Annie Oakley Autograph on Her Cabinet Photo Nets $7,000 at NateDSanders.com
Annie Oakley Autograph
An Annie Oakley autograph is quite rare with only a handful of items coming to the market. We at NateDSanders.com have been fortunate enough to have sold three Annie Oakley autograph items. Here are the descriptions, pictures and prices of each:
Annie Oakley Autograph on Her Cabinet Card from 1880
Annie Oakley autograph on her cabinet card, circa 1880s. A young Ms. Oakley poses holding a double-barrel shotgun with her gloved right hand. Boldly signed in ink, “Annie Oakley.” Annie Oakley became famous when her future husband Frank Butler bet $100 that he could beat anyone in a shooting contest. He lost the bet to Annie, but won her heart. They set out performing their own act which included Annie shooting ashes off Frank’s cigarette. They later joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1885. Ironically, her greatest source of wealth came in later years when William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper created a false story that she was using cocaine. She sued Hearst and won, netting her a sum that allowed her to become a philanthropist. Image measures 4.25″ x 6.5″. Baker’s Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio backmark. Small thumbtack holes to each corner and mounting remnants to verso. Overall, near fine condition. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from PSA/DNA. Sold for $7,000.
Scarce Annie Oakley Autograph and Inscription on Her Photo — With Gun in Hand
Perfect image of Annie Oakley looking no-nonsense with her rifle pointing downward, ready to raise it up at a moment’s notice. Annie Oakley autograph on the photo, “For Mr. & Mrs. Marxum [?] / Yours Sincerely – Annie Oakley / 4/7/1913.” Annie Oakley became famous when her future husband Frank Butler bet $100 that he could beat anyone in a shooting contest. He lost the bet to Annie, but won her heart. They set out performing their own act which included Annie shooting ashes off Frank’s cigarette. They later joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1885. Signed photos of Oakley are notoriously scarce and come to auction only every few years. Large signed photo measures 5.5″ x 7.5″, elaborately wood-framed to a size 15.5″ x 17.75″. Light bend on right side of photo, not affecting image or signature, ever so slight wrinkling and discoloration along edges. Overall in very good condition. Sold for $5,000.
Superstar Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Autograph Letter Signed — “…Don’t know just how long I will keep Sally. She likes to go out nights to [sic] well to quite suit me…”
Annie Oakley autograph letter signed on “The Union Metallic Cartridge Co. / U. M. C. Ammunition, Bridgeport, Conn. U.S.A.” letterhead, with no date. Letter is addressed to a Mr. R.G. Williams of Akron, Ohio and reads: “My dear Mr. Williams / yours recd. / I tried to get you on phone Saturday & they told me phone had been removed. I wanted Pam & you to come to dinner, as Mr. B left yesterday for 2 weeks trip. Want you to come any time & bring Pam & Mr. Gen…only let me know before so I will be home. Don’t know just how long I will keep Sally. She likes to go out nights to [sic] well to quite suit me. Best wishes to all. Sincerely, Annie Oakley autograph”. Single-page letter measures 6″ x 9.5″. Minor folds, toning and notations to verso; near fine. Includes original envelope. Sold for $4,035.To auction, buy, consign or sell a Annie Oakley autograph or a Annie Oakley autograph letter signed, please see http://www.NateDSanders.com, contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.