ALS, two pages both sides, 6.25 x 9.25, black-bordered personal letterhead, September 17, 1964. Mrs. Kennedy urgently appeals to Jim Bishop to relinquish plans to write his intended book, The Day Kennedy Was Shot. In full: “I write to appeal to you to please not go ahead with your intended book—The Day Kennedy Was Shot. The idea of it is so distressing to me. I cannot bear to think of seeing—or of seeing advertised—a book with that name and subject—or that my children might see it or someone might mention it to them. This whole year has been a struggle and it seems you can never escape from reminders. You try so hard to avoid them—then you take the children to the news shop—and there is a magazine with a picture of Oswald on it staring up at you. Now the Warren report is about to come out—I will try not to read the papers until it is over with. As you know, it was my fear as long ago as December —that all sorts of different and never ending, conflicting, and sometimes sensational things would be written about President Kennedy’s death. So I hired William Manchester—to protect President Kennedy and the truth. He was to interrogate everyone who had any connection with those days—and if I decide the book should never be published—then Mr. Manchester will be reimbursed for his time. Or if I decide it should be known, I will decide when it should be published—some time in the future when the pain is not so fresh.
I suppose I must let it appear as I have no right to suppress history, which people have a right to know, for reasons of private pain. But all the people he spoke to were asked not to discuss those days with anyone else—and they have all kept that faith, and will continue to. So that leaves nothing but the Warren Commission report, which will be public any way, for an author like yourself to base a book on. I have not read and do not plan to read the report—but I know it will be factual and not contain the sort of personal detail that you need for your kind of book. So your book could only be a treatment [of the Report], in your words, of something which will be published any way. It would be just one more thing that would cause suffering, and it would not add anything new. For this reason—I beg of you not to go ahead with your book. You were most sensitive to my feelings the one time I met you—I fervently hope you will be again.” The first page of the letter bears a blue cast caused when the letter was accidentally placed on a thermofax machine, giving the front page only a mimeographed appearance, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a photocopy of Bishop’s response to Kennedy’s letter, as well as a copy of a 1966 letter from Bishop to his editor at Random House, intending to proceed with the book even though Kennedy shut off his sources.
Worried that “all sorts of different and never ending, conflicting, and sometimes sensational things would be written about President Kennedy’s death,” Jackie commissioned William Manchester to write an official account of the president’s final days in early 1964. He was given exclusive access to interview family members, friends, and associates of Kennedy’s—over a thousand people in total—and agreed to the stipulation that Mrs. Kennedy and Robert, then Attorney General, would have to approve the manuscript before it could be published, and that the earnings from the book would go to the JFK Library. Believing that she had the issue under control, Jackie was understandably upset when she received word that Jim Bishop (who had previously written A Day in the Life of President Kennedy, and met Mrs. Kennedy while working on it), was writing his own account. In an attempt to dissuade him, she appealed to him on an emotional level, discussing how difficult the year has been for her and especially her children, and on a business level, informing him that he would have access to no interviews, as Manchester was given that exclusive right. Despite this effort, Bishop’s book was published in 1968 to great success. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. RR Auction COA.
Rare and highly desirable vintage Beatles Fan Club card, 5.5 x 4, featuring a classic Dezo Hoffmann portrait of the band in their famous collarless suits, signed in black ballpoint, “Paul McCartney,” “Ringo Starr,” “John Lennon,” and “George Harrison.” The card was signed on August 24, 1964, for Los Angeles Times photographer Larry Sharkey, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from his son Mike, which reads, in part: “My father, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Sharkey Sr., worked for the Los Angeles Times as a sports and special event photographer from 1945 until his retirement in 1988. In August of 1964 he had the assignment of photographing an up and coming musical group for the paper. It was to be ‘The Beatles‘ first tour of the USA. During the assignment my father was given this postcard after witnessing each of them sign it for him. They went on to take publicity shots for the paper.” In fine condition, with a few scattered creases, not affecting the overall appearance of the image. Accompanied by two letters of authenticity and appraisal from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, a letter of authenticity from Perry Cox, and a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Also included is satin-finish 10 x 8 copy of a newspaper photo of the band at their rented Bel-Air mansion, taken by Sharkey.
