Nate’s December Lucille Ball Auction Makes Buying Memorabilia Easy
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Our next memorabilia & autograph auction ends December 17th. Highlights are below:
Blanket from John F. Kennedy’s limousine, stowed in the vehicle at the time of his assassination. Navy blue woolen blanket bearing a large embroidered Presidential seal is one of two that were fixtures of the custom limousine, literally built into the doors of the back seat on each side for ready use by chilled passengers. Blanket features a grey plush lining to the reverse side and snaps along the edges for securing to interior door panels. Measures 50.5” x 41”. Embroidered seal measures 7” in diameter. Some patches of wear to fabric surface along center, else fine. An impossibly rare relic from the last moments of a celebrated era in American history. With excellent provenance, including an LOA from Burke Reilly, the first owner of the blankets after their removal from the limousine, which was dismantled during Johnson’s administration. Reilly was the manager of the White House Vehicle Program for Ford Motor Company’s Washington Affairs Office, in charge of the care and service of the automobiles in the federal fleet, including ”100X”, the Presidential limousine. His LOA specifies the names of the people he worked and interacted with, including the name of the Secret Service agent that gave the blankets to him. Includes copies of Reilly’s Ford ID and his security clearance pass. Mr. Reilly is reportedly still alive today. Provenance also includes a detailed LOA from White House vehicles employee F. Vaughn Ferguson that reads in part, ”…on the 2nd of December I noticed that the two lap robes had a few blood spots on them, but, more than that, were soiled from handling and required cleaning. The White House chauffeurs were detailed to take the lap robes to Fort Myer for cleaning…” A memo stored at the National Archives dated 18 December 1963 notes that the robes were in the rear seat of the limousine when it was returned from Dallas to the White House garage on 22 November 1963.
Lucille Ball Auction
Lucille Ball personally owned corset. Corset is a bridal piece, stored inside her hope chest alongside the garter and gloves she wore to her church wedding to Desi Arnaz in 1949. The pair had eloped in 1940. Boned corset in off-white zips up the back. Measures a tiny 12” across the waist, 11” high in front, 10” long in back. Toning to fabric and a small stain inside, with scarcely any show-through, else near fine. With a COA from their daughter Lucie Arnaz.
Lucille Ball lot of bridal items from the Ball-Arnaz wedding in 1949. Lucy and Desi eloped in 1940 and then after a brief separation, renewed their vows in a Catholic church on 19 June 1949. Bridal items stored in Lucy’s hope chest comprise: (1) a pair of fingerless gloves made of white organza, (2) light blue garter with light blue ribbon decoration featuring a white rosette at center and delicate pale green lace trim all around the bottom, (3) slice of ”groom’s cake” in a box measuring 3” x 1.75” x 1”, (4) cake decoration of pink icing framing a photo of Lucy’s face, measuring 2”. Accompanied by an 8” x 10” wedding photo showing Lucy wearing the gloves. Save for crumbling to the icing on Lucy’s photo, lot is near fine overall. From the collection of Lucille Ball’s daughter and with a COA from her.
Lucille Ball’s personally owned pair of pendants: a crucifix and a sterling silver Saint Lucy charm marked ”Sterling” to verso. Crucifix features an applied figure in relief. Saint Lucy is shown here dressed in robes, holding a sprig of wheat in her left hand and a dish containing her eyes in her right as she was customarily depicted in accordance with the legend that her eyes were gouged out prior to her execution as a Christian martyr. Crucifix shaped charm measures 0.75” x 1.25”. Round Saint Lucy charm measures 0.75” in diameter. Pendants are housed in a Tiffany & Co. pouch. Tarnishing, else near fine. With a COA from Lucy and Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz.
