Expansive collection: from Grace Kelly to Groucho Marx, Neil Armstrong to Norman Rockwell, and six of the seven principal Wizard of Oz characters
Enormous collection consisting primarily of signatures (on cards, album pages, FDCs, etc.), plus various signed photos, magazines, programs, and other formats. Signers are mostly entertainers (with many Academy Award winners), but also include figures from other fields, contained within 40 binders. Fourteen of the binders are dedicated to mostly multi-signed modern opera programs, and include names such as Pavarotti, Domingo, Sills, and many more. Overall there, are more than roughly 5000 individual signers combined in the collection.
Some of the highlighted signatures include: Bud Abbott, Evelyn Ankers, Jean Arthur, Fred Astaire, Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, John Banner, Theda Bara, Ethel Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Wallace Beery, Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, Irving Berlin, Ray Bolger, Nadia Boulanger, Charles Boyer, Pappy Boyington, Johnny Mack Brown, Billie Burke, George Burns and Gracie Allen, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Feodor Chaliapin, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Colman, Aaron Copland, Alfred Cortot, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Cecil B. deMille, Marie Dressler, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower (napkin), Pete Everest, Barry Fitzgerald, John Ford, Ava Gardner, John Garfield, Ira Gershwin, Betty Grable, Cary Grant, Sydney Greenstreet, Jack Haley, Philippe Halsman, Margaret Hamilton, William S. Hart, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Jascha Heifitz, Katharine Hepburn, Ed Hillary, Al Hirschfeld, William Holden, Bob Hope, Vladimir Horowitz, Leslie Howard, Lady Bird Johnson, Al Jolson, Jennifer Jones, Yousuf Karsh, Grace Kelly (as “Grace de Monaco”), Stephen King, Alan Ladd, Bert Lahr, Hedy Lamarr, Carole Landis, Charles Laughton, Oscar Levant, Harold Lloyd, Peter Lorre, Douglas MacArthur, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, Groucho Marx, Pietro Mascagni, Spanky McFarland, Ron McNair, Ed Mitchell, Maria Montez, Clayton Moore, Frank Morgan, Ramon Novarro, Sandra Day O’Connor, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Ignace J. Paderewski, Linus Pauling, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Pickfrod, William Powell, Vincent Price, Prince Rainier, Basil Rathbone, Alan Reed, James Whitcomb Riley, Paul Robeson, Bill Robinson, Norman Rockwell, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Irene Ryan, Albert Sabin, Jonas Salk, Charles Schulz, Norman Schwarzkopf, James Stewart, Igor Stravinsky, Gloria Swanson, Jack Swigert and Gene Cernan, Shirley Temple, Sidney Toler, Clyde W. Tombaugh, Arturo Toscanini, Harry S. Truman (taped over), Donald Trump, Lana Turner, Helen Twelvetrees, Conrad Veidt, Lupe Velez, Erich von Stroheim, Johnny Weissmuller, Mae West, John Greenleaf Whittier, Anna May Wong, Alexander Woolcott, Fay Wray, Chuck Yeager, and Gig Young.
Photos, programs, and letters of note include: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yul Brynner, Jimmy Carter, Charles Conrad and Gordon Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Rex Harrison and Claudette Colbert, Frank Hawks, Sonja Henie, Richmond P. Hobson, Herbert Hoover, Boris Karloff (and others, on an Olympiad program), Marcel Marceau, Merle Oberon, Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Temple, Paul Tibbets, William Westmoreland, and Wendell Willkie.
In overall very good to fine condition. Due to the large quantity a few secretarial and/or printed signatures may be included. Interested parties are encouraged to view the collection in person at our offices or call us with specific inquiries, as this collection is sold as is and no returns will be accepted.