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TLS signed “Malcolm X,” four pages, 8.5 x 11, March 25, 1959. Letter to his prophet and teacher Elijah Muhammad, touching on deeply private subjects relating to his wife and marriage. Addressing the topic of his "down hill marriage," Malcolm recounts the dispassionate atmosphere surrounding his engagement to Betty Shabazz, the revelation that he may not have been ready for such a dome…

Sold For: $52,634 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Nevermind album by Nirvana, signed and inscribed on the front cover in black felt tip, "Bo, Hi my name is Kurdt Kobain, singer/songwriter extraordinaire," "Bo—Thanks, David," and "Chris." In fine condition. The record is not included. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from REAL and PSA/DNA, and by a photo taken at the time of signing, which depicts the band, Courtney Love, and the…

Sold For: $38,910 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Remarkable pairing of two items signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald: a matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 photo of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, boldly signed in fountain pen with a reference to This Side of Paradise, "This is 'Rosalind,' don't you prefer her to Clara? F. Scott Fitzgerald"; and an ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date but circa late 1920, to "Mr. Fitzgerald,…

Sold For: $37,988 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Exceedingly rare twice-signed counter check drawn on Chase National Bank, 8.25 x 3.5, filled out and signed by Tesla, "Dr. Nikola Tesla," listing his address as the "Hotel New Yorker," payable to Hotel New Yorker for $50, November 27, 1942; also endorsed on the reverse by Tesla, "Nikola Tesla." In fine condition, with multiple unobtrusive vertical folds. Accompanied by an airmail envelope address…

Sold For: $28,501 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

TLS signed “Martin L. King, Jr.,” one page, 7.25 x 9.75, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church letterhead, January 12, 1959. Letter to Mrs. Edmund Mahon, in full: "Thanks for your very kind letter and your encouraging words concerning my book, Stride Toward Freedom. This book is simply my humble attempt to bring Christian principles to bear on the difficult problem of racial injustice which co…

Sold For: $27,978 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Extraordinary partly-printed signed document, signed twice, “Alphonse Capone,” one page, 8.75 x 3, November 18, 1926. An interest note for "Loan No. 6223," in part: "Due to the order of Ourselves…$45.00 in gold coin of the United States of America of the present standard of weight and fineness, on the 18th day of November A.D. 1930 without grace, at the office of Lawndale National Ban…

Sold For: $27,500 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Signed book: The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First edition, first printing. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Hardcover with first issue original dust jacket, 145 pages. Signed on the first free end page in exceptional almost lavender fountain pen on the play's opening night by the lead actor, "Ernest Truex," and by the author, "'The best postman in the world,' Atlantic Cit…

Sold For: $25,000 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “R. W. Emerson,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, August 20, 1839. Letter to Frederick Henry Hedge in Bangor, Maine, written from Concord, discussing travel plans and literature. In part: "Edward Palmer was here lately—grown very much since he was in Concord a year ago, in his insight & in the scope of his reform. One great thing he said, which I …

Sold For: $21,889 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Exceptional glossy 9.25 x 5.25 photo of 'The Four Vagabonds'—Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone—affixed to its original 12 x 8.5 mount, signed on the mount in ink, "Henry Ford," "Thos. A. Edison," "Harvey S. Firestone." In fine condition, with mounting remnants to the corners, easily matted out. Edison, Ford, and Firestone, along with John Burroug…

Sold For: $21,588 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS in French, three pages on two sheets, 8.25 x 10.5, April 7, 1896. Letter to his friend, confidant, and fellow painter George-Daniel de Monfreid, who was one of the first collectors of Gauguin's art during his exile in the Pacific, and one of his earliest biographers.​ This letter provides evidence of Gauguin's increasingly poor physical and mental state during his second residen…

Sold For: $20,096 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Highly sought-after first edition book: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville. First American edition, first issue with original orange endpapers. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1851. Hardcover bound in publisher's original brown cloth, blindstamped at center with the publisher's circular life-buoy device, faded and worn gilt titles on spine, 5.75 x 7.5, 635 pages, plus 23 pages of pref…

Sold For: $19,738 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “Fred'k Douglass,” one page, 5 x 8, March 31, 1877. Letter to attorney and pioneering civil rights activist Albion Tourgee, who would later litigate the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. In full: "I am thankful for your kind congratulations. I would write you a long letter if the pressure upon me during these final hours of my office were removed. You will take the …