Lucille Ball personally owned locket containing photos of her family members. Vintage 1940’s gold-tone locket dangles from a bow-shaped brooch pin. Round locket pops open with a total of four round photo frames on hinges, three of which are filled with tiny clipped photos of Lucy’s family members. Photos are of Lucy’s brother, Fred Ball, her cousin Cleo Mandicos Smith and her maternal grandfather Fred Charles Hunt. Costume jewelry is made of metal with a wavy concentric pattern on verso that appears to a limited extent on the front, surrounding a raised design. At center on the front is a quatrefoil with slightly elongated segments that each feature a tiny form resembling a very plain fleur-de-lis in the center. Locket measures 1.5” x 1.75”. A highly personal piece in near fine condition. With a COA from Lucie Arnaz and an additional signed card from Arnaz identifying Lucy’s relatives in the locket.
Lorne Greene’s Hollywood Walk of Fame award, featuring a reflective metal star mounted to rich blue velvet. Mounted beneath the star is an engraved plaque reading “Presented to / Lorne Green / On the Occasion of the / Placement of Your Star on the / Walk of Fame / February 12, 1985 / Hollywood Chamber of Commerce”. Greene is best known for his roles on “Bonanza” and “Battlestar Galactica”, and his star can be found at the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine, at 1559 N. Vine Street. Plaque measures 10″ x 14″. Some nicking to frame, else near fine. Obtained and with an LOA from the Lorne Greene estate.
Spectacular Tony Award presented to the eloquent singer and actress Lena Horne. This Tony Award, a Special Award ”for Distinguished Achievement in Theatre”, was given to Horne in 1981 for her incredibly successful Broadway musical, ”Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music” at the 35th Awards ceremony. Long blacklisted in Hollywood for both her skin color and politics, Lena Horne, by virtue of her sheer talent, slowly made inroads into the entertainment industry and is considered to have paved the way for several generations of woman entertainers of color. This Tony Award, the only Tony that Horne won during her career, is for the popular and critically acclaimed musical revue, ”Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which ran on Broadway from 1981-1982. Critics hailed her performance in it as ”exceptionally moving”, ”intensely personal” and said of Horne, ”the most awesome performer to have hit Broadway in years.” The 3” medallion, made of brass and bronze with a nickel plating, features the masks of comedy and tragedy with the words, ”Antoinette Perry Award” on one side, and a profile of Perry, an early ”American Theatre Wing” leader on the other. Below Perry’s profile, the medallion reads, ”The League of New York Theatres and Producers, Inc. Presents to / Lena Horne / A Special Award / for Distinguished Achievement / in Theatre / 1981”. Medallion pivots upon a black lacquered base, bringing the total height to 8” and depth and width each to 3.75”. Weighs 1lb. 8.5 oz. Some tarnishing to metal and minor scratches to base, else near fine. Originally obtained directly from the daughter of Lena Horne. This exact award sold for $37,230 in our auction last year and is being consigned directly from the buyer.
Bruce Lee personally owned and used focus mitt from training in his proprietary martial arts philosophy, Jeet Kune Do. All leather focus mitt by Biltuff brand in black and yellowish tan fastens across the wrist with an adjustable leather strap and hook. Measures 8” x 10.5”. Light soiling and wear, else near fine. From among the training equipment Lee gifted to Herb Jackson upon his move to Hong Kong. Jackson is well-documented as a builder of Lee’s custom martial arts training equipment, a task he undertook as Lee’s first generation Jeet Kune Do student and friend. With a COA from Jackson’s son.
Marilyn Monroe personally owned necklace. Brilliant beaded choker features crystal beads in graduated sizes, each with 16 multicolor facets. Choker fastens with a hook clasp. Measures 16” from end to end. Near fine. Originally part of the 28 October 1999 Christie’s auction of Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects, lot 248 of sale 9216. With tag still attached.
Cast signed copy of ”The Godfather”, the novel by Mario Puzo that was adapted into the feature film, lauded as second only to ”Citizen Kane” as the greatest film ever made. The first several leaves bear cast signatures in blue ink, including ”Marlon Brando”, ”Al Pacino”, ”James Caan”, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and others, with an autograph inscription signed by Richard Castellano. Softcover tome has a detached cover, else near fine.
