“We have a wide-ranging and exciting offering this season with a number of highly desirable notables, as well as more specialized selections for those looking for that special piece to enhance their personal collection,” said auctioneer Gil Griggs.
The Judeo-Christian & Antiquities section begins the first day and features signatures from Mother Teresa, Pius XIII, Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Richard Cushing; signed documents from Pope Clement XI, Pope Leo XII and Charles Spurgeon; plus artifacts from St. Vincent De Paul and a sterling Torah pointer.
Samuel Adam’s signature is in the Colonial section, as well as documents from other signers of the Declaration of Independence including Elbridge Gerry, William Heath, Samuel Huntington and an early printing from Benjamin Franklin. The Americana section includes a wide variety of autographs from Geronimo, Red Jacket, Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and a complete set of Lewis & Clark journals – a scarce and desirable collection. Signature House will also offer a number of items from both sides of the Civil War: Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, James Longstreet, George McClellan, Philip Sheridan and William Tecumseh Sherman. Also offered are rare medals, photographs and an identified Confederate Remington revolver.
A large Military category is marked by numerous photos, paintings, posters, books, models, documents and relics starting with a rare personal wax seal impression from Napolean. Also included is a secret military conference pass signed by Hap Arnold, a letter from Douglas MacArthur, and heartwarming personal mail from World War II soldiers. Also offered is a large assortment of Axis and Vietnam collectibles.
One of our premier pieces in this auction is the original historic Solidarity Banner from Gdansk, which can be found in Signature House’s Heads of State category. This banner represents the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and has been signed by world leaders at the time, including Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev, George H.W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, and is accompanied by photos and documentation.
Concluding the first session on Saturday will be items from Jurists & Politicians, Science & Technology, and Aviators & Explorers categories. Featured collectibles from these groups include Albert Einstein’s autograph, Thomas Edison letters, Kennedy family memorabilia, Orville Wright’s signature, and a large collection of Charles Lindbergh’s letters, books and photos.
Session 2 on Sunday commences with a superb George Washington financial document, a document with a short note signed by John Adams, a beautifully framed Abraham Lincoln signed document and rare campaign tintype pin and Ronald Reagan’s last public letter while suffering the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
A beautiful autographed book plate from Pablo Picasso starts the Artists section, which also includes items from Maxfield Parrish, Walt Disney and Gutzon Borglum, the sculpor of Mount Rushmore. Enrico Caruso and John Philip Sousa highlight the Composers & Classical Perfomers category, while the Literature section includes such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Harper Lee and Oscar Wilde.
The Celebrities collection runs the gamot from business leaders to scoundrels, and includes notables such as Walter Chrysler, William and James Fargo, Jay Cooke, as well as Dr. Jack Kevorkian and O.J.Simpson. They will be followed closely by a larger assortment of Entertainment stars of stage and screen – featuring autographs by James Dean, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, and the Three Stooges.
The auction will conclude with items from the Sports category, including autographs from players such as Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali.
The sale begins at 9 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 4, (lots 1-531) and Sunday, Sept. 5 (lots 532-1332).
For details call Signature House at (909) 243-9541 or email editor@SignatureHouse.net. View the full- color illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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