
Beatles signed LP sells for $118k at auction
Rare Academy Award for Photography sold for 45k at auction
Lunar Bible Collection Sold for $130,000 at Auction
Breakfast at Tiffany's manuscript sells for $306,667 at auction
RR Auctions Announces 2013 Space & Aviation Autograph & Artifact Auction
Ellsworth Bunker Archive sold for $86,581 at auction
Lady Diana photo labeled “not to be published,” sold for $18K at RR Auction
Science, Space, Sports and Stars Share RR Auction’s June Catalog
Apollo 11 Flight-Flown Flag Ties World Record at RR Auction
RR Auction celebrates its 360th consecutive month


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Arnold Friberg’s Original Eight Faces of Moses on display in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16; Noon – 8pm at the Zion Summit, Social Room (located adjacent to the main lobby) 241 N. Vine St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

 Arnold Friberg’s Original Eight Faces of Moses on display in Salt Lake City

One of the most important Arnold Friberg discoveries in decades returning for free public viewing

RR Auction is proud to announce that The Eight Faces of Moses collection created by renowned artist Arnold Friberg for Cecil B. DeMille’s masterful 1956 remaking of The Ten Commandments will be on display in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Arnold Friberg (1913-2010) an American illustrator and painter noted for his religious and patriotic works. By 1950 Friberg and his wife had moved to Utah, and had started teaching commercial art at the University of Utah. During this period, Cecil B. DeMille was in the early planning stages of his immense production of The Ten Commandments and in need of an artist with both the rare talent and inner vision to set down in paint, all of the power, the color and human drama. After an extensive search and viewing a series of Friberg’s scriptural illustrations— Demille knew he had found his artist.

This led to the Freiberg’s move to Hollywood in 1953. There, he would work closely with DeMille for more than three years on the epic motion picture as his chief artist and designer.

Wally and Frank Westmore, makeup artists on the film, used the original oil paintings as the templates for Charlton Heston’s makeup as he transformed from a young slave to a wizened prophet, they are among the finest pieces of Hollywood art ever to come to market.

One of the greatest challenges in believably telling the epic tale was in Charlton Heston’s transformation as Moses. Spanning an entire lifetime—from his days as a young slave in Egypt to his final encounter with God on Mt. Nebo as an old, wizened man—the legendary actor’s face needed not only to age, but also to reflect within it the experiences that shaped him.

Within each image, one can see the precision of Friberg’s celebrated style from top to bottom. His meticulous detail brings to life every feature, with the culmination of subtle changes telling not only the natural story of aging, but also revealing hints of the remarkable events that brought Moses to each stage—darkened skin and a hair out of place as he finally reaches Jethro’s well, a barely detectable new wrinkle to the forehead before he first hears the voice of God, a slightly furrowed brow with a single fleck of grey as he begins his return to Egypt, and the weathered skin and distinguished beard of a prophet ascending to immortality after a lifetime of struggle. Though unsigned, each painting holds Friberg’s unique calligraphy across the top indicating the period of the prophet’s life that it depicts.

In 1957, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Friberg receiving a nomination for his work as chief artist, set and costume designer.

“Friberg was one of the greatest illustrative artists of the 20th Century, and this collection is one of the most important discoveries in decades,” says Lawrence Jeppson, a distinguished art historian, lecturer and author from Salt Lake City.

For 60 years, the paintings were unrecognized as Friberg's work--in fact they were misattributed--until the the authorship was correctly identified by Jeppson earlier this year.

 “These museum-quality portraits capture not only his renowned attention to detail and stunning precision—especially with historic and religious subjects—but also the allure of one of the most celebrated films of all time.” says Bobby Livingston Executive VP at RR Auction.

The Original Eight Faces of Moses collection will be on display Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16 from Noon – 8pm; at Zion Summit, in the Social Room located adjacent to the main lobby, 241 N. Vine St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103. The event will be open to the public and admission is free.

In addition to representatives from the auction house, Lawrence Jeppson, a well-known organizer and curator of art exhibitions will be in attendance during the special 2-day event.