Mamie Eisenhower personally owned clothing. Lot is exemplary of her signature style, comprising: (1) ostrich feather hat in dark peach by Laddie Northridge of New York, (2) long gloves in the same color, measuring 10” in length, (3) pink closed toe pump shoes in size 6.5” B X959 / AA heel and marked on the liner, ”Made Expressly for Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower”. Housed in an A.S. Beck Cameo Room box. Accessories are accompanied by a red leather traveling frame featuring a heart-shaped opening with a photograph of Mamie’s husband, President Eisenhower. Measures 6.25” x 2.75”. Items are near fine. With a handwritten LOA reading in full, ”October 26, 1984 / To Raleigh / The salmon color gloves and hat were owned and worn by the First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower at the White House. I served the Eisenhowers for eight years. / Wilma H. Holness / 42-74”.
Rare William Henry Harrison slip signed ”W.H. Harrison” as President. Harrison served from 4 March to 4 April 1841, when he died of pneumonia. Slip is countersigned, ”Danl Webster” by Daniel Webster as Secretary of State. Clipped signature measures 5” x 2”. Toning and mounting to a paper board with an etching of Harrison, measuring 10.5” x 14.25” overall. Very good.
Lady Bird Johnson personally owned sterling silver dish. Lidded dish features gadrooning to the bowl as well as the lid in an alternating silver and gilt design. Lid features a floral bud finial. Heavy piece bears the 925 Sterling stamp, and that of noted atelier silversmith firm, Tane, of Mexico City. Measures 4.5” in height and 4.5” in diameter. With an LOA signed by Johnson daughter Lynda Johnson Robb.
Jackie Kennedy’s black satin Dior clutch. Elegant evening bag features a subtly trapezoidal form decorated with a bow on the front flap and ”Christian Dior” in gilt lettering. Interior features three compartments. Measures 7” x 9”. Wear to fabric near the bow, else near fine. Provenance: James H. Boyer, Sr., US Capitol Police Officer and chauffeur to the Kennedy’s.
Jackie Kennedy personally owned satin clutch. Cream color evening bag by Bobbie Jerome features a plum satin lining with designer’s name in gilt on interior pocket. Measures 5” x 9”. Soiling, else near fine. Provenance is from Kennedy chauffeur James H. Boyer, Sr., US Capitol Police Officer.
Jackie Kennedy worn maternity shorts set. Two-piece ensemble in turquoise and white gingham by ”Ellorene of Hyannis” comprises (1) a pair of drawstring shorts with front panel in white elastic designed to accommodate a growing belly, fully lined and measuring 16” across the hip and (2) matching sleeveless top featuring a pleated back and shoulder straps 1.5” in width that fasten with white pearlescent buttons on the chest. Measures 18” across the chest. It is unknown during which pregnancy Jackie wore the outfit. Toning to fabric at top of shoulder straps, else near fine. With provenance from the famous July 2003 Kennedy auction held at Hantman’s which was largely from Kennedy’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln via The Robert White Collection in Baltimore.
Pair of Jackie Kennedy’s shoes. Court-style shoes are exemplar of the style Jackie revived. Black leather heels feature a buckle detail and leather soles, made by Parisian designer Rene Mancini. Size 10 shoes show some scuffing and wear to heels, else near fine. Provenance from James H. Boyer, Sr., US Capitol Police Officer and Kennedy chauffeur and handyman.
Jackie Kennedy’s personally owned silver cann piece, engraved, ”Mummy and Uncle Hugh / June 21 1942-1972 / All Our Love / Jackie Caroline John / Lee Antony Tina”. Silver is hallmarked Sterling in London, 1771 with maker’s mark of Charles Wright. Provenance: ”Hammersmith Farm”, the Victorian mansion of Janet Lee Auchincloss and the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier, Newport, Rhode Island.
