Signed book: Dali’s Mustache. Later printing. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1954. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 126 pages. Signed and inscribed on the front pastedown and free end page in ink, “Pour Robert Schwarz, Hommage tres amiable de Salvador Dali, 1955.” Dali embellishes these pages with several sketches, including a lighthouse overlooking a sea full of sailboats, two figures running along the beach with outstretched arms, two figures fishing in front of a building, an ant, and a moon. Autographic condition: fine, with light toning near the joint and trivial soiling at the bottom edge. Book condition: VG-/None. Schwartz was an American immigration official who handled the cases of VIPs, including Dali. A magnificent sketch and whimsically penned inscription by the famed surrealist, written inside a book sought-after in itself as a humorous collaboration between Dali and famed photographer Philippe Halsman. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Exceptional glossy 6.25 x 8 composite photo of Kennedy bordered by images of his cabinet, presented in an off-white 11 x 13.5 mat, signed on the mat in fountain pen by all pictured: John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Robert S. McNamara, Dean Rusk, Orville L. Freeman, Luther H. Hodges, C. Douglas Dillon, Stewart L. Udall, Arthur J. Goldberg, Abraham A. Ribicoff, and J. Edward Day. Includes the original letter of transmittal by Priscilla Wear from the president’s office on White House letterhead, dated January 26, 1961, just six days after Kennedy’s inauguration. Archivally double-matted and framed with the letter to an overall size of 15.75 x 27.75. Professionally restored tears to mat (including a repaired vertical tear at the bottom of the mat passing through the second letter of JFK’s last name), and various creases and wrinkles to the mat, otherwise fine condition. Kennedy had been inaugurated on January 20, giving a speech now famous for the line, ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,’ and formally nominated his cabinet later that day. On the 21st, he hosted the swearing-in of his cabinet, comprised by a mixture of experienced and inexperienced public officials. Featuring the scarce combination of the president and his full cabinet, this remarkable piece was signed at a definitive moment in American political history. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Desirable ballpoint signature, “Jimi Hendrix,” on an off-white 6 x 4 album page with a collector’s notation along the top edge dating the signature to May 9, 1967. In fine condition, with light scattered creasing and several tiny surface impressions (trivially affecting the signature). Consignor notes that the signature was obtained at a Variety Club luncheon at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Crisp personal check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Armstrong, “N. A. Armstrong,” payable to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy for $50, December 5, 1987. Ink notation written in another hand in the memo field. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli
This is a classic style drum canteen with wooden staves bound by strap iron bands. The canteen is 7.5″ in diameter and 2.25″ thick with a separately carved wood spout. We do not know the type of wood, but the color is great with the sides being a dark reddish-brown with some black striping. One side has a 2.25″ crack at the edge that is tight with no missing wood. The iron straps have a dark patina with even light pitting and one of the three retaining loops for a carry strap is missing. One side of the canteen is neatly carved “CHS. F. WALDRON / CO. C. 24TH REGT. ME. VOLS / PORT HUDSON, / L.A. / JULY 8TH, 1863.” Included information from internet databases indicates that Charles F. Waldron of Canaan, Maine, was 20 years old when he enlisted as a sergeant in ‘C’ Co., 24th Maine Infantry, on October 13, 1862. This was a nine-month regiment that served in Louisiana. The regiment participated in the entire siege of the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson during May and June of 1863. Battle casualties were almost nil, however 190 officers and men died of disease in the few short months they were in the south. The regiment left Port Hudson on July 24, 1863 (only a few days after the inscription on this canteen, perhaps accounting for the wonderful condition, as Sergeant Waldron took it directly home). The regiment arrived in Augusta, Maine, on August 6 and mustered out of service on August 25, 1863. A custom wood display stand is included. An excellent addition to any Civil War collection.