The band enjoyed a couple of rare days off after their highly-successful concert at the Hollywood Bowl the day before. Their popularity kept them mostly confined to the grounds, at which time Sharkey and a reporter from the L. A. Times met with the band. The following day the band would be guests of both Burt Lancaster at his home, as well as an evening with Jayne Mansfield at the Whiskey A Go-Go. These particular cards were given away in small quantities, with this one assessed by Frank Ciazzo as “one of the most desirable of all of the Beatles autographed collarless Fan Club cards in existence.” Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Amazing and rare handwritten lyrics to the song ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ on an off-white 5 x 8 sheet of Atlantic Lumber Company stationery. In pencil, Dylan has added the title at the top, with the musical keys near the right edge. He proceeds to write all three verses of the song. In full:
“Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed (2) Whatever colors you have in your mind I’ll show them to you you’ll see them shine Whatever colors you can have and hold I’ll show them to you, they’ll shine like gold Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed
Stay lady stay stay with your man awhile Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile Clothes face (keep) travelling on the moonlit mile Hands are dirty, hands are clean You’re the best thing I (he’s) ever seen— Stay lady stay stay with your man awhile
Why wait any longer for the world to begin Why wait for the sky to turn blue (You can have your cake and eat it too) Why wait any longer for the one you love When he’s standing right in front of you.
Lay lady lay lay across my big brass bed Stay, lady, stay—stay while the night is still ahead I long to see you in the morning light I long to hold you in the night (all thru the night) Got my night light shining and the stars are too Got the heartbreaking blues and they’re all for you Stay lady stay stay while the night is still ahead Lay lady lay across my big brass bed.”
Several subtle differences exist from the recorded version and the lyrics offered here, with Dylan changing a couple of the lines including: “shine like gold,” as well as the removal of the two lines, “Got my night light shining and the stars are too / Got the heartbreaking blues and they’re all for you.”
Accompanied by 2013 letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, President of the Bob Dylan Music Company which reads: “I have represented Bob Dylan for the past 35 years. This letter will certify that the lyrics to Lay, Lady, Lay, contained herein, are authentic, original Bob Dylan lyric worksheets, written in his own hand. These lyrics were discovered in a storage vault with several other of Bob Dylan’s personal items dating from the 1960’s and 1970’s.” In fine condition.
Originally written to be included on the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack, the song missed the submission deadline, and was then reportedly offered to the Everly Brothers, who also declined. Finally released on his 1969 album Nashville Skyline, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ subsequently appears on several of his compilations, as well as making the set lists of his live performances. An unbelievably scarce offering from one of music’s most influential songwriters, authenticated directly by Dylan’s longtime current manager. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Color limited edition 31 x 25 print entitled ‘Moonwalkers’, numbered 535/1000, signed in blue felt tip by 11 of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the surface of the moon: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Charles Conrad, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Dave Scott, Jim Irwin, John Young, Charlie Duke, Gene Cernan, and Jack Schmitt. Also signed in blue felt tip by the artist, Ron Lewis. Rolled and in fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace stating signatures were obtained between 1986 and 2005. A difficult-to-acquire print representing all six lunar surface missions. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Chiricahua Apache (1829–1909) who attained the status of legend for his steadfast defense of Native American lands before surrendering in 1886. After years of imprisonment, Geronimo became a celebrity, appearing at such venues as the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade. Scarce pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on an off-white 6.25 x 4.25 sheet bearing a collector’s notation, “By his own hand—Fort Sill, Okla. 1905.” Intersecting folds (vertical folds unobtrusively passing through first and last letter), and light staining, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a period letter of transmittal in pencil with original mailing envelope, dated October 12, 1916, in part: “I hope this quick note finds you well and all is well at the hospital. Enclosed is the signature of the old chief Geronimo as promised. Hope you enjoy it.” After being moved for the last time to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1894, Geronimo settled into old age as a celebrity—appearing at fairs (including the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis), riding in President Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade, and releasing his popular autobiography the same year. A well-documented autograph of one of the most elusive and desirable Old West figures. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA
Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Maris and Mantle posing with their bats on their shoulders, signed in blue felt tip by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. In fine condition, with a PSA/DNA authentication label affixed to lower corner. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity and grading from PSA/DNA, grading both the autographs and the overall photo a “10.” RR Auction COA.