The stunning portraits will later be on display in Boston, prior to a live auction event that is scheduled to take place on July 19 at 1pm, by Massachusetts based, RR Auction.  More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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 ABOUT RR AUCTION Headquartered in Boston’s North End, RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. Since its inception in 1980, RR has achieved countless record-setting prices in over 425 successful sales, including Truman Capote’s hand-notated manuscript for Breakfast at Tiffany’s for over $300,000, President Kennedy’s 1963 convertible for $318,000. Internationally known and frequently featured in all media outlets—with appearances on NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the London Times—RR Auction prides itself on selling authentic material, thoroughly examined by in-house experts and third-party authenticators, to uphold the guarantee of authenticity. With a stunning full-color print catalog and a massive online presence, RR Auction’s nearly four decades of business continue to grow, achieving record prices for clients around the world. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction will be on hand to discuss the historical significance of the collection. 

Also in attendance, Lawrence Jeppson, a distinguished art historian, lecturer and author.

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Sinatra’s first New Jersey’s driver’s license sold for $15,757 last night, according to Boston, MA-based auction house RR Auction.

BOSTON, MA. — June 27, 14— Sinatra’s first New Jersey’s driver’s license sold for $15,757 last night, according to Boston, MA-based auction house RR Auction.

Numbered "549631" and bearing a large red, centered stamping of "1934," the license is issued to "FRANCIS SINATRA - 841 GARDEN ST. - HOBOKEN, N.J." Sinatra's physical specifications read: "Age 19, Weight 130, Color W, Color Hair BRN, Sex M, Color Eyes BLUE, Height 5.8." The identification card is signed in black ink by Sinatra and has a December 31, 1934 expiration date.

Also included is a 1940 letter to the state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles from the lawyer of a man who had been involved in a car crash with Sinatra, insisting that Sinatra's driving privileges be revoked until he pays up.

 “It’s an amazing piece that ties Sinatra to his birthplace, where he is still a home town hero of the one square mile town of Hoboken, NJdating back to the day’s where he must have still been dreaming that he would some day make big it everywhere,” said Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

An amazing Gone With the Wind-era collection of correspondence between author Margaret Mitchell and a Philadelphia admirer sold for $14,087.

The highlights of the collection are six one page letters, four signed “Margaret Mitchell,” and two signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” dating from November of 1936 up to August of 1938, most with content regarding Mitchell’s novel and upcoming film.

 The online auction began on June 19 and ran through June 26. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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Beatles signed LP sells for $118k at auction — LP was given to George Harrison's doctor prior to bands historic 'Ed Sullivan Show' performance

BOSTON, MA. A rare copy of The Beatles album, 'Meet the Beatles,' given to Dr. Jules Gordon for tending to George Harrison's sore throat prior to their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show sold for $118,230, according to Boston, MA based auction house RR Auction. 

Dr. Gordon was the house doctor at the Plaza Hotel from 1942 until 1985. In his appreciation, Mr. Harrison gave, Dr. Gordon, a Meet the Beatles album containing the signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and himself.

The Beatles made their legendary first live appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964—in the New York Times the day before, Thomas Buckley described George's ailment: 'Mr. Harrison, who is known as the quiet Beatle, awoke yesterday with a sore throat. He was treated by Dr. Jules Gordon, used a vaporizer and rejoined his colleagues at the studio late in the afternoon.

 “The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show broadcast is still —unquestionably one of the most important events in pop cultural history,” says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to: 

An extraordinary archive of memorabilia from Jazz Legend Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge, Realized: $71,553.

A Band-signed Clash guitar presented to Strummer’s longtime friend and manager, Realized: $35,510.

Pair of Lennon’s iconic wire-rim eyeglasses originally presented to Victor Borge, Realized: $22,605.

The Marvels of Modern Music auction began on March 13 and ended on March 20. For more information including comprehensive list of auction results, go to www.rrauction.com

 Headquartered in Boston’s North End, RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts.

 

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Rare Academy Award for Photography sold for 45k at auction

Amherst, N.H  — An extremely rare Academy Award medal for still photography, presented in 1947 to Earnes Bachrach sold for $45,049 on Wednesday, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

 

 A revered photographer of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age,’ Bachrach was given the medal by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his work on Crossfire and The Farmer’s Daughter.

 

 He was especially well-known for his portrait studies of great actors and actress, including a series of color shots of Marilyn Monroe; also admired for his versatility, Bachrach's production work on King Kong is noted for the various effect shots and composites he produced both for continuity and the promotional campaign.

