Schindler’s List production made ring

Rare and cinematically significant production-made ring from the 1993 Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. The ring is inscribed in the inside in Hebrew (translated): “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the film’s property master, Batia Grafka, in full: “This is a production made ring for use by Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s list.” Also included is a photocopy of an August 5, 1993, fax between Dave Morino and Tiffany & Co., presenting two different fonts of the ring’s inscription, and asking for confirmation of the spelling. In fine condition.

Beatles Vintage blue ballpoint signatures and inscription

Vintage blue ballpoint signatures and inscription, “To Janice, love from the Beatles, George Harrison,” and “John Lennon,” and in black ballpoint, “Ringo Starr xxx,” on an off-white 2.5 x 4.5 lightly-lined pocket address book page. Page is affixed to 3.5 x 4.5 off-white album page. Some scattered stray ink marks and some light show-through from a signature on reverse, otherwise fine condition. Signatures were originally obtained following a concert at the Granada in Mansfield, England, on March 26, 1963. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.

Theodore Roosevelt Signed Photo in his Rough Riders cavalry uniform

Spectacular matte-finish 15.5 x 19.5 photo of Roosevelt in his Rough Riders cavalry uniform, affixed to its original 18 x 23.5 mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in bold black ink as president, “To Captain John Means Thompson 9th Regiment N.G.N.Y. With the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt Sept. 7th 1907.” Archivally matted and framed with UV protective glass to an overall size of 28.5 x 34.5. In fine condition, with some professional touch-ups to black background and a few trivial spots to the mount. This amazing photograph of Roosevelt standing tall in his Rough Riders uniform is inscribed to a captain in another division that saw heavy action during the Spanish-American War. Signed as president with the affection of one soldier to another, this striking photo captures the heart of Roosevelt as ‘The Colonel’ and is arguably the finest we have encountered. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

Marilyn Monroe Two Page Agreement with 20th Century Fox

DS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, June 5, 1952. An agreement between 20th Century Fox and Monroe concerning adjustments in Monroe’s compensation schedule under her original 1950 agreement with the studio. In part: “Pursuant to your request to have your salary pro-rated over the balance of Option (a) of your contract, this will confirm our mutual understanding…Please understand that this arrangement is for your convenience only, and in no way affects your original contract, nor does it affect any additional monies due you.” Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Monroe and countersigned by Paymaster A. W. DeWeese.” In fine condition, with expected document wear.

Apollo 12 Flown Trans Lunar Injection Checklist

Flown single-sided Trans Lunar Injection (TLI) checklist used on board the Apollo 12 mission, 2.5 x 9.5, listing steps and checks necessary to prepare for the translunar injection, with several check marks and a few in-flight notations by Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean. Three small Velcro swatches are affixed to the reverse. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Apollo 12 CMP Richard Gordon and LMP Alan Bean, in full: “Flown with Conrad, Gordon, and Bean aboard Yankee Clipper to the Moon, November, 1969. Trans Lunar (TLI) Checklist used just prior to transposition and docking to extract the Lunar Module from the Saturn IVB, With LMP notations.” The Leon Ford Collection. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

Uninscribed Apollo 11 Crew Lithograph

Choice uninscribed official color 10 x 8 NASA lithograph of the Apollo 11 crew posing in their white space suits against a lunar background, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, in black felt tip by Buzz Aldrin, and in blue ballpoint by Michael Collins. In fine condition, with a couple trivial bends to background. Apollo 11 uninscribed photos represent one of the most coveted prizes of space autograph collecting, with this being a particularly appealing example. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

John Young’s Apollo 16 Flown Robbins Medal


Flown sterling silver Apollo 16 Robbins medal, approximately 1.5″ in diameter, with a raised design of the Apollo 16 mission insignia on the face and engraved on the reverse with the launch date of April 16, 1972, moon landing date of April 20, 1972, and return date of April 27, 1972. The medal is serial numbered “96” on the edge. Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the mission commander John Young, in full: “I hereby certify that Apollo 16 Robbins Medal, serial number 96, was flown to the moon with me aboard Apollo 16 April 16–27, 1972, and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” This is the second scarcest medallion in the Robbins Series, with just 98 that were flown. In the hierarchy of desirability, a flown Robbins Medallion from a member of the crew who flew it, is most desirable—especially one is such beautiful condition.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