John F. Kennedy owned wooden humidor engraved upon the hinged lid, ”President Kennedy”. Humidor gifted by the Philippine Ambassador is accompanied by 2 unopened Philippine cigars of the original 26. Cigar labels are imprinted in white, ”Flor Fina Coronas Alhambra Manila” on a red and gold label with a black band imprinted ”Choicest Philippine Tobacco / Sumatra Wrapper”. Wrappers read in gilt, ”Specially Made For President Kennedy”. Accompanied by a vintage 8” x 10” color photo of Kennedy smoking a cigar while reading the sports section of ”The New York Times” aboard the Presidential yacht ”Honey Fitz” in 1963, after receiving this gift. With John F. Kennedy Presidential Library backstamp crediting ”Cecil Stoughton/White House” as the photographer. Humidor measures 10.25” x 7” x 2”. Lined in felt. Some fabric loss to lining and rubbing to edges, else near fine condition. Cigars measure 5.25”. Near fine. Lot also includes copies of correspondences between Kennedy and His Excellency Amelito R. Mutuc, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines. The text of one letter, courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library, reads in part: ”Dear Mr. Ambassador: I have received the handsome, personalized, mahogany box of very fine cigars that you so thoughtfully sent to me. It was indeed kind of you to send such a generous supply of this excellent product. I know I will enjoy them and consider your gift another demonstration of the warm friendship existing between our countries. With appreciation and every good wish to you and your family. Sincerely, John F. Kennedy.” Also included is a small sheet of Ambassador Mutuc’s stationery addressed in a secretarial hand to: ”The President / The White House / Washington, D.C.”, which likely accompanied the box of cigars, plus a copy of a letter from Carlos P. Romulo, Philippine Ambassador to the United States, dated 16 April 1961, to President Kennedy: ”When the Manila papers recently published a picture of yours holding a cigar, a Philippine newspaper suggested that it may be a good idea to let you sample what we believe are the best cigars in the world. President Garcia has asked me to extend to you his personal greetings and to present you with these boxes of Philippine cigars with his compliments…” and a retained unsigned carbon of letter of President Kennedy to Romulo, dated August 14, 1961: ”…Many, many thanks for the fine cigars…”
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline’s personally owned mirror from their Hyannis Port estate. Mirror framed in white wood with symmetrical notched design along the top edge measures 20” x 28”. Some minor chips, else near fine. Accompanied by a photo of the mirror hanging on the wall, with Jackie reading to little Caroline in the foreground. With provenance from Sotheby’s auction of Property from the Kennedy Family Homes, held in February 2005 and the Dr. Dean Rudoy Kennedy Collection.
Silver bowl John F. Kennedy gifted to his mother-in-law. Gorham brand sterling silver bowl is engraved, ”For Mummy from Jack” on one side. Monteith bowl chills eight pieces of stemware. Accompanied by a JFK autograph note signed as President on White House stationery that reads in full, ”For Mummy from John F. Kennedy and the people of R.I. with love”. Footed bowl measures 3.75” high with an 8” diameter. Near fine.
Harry Truman personally owned and worn Stetson hat. Open road style Stetson hat features Truman’s name printed inside the band. Beige hat is near fine. Provenance from Heritage Auctions.
King Henry VIII document signed, ”Henry R”. Handwritten document in Olde English is datelined Oxford, 25 October [circa 1510-1514]. Royal document is addressed to Treasurer of the Chamber John Heron and pertains to a loan granted to Richard Gresham. In full, ”Trusty and wellbeloved, we grete you well. We wolle and commande you for certeyne consideracions we specially making that ye delyver unto Richard Gresham of our Citie of London, merchant, or to his assignes fyftene hundred poundes of our next loone money that shall come to your hands for the term of foure yeres after the delyvrance taking of hym or his assignes sufficient surities to be bounde by obligacion for repayment of the said fyftene hundred poundes. And this warrant shalbe youre discharge at alle tymes. Given under oure signet at Oxford the xxv day of October.” Single-page document measures 11” x 7.75”. Expert restoration with infill at blank upper right. Matted with an engraving of King Henry VIII and framed to an overall size of 27” x 15”, else near fine.