 

Only two other medals such as this are known to exist, one awarded to Merritt Sibbald in 1941 and the other to Scotty Welbourne in 1942.

 

 “Bachrach was one of the most influential and admired of all the Hollywood portrait photographers and his work is arguably the most collectible of any of his peers,” says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction.

 

 Further highlights include, but are not limited to: 

An autographed photograph of Marilyn Monroe sold for $32,525.

 

Paul Newman's working script for the Academy Award Winning Film  The Sting sold for $21,013.

 

Dean Cain’s Superman costume, used in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, sold for $18,940.

 

 More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

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Lunar Bible Collection Sold for $130,000 at Auction

Lunar Bible Collection Sold for $130,000 at Auction

 

 

Amherst, N.H. – A Lunar Bible Collection sold for $130,056 on November 21, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

 

The Lawrence McGlynn Lunar Flown Bible Collection and Archive is the only complete set of flown microfilm lunar bibles, carried on board the Apollo 12, 13, and 14 missions.

 

Due to weight restrictions on personal items that could be carried by the Apollo astronauts in their assigned personal preference kits, it was necessary to find a Bible small enough and light enough to be taken.

 

Flown in the form of microfilm bibles – a form chosen for its cutting edge technology of the day over 40 years ago, and for its compact size and weight – this amazing and massive bible collection represents the enduring and pivotal role of faith and spirituality in the human experience. 

 

“The rarity and uniqueness of this collection can not be overstated, and it is not surprising that it commanded such an impressive figure," said Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction.

 

Further highlights include, but are not limited to: 

 

A Lunar Module Control Panel, signed by seven moonwalkers sold for $83, 379.

An Apollo Saturn Attitude Control engine sold for $70,945.

 

For a complete listing of auction results from the Fall 2013 RR Auction Space and Aviation sale, please go to the RR Auction website at www.rrauction.com

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Breakfast at Tiffany's manuscript sells for $306,667 at auction

AMHERST, NH, April 26, 13 - A rare 86-page typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote sold for $306,667 on Thursday, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

The breathtaking manuscript provides a rare chance to visit the mind of a literary master, whose most influential, last second change to the manuscript was to rewrite his heroine’s name from the dreary Connie Gustafson the now iconic Holly Golightly.

Capote culled his inspiration for his heroine from his intimate friendships with New York society's finest, including heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt and Oona O'Neill, daughter of American playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin.

The novella's prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote "the most perfect writer of [his] generation," adding that he "would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany's."

In addition to the brilliant name change, which is hand-notated by Capote over 150 times throughout the text, there are hundreds of important annotations and revisions, many quite lengthy. On the first page of the manuscript, Capote hand titles it “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” makes several witty one-word revisions, and rewrites an entire sentence, adding “everything I needed, so I felt to become the writer I wanted to be.”

“It’s one of the greatest works of the 20th century and is recognized as such,” says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction,  “the sale of this museum quality piece exceeded all expectations.”

 

Further highlights from the Hollywood and Horror Auction include, but are not limited to: 

An incredible costume made for Antonio Banderas in his title role as Zorro in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro. Realized: $39,381.

Screen-worn sash worn by Charlton Heston in the 1956 classic film The Ten Commandments. Realized: $33,093.

The Hollywood and Horror Auction, which began on April 18, and ended on the evening of April 25, more details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

Established in 1976, RR Auction is known to collectors and dealers worldwide as the most respected auction source for guaranteed authentic autographs. 

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RR Auctions Announces 2013 Space & Aviation Autograph & Artifact Auction

RR Auctions Announces 2013 Space & Aviation Autograph & Artifact Auction

Offerings include over 850 museum quality artifacts from the Golden Age of aviation and space flight

Amherst, N.H. -- RR Auctions is pleased to announce its Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, scheduled to take place from May 16th to May 23rd, 2013. This massive auction of over 850 premiere lots of space and aviation memorabilia and artifacts includes some of the rarest and most impressive artifacts yet offered by RR in this rapidly growing and highly sought after genre of Americana collecting.

This historic sale includes fascinating selections of space and aviation related autographs, covers, photos, patches, hardware, correspondence, reports, and many types of flown personal mementoes and equipment originating from many of the aviators’ and astronauts’ collections themselves, as well as from the personal holdings of many of the hobby’s leading space artifact collectors.