Wally Schirra’s Apollo-Soyuz Flown 10K Gold Robbins Medal

Exceedingly rare flown Apollo-Soyuz Test Project 10K gold Robbins medal, approximately 1.25″ in diameter, with a raised design of the ASTP mission insignia on the face and engraved on the reverse with the launch date of July 15, 1975, and landing date of July 24, 1975. The medal is serial numbered “8F” on the edge and includes its matching original case, numbered “008F.” This example also has a special engraved Project Mercury insignia at the top of the reverse side, which is not found on the typically seen sterling silver ASTP Robbins medals. Condition is mint state, with some light surface spotting. From the collection of Wally Schirra and accompanied by a letter of provenance from his daughter, in part: “The flown 10K Gold Robbins Medallioin (#008F)…came from the personal collection of my father, Astronaut Wally Schirra. Long time friend and colleague, Deke Slayton presented it to him following his successful ASTP flight.” An exceptionally rare Robbins desirably connecting a pair of pioneering Mercury astronauts.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

Hank Williams Signed Record Men with Broken Hearts

American singer-songwriter (1923–1953) known for his tremendous influence on country and folk music. Scarce 78 rpm MGM record for ‘Men with Broken Hearts,’ signed on the label in ink, “Best wishes, Hank Williams.” Attractively double-matted and framed with a portrait of Williams to an overall size of 17 x 28. In fine condition, with a few scratches to the record and label and the signature a shade light. This record was released in 1951 under the pseudonym Luke the Drifter, which Williams began using the previous year for his religious recordings. These songs were characterized by an unusual narrative vocal style rather than singing, and Williams had adopted the alias so as not to hurt the marketability of his name. Although ‘Luke the Drifter’ was supposed to be anonymous, Williams often performed some of the material. A highly desirable, scarce format from the country-western legend. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA and a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. The James Collings Collection.

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Court Rejects Class Action Lawsuit Against RR Auction

March 15, 2015 by 

Boston memorabilia house RR Auction emerged victorious from a Santa Barbara, California courtroom Friday, when an attempt to bring a class action lawsuit against the company failed the basic tests; including that no one wanted to join the lawsuit.

Superior Court Judge Donna Geck shot down the attempt by Michael Johnson and his lawyer, Dugan Kelley of Christman Kelley & Clarke, to certify the class action in a tentative ruling posted two days before. Johnson’s lawyers didn’t object to the Court’s ruling during the March 13 hearing that lasted only a few minutes.

RR Auction VP Robert Livingston said they spent 2 1/2 years defending themselves against a man Livingston calls a serial litigator who filed a frivolous lawsuit. Someone he claims was once looking to set up a competing autograph business.

Prior Law Firm Sued

Johnson is also suing the first law firm that represented him in this case for malpractice, McCarthy & Kroes, alleging negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, declaratory relief and financial elder abuse.

Among Johnson’s allegations in the suit against his former law firm is that “…the Defendant [McCarthy & Kroes] pled causes of action that were frivolous, untenable, and contrary to California law (e.g. unjust enrichment) thereby driving up the costs, fees, and adding further delay to a case that should have proceeded expeditiously.

“That’s one thing Johnson and we agree on,” said Livingston.

$130,000…or $9,610?

Johnson claims that over $130,000 in autographs he purchased from RR were not authentic, although in his January 30, 2015 declaration he lists only 12 signed items from RR that he sent to authenticators and were rejected, for which he paid $8,008 plus 20% commission ($9,610). Johnson claimed that based on those 12, the authenticator, PSA/DNA, determined that all of the autographs he purchased from RR were forgeries.

Autographs Not Returned

In their filings, RR claims that they were ready to honor their lifetime guarantee of authenticity and refund Johnson’s money, even though they believe the 12 items are actually genuine. But Johnson did not return the autographs to RR so they could issue refunds.

Johnson does not dispute that. In Paragraphs 14 & 15 of his March 6, 2015 declaration, Johnson states:

14. Also, Defendant claims that I somehow did not meet a condition of the guarantee because I allegedly did not return the items to RR Auction. But this argument is also misleading. RR Auction’s “guarantee” between 2008 and 2012 did not state a buyer had to return an autographed item that was found to be a forgery to RR Auction before a refund is due. Nor did the RR guarantee between 2008 and 2012 require a buyer who purchased an autographed item from RR Auction that was later found to be a forgery to send the item(s) first to RR Auction before that buyer could get a refund. Instead, the RR Auction guarantee stated that RR Auction, “may ask the buyer to provide documentation” from the third party authenticator who deemed the autographed a forgery.

