BOSTON — RR Auction‘s inaugural PSA Encapsulated Auction, taking place on Thursday, September 22, brings a treasure trove of nearly 700 items to the auction block — a diverse assortment of material ranging from straightforward signatures to iconic photographs to intriguing etters and documents. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
Among the highlights is an early Steve Jobs autograph signed quote, “Go change the world! steve jobs.” This quote is now synonymous with Jobs, whose prophetic message influenced Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to truly “change the world!” Its estimate is $6,000-$8,000.
Of particular note is a signed vintage matte-finish photo of Marilyn Monroe reclining on a pillow and wearing a low-cut dress and diamond jewelry, a pose she is known to have assumed for photos circa 1953. This classic, virtually pristine portrait of the blonde bombshell flashing her radiant smile is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.
Another standout is a Bruce Lee-signed photograph picturing him as Kato in The Green Hornet, his first TV role. In addition to the neatly signed and inscribed message, Lee added his Loong character below his signature, representing the Chinese character of a dragon. The signed Lee photograph is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Still another strong entry is a Geronimo signature that bears the pencil notation “9/1904, St. Louis World Fair.” Geronimo had been at the World’s Fair in St. Louis until early October when he returned to his home at Fort Sill. The Geronimo signature has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
The final highlight is the first lot in the auction lineup: An important autograph letter signed by John Adams, handwritten in Paris during negotiations to end the revolution and dated May 26, 1783. Autograph letters from Adams to John Hancock are exceedingly rare; in 1987, R. A. Ryerson, editor of the Adams Papers, identified this as one of only 13 such letters known. Nine of these are in the Adams Papers, other institutions own three, and only one other item — an account statement — remained in private hands at that date. The Adams letter carries an estimate of $35,000-$45,000.
Every item in the sale has been encapsulated by PSA, the largest third-party authentication company in the world.
“We’re thrilled and excited to bring this remarkable collection — our first all PSA encapsulated historical autograph auction ever held,” said RR Auction Executive VP Bobby Livingston. “Curated over the last six months — the majority of the autographs have been freshly submitted and encapsulated by the worlds leading authentication company.”
The PSA Encapsulated Autograph Auction by RR Auction will conclude on September 22.
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