Autograph DS, one page, 6.5 x 8, November 23, 1784. Boone confirms receipt of a payment for surveying work in Fayette County, Kentucky. In part: “Rec’d…of Charles Patterson sixty six shillings, for the purpose of surveying & clearing out a entry by him made by me in Fayatt [sic] county for five thousand six hundred & twenty five acre land.” Attractively double-suede-matted and framed with a portrait and engraved biographical plaque to an overall size of 31 x 18. In very good condition, with intersecting folds with tiny holes at intersections (not affecting the signature), a few small edge tears, and a couple stray marks of ink.
An especially important date within the context of Boone’s biography, November, 1784, marked the release of The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson, which included a chronicle of Boone’s adventures exploring Kentucky and during the American Revolution. The stories made Boone an instant celebrity nationwide—and worldwide when the book was translated into French and German shortly after the initial publication. Fayette County was also home to Boone and his family; he established a stockaded station on the waters of Fayette’s Boone Creek in 1779, with the hope of settling there for the rest of his life, though he abandoned the site in 1783 for a nearby location on Marble Creek. Very rare and immensely desirable, this is an astounding piece of American history. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Personal check, 8.5 x 3.25, filled out in another hand and signed by Hemingway, “Ernest M. Hemingway,” payable to Roberto Herrera for $150, September 7, 1954. Endorsed on the reverse by Herrera, who was Hemingway’s close friend, part-time secretary, and brother of his Cuban doctor. Expected cancellation holes and light staining affecting end of signature, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
ALS signed “Love, Janis,” six pages, 5.75 x 8, August 28, . Letter to her boyfriend Peter de Blanc. In part: “I don’t know what I’m trying to prove—second letter today…but I have news: we now have a third car—a light green Volkswagon! It’s really nice, Laura & I have been hopping around all day in it. We drove up to Beaumont to see what my grades were—B’s!! Thank you, thank you…I’ve been practicing the recorder and now I can play G, A, B, C, C#, D & E! Gee, aren’t I great! One thing I don’t quite understand—perhaps you can explain to me…how do these #’s and [music note]—do you have to remember all the way through what lines were marked at the beginning? Or do they put the little signs right in front of the note they want altered? In theory, I’m not so hot, I guess, but I am practicing. Sigh, we could play such beautiful duets together…You know Peter, it’s really great—we’re still making it. I mean, we’re apart & still love each other. I really do love you more each day. We’ll probably really make it—through any kind of troubles, I mean—we just keep trying. I really love you baby, and I intend to keep trying no matter what (practically…) cause it’s really worth it. I’ve never been happy before, you know, ever. And now I am, because of you and well it’s just worth it. We should make it…I was lying looking out the window & listening to the trains last night. Just like I was 4 and awed with the world again. Nice.” In very fine condition.
A desperate intervention by her friends in San Francisco sent Joplin back to her home of Port Arthur in 1965. She avoided drugs and alcohol, enrolled as an anthropology major at Lamar University in nearby Beaumont, Texas, and commuted to Austin to perform solo, accompanying herself on guitar. During this period, she wrote de Blanc frequently, as she struggled to balance her desires for a peaceful private existence with her passion for the rock and roll lifestyle. Unfortunately, after formally asking her family’s permission to marry her, de Blanc broke off the engagement, left the bay area, and relocated back to New York in 1966; Joplin returned to San Francisco in June of that year and joined Big Brother. A very hopeful and optimistic letter as Joplin continued on her road to sobriety and hopes of settling down. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Apollo 11 Manned Flight Awareness medal, 1.25″ diameter. The face bears the raised re-creation of the famous image of Buzz Aldrin looking at the American flag on the lunar surface; the reverse is engraved, “This Medallion contains metal from spacecrafts Columbia and Eagle, that took Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on their historic Apollo 11 mission that resulted in the first landing of man on the Moon.” Medallion is retained in its original holder and accompanied by its 4.5 x 4.5 presentation certificate issued to Matt Gordon, and is signed in black felt tip by Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Medal and certificate are housed in their original softcover presentation booklet. In fine condition, with a bit of trivial toning to certificate. Seldom offered complete, these medals represent rare instances when the agency used flown hardware to create keepsakes for their employees; this piece is especially desirable, as it is signed by the first moonwalker, who always modestly deflected attention from himself and towards everyone involved in the program. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.