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Headquartered in Boston, RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. Internationally known and frequently featured in all media outlets, RR Auction prides itself on selling historic material, thoroughly examined by in-house experts and third-party authenticators, to ensure the highest standards of authenticity. With more than 40 years of auction experience, RR Auction continues to grow and expand into new categories, achieving record prices for clients around the world.

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    From Olympic Rings to Gold Rings at RR Auction

    Unlike most Olympic torch relays in which the flame is passed from one torch to another, the Albertville Olympic torches of 1992 themselves were passed from one person to another. The number of torches manufactured for Albertville were therefore needed and made in much lower quantities. The Albertville torches are thus the rarest of the torches from the last 30 years, and examples are seldom seen for sale. There is one such torch up for bid, however, in the upcoming Olympic Memorabilia auction, offered by RR Auction. Other relay torches in the sale include examples from Innsbruck (1976), Cortina (1956), Tokyo (1964), and more. Beyond torches, there are more than 50 lots of medals in the sale of all varieties (participation, bronze, silver, and gold). One such lot includes all three of the medals won by Ryan Lochte (two silver and one bronze) in the London 2012 Olympics. The sale also includes more Lochte items such as his gold Olympic ring and his Breitling watch. There are also personal items and skating suits from speed skater Dan Jansen, International Committee pins from the collection of James Worrall, an original poster from the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, and more. Visit Bidsquare to browse the full catalog of this and other online auctions.

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    Fine Autograph and Artifacts featuring Hollywood in April 14 auction

    James Dean Original Photograph by Roy Schatt. BOSTON, MASS.- With over 800 rare and remarkable items up for auction, R.R. Auction's April Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale features something for every collector with online bidding March 26 - April 14. Highlights include books signed by John F. Kennedy; among them is a John F. Kennedy Multi-Signed' History of Ireland' Book Set. The Complete six-volume set of History of Ireland by Rev. E. A. Dalton. First edition. London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1912. Hardcovers bound in green cloth with elaborate gilt titling and decoration to spines and front covers, 1674 total pages. The first free end page of each volume is signed in black ink, "John F. Kennedy," with the lone exception occurring in the sixth volume, which is signed upside-down on the final free end page; this distinction suggests that the volume was likely stacked upside-down at the bottom and that Kennedy accidentally signed the book believing it was right-side up. The consignor affirms that this book set was purchased in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after Kennedy's famed 'Winter White House' was privately sold in June 2020. Given this information, and the consistent 'ownership' placement of Kennedy's early full signatures, we strongly believe that this six-volume set derives from the personal collection of John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-Catholic to become President of the U.S. A remarkable post-Revolution recommendation from George Washington. The highly unusual one-page document, signed "Go: Washington, late Com'dr in Chief of the Armies of ye U.S.," February 28, 1785. Penned entirely in Washington's hand, the document reads, in-part: "I certify that Seaver was a Lieutenant of the Massachusetts Line in the Service of the United States of America, and from the testimony of the General Officers under whose orders he acted that he is brave & intelligent, and in all respects has supported the character of a Gentleman and man of honor. Given under my hand this 28th day of Febru'y 1785, Go: Washington, late Com'dr in Chief of the Armies of ye U.S." It's a significant Revolutionary War document, aiding in the career of an officer who…

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    Sports items headlined by Roger Peckinpaugh collection up for auction

    Babe Ruth and Roger Peckinpaugh Signed Check. Now at: $5475. BOSTON, MASS.- Important sports cards, autographs, and memorabilia fill RR Auction's spring sports auction with online bidding March 11 through March 25. Headlining the sale is a special section that offers items from the collection of early Yankees captain and one-time AL MVP Roger Peckinpaugh. Peckinpaugh is often cited as one of the best players to not be enshrined in Cooperstown. Though chiefly remembered for his strong throwing arm and rangy play in the middle of the infield, he was also capable at the plate, collecting 1,876 career hits. Traded from Cleveland to the New York Yankees in 1913, he quickly established himself as a leader in the clubhouse and was named captain by manager Frank Chance the next year. In 1914—at the age of 23—he became the youngest manager in the history of baseball, helming the Bronx Bombers for the last three weeks of the season after Chance's resignation. He served as a mentor to budding superstar Babe Ruth in 1920 and 1921, before being shipped off to Washington by way of Boston. Highlights from the Peckinpaugh collection include his game-used 1918 New York Yankees uniform. The button-down gray flannel jersey features "New York" restored across the chest and features a red, white, and blue silk World War I memorial armband on the left sleeve. Any authentic, game-used uniform from the Deadball era is virtually unheard of—that this comes from one of baseball's early stars, and arguably its most legendary franchise, makes this example truly remarkable. Peckinpaugh's 1924 Washington Senators World Series Championship Watch Fob 1924 World Series watch fob. This watch fob is equivalent to a modern World Series ring—prior to rings becoming standard fare in 1926, players and coaches were commonly awarded pendants and watch fobs as championship ware. And a check signed by Babe Ruth. Ruth and Peckinpaugh were teammates on the New York Yankees in 1920 and 1921, just as Ruth emerged as baseball's premiere home run hitter. On the day Peckinpaugh wrote this check, the Yankees squared off against Ty Cobb's Detroit Tigers at the Polo…