15. Nor did RR Auction’s guarantee state between 2008 and 2012 that RR Auction or any of its employees or owners had to physically see or inspect the items first before a refund was given that buyer. Similarly, RR Auction’s guarantee did not state that Defendant had to “determine” or “verify” that the forged item the buyer was requesting a refund on was purchased from RR Auction as a condition precedent to honoring the guarantee.

He is the first person in RR’s history, the company says, to demand a refund while also refusing to return the goods in question.

Johnson set up a website for the lawsuit last fall,, to try to get other California clients of RR to join the class action. He posted the deposition videos of R&R managers, something rarely done in active lawsuits, and an ever-growing list of people whose video depositions he threatened to take, including Autograph magazine’s publisher and community manager of Autograph Magazine Live, Steven Cyrkin.

Johnson’s pleadings claimed that at least 1,000 Californians purchased autographs from RR between 2008-2012 and were potential members of the class. It turns out there were only 393. Twelve of them had contacted RR with authenticity concerns during that period. All 9 who asked a refund under the guarantee got one.

In February Things Got a Little Weird

On February 6 of this year, Johnson’s lawyer Dugan Kelley started to email settlement demands to R&R attorney, Keith Attlesey, threatening to go to the national press, including The Boston Globe, ESPN and The New York Daily News, if RR Auction didn’t settle for $1,250,000 within a week.

The settlement demands escalated weekly, and were scheduled to increase to $5 million before the March 13 hearing to certify the class action.

In a February 24 email to Attlesey, stating that the then-settlement demand of $2,750,000 would expire in three days, Kelley wrote “I have recently come into information bearing on criminal activity as well.”

Livingston calls the emails “litigation by extortion.”

On March 6, Kelley filed a 119-page declaration that entered as evidence hearsay statements from a 2008 affidavit by former RR employee Karen Burris accusing RR of fraud. What Kelley didn’t reveal was that Burris wrote the affidavit after R&R fired her when they discovered that she and her husband, William Burris, had embezzled what would turn out to be more than $450,000 from the company between 2004-2008. R&R filed a police report within a few days after her firing.

Karen Burris committed suicide shortly thereafter. RR Auction eventually settled their lawsuit against Burris’ husband and the police ended their investigation after he paid back a portion of the money.

In the same pleading, Kelley also attached a New York Daily News article about William Boehm, an IT specialist hired by RR to maintain their software. Boehm recently pled guilty to lying to the FBI while employed at an unrelated company, Mastro Auctions, in Chicago. Kelley also added 64 pages from that case into evidence.

“It mattered little to Dugan Kelley that his “information” didn’t supply a scintilla of evidence that RR had engaged in criminal behavior, beyond the hearsay, inadmissible allegations Karen Burris made as a bargaining chip after she was caught,” said Livingston.

Livingston calls the whole lawsuit a set-up. “Johnson clearly wasn’t interested in just a refund.”

Johnson has filed nine different civil actions over the last 25 years, including suing his sister and brother-in-law.

While he could continue the lawsuit against RR on his own, Johnson has lost the ability for it to be class action. Judge Geck ruled that even if there were other aggrieved parties, each memorabilia item is different and authenticated differently, and therefore it would be up to individuals to file suit. A class action needs a similar product and a similar problem to go forth.

RR’s attorney filed objections during the hearing to the Burris and Boehm pleadings, in expectation of a Johnson appeal.

Asked about the outcome, one of Johnson’s other lawyers, Matthew Clarke, expressed disappointment but said “Mr. Johnson is dedicated to the case.”

The law firm later sent out a press release, stating that “In spite of the Court’s ruling on class certification, Mr. Johnson and his attorneys, Christman, Kelley & Clarke PC, are moving forward with Mr. Johnson’s lawsuit against R&R Auction.”

But RR Auction was relieved after hearing Judge Geck’s ruling. A troublesome chapter in its history has ended.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” said Keith Attlesey after the decision. “It puts to rest a lot of attacks that Johnson and others have made against RR Auction’s sterling reputation.”


Article is courtesy of Autograph Magazine