 “There seems to be no end to the global appetite of collectors of this rare and historic material – especially from the amazing Apollo lunar landing missions,” said Bobby Livingston, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for RR Auctions. “The Great Space Race was truly a global event, and the collection of memorabilia and artifacts tied to that momentous moment in history is highly prized and sought after. RR Auctions is proud to be able to offer some of the finest and most interesting material available, and this assemblage is by far our most impressive since we began offering specialty aviation and space memorabilia auctions several years ago.”

Some representative highlights from the 850+ lots of vintage aviation and space artifact include:

·       A robust offering of flown Robbins medallions from 13 missions, including the key missions of Apollo 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, as well as from ASTP, Skylab and the Shuttle.

·       Over 85 lots of historic Apollo 11 material, including a flown Apollo 11 rotational control handle shared by moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins during mankind’s first lunar landing mission.

·       And 29 lots of Apollo 17 material from the last lunar landing mission of Apollo, including fantastic lunar orbit items such as a flown 17 foot long lunar orbit map and lunar orbit EVA cue card, and lunar surface EVA cue cards and a lunar surface EVA map plate used aboard the lunar rover. 

·       An absolutely amazing gold plated Lunar Traverse Gravimeter, a production model of the same gravimeter used on the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission. One of only three in existence -- one left on the lunar surface by Apollo 17, the mission’s back-up at the Smithsonian, and one other at Columbia University.

·       A unique assemblage of space flown and lunar surface religious artifacts include microfilm bibles from both Apollo and the International Space station, an Earth-orbit papal flag, a lunar surface flown prayer covenant, and an astounding 750+ page full-text daily prayer and devotional book flown and used aboard Skylab and one of the very few space flown books available to private collectors.

·       And many, many more exciting and historic lots.

As a renowned autograph auction company, RRAuction has not forgotten the essential element of its core business -- signatures. Numerous autographs from the best of the best are to be offered, from Wernher von Braun to Neil Armstrong; from astronauts such as Cernan, Lovell, Anders, to cosmonauts such as Gagarin, Leonov, and Tereshkova; to some of America’s earliest aviation pioneers like Earhart, Lindbergh, Hughes and Wright.

“Our last auction set record prices for many classes of this material. Aviation and space enthusiasts will not be disappointed,” said Livingston. “Obviously, there are too many lots to list in a single press release, so I encourage everyone interested to get online and preview the entire catalog. The auction goes live on May 16th, and global interest is expected to be intense.”

For more information on this historic auction, including how to order a catalog, how to bid online, and to see the full 850+ lot description preview, please go to the RRAuction website at www.rrauction.com. Or contact Bobby Livingston at bl@rrauction.com

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Ellsworth Bunker Archive sold for $86,581 at auction

 

AMHERST, N.H.— A comprehensive archive of memorabilia relating to diplomat, Ellsworth Bunker, sold last night for $86,581, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction. 

 

Ellsworth Bunker (1894–1984), who served the US in various capacities under seven presidents, most often remembered as having been a “hawk” in wartime Saigon, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker made major contributions to American diplomacy for nearly 30 years.

 

For these efforts, he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction—one of which is included in this collection. Other significant items in the sale of the Bunker Archive are a pen used to sign the Paris Peace Accords, the flag flown over the United States Embassy in Saigon on the day the cease fire took effect, drafts of Bunker’s unpublished autobiography, presidential signed photos, and an extensive assortment of medals, awards, and private papers.

 

His highly regarded skill as a worldwide troubleshooter landed him in the middle of some of the most politically complex situations of our time—most notably as ambassador to wartime South Vietnam, from 1967 to 1973. Bunker made other significant contributions as ambassador to India under Eisenhower, and in drawing up the Panama Canal treaties under Carter.

 

“Ellsworth Bunker is considered one of the most important American diplomats of the 20th century,” says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction. “The collection speaks volumes to his accomplishments and it is not surprising that it commanded such an impressive figure.”

 

Bunker passed away in Dummerston, VT in September of 1984, at age 90.

 

The Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph auction began on Friday, February 22 and ended on Wednesday, March 13 at 7PM. For more information including comprehensive list of items featured in the auction, go to www.rrauction.com

 

Established in 1976, RR Auction is known to collectors and dealers worldwide as the most respected auction source for guaranteed authentic autographs.