HMS Victory flag fragment from the Battle of Trafalgar. The HMS Victory, as Horatio Nelson’s flagship, saw Nelson fatally wounded by a gunshot wound to the back at the Battle of Trafalgar, the high-profile conflict during the War of the Third Coalition between the Royal Navy and combined navies of France and Spain. At Nelson’s funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral following the battle, the colours were featured in the procession, carried by a selection of Nelson’s devoted sailors. Before they could reverently place the flag in the grave as planned, however, in a well-documented and dramatic display of grief, they tore the flag apart, each of the mourning sailors retaining a segment. Lot comprises two fragments of the flag – one in red and one in navy blue. Both pieces, as part of the same flag, are made of crude worsted wool bunting, identifiable as such by threads of obviously uneven thickness, particularly evident in the red piece. The nature of the flag’s fabric is well-documented as crude bunting of the kind supplied to the Royal Navy. Fabric is taken from the large flag fragment sold at Sotheby’s London, lot 102 in 5 October 2005, with further provenance from the Wallis & Wallis Auction Galleries, lot 1077, held 10 January 1995 in Lewes, Sussex, England. Red piece measures approximately 1” on its longest diagonal. Blue piece is cut in a roughly triangular shape, measuring just under 1” on its longest side. Both swatches are stored in the back of a locket behind a transparent panel. The front of the oval-shaped locket displays a portrait of Nelson in uniform. Locket measures 1” x 1.25”, excluding the loop at the top for suspending from a chain. Top edge of locket is stamped, ”Rolled Gold”. Some nicks and scratches to jewelry, else near fine. Fragments of fabric from the HMS Victory’s flag sold at Bonham’s in London on 28 September 2004 for US$ 76,775.
Buddy Holly worn shirt. Long-sleeved button-up shirt in chocolate brown is made of worsted wool, with ”Buddy Holly” handwritten to the label. Near fine. With a COA from Maria Elena Holly, Buddy’s widow.
Jules Rimet World Cup trophy from 1970. Trophy boasts the look and dimensions of designer Abel Lafleur’s original double-sided 1930 model, complete with gilt metal figure of Nike, the winged Grecian victory goddess, holding a decagonal cup overhead. Figure is attached to an octagonal base of black marble. Base sides feature engraved plaques reading, (1) ”Coupe Du Monde De Football Association / Coupe Jules Rimet”, (2) ”Winners 1930 Uruguay / 1934 Italy / 1938 Italy”, (3) ”Winners 1950 Uruguay / 1954 Germany / 1958 Brazil”, and (4) ”Winners 1962 Brazil / 1966 England / 1970 Brazil”. Accompanied by original wooden case lined in red velvet. Handle is absent, else very good. Statue measures 13.5” in height. Fine condition.
Pair of boxing gloves personally owned, used and signed three times by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Everlast gloves are each signed in red ink, ”Muhammad Ali”, with the left glove additionally signed upon the interior of the cuff. Gloves are model number 21086. Wear, else near fine. Provenance details the donation of the gloves following the notorious Ali versus Chuck Wepner fight to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who auctioned them that year in Chicago to benefit the Mentally Retarded Olympian Program, part of the Special Olympics charity she founded. An article that appeared in the 11 August 1975 edition of the ”Chicago Tribune” reads of the benefit, ”…with an auction of miscellany donated and autographed by celebrities…” A June 30, 2012, catalogue description of these signed gloves states: ”…At the charity auction it was announced that these gloves were used in training in 1974 for either the second Frazier fight or the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ (George Foreman)…”
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