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    Prince ‘Cloud’ guitar, ‘Purple Rain’ shirt among music memorabilia up for auction

    A Cloud guitar custom-made for Prince. BOSTON, MASS.-RR Auction's March Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale boasts a substantial music section featuring Prince with online bidding until March 10. Among these extraordinary artifacts is a Cloud guitar custom-made for Prince. The breathtaking bright yellow custom Cloud guitar created for, owned and played by Prince. The guitar was custom-made by Minneapolis luthier Kurt Nelson in the early 1990's. The neck-through guitar features a bright yellow finish, golden hardware, and cloud-inspired design to body, horn, and headstock, with a unique series of 18 black Prince symbols to fretboard and top of the neck. Included material related to its construction: Nelson's original clear plastic guitar pattern sheet, with matching Cloud outline in black felt tip; a Plexiglas cut-out of the upper body with telltale upper horn; and a yellow handkerchief given to Nelson by Paisley Park to color match with the guitar. "It's an iconic and simply gorgeous Prince-played Cloud guitar that perfectly embodies the flash and flamboyance of its legendary owner," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. Prince's iconic screen-worn ruffled shirt from Purple Rain. The custom-made white ruffled shirt worn by Prince in the iconic 1984 film Purple Rain, lavishly crafted from soft silk and featuring a gathered high-neck collar, three layers of ruffles down the front, gathered 'puffy' long sleeves, ruffled faux-French cuffs, faux pearl buttons down the front placket, and light shoulder pads. Sewn inside the neck is a purple-on-white "Prince" label. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Juanita Escovedo, the mother of Prince protege Sheila E., stating that the shirt was made for Prince during the making of Purple Rain, and was given by Prince to Sheila E. It was later sold as part of a fundraising effort. As an iconic, screen-worn shirt from the classic movie, this is a remarkable museum-quality piece. Remarkable handmade Lords jacket from Prince's wardrobe, worn in a photoshoot with Randee St. Nicholas. Prince's handmade couture jacket worn in a photoshoot, crafted from cream-colored fabric with three pairs of ornate black corded rope clasps on the front, and matching rope links…

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    Lost Bob Dylan Archives of blues musician Tony Glover headlines Marvels of Modern Music auction

    Bob Dylan January 1962 signed letter to Tony Glover, "This world is yours, take it easy but take it"— Dylan quotes his musical idol. BOSTON, MASS.-RR Auction's latest Marvels of Modern Music sale is led by the collection of blues musician and writer Tony Glover, a personal friend of Bob Dylan. Tony Glover (1939–2019) was a musician, writer, and critic, who befriended Bob Dylan in the Minneapolis coffeehouse scene where they would, on occasion, share the same stage. He was one of the few hometown friends that Dylan stayed in touch with after going to NYC. Dylan dedicated his prose-poem contribution to the 1963 Newport Folk Festival program to Glover, calling him a 'best friend in the highest form.’ Among the top items are early 1960s letters from Bob Dylan to Tony Glover; included is a Dylan signed letter to Glover from January 1962. The one-page handwritten letter thrice-signed from Bob Dylan, with the original hand-addressed mailing envelope, postmarked January 20, 1962, with Dylan striking through the 􏰀Book of the Month Club' address field and writing: "Bob Dylan, Earle Hotel, New York." Letter to blues musician Dave Glover, in part (spelling and grammar retained): "Back now in that city and thinking of all that whistling harmonica music you are making back there in that dungeon hole...Seen ol Dave Ray and sorta introduced him around. We went one time to see John Lee Hooker paying his dues to the blues at Folky City...I was up in Schenectady last week playing and singing—I spent so much money that I went in the hole and had to play an extra nite just to get back to New York... I'm a gonna take Dave Ray to see Gary Davis sometime soon—Dave then would automatically be 10 times better...If you wanna write me—send a letter to Bob Dylan—Earle Hotel—Washington Square North—New York, N.Y. That's about all for now I guess􏰃I'm starting to play poker sometimes to pass my worries away—I got about 25 dollars worth of worries now...O.K. S. B. Williamson—if you got time drop a line or something like that." Dylan concludes with a…