Sold For: $19,730 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

TLS signed “Martin,” two pages, 7 x 10.5, personal letterhead, December 20, 1960. Letter to entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., in full: "I have been meaning to write you for quite some time. A sojourn in jail and a trip to Nigeria among other tasks have kept me behind. When I solicited your help for our struggle almost two months ago, I did not expect so creative and fulsome a response. Al…

Sold For: $17,370 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Program for the Beatles' 1963 UK tour with Roy Orbison, 8 x 10.5, signed inside by the top-billed performers next to their images in blue ballpoint, "Love, Paul McCartney, xxx," "John Lennon, xxx," "George Harrison, xxx," and "Love, Ringo Starr, xxx.” In very good to fine condition, with light overall wrinkling, and a faint central vertical fold. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity …

Sold For: $16,444 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Partly-printed DS in English and Chinese, signed by Bruce Lee using his hand-drawn signature symbol and red chop stamp, one page, 9.75 x 12.25, January 30, 1968. Colorful and ornate certificate from Lee's Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, in part: "This is to certify that Herb Jackson is a member in good standing, and having fulfilled the necessary requirements, is hereby promoted to first rank …

Sold For: $15,000 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Exceptional partly-printed DS, signed “B. Franklin, Presid't,” one page, 8 x 6.25, May 10, 1786. Pay order issued to Treasurer David Rittenhouse, in part: "Pay to David Stout, late a dragoon of the Pennsylvania Line, or his order, the sum of six pounds two shillings and six pence being two year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Beautifully signed at the conclusion b…

Sold For: $14,949 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “W. S. Edgerly, Captain 7th Cavalry,” four pages on three sheets, 8 x 10, December 29, 1890. Letter home to his wife, written in the immediate aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre, in which he participated. On December 29, 1890, the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment attempted to disarm Lakota Indians near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dak…

Sold For: $13,753 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Rare hand-addressed and free-franked envelope panel, 5.25 x 2.75, addressed by Crockett to his publisher, "Messrs. E. L. Cary & A. Hart, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," and franked in the upper right, "Free, D. Crockett." Nicely double-matted and framed with a portrait and nameplate to an overall size of 20.25 x 15.25. In very good to fine condition, with light creasing and soiling, and two tiny…

Sold For: $11,994 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Sought-after vintage 1963 glossy 6 x 8 promotional photo of the Beatles posing outdoors near a public fountain, signed on the reverse in red ink by George Harrison and Paul McCartney, and in blue ballpoint by Ringo Starr and John Lennon. The consignor notes that the signatures were obtained at the ABC Cinema in Hull, England on November 24, 1963. In very good to fine condition, with a central ver…

Sold For: $11,364 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Civil War-dated partly printed DS as president, one page, 17.75 x 12, January 22, 1862. President Lincoln appoints Robert H. Pruyn of New York to be "Minister Resident of the United States of America, to Japan." Signed crisply at the conclusion by Abraham Lincoln, and countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward. The lower left is embossed with the State Department seal, and the…

Sold For: $10,796 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

The Long Run album by the Eagles, signed on the front cover in silver ink by Don Felder, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Glenn Frey. In fine condition. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from REAL and PSA/DNA. The record is not included. A bold and attractive cast of signatures against the dark album background.

Sold For: $10,664 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, April 8, 1861. President Lincoln directs the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter addressed to His Majesty the Emperor of Russia (Mr. Appleton's recall)." In fine condition, with lightly trimmed edges. President Lincoln appointed Cassius Marcellus Clay to the post of US Minister to …

Sold For: $10,588 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Russian chemist and inventor (1834-1907) who formulated the Periodic Law and created a predictive version of the periodic table of elements. Extremely rare ALS in French, signed “D. Mendeleev, Profes. a l'Universite St. Petersburg,” one page, 8.5 x 11, November 25, 1888. Significant letter reviewing Ira Remsen's "Introduction to the Study of Compounds of Carbon." In full (trans…

Sold For: $10,001 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Exceedingly rare Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) membership card, 4 x 2.25, dated June 1964, signed below in ballpoint, “Malcolm X,” as chairman. Reverse of card is identified as “No. 1625,” and bears a “Self Defense” statement: “We assert and affirm the right of self-defense, which is one of the most basic human rights known to mankind.” In fine condition. The OAAU was founded by Ma…

Sold For: $9,871 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details