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Roullet et Decamps Automaton of the Dancer Loie Fuller

Roullet et Decamps Automaton of the Dancer Loie Fuller, with bisque socket head impressed 2, closed mouth, fixed brown feathered eyes, pierced ears, chestnut hair wig, bisque shoulder plate and forearms, dancing on the tip of a papier-mâché moon with articulated eye and darting tongue, the going-barrel movement playing two waltzes (on one revolution) and causing Loie to pirouette on her right leg, balancing with her left, bending at the waist and turning her head, while the moon rolls his eye and sticks out his tongue, sometimes to her face and sometimes behind her back, in pale pink silk costume decorated with flowers and glass beads, lace underskirt and Eau de Nil satin slippers, ht. 24 in., (professionally restored overall). Note: Inspired by the American dancer Marie Louise (Loie) Fuller, this piece was a combination of the fin de siecle interest in dance, movement and the moon that particularly attracted French automata makers. The three major late 19th century Parisian makers, Gustave and Henri Vichy, Roullet et Decamps, and Leopold Lambert, all produced their own versions of the moon theme, and all three also pursued their own interpretation of the graceful dancer. Born in the Chicago suburb of Fullersburg, Illinois, in 1862, Loie began her career as a child actress and later choreographed and performed her own dances in burlesque and circus shows. She was well-known in Europe for her floating silk costumes and dramatic theatrical lighting techniques, particularly in Paris where she was a regular performer at the Folies Bergeres, with acts such as the Fire Dance and Salome. Although Roullet et Decamps catalogues advertised automata based on celebrities of the day, for example Little Titch, or Paula and Nala Damajanti imortalized as the Snake Charmer, these portrait pieces seem to have been produced in very limited quantities, and possibly only on commission. Literature: Bailly, Automata, the Golden Age, p. 309 for the maker's catalogue description of this piece.

  • USAUSA
  • 2006-07-29
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1922 babe ruth multi-signed contract amendment

Of all the larger than life athletes that dominated the roaring twenties -- Red Grange, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, Man o' War -- none was bigger than Babe Ruth. In Ruth, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert had both a player of unrivaled ability and a gate attraction unmatched in the history of American spectator sports. He also had a manchild whose gargantuan appetites, charisma, and ego kept the media scurrying in the wake of his latest generosities and indiscretions. Of Ruth’s constant carousing, roommate Ping Bodie once famously quipped, "I don't room with him. I room with his suitcase." In April of 1922, the Yankees signed Babe Ruth to a three-year contract for a salary of $52,000 per year. The odd salary figure was reached based on Ruth’s simplistic desire to receive the round sum of $1,000 per week. Though it was the highest salary for a ballplayer up to that time, and equal to about 40 percent of the entire Yankees payroll, owner Jacob Ruppert was happy to oblige. However, the 1922 season would see Ruth’s excessive behavior come to a head. The late nights and the Babe’s unbridled gluttony took its toll on Ruth physically, while his notorious disregard for authority resulted in dissention throughout the club. Ruth's health and his continued defiance of manager Miller Huggins resulted in fines and even a suspension. The same Ruth who would happily spend hours of free time with needy children was ejected from games for feuding with umpires and regularly engaging in heated exchanges with heckling fans. Ruth, who was used to being the fan favorite, began hearing boos. His stats plummeted, dropping him to third in homers (with thirty-five) and out of the top five for RBI's (with ninety-nine). Given all this, the Yankees still managed to hold onto their American League crown and prepared for a rematch against the defending World Champion New York Giants. The Yankees were dispatched in five games. Ruth’s miseries continued, with Giants pitching holding baseball's greatest slugger to two hits in seventeen at-bats for a .118 average in the series. The Bambino had hit a low point, personally and professionally. Soon after the season ended Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert took drastic action. The result was this five-page amendment to Ruth’s contract that was drafted and signed on November 13, 1922. In the season prior Ruth had been fined a grand total of $9,000 by the team, which had been deducted from his salary. The amendment allowed Ruth to be repaid that amount along with establishing a revised pay schedule based on defined “regulations” which Ruth had to abide by. Among these outlined in the offered document include abstaining entirely from the use of intoxicating liquors and not staying up past 1:00 am. Both Ruppert and Ruth have initialed the first, second, and fourth pages in black ink (“GHR”, averaging 8/10). The document has been signed on the final page in black ink by “Geo. H. Ruth” (9/10), and “Jacob Ruppert” (8/10). It has been notarized and features several handwritten changes throughout. There are slight tears along the fold lines, otherwise the contract is in excellent condition. Its original envelope is included. The impact of this historic maneuver on the part of Ruppert is legion. The following season marked the opening of Yankees Stadium. A revitalized Bambino christened “The House That Ruth Built” with a historic home run on opening day of baseball's grand cathedral. He would go on to enjoy his finest season In 1923, hitting .393, with 41 homers and 131 RBI on his way toward winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award. In their brand new stadium (which featured crowds in excess of 62,000 and over $1 million dollars in ticket sales) Babe Ruth led the Yankees to a division title by sixteen games. He also exorcised his post-season demons carrying the Yankees to a World Series title, hitting three home runs, a triple, a double and two singles while batting .368 in a six game series over the Giants. This historic document represents a critical turning point, if not salvation, of the most prolific career in sports history. LOA: PSA/DNA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-06-10
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1927 babe ruth and lou gehrig signed barnstorming photograph

