"Over 10,000 pieces ranging from Hollywood to the White House—Monroe and Hepburn to Hoover and Taft"
Enormous collection of over 10,000 items primarily encompassing the fields of entertainment, music, art, ballet, opera, and a smattering of various political, sports, and other notable figures. Collection is comprised of a large variety of formats, including many signed and unsigned photos, album pages and autograph books, letters, documents, books, and other miscellaneous memorabilia; this is contained within more than 10 thick binders, over 20 smaller binders, and a number of large bins and boxes.
Signers include: Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Julius Axelrod, Pearl Bailey, Clyde Beatty, Henry Ward Beecher, Ingrid Bergman, Sarah Bernhardt, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Blackstone, Wernher von Braun, John Burroughs, Richard Burton, Richard E. Byrd, Paul Cadmus, John Cage, John Carradine, Howard Chandler Christie, Claudette Colbert, Sean Connery, Benoit Constant Coquelin, Noel Coward, Lotta Crabtree, George Cruikshank, Peter Cushing, Moshe Dayan, Olivia de Havilland, Marlene Dietrich, Duke Ellington, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Geraldine Farrar, Cyrus W. Field, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Victor Fleming, Jane Fonda, Erle Stanley Gardner, Allen Ginsberg, Lillian Gish, Corinne Griffith, Edmund Gwenn, Margaret Hamilton, Coleman Hawkins, Audrey Hepburn, Alexander Hermann, Dustin Hoffman, Herbert Hoover, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Emil Jannings, Osa Johnson, Robert Underwood Johnson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, Peter Max, Clayton Moore, LeRoy Neiman, Chester Nimitz, Richard Nixon, Luciano Pavarotti, Gregory Peck, I. M. Pei, John J. Pershing, Wendell Phillips, Mary Pickford, Sidney Poitier, Roman Polanski, Eleanor Powell, Vincent Price, Richard Pryor, Gilda Radner, Luise Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Christopher Reeve, Leni Riefenstahl, Lillian Russell, Rosalind Russell, Carl Sandburg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George C. Scott, Zoot Sims, James Stewart, Gene Stratton-Porter, William H. Taft, Shirley Temple, The Temptations, Gene Tierney, Thelma Todd, John Updike, Andy Warhol, Racquel Welch, Esther Williams, and Henny Youngman.
Other items include an immense quantity of playbills, various entertainment ephemera and magazines, original candid and press photos (Gary Cooper, Dolores Del Rio, Jean Harlow, Grace Kelly, Mario Lanza, Marilyn Monroe, Ringo Starr, and Natalie Wood among them), signed ballet slippers, and other ephemera.
Collection rates in overall very good to fine condition. A few secretarial and/or printed signatures may be included as there are thousands of signed items. Due to the enormity of the collection please be advised that extra shipping charges will apply. The sheer overwhelming volume of items precludes a list, and interested parties are strongly advised to view the collection in person at our offices, as this collection is sold as is, and no returns will be accepted. Large collections such as this are seldom offered as a whole, and there are certainly still many discoveries that lie within. RR Auction COA.