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    Abraham Lincoln lock of hair and historically important telegram sold for $81,250 at auction

    The hair was removed during his postmortem examination, measuring approximately 2″ long. BOSTON, MASS.- A thick lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair and a historically significant telegram sold for $81,250, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The hair was removed during his postmortem examination, measuring approximately 2″ long, and was presented to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln. The hair is mounted to an official War Department manuscript telegram sent to Dr. Todd by George H. Kinnear, his assistant in the Post Office at Lexington, Kentucky, received in Washington at 11 PM on April 14, 1865. Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd's own account of the autopsy, now preserved in an 1895 manuscript held in the Ida Tarbell collection of Lincoln papers at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, differs slightly from his son's, noting that he clipped the lock himself: "When all was over, General Hardin entered, and handed me a pair of scissors, requesting me to cut a few locks of hair for Mrs. Lincoln. I carefully cut and delivered them to General Hardin, and then secured one for myself which I have preserved as a sacred relic." In his 1937 work Why was Lincoln Murdered?, Otto Eisenschiml suggests that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton plotted to kill Lincoln due to their political and personal differences, and claims that he took steps to disrupt military communications in Washington, thus allowing John Wilkes Booth to escape. This telegram is of great historical significance, as it proves that military telegraph lines were up and running at 11 o'clock on the night of April 14. Edward Steers, Jr. cites this very telegram in refuting Eisenschmil's theory in his book Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This telegram and lock of hair was sold by Charles Hamilton through Hamilton Galleries in 1967. "When you are dealing with samples of Lincoln's hair, provenance is everything— and in this case, we know that this came from a family member who was at the President's bedside," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. "Our annual Remarkable Rarities live sale typically generates a great…

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    Chopin, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, and Brahms among fine autographs & artifacts up for auction

    Very rare, beautifully signed Chopin copyright document for a Scherzo, Piano Concerto, Grand Polonaise, and Mazurkas. Estimate: $30,000+. BOSTON, MASS.-RR Auction's August Fine Autographs & Artifacts sale features over 1,300 items, led by outstanding classical music pieces: autographs of Chopin, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, and Brahms are among the items offered. Highlights from the classical music section include; a scarce, beautifully signed Frédéric Chopin copyright document for a Scherzo, Piano Concerto, Grand Polonaise, and Mazurkas. The extremely rare one page manuscript in French signed "F. F. Chopin," August 7, 1835. Significant document recording the sale of the French copyright to the Parisian publisher Maurice Schlesinger for some of his most celebrated works. Chopin signed this agreement just as he prepared to leave Paris to visit his parents in Karlsbad for the first time since leaving Poland, a departure that marked the end of a prolific phase in his musical career. The composer here acknowledges receipt of advance payment from Maurice Schlesinger, who led one of the most important musical publishing firms in Paris. (Estimate: $30,000+) Franz Joseph exceptionally rare signed music score for 'Dr. Haydn's VI Original Canzonettas. The score for the ‘Voice with an accompaniment for the Piano-Forte,' includes a dedication to Mrs. John Hunter, 'Printed for the Author, & Sold by him at No. 1 Bury Street, St. James's, at Mess' rs Corri, Dussek & Co., Music Sellers to her Majesty, No. 67, Dean Street, Soho, & Bridge Street, Edinburgh,' no date but circa June 1794, 31 pages, signed in the lower right of the title page in bold ink, "Haydn." The score contains six songs—I. 'The Mermaids Song,' II. 'Recollection,' III. 'A Pastoral Song,' IV. 'Despair,' V.' Pleasing Pains,' and VI. 'Fidelity.' Lavishly bound with the unsigned "Second Sett of Dr. Haydn's Original Canzonettas" in quarter dark brown calf with marbled blue boards, and the spine titled in gilt. (Estimate: $20,000+) Franz Schubert extremely rare signed music score for 'Die Sterne von Leitner,' printed in Vienna in 1828, 17 pages, signed in the lower right corner of the title page in ink by Franz Schubert with his…