This famous photograph captures the two great sluggers together during their heralded barnstorming tour following the 1927 season.  Ruth and Gehrig were all smiles, as they toured the country in the wake of the greatest season enjoyed by any team in baseball history. The "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin Lou's" tour was wildly successful and provided fans in cities without major league teams a rare opportunity to see the great Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in action. A largely profitable trip, it is said that Gehrig earned more on these barnstorming trips than he made while playing for the Yankees. This photo was a promotional item distributed in conjunction with the tour, and a popular vehicle for obtaining the duos coveted signatures. This photo has been generally regarded as the finest known dual signed example. It is rare among the population of signed "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin Lou's" photos seen in the marketplace to find non-personalized examples, signed by both Ruth and Gehrig. Furthermore, because most were originally obtained by children, they commonly show extensive handling wear and soiling. This photo remains remarkably clean and bright, with superb image quality.  The actual signatures of Ruth and Gehrig are boldly rendered (each 9/10) beneath their pre-printed facsimile inscriptions. A faint vertical crease in the upper right quadrant is visible upon close inspection, and only a trace amount of wear and foxing is mostly relegated to the margins. LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2006-06-24
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Outstanding 1966 mickey mantle h&b game used bat

Mickey Mantle was a star from the start, parlaying a talent for the game and boyish good looks into iconic status. In spite of a series of devastating injuries, Mantle accumulated a long list of impressive accomplishments, finishing his 18-year career with 536 home runs and a .298 batting average. The switch-hitting "Commerce Comet" won three MVP awards and a Triple Crown (1956). He contributed to 12 pennants and seven World Series titles in his first 14 seasons while establishing numerous World Series records, including most home runs (18). The offered bat is Mantle’s Hillerich & Bradsby signature model P104 (stamped on knob) used by the slugger to belt his titanic home runs near the end of his career. Factory records pinpoint the bats period of service to 1966. Measuring 35" at a weight of 31.8 oz., it features distinctive characteristics tantamount to a thumbprint for known Mantle gamers from this era. This includes the perfect placement of pine tar, a fading #7 on the knob, deeply embedded ball stitch marks all over the barrel, and tremendous overall usage wear. Among the glowing assessment of the bat in the accompanying LOA provided by MEARS, it is described as having “The finest amount of game use possible on a Mickey Mantle bat”. In spite of the glorious evidence of use, the bat remains uncracked. PSA/DNA authenticators documented their equal praise, referring to this as “Without question, one of the finest Mantle bats I have ever seen”. Every physical attribute measures to the highest standards used to assess the quality of game used bats, making this one of the premier Mantle gamers to surface in the marketplace. LOA from MEARS (Grade A9.5) and PSA/DNA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-12-10
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MOEBIUS Jean Giraud dit (1938-2012) LA DÉVIATION