 

 

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Lady Diana photo labeled “not to be published,” sold for $18K at RR Auction

AMHERST, NH, January 25, 2013 - A teenage image of the future Princess of Wales emphatically labeled “not to be published, ” sold for $18, 306 on Thursday, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

The early glossy news photo of a young Diana lying in bed, with a friend seated behind her, is stamped February 1981 on the back side.

British media have identified the young man as Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Around that time, The Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer ended months of speculation with the announcement they were to be married.

On the 23rd of February Diana moved out of her apartment in Coleherne Court and into Buckingham Palace, where she should learn correctness and a little knowledge of courtly life.

The wedding of Lady Diana Frances Spencer to Charles, Prince of Wales, took place on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral.

"International media coverage was phenomenal," said Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction, "The world recognized and embraced Diana’s a legacy, one that lives on in her sons, both of whom have carried on her tradition of humanitarianism.”

Diana died in a Paris car crash in August 1997, a year after her divorce from Charles. She was 36.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to: 

An exceptional 1874 carte-de-visite of Charles Darwin sold for $23,2110.

A rare portrait of China’s last, Emperor Xuantong sold for 19,608.

 A Civil War-dated portrait of Frederick Douglass sold for 18,678.

The photography auction, which began on January 17th, and ended on the evening of January 24th, more details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

Established in 1976, RR Auction is known to collectors and dealers worldwide as the most respected auction source for guaranteed authentic autographs. 

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SCIENCE, SPACE, SPORTS AND STARS SHARE RR AUCTION’S JUNE CATALOG

Among these heroes are Polish-born French physicist Marie Curie, who along with her husband Pierre, discovered the elements polonium and radium. In a four-page letter, written just one day after the Curies were awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics, Madame Curie responds to a request for background information and details her education, admitting to the recipient that, “As for my biography, it has never been published. I am told that a fairly exact article on us appeared…yesterday or the day before.”

A letter written years earlier by naturalist Charles Darwin to his publisher mentions his own landmark work, On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection. A frustrated Darwin notes that the American publisher was “printing my book in such hot haste” that they won’t wait for revisions.

Discoveries of a different sort stem from one-of-a-kind NASA offerings from the 1960s and early 1970s, including an Apollo 11 crew photo autographed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with Aldrin adding his own “secretarial” signature for crewmate Michael Collins. The image was a gift to the students and faculty of the Neil Armstrong Middle School, one of the many schools named in honor of the first moonwalker. Bidders fly from the first moon mission to the last and the opportunity to bid on flight-flown ‘Lunar Landmark’ map used in orbit in 1972, and the Apollo 17 checklist page used by astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt before exiting their spacecraft for what would be the second-to-last walk on the moon.

Another harrowing period of history takes bidders to the waning days of World War II, as just one day into his presidency, Harry S. Truman dispatches a typed letter to Colonel Francis V. Keesling, Jr. of the Selective Service System. President Truman thanks the officer for his “good wishes and…assurance of support and sympathy.” Keesling had worked closely with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to implement the Selective Service System during World War II.

A war hero of a different sort was German industrialist Oskar Schindler. Though viewed by some people during World War II as a profiteer, history revealed Schindler’s role in saving the lives of more than 1,000 Jews. In a rare bit of correspondence written years before the Holocaust, Schindler contacts his cousin living in Milwaukee reveals a love of family as he asks, “Are you still thinking of me? Have you learned to speak English yet? How do you like it there in general?”

Various other seldom-seen offerings include a portrait of George Custer by photographer Mathew Brady, and 72 bars of music and lyrics to ‘The Way You Look To-night’ handwritten by Jerome Kern. There’s a 1784 Virginia land survey from frontiersman Daniel Boone, which included the area upon which lies “Boone’s Rock,” a stone in which Boone carved his initials; a scarce signature from the hero of the Alamo, David Crockett; individually autographed photos of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen: Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, and Don Miller; a vintage photo of Humphrey Bogart striking a pose with man’s best friend; a post-Beatles photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in military garb, autographed by John in the mid-1970s; and a handwritten Jeet Kune Do martial arts training program personally developed by Bruce Lee for actor James Coburn—with “SECRET” printed atop of each page.