Superbly displayed assemblage of three of the most sought-after confederate generals, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and J. E. B. Stuart, including: an ALS signed “R. E. Lee,” one page, April 18, 1869, in full: “Your dispatch rec’d. If my health will permit I will accompany the delegation of the Vally [sic] R. R. Comp’y to Baltimore”; a rare ink signature, “T. J. Jackson, Prof. Nat & Exp. Phil and Instructor of Arty. VMI”; and an ink signature, “Very Resp’y, J. E. B. Stuart, Brig Genl Com’d’g.” Excellently double-cloth matted and framed with an image and small plaque to an overall size of 26.25 x 26.25. Show-through from docketing notations to reverse of the Lee (affecting only the date), show-through from adhesive to the reverse of the Jackson (affecting only his title), and light overall show-through from writing to the reverse of the Stuart. A magnificent display of the great Confederate generals. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Civil War–dated handwritten endorsement, signed as president, “A. Lincoln,” dated September 27, 1864, penned on the reverse of the second integral page of a letter written to him by Henry Janney, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, September 27, 1864. Lincoln’s autograph endorsement, in full: “I would like for Mr. Janney, whom I know to be one of our best men, to be obliged in this matter, Will the Sec. of War please see and hear Mr. Janney?” Janney’s original letter, in full: “I most respectfully request that my son Joseph J. Janney Orderly Sergeant of Co. C. Purnill Legion Md Volunteers 2nd Brigade 2nd Division 5th Cong. Army Potomac, be ordered to Washington on special duty.” Beneath Lincoln’s endorsement, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton refuses the request, writing: “There is no special duty to which he could be assigned.” In fine condition, with a trivial brush to a single letter of Lincoln’s endorsement, Janney’s writing light but legible, and three small mounting remnants to edges of the page with Janney’s letter. Originally purchased from noted dealer Robert Batchelder and accompanied by a large packet of information about the Janney family, including photocopies of Joseph J. Janney’s Civil War pension record.
Animated cartoons have formed a large part of many childhoods. From Saturday morning cartoons to today's computer-animated blockbusters, the art form has been entertaining and inspiring people for generations. While modern day cartoons run the gamut and even appeal largely to adults, the big names, such as Walt Disney and Warner Bros., tend to dominate most people's view of what animation means, but in fact the history of the form stretches far into the past, centuries before even film was invented.
Animation before film
Early forms of animation came from mechanical devices. The first known example of animation was the magic lantern, a device that could project images onto the wall of a dark room using a candle. When innovators added moving slides to the translucent images being projected, they turned the contraption into the world's first animation projector. Even more astonishing than the clever way that its inventors coaxed animation from such simple concepts is when the magic lantern was used. The earliest known examples of the strange device date back to the 17th century.
The first cartoons
Modern animation was born in 1908, when "Fantasmagorie," which is widely considered to be the first animated film, was released. The bizarre animation comprised scenes of a simple drawn figure interacting with transforming shapes and objects. Many other cartoons followed in this vein, each little more than an experiment in a new medium. In 1914, Winsor McCay produced an animation called "Gertie the Dinosaur," which set a new standard for the craft.
Gertie, the film's titular heroine, was invested with a personality, rather than just moving through a series of unrelated scenes. McCay was a showman first and foremost, and he set up screenings of his work so that he could interact with the onscreen Gertie, starting the show with a whip crack and speaking to the dinosaur at various points in the story. Though Gertie secured McCay's place in the history of film, in popular culture he is best remembered for his newspaper comic, "Little Nemo," which itself was a genre-defining work.
Major studio debuts
Though "Gertie the Dinosaur" still holds up from a technical standpoint, with its smooth animation and attention to detail, the art form would not reach its full potential for about another decade. When Walt Disney opened his studio in 1923, he was likely unaware that he would change the course of an entire medium. Disney's films were like nothing seen before, with well-developed characters, lush illustrations and moving storylines. As early as 1928, Disney's "Steamboat Willie" short brought him success, but it was in 1937, with the release of the first animated feature film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," that Disney became a household name.
While Disney and the animators at his studio turned their attention to features, the artists at Warner Bros. Cartoons focused on mastering the short. The iconic characters that they created, most famously Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, were quick-witted and often violent, while Disney's characters tended to be more innocent and kind-hearted. This divide between children's cartoons and those with a more adult, satirical bent, still informs the animation being created today.
This August, a vast collection of animation art is available for bid. From the birth of the animated film to the modern cartoon, the nearly 500-piece lot charts the evolution of a fascinating medium.
Taking place in 1945, near the end of the Pacific War, the Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the most important conflicts between the U.S. and Japan during World War II. It has also become one of the most famous battles of the war, due in part to the well-known photograph, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima."
