About Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Steve Cyrkin is the editor & publisher of Autograph, and focuses mostly on forgery, market and consumer protection issues.

Beethoven Letter, Reagan and Magritte Archives, Rare Autograph Letters, in Profiles in History’s April 18th Auction

Beethoven Twice-Signed Autograph Letter

 

Profiles in History has a very interesting historical document auction on Monday, April 18, starting at 11 a.m. PDT. Joe Maddalena and his staff have assembled one of the finest collections of historic documents they’ve ever brought to auction. It’s an extraordinary catalog featuring 197 lots of rare and desirable, fascinating material.

The auction takes place at Profiles in History in Calabassas, Calif. on Monday at 11 a.m PDT. You can bid in person, by phone or online.

A few of their offerings:

The auction features Lincoln, Freud, John Quincy Adams, Mark Twain and other highly sought-after names. Many of the lots have notably desirable content. It’s a catalog you’ll definitely want to view if you’re an historic autograph collector.

A reminder: The auction is this Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. PDT, so take a look at it now.

Review the catalog on Invaluable.com. You can bid online there, too.

View the printed catalog online at Profiles in History.

Register and view all your options here.

Remarkable Ronald Reagan archive of over 350 photographs (majority unpublished) and 128 letters - 92 autograph letters signed and 35 typed letters signed.

Remarkable Ronald Reagan archive of over 350 photographs (majority unpublished) and 128 letters – 92 autograph letters signed and 35 typed letters signed.

 

An important unpublished archive showcasing the intimate correspondence between René Magritte and his wife, Georgette Berger

An important unpublished archive showcasing the intimate correspondence between René Magritte and his wife, Georgette Berger.

 

You can email Profiles in History about the auction at info@profilesinhistory.com

Or call them at 310-859-7701

RR Auction Sues rrauctionlawsuit.com Owner for Defamation, 14 Other Counts

New Hampshire-based auction house RR Auction filed a lawsuit in Federal Court on Tuesday, June 2, against Michael Johnson, owner of rrauctionlawsuit.com. The complaint charges 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.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Johnson resides in Bakersfield, Calif. RR Auction also has an office in Boston, Mass. The Boston Globe reported the suit on June 3: “Cybersquatting law could be tested in N.H. court case”

Johnson filed a lawsuit in California against RR Auction in 2012, claiming that RR Auction sold him forgeries and refused to honor their guarantee of authenticity. RR Auction claims that even though they believe that the autographs are genuine, they tried to refund Johnson’s money, but he would not return the autographs to them. They claim that Johnson is the first customer to file a lawsuit against them for failing to honor their guarantee in the company’s 39-year history.

RR Auction claims that Johnson registered rrauctionlawsuit.com in 2013, a domain that misappropriated RR Auction’s trade name, and began populating it with misinformation to harm their business in order to force them to settle his lawsuit against them. They say that by registering at least 13 domain names using RR Auction or the personal names of RR employees or owners in the title, Johnson has tried, and been successful, in coopting the attention of clients or potential clients. They claim he referred to his lawsuit as a class action lawsuit, but that despite soliciting 400 RR clients in California to join him in a class action, no one did and the California court wouldn’t certify a class.

Mr. Johnson also posted a scathing document online that he refers to as an “affidavit,” which he claims was written by a former employee, Karen “Kay” Burris. According to court documents, Burris was terminated in 2008 after it was discovered she embezzled what turned out to be $455,000 from RR Auction. Burris committed suicide shortly after RR Auction went to law enforcement with their discovery. The court in California excluded the document, referring to it as “hearsay,” “lack[ing] foundation,” and observing that “the content of it remains speculation.”

Preliminarily, RR Auction says that they will ask the Court shut down Mr. Johnson’s Internet domains that incorporate RR Auction’s mark and trade name and intentionally divert clients and potential clients to “this misinformation.”

Representatives at RR Auction”s law firm, Burns & Levinson LLP, released this statement:

“Rather than post websites riddled with salacious and outrageous accusations, we will let our court filings do the talking.  The law and facts are, we believe, firmly in our favor, and we are hopeful that the Court and any jury that may review this case will agree.

“When a dissatisfied former customer takes it upon himself to turn litigation into a platform to escalate a personal dispute beyond reasonable limits, highly respected companies like RR Auction are not obligated to sit back and take body blows indefinitely.  Too many people”s jobs, too many collectors” faith in the memorabilia industry, and the integrity of the judicial system are at stake.  We look forward to assisting RR Auction in this litigation.”

“We have built this company for almost 40 years with a guarantee, like no other auction house in this industry and we have ALWAYS honored that guarantee,” states RR Auction president Robert Eaton. “We hope that RR Auction’s customers, after months of hearing Mr. Johnson’s account, will pay equal attention to this litigation, and decide for themselves who they can believe: RR Auction, a trusted name in memorabilia auctions, or one man who has litigated three years over a handful of items totaling a few thousand dollars in value – items for which he was offered a full refund but refused.”

Johnson was served with the lawsuit June 3. Autograph will be covering this story on an ongoing basis as Johnson or his attorneys release their statements or file their responses.

Worthridge’s 2015 Hockey Auction Closes Saturday

Worthridge 2015 Hockey Auction

KERNERSVILLE, NC – April 10, 2015: Worthridge’s 2015 Hockey Auction closes this Saturday, April 11.

Highlights include a 1952 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Silver Serving Dish (currently $327), the first NHL Iron Man trophy presented in 1959 (currently $220), and a 1977 Team Canada game worn sweater (currently $2,018) from the estate of long-time Red Wings star Johnny Wilson. Also included are autographed early Boston Bruins publications dating to the 1930’s, a large assortment of autographed pucks and sticks, and a group of items from the estate of Hockey Hall of Famer Earl Seibert.

“The one thing that is always guaranteed to generate interest is items given to players on championship teams,” states Rick Kohl, owner of the local auction house. Behind the play of the legendary Gordie Howe, the Red Wings captured the Stanley Cup four times in the 1950’s. “We are excited to have the opportunity to represent these museum quality pieces, as well as all of the other outstanding items in our current auction.”

Worthridge is the culmination of over 25 years of sports memorabilia and collectibles experience. The company began as a small baseball card store, and over the years has supplied the industry  with some of the finest memorabilia ever to enter the market. Items we have represented include rings from the first five Super Bowls, game used equpment from baseball icons Sandy Koufax and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, as well as collections from basketball greats Bob Cousy and Pete Maravich.

Get your bids in now: www.Worthridge.com

Upper Deck Founder & CEO Richard McWilliam Dies Suddenly

 

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., Jan 07, 2013 — Richard P. McWilliam, co-founder and CEO of The Upper Deck Company, the world’s leading trading card company and a leading sports and entertainment business, died unexpectedly at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. on Saturday, January 5, 2013. He was 59 years old.

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NBC Investigative Report on Michael Jackson Forgeries in Julien’s Auction’s Tompkins & Bush Sale

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Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills held their Tompkins & Bush Michael Jackson auction on December 2, but outrage has flooded Michael Jackson fan sites and the world of rock autographs since mid-November.

Fans, dealers and collectors alike told Julien’s CEO, Darren Julien, that almost all of the autographs in the sale were obvious forgeries. Forgeries so obvious that they don’t even resemble Michael Jackson’s genuine autograph. We are aware of only one dealer who has supported [Read more…]