MOEBIUS Jean Giraud dit (1938-2012) LA DÉVIATION Encre de Chine pour la planche 7 de fin de l'histoire « La Déviation », publiée initialement dans l'album « Gir » en 1974 aux éditions Futuropolis dans la collection 30 x 40. Publiée ensuite dans l'album « La déviation » en 1980 aux éditions Les Humanoïdes Associés, en 1985 dans l'album « Les Yeux du Chat - La Déviation » puis dans l'album « Arzach » en 1991 dans la collection Pied Jaloux. Histoire prépubliée dans la revue « Pilote » datée du 29 novembre 1973. 50 x 39 cm. Encadrée. Pièce de musée, une des histoires les plus novatrices de cette période, une véritable rupture pour le journal Pilote, annonçant notamment la création de Métal Hurlant. Jean Giraud se représente dans la première case. « Un jour pourtant, je me suis décidé, j'ai lâché la bride à mon inspiration, au bout il y avait « La Déviation ». À l'époque, je passais régulièrement mes vacances dans l'île de Ré. C'est une île très plate, alors par un des procédés classiques de l'humour qui consiste à inverser les valeurs, j'en ai fait un endroit dantesque. Inconsciemment, le thème s'est imposé, les images se succédant et s'organisant l'une par rapport à l'autre. L'histoire est simple. Il s'agit de gens apparemment normaux qui partent en vacances et, brusquement, s'engagent sur une déviation... Dans tous les sens du terme, et là, les ennuis commencent. C'est une parabole limpide : si vous suivez les chemins balisés de la société, tout va bien, mais si vous vous en écartez pour emprunter un chemin de traverse, une déviation, alors là, d'étranges aventures vous attendent et nul ne sait où elles pourront vous mener... » Moebius, 1991. Estimation 8 000 - 12 000 € Sold for 41,683 €

  • FRAFrance
  • 2012-05-05
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MY FAIR LADY

MY FAIR LADY LOEWE, Frederick and LERNER, Alan Jay. "MY FAIR LADY, " based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Opened in New York, 15 March 1956. Production staged by Moss Hart, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway and Catherine Nesbitt. Cinema version released 1964. LERNER & LOEWE SONGS OMITTED FROM THEIR "MY FAIR LADY": ALL UNPUBLISHED AND UNPERFORMED Frederick Loewe's personal archive of manuscript music from the creation of My Fair Lady, which is widely regarded as the best musical-theatrical work of its type, a show which originally ran for a remarkable 2,717 performances at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York and enjoys worldwide popularity even now. My Fair Lady remains the only show ever to be voted unanimously the best musical, by the New York Drama Critics Circle and won no fewer than 6 Tonys. This group of Loewe's manuscripts consists of numbers composed for but not used in the show; all are entirely unpublished and have never been performed or recorded. (performance rights of course, remain with the agents of the composer and lyricist). The Library of Congress possesses the only other manuscripts of My Fair Lady, an apparent fair copy, presented by the composer in the 1960s. No other manuscripts are known to survive from this, certainly the most successful collaboration of Lerner and Loewe and these songs, not used in the production, are otherwise unknown and have never been published. Present are early drafts of at least 7 numbers, three of which are fully worked out in piano-vocal score ; all are in the hand of Frederick Loewe as are the cover sheets. Totalling 36 Contents: "The Pygmalion Waltzes," mechanical copy of Loewe's working piano score, with pencilled notes and deletions by Loewe, 4 pages (incomplete at end?) "Come to the Ball," mechanical copy of Loewe's working piano-vocal score, 10 pages, with pencilled label by Loewe: "from 'My Fair Lady,' never used," signed "Fritz," and with his handwritten note that it was to be sung by the character "Higgins"; other deletions and revisions in score by Loewe "Please Don't Marry Me" (Higgins), autograph melody and lyrics by Loewe, 3 pages "Shy," piano-vocal score, 3 pages "Shy" (Liza), piano-vocal score, 3 pages "There's a Thing Called Love" (Liza), melody and lyrics, 2 pages, "Dear Little Fool" (Higgins), melody, 1 page "Lady Liza" (Higgins, Pickering), melody and lyrics, 1 page "Liza - Counter" (Higgins, Pickering, etc). melody (duet), 2 pages "What Is A Woman," melody, 1 page, title "Lady Liza" on verso in Loewe's hand. [With:] "There's A Thing Called Love," typescript lyrics (4 verses) , 1 page. My Fair Lady My Fair Lady