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Just 700 miles from Tokyo, Iwo Jima represented an important step in the U.S. military's progress toward Japan. Due to the island's proximity to the mainland, Japanese defenders fought especially fiercely during the battle for the territory. In fact, the fight to secure the island was the only battle fought by the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II that saw more casualties on the American side than the Japanese side. Nearly 7,000 American troops were killed and almost 20,000 more were wounded, for a total of around 26,000 casualties to Japan's nearly 22,000.
Despite the resistance put up by the island's defenders, the U.S. was able to capture it after a long battle. On February 23, more than a month before Iwo Jima was officially captured, two flag raisings occurred that are said to have galvanized American troops and would later serve as a symbol for the battle, the war and the U.S. Marine Corps. The first took place at 10:20 that morning. Troops were dispatched to climb the 546-foot Mount Suribachi and plant a flag on top. They were successful and Sargeant Lou Lowery captured an image of the flag being raised before Japanese fighters drove him off. The raising of the flag was said to have inspired the troops weary from battle below.
Two flags raised on the island
That same afternoon, a second patrol was sent to claim the mountain with a larger flag. Again succeeding in their mission, the six men who hoisted the flag were photographed by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press in what has become one of the most iconic images of all time. Unfortunately, not all of the men in the photo would make it off the island. Cpl. Harlon Block, Pfc. Franklin Sousley and Sgt. Michael Strank were killed before the Battle of Iwo Jima ended.
The three living servicemen, Navy Pharmacist's Mate John Bradley, Cpl. Rene Gagnon and Cpl. Ira Hayes, returned home as heroes. An illustration based on Rosenthal's photo of the men would be used to advertise the 7th War Loan campaign, which raised more money for the war effort – $7 billion – than any other loan drive.
After seeing the photograph, Felix de Weldon was inspired to create a sculpture of it. The three surviving men who helped raise the flag posed for the sculpture and photographs of the men who had been killed in action were used to ensure that they were modeled properly. Once Weldon's work was done, it took nearly three years to create a cast of the sculpture. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the statue as the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
Part of military history
A rare color print of the Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph is now up for auction. Signed by the three men who helped to raise the flag and survived the Battle of Iwo Jima, the photo is a one-of-a-kind item. This unique piece of signed memorabilia is in good condition, with some fading to its color. Small creases and tears also appear on the top edge of the photograph, which could be matted out.
Bidding on this historical item is open now through July 16 at RR Auction.
Paul Revere is best known for the famed midnight ride that he took to alert the American colonies of the arrival of the British Army. However, the alarm-raising journey was far from his first contribution to colonial life. Revere had many talents and many vocations during his life, including dentistry and copper plate engraving, and he even founded the nation's first intelligence agency.
But Revere's primary trade was silversmithing, and to this day his work remains some of the most sough-after silver in the world. Some of Revere's pieces can be found in museum collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Revere was able to infuse his revolutionary spirit even into some of his silverwork. His Sons of Liberty Bowl, currently held by the Boston MFA, was created in honor of the 92 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives who supported a protest of the Townshend Act by colonists. The act put a new tax on many commodities, most famously tea. Its enactment and the outrage that it sparked are seen today as major contributors to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
While the Sons of Liberty Bowl was both a political statement and a decorative piece, much of Revere's work was more practical. As he made his living crafting silverware, most of his income came from custom work commissioned by other colonists. Now, a spoon crafted by Paul Revere is up for auction. Originally created for Daniel and Mary Turner Sargent, a successful merchant couple, the handcrafted tablespoon bears the monogram DMS, standing for the couple, and Revere's own name stamped on the reverse side. The spoon was originally commissioned in August of 1783, just one week before the Revolutionary War ended with the singing of the Treaty of Paris.
After the war, Revere found success in business, opening a hardware store and a foundry, among other enterprises. Throughout his post-war career, Revere crafted over 900 church bells, one of which is still contained in the tower of King's Chapel in Boston. Also in the city is the USS Constitution, for which Revere contributed materials.
Before the auction, this piece belonged to George Gebelstein's collection of historical artifacts. Gebelein was an admirer of Revere's work and an accomplished silversmith himself. Some of Gebelein's own work is also housed by the Boston MFA.
Bids on Revere's spoon are being accepted now through July 16 at RR Auction.