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    Leonid Zhabotinsky’s Olympic gold winners medal among Olympic memorabilia up for auction

    Among featured lots is an extremely rare winner's medal issued to legendary Ukrainian weightlifter Leonid Zhabotinsky at the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. BOSTON, MASS.-RR Auction is presenting a special Olympic auction representing over a century of competition with a curated selection of important memorabilia that includes Olympic torches, winner’s medals, and ephemera such as posters and pins. In celebration of Games past, RR Auction’s forthcoming Olympic Memorabilia auction will offer over 150 rare and historic artifacts commemorating the resolve and spirit of the enduring Olympic tradition. Representing over a century of competition, our curated selection is replete with Olympic torches, winner's medals, and ephemera such as posters, pins, and tickets. Among featured lots is an extremely rare winner's medal issued to legendary Ukrainian weightlifter Leonid Zhabotinsky at the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. In an athletic event that featured the world’s biggest stars, weightlifter Leonid Zhabotinsky was larger than life. Representing the Soviet Union in the heavyweight division, Zhabotinsky squared off against his archrival and Soviet teammate, Yuri Vlasov, who was determined to defend his 1960 Rome gold medal. With one lift remaining in the competition’s three events—the clean and press, the snatch, and the clean and jerk—Zhabotinsky delivered a mighty final effort, breaking his own clean and jerk record and securing his first gold medal. Four years later, at the 1968 Mexico City Games, he soundly defended his position and attained his second Olympic gold to become the first two-time Olympic champion in the men's heavyweight class. Prior to the victory, the 6-foot 3-inch and 365-pound Zhabotinsky stole the show when he marched in the opening parade: while all the other flag-bearers held their national banners with two hands, Zhabotinsky marched ahead effortlessly, gripping the 40-pound Soviet banner with only one. So inspiring was the Soviet strongman to budding weightlifters and bodybuilders the world over, that as a young Austrian teenager Arnold Schwarzenegger kept a photograph of Zhabotinsky taped over his bed. Highlighted by its luminous gold medal and prestigious, powerful recipient, this rare complete awards package…

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    Fine autographs and artifacts featuring Civil War to be auctioned

    The racing saddle of George A. Custer (Estimate: $30,000+). BOSTON, MASS.- With over 1,000 lots up for bidding, RR Auction's May Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is the biggest thus far in 2020, with online bidding through May 13. Highlights include a book boldly signed by Mao Tse-Toung; Oeuvres Choisies de Mao Tse-Toung. Tome IV [Selected Works by Mao Tse-Toung. Volume IV]. First French edition. Beijing: Editions en Langues Etrangeres, 1962. Brown leatherette hardcover with original slipcase. Prominently signed on an opening page in black ink Mao Zedong, brush-written in 1965 shortly before the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, with an extremely rare calligraphic inscription to foreign diplomat Charles Meyer. (Estimate: $300,000+) A rare handwritten letter by Sun Yat-sen, founding father and first president of the Republic of China (1866-1925). The three-page handwritten letter in English, signed "Y-S Sen," The Republic of China, President's Office letterhead, November 29, 1921. Letter to the journalist Mrs. Morton, regarding acts of humanitarian relief, photos of which he has just encountered and is sending her, along with a document explaining his recent failed Northern Expedition. He also discusses their success in raising money for humanitarian aid and for the Kuomintang party by organizing various events, such as theatre performances and a bazaar. He finishes by expressing his regret not being able to meet with her and discuss women's actions in southern China due to his departure two days later. (Estimate: $100,000+) A letter by Karl Marx concerning the publication of Das Kapital in translation.The exceedingly rare one-page handwritten letter, dated January 13, 1872. Letter to "Dear Citizen," apparently the publisher Maurice Lachâtre. (Estimate: $60,000+) A letter by Claude Monet about Queen Victoria's state funeral: the eight-page handwritten letter in French is signed "Your old man who loves you, Claude," on Savoy Hotel letterhead, February 2, 1901. The lengthy letter to his wife Alice, commenting on the funeral of Queen Victoria (which he had observed earlier that day), meeting the writer Henry James, and attending a dinner hosted by John Singer Sargent at a house once occupied by James McNeil Whistler. (Estimate: $20,000+) A battlefield message from the…