  • USAUSA
  • 1999-11-18
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Rare and Important Unpublished Autograph Draft of the "Remarkable Story of Chicken Little,"

Rare and Important Unpublished Autograph Draft of the "Remarkable Story of Chicken Little," by John Greene Chandler, (1815-1879), c. 1840, comprising thirteen pages on blue lined paper, with numerous holographic corrections and word count marginalia, 8vo, (lacking page 9, tape remnants to edges of first leaf, lower right corner of most leaves chewed affecting some text, overall smudging and handling wear). Sold together with a printer's proof of the 1840 edition and a group of ephemera related to the story.Note: The 1840 version of this classic tale was distilled from the voluminous story presented here. This version provides a far richer and fuller version that includes additional characters, the birth of Chicken Little and a plethora of side notes and thoughts on many of the classic characters, Hen Pen, Duck Luck, Goose Loose, Turk Lurk and Drake, who all fall prey to sly Fox Lox. This celebrated tale of youthful panic and how gullible others can be came from the fertile imagination of John Greene Chandler of Petersham, Massachusetts. His first work in 1838 was Grandmother's Toy Book and in 1840 he wrote The Remarkable Story of Chicken Little. The fanciful story was first printed and distributed at a fair held at Quincy Hall in Boston. The purpose of the fair was to raise additional funds to complete the Bunker Hill Monument, whose cornerstone had been laid some fifteen years earlier. As chance would have it, the small pamphlet was read by the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, who reviewed it very positively in her newspaper, The Monument. This enthusiastic response propelled this 19th century fable to become an icon of children's literature and eventually made the name Chicken Little synonymous with paranoia and over-reaction.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-05-03
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Books

Books A collection of 359 books given as gifts to Brando or signed by the author, some with portions of the text underlined and highlighted and with notes in the margin in Brando's hand, titles include: NOHAIN, Jean AND CARADEC, F. Le Petomane, Los Angeles, 1968, inscribed on the front endpaper in blue ink Marlon = This man was a True artist. Love = Johnny [Depp]; KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, New York, 1958, inscribed on the front endpaper in black ink You see - There's this here Greek God.... Love Sidney [Lumet] Sept. '59; GILLESPIE, Dizzy To BE, or not...to BOP, New York, 1979, inscribed on the inside front cover in black ink To Marlon, who's simply a "gas", Your buddy, Dizzy Gillespie 3/20/86 accompanied by a note on Quincy Jones headed stationery, dated 24 March, 1986, Dear Marlon, As promised. Love, Quincy; MEANS, Russell Where White Men Fear To Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means, New York, 1995, inscribed on the title page in black ink To Marlon - A humble man who has not taken the credit he deserves for what he has done for my People. Thank you - Russell Means, 6-10-96; ALLEN, Steve Mark It And Strike It, New York, 1960, inscribed on the front endpaper in blue ink To Marlon, With admiration, Steve Allen; FUGARD, Athol The Blood Knot, New York, 1964, inscribed on the inside front cover in black ink Mr. Brando: Mr. Burton and Miss Taylor have been good enough to help me get this copy to you. I merely said "where is Marlon Brando? There is a play that I think he might like to do as a movie." and they said they'd get it to you. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed playing it.... Sincerely, James Earl Jones (a lot)

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-06-30
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2012 Lauge Jensen 'Wayne Rooney' Custom Motorcycle - Kids Aid Charity