These high-quality items along with a gathering of other items are available for bid until June 15. For information, visit the RRAuction web site at
www.rrauction.com or contact
Bobby Livingston at bl@rrauction.com

 

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Apollo 11 Flight-Flown Flag Ties World Record at RR Auction

Memento from the First Manned Lunar Landing Grabs More Than $47,652


The flag was accompanied by a certificate stating, “This flag traveled to the moon with Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, July 20, 1969,” along with the astronauts’ three signatures. An additional inscription from Armstrong read, “To Rooster with sincere best wishes from Apollo 11.” Rooster Andrews was the owner of a very successful sports shop business in Texas, a keen space collector, and a friend of the astronauts.

“Collectors of flight-flown material always covet the small American flags carried by crews into space,” said Bobby Livingston of RR Auction. “This sale more than doubles our previous sale record for a flight-flown flag in 2008, and certainly marks what we believe to be a new world’s record price for a flight-flown flag.”

Approximately 450 key items from the memorable and historic Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions—among many others—were featured in the auction, including a headset used to communicate with Armstrong and Aldrin during their lunar mission, a calendar photo of a Playboy Playmate brought aboard the Apollo 12 command module, a sample of NASA space food, and a 22-inch electric power instrument panel of a type used by NASA during the Apollo era.

Established in 1976, RR Auction is known to collectors and dealers worldwide as the most respected auction source for guaranteed authentic autographs.

RR Auction's next auction will be online January 21, 2011. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com

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THIRTY YEARS IN THE MAKING AS RR AUCTION PRESENTS A POP CULTURE EXTRAVAGANZA STARRING ELVIS, MARILYN, THE BEATLES AND THE STONES

AMHERST, N.H.— RRAuction celebrates its 360th consecutive month—that’s 30 years—of providing high-quality signed material to its customers in August with a fantastic display of pop culture and sports memorabilia. Taking center stage amongst more than 1,250 auction pieces in the auction, which begins July 26, are the “scarcest of the scarce” including a picture signed by Elvis Presley the night before he reported for duty with the US Army, a document signed by “both” Marilyn Monroe and Norma Jean Dougherty, and a Beatles photo personalized to an iconic showman.

Was Liberace the fifth Beatle? Maybe not, but the flamboyant entertainer was certainly a fan. When the Fab Four returned to America for a 1964 concert tour, everyone wanted their autograph…and Liberace got one on a concert program’s page. Paul McCartney identifies himself a “fan” in his sentiment, which has been quirkily personalized to “Liber-archie” by George Harrison.

Fans will gather at Graceland this month for the 33rd anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll—and Elvis will be remembered in the catalog via a stupendous head-and-shoulders promotional photo presented to George Klein…better known as popular Memphis disc jockey “DJ ‘uh’ GK,” a lifelong friend of Presley. Uniquely personalized, the phenomenal image is accompanied by a letter from Klein stating Presley signed the picture in 1958 on the night before he became an army private.

An “EP” of a different sort—“Five by Five”—reveals the ballpoint signatures of the original members of the Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Matted and framed with an unsigned copy to create a truly unique presentation, as this particular EP is rare in any form, whether autographed or not. Equally rare is an early page of mimeographed sheet music from “Only a Hobo”, signed by Bob Dylan in 1963 with a written line from the song. The lyrics to this Dylan song were originally published in the folk magazine Broadside, with this page an example of those published lyrics.

Another star is an incredible document precisely signed as both “Norma Jean Dougherty” and the newly created persona of “Marilyn Monroe” by the blonde bombshell. Dating to 1947 as she takes her first steps toward immortality, Monroe switches her Hollywood representation. Finding “Norma Jean” and “Marilyn” signing together on a single document is remarkably scarce.

Fans of the National Pastime can spend the dog days of summer cheering for their favorite team and bidding on a vintage matte-finish photo of an older Babe Ruth sporting his Yankee pinstripes—an unusual pose of the Bambino with a prominent signature. There is also a scarce and desirable handwritten letter from Cap Anson concerning a partial payment “to hold the wolves off for a time.” He also references his struggling fledging ballclub, Anson’s Colts, and a “ball scheme” to sell stock in the Chicago Cubs and pay for grandstand construction. Ready for some pre-season football instead? Try this one-of-a-kind item: 19-year-old Knute Rockne’s completed postal examination application and exam, twice signed on his way to becoming one of college football’s most famous coaches.

The Auction closes on August 11.
For information, visit the RRAuction web site at
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