Space Memorabilia Collection Auctioned for $678,983

RR Auction Items: Leon Fords space memorabilia items sell for $678,983 Leon Ford, who passed away in 2014, had amassed a massive collection of space memorabilia. In total, 93 items sold at auction for an astounding $678,983. Items ranged from small oddities on famous NASA missions to astronaut  autographs and spaceship parts. Some large items of note are : a backpack strap Charles Conrad wore on the lunar surface during his Apollo 12 moonwalks ($62,500), a signed personal preference kit belonging to one Buzz Aldrin ($50,000), and Al Worden’s Apollo 15 flown flag patch ($27,500). To see more of the items sold Read More

RR Auction Sues Michael Johnson for Defamation, 14 Other Counts

On June 2nd, RR Auction sued Michael Johnson alleging 15 counts, including business defamation, abusive litigation practices, false light invasion of privacy, interference with contractual relationships, misappropriation of RR Auction’s marks and trade name, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and cybersquatting. Johnson previously attempted to file a class-action lawsuit against RR Auction but was denied when no one else filed with him. After failing to obtain a class-action status, Johnson continued the lawsuit on his own. To learn more about this case please visit AutographMagazine.com..

Ringo Starr Worn Jacket from “Help!”

RR Auction Item: Ringo Starr’s Jacket Worn in the 1965 Beatles’ Movie “Help!” Ringo’s Jacket won’t need much assistance in finding bidders noted Bobby Livingston Executive VP at RR Auction. The double-breasted jacket goes up for auction July 16 through July 23 and is expected to bring anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 according to Livingston. An  A D.A. Millings & Sons label can be seen sewn inside the inner right pocket  marked ‘Ringo’. Additionally, the words  ‘Ringo No. 1.’ is marked on the upper lining of the right sleeve by an unknown hand. Adding to its value, the Jacket also has an appearance in the Fab Read More

Jim Morrison Signed Contract

RR Auction Item: Contract shows Jim Morrison got $2.50 clothing allowance Up for Auction a contract signed by Jim Morrison for his appearance on American Bandstand in 1967. The contract totaling $210, allotted Jim Morrison a $2.50 clothing allowance for the performance. This item it part of the Marvels of Modern ­Music Auction from RR Auction. Executive VP Bobby Livingston of RR Auction estimates that the contract will sell for anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000. Other auction items include a leather jacket worn by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr in “Help!”, a custom-designed Hamer guitar of Johnny Ramone’s, and an early press photograph of a smiling Janis Read More

Signed Buzz Aldrin Bible

RR Auction Item: Buzz Aldrin Signed Bible Given to Guenter Wendt Your chance to own a piece of NASA history. Up for auction a signed bible by Buzz Aldrin. The bible was given as a gift to Guenter Wendt, the pad leader of Apollo 11. Just prior to launch, atop Pad 39A’s 320-foot level White Room on July 16, 1969, Aldrin gifted the Bible to Wendt. Later while on the moon, Aldrin observed communion with the help of his pastor who had provided him with a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. These would be the first items of food Read More

Letter from Gustav Klimt to Hermann Bahr

RR Auction Item: Untranslated Letter from  Gustav Klimt to Hermann Bahr Letter from Gustav Klimt to playwright and journalist Hermann Bahr, in the original German. Klimt and Bahr formed a friendship based on a uniting passion: moving the Austrian cultural scene away from the academicism and conservatism of the Vienna Kunstlerhaus. Freeing Austrian art from these constraints, they believed, would enable the creation and celebration of art free from social and political impositions. Klimt and Bahr became leading figures in the Vienna Secession, a group of Austrian artists dedicated to these goals. Klimt served as its first president in 1897, and Read More

Ansel Adams and Victor Hasselblad Letters

RR Auction Items: Up for auction are nearly forty letters between two pioneers of modern photography — Ansel Adams and Victor Hasselblad. Adams, one of the most celebrated and groundbreaking photographers of the 20st century, and Hasselblad, a major producer of many of the cameras Adams utilized during the latter part of his career, were close colleagues and collaborated on a number of notable projects. The letters, which span nearly three decades, include Adams describing to Hasselblad his famous shots of Yosemite National Park. Though many models were available at the time, Adams preferred Hasselblad’s line of cameras during the Read More

Rene Magritte Sketch Drawing

RR Auction: Signed Sketch Drawing Dated 1946 – Rene Magritte – Fine Condition with Even Tone This highly desirable and one-of-a-kind art piece is now on auction for sale to the highest bidder.  An artistic gem from Rene Magritte’s “Le coup de grace” study, this hand-drawn fountain pen & pencil sketch depicts an interior scene with a large painting hanging on the wall. Drawn on an off-white, 4×5 sketchbook page dated August 26, [1946], this unique sketch is titled “Le coup de grace” and signed in the lower border with “Magritte” in pencil. Mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size Read More

Winston Churchill Collection

RR Auction: Winston Churchill Collection of Items from May 1951 The item for auction is an exceptional collection of letters, telegrams, and documents that once belonged to one, Winston Churchill, concerning the arrangements for a trip to America in May of 1951. Winston Churchill’s was to speak at a bicentennial celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s founding of the University of Pennsylvania’s library. Churchill suddenly canceled the speech due to widespread controversy in the U.S. At the time, President Truman had just relieved General Douglas MacArthur from his command in Korea on April 11. Winston Churchill did not want to intervene with Read More

Emperor Hirohito Signed Document

RR Auction: Signed Document by Hirohito as Emperor of Japan Up for auction is a one page uncommon DS in its original Japanese, singed by Hirohito as Emperor of Japan. This 23x 17.75 document was signed on July 29, 1928 while Hirohito Ruled as Emperor. Hirohito was the 124th emperor or Japan ruling from 1926 to his death in 1989. Having spent nearly 65 years on the throne Hirohito holds the longest imperial reign in Japanese history. In this untranslated document the Emperor of Japan confers the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers upon Henri Jasper, the Prime Read More