2012 Lauge Jensen 'Wayne Rooney' Custom Motorcycle - Kids Aid Charity Designed by Manchester United's world-famous striker, Wayne Rooney, and custom-made by Danish motorcycle manufacturer, Lauge Jensen, this beautiful cruiser-style motorcycle is truly unique. Founded only a few years ago by established custom-bike builder, Uffe Lauge Jensen, Lauge Jensen Ltd is Denmark's first motorcycle manufacturer since Nimbus ceased production in 1959. The company specialises in manufacturing bespoke v-twin-engined motorcycles for Danish and international buyers, with prices starting at around £56,000. Most of the parts are designed by Uffe himself and produced specially for his company, while the rest are carefully selected high-quality products sourced from the international custom-bike industry. Lauge Jensen motorcycles are 'Euro 3' certified and type approved. For this special project Wayne Rooney donated one of his autographed 'No.10' jerseys, which has been mounted on the petrol tank and lacquer sealed to preserve it. In addition, Wayne, together with Uffe Lauge Jensen, designed a special shift rod with 21 black AA diamonds and one white TW/VS diamond. 'When first approached about the possibility of being involved in the design of a unique "Wayne Rooney" Lauge Jensen custom bike, I was really excited to have the opportunity to be involved,' said Wayne. 'The bike we have designed takes its inspiration from the celebration of my overhead kick against Manchester City last season. The goal has been described by others as being of the highest quality, technical excellence, powerful and beautiful. I hope you will agree that the bike is all of this and more.' Artwork depicting Wayne's celebration following his spectacular strike against Manchester City - voted 'Best Goal' in the Premier League 2011 season - is reproduced on the rear mudguard. Wayne's wonderful goal helped Manchester United claim the 2011 Premiership title with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in February.

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2013-02-20
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An eight-page handwritten letter from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Goddard

An eight-page handwritten letter from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Goddard Autograph Letter Signed ("Norma") in pencil, 8pp, 4to, [Van Nuys, CA, September 14, 1942], to Grace Goddard, regarding her wedding and married life, with original autograph transmittal envelope signed ("Mrs. James E. Dougherty"). Provenance: Bonhams, Los Angeles, Mansucripts from the Estate of Charles Williamson & Tucker Fleming, April 20, 2011, lot 521. 16-year old newlywed Norma Jeane Dougherty writes to her foster mother Grace Goddard mentioning the man she believed was her biological father and describing her wedding and married life in vivid detail. Though Monroe's birth certificate lists a Martin Mortensen as her father, she always believed that her true biological father was a man named Charles Stanley Gifford, a co-worker of her mother Gladys at Consolidated Films during the 1920s. Monroe is known to have reached out to Giffords once she was an established celebrity, but he rebuffed her attempts. This letter reveals that by as young as 16—at the moment she begins her adult life as a married woman—she was interested in establishing a relationship with the man she thought of as her father. The first line of this letter to Grace reads: "I want to thank you so much for writing Mom and explaining things about Stanley G. I'm sure she understands now." Norma, who had married Jimmy Dougherty just three months prior, describes life as a married woman: "He really keeps me busy cleaning the house and fixing meals, everybody told me that it is quite a responsibility being a house wife, and boy, I'm finding it out. But it really is a lot of fun. / Jimmy is so swell to me, in fact I know that if I had waited 5 or 10 years I couldn't have found anyone who would have treated me better. I just think the world of him and we get along so nicely. He is just so sweet about every little thing." Norma Jeane goes on to describe her new home, even drawing a floor plan diagram of the rooms and furniture. The next 5 pages list in exacting detail each guest invited to the wedding and the gift sent: "Mr. and Mrs John Ingram (He is the school teacher that was such a good friend of Jimmy's). He is also Doris Drenen's brother-in-law. And Doris Drenen is Jim's ex—remember? I remember only too well." She describes a gift from the Gaddis family: "The most beautiful cocktail set I have ever seen in my life. It is out of solid copper. The set consists of a huge round copper tray with a mat or cork on one side and asbestos on the other for hot drinks. Then there are eight copper glasses then there are eight little copper tray things for the glasses. Also there is a little copper bucket for grated ice. It is really beautiful." Other guests listed include Aunt Ana [Lower], Grace Godard's aunt, who fostered Norma Jeane from age twelve to age fourteen; and the Bolenders, who raised Norma Jeane from infancy until she was seven. Norma Jeane adds a poignant post script, again mentioning the man she thought of as her biological father: "How can I get in touch with Stanley Gifford? Through Consoladated [sic] films? Or something like that. Which dept?" 8 x 10 in.

  • USAUSA
  • 2013-11-26
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Toys & Collectible Items

Both the young and the young at heart will delight in the toys and collectables at auction here. There is a wide variety of dolls, doll’s houses, toy cars, toy soldiers, robots and trains, representing the finest and most collectable makers. Vintage collectables such as film memorabilia can also be found in this section. Under this heading, we have also collected autographs of actors, artists, sportsmen, and politicians amongst other popular collectables.