Official Star Wars Autographs & Photos Now Offered by Lucasfilm, Topps & MLB Division Partnership

Official Star Wars 16×20 framed photo signed by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. $1,049

Disney’s Lucasfilm, Topps and Major League Baseball’s Authenticators, Inc. subsidiary launched Star Wars Authentics, starwarsauthentics.com, on December 21, offering witnessed autographed photos of Star Wars actors, and official unsigned Star Wars photos. The launch follows the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Authenticators, Inc. and Topps have prior Disney connections. Authenticators is run by Major League Baseball, and Disney just made a billion dollar investment in their BAM Tech subsidiary. Topps is partially owned by Tornante, a company owned by Michael Eisner, the former chairman of Disney.

“We identified a hole in the entertainment industry, a need for certified authentic pieces for the Star Wars brand, and with this collaboration we are able to meet consumer demand. Topps excels in visual arts and printing technologies and we are thrilled to bring our expertise to Star Wars, building upon our trading card and Major League Baseball memorabilia business.” said David Leiner, Topps’ General Manager and Vice President of the North American Sports and Entertainment division. [Read more…]

Tom Gregory: Collecting Hollywood’s Stories

By KIMBERLY COLE
Originally published in the March 2010 issue of Autograph

UPDATE: RR Auction is selling Tom Gregory’s vintage Hollywood Signed Photo collection from December 8 – December 15. There are over 250 signed photos in the auction. We only had room to feature eight in this article from the March 2010 issue of Autograph. View the entire collection at RRAuction.com

Don’t miss this new video with Tom Gregory about his collection.

Tom Gregory in his eye-catching gallery of Classic Hollywood signed portraits.

Tom Gregory in his eye-catching gallery of Classic Hollywood signed portraits. Photo by Patricia Williams

“Lucy, I’m ho-ome!” The driver’s voice booms out of the tinny speakers on the small green and white bus. The tourists’ laughter is lost in the sudden roar of a leaf blower. A gardener directs the flurry of leaves away from me as I stumble up the walkway to Tom Gregory’s front door. I’m distracted because I’m not sure my batteries will last the interview, I’ve had to dig through my trunk for a ragged notepad—and I’m late. 

The home before me is daunting. I knew the address was in Beverly Hills, but I hadn’t expected this double-lot estate. I should have dressed better.

Tom Gregory is a good looking man with intense dark-framed glasses and short-cropped silvering hair. His engaging manner puts me immediately at ease. He gives me a tour of the house. The foyer’s grand, circular staircase is the starting point for a journey no tourist ever gets to travel. Tom takes me through exquisitely decorated and restored rooms, up one staircase and down another. I get a quick glimpse of a bathroom with lighted alabaster floors. The Golden Age of Hollywood has been faithfully restored and lovingly nourished. The house isn’t about wealth or luxury, it’s about staging—creating a setting for a life of elegance and charm in classic Hollywood style. [Read more…]

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

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.

Mr. McWilliam is credited with transforming the sports trading card business [Read more…]

The Doc Salomon Collection

All of the items that come through RR Auction have a story. Each one is special, whether on its own or as part of a broader collection. These pieces not only tell the story of the celebrity they represent; some of these gems carry with them the story of the individual who collected them. The story behind our latest collection – the Doc Salomon collection – is one such legacy that deserves as much recognition as the pieces themselves.

Doc Salomon and Jack Warner

Through letters and autographed photos, we were able to piece together the life of a man whose name truly became synonymous with both Warner Bros Studios and Hollywood: A. M. “Doc” Solomon, a beloved friend and colleague of co-founder, Colonel Jack Warner. Having started with the fledging production studio in 1918, Doc proved a loyal and dedicated employee, quickly climbing the ranks from janitor to general manager of the Burbank, California studio. When the time came for Warner Bros to open shop across the pond, Doc was Warner’s man, and would come to be known as the face and man behind the magic of the Teddington, England branch.

During his personal and professional journey with the studio, Doc amassed a most impressive collection of memorabilia from stars and starlets who comprised his Hollywood family, including Barbara Stanwyck, John Barrymore, Roscoe Ates, Pauline Frederick, Edward G. Robinson, Jack Sharkey, Richard Bartholomew, Kay Francis, Mae West, Anna May Wong, and two of his dearest friends, James Cagney and Jack Warner.

While manning the Teddington studio in early 1944, Doc played host to the Duchess of Kent, giving her a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio and all of its twists and turns. A January 29, 1944 newspaper clipping details the highlights of the visit, including the re-recording theatre, where she saw how “six different sound tracks, each recording a separate noise, are joined into one, one noise being superimposed on the other.” Doc himself was a pivotal figure in the advent and implementation of sound into Warner Bros films, and used the very real soundtrack of WWII to experiment with auditory effects. According to Jack Warner, “Doc had secured many reels of sound effects during the London ‘Blitz’ of a few years ago, which he had sent to the home studio for incorporation into pictures in which they would fit.” Accompanying the clipping is a beautiful photo of the two at the studio, along with a letter written from York House on behalf of the Duchess.

On July 5th, 1944, Doc would write his last letter home, typing haunting words regarding the current war: “I really don’t think it will be long before this war is over and let’s hope we can all get together again. What a day that will be!” Later that day, while recording the sound effects of robot bombs at the Teddington studio, the building itself fell target to one of these destructive devices, leveling the building…with Doc inside. Virtually nothing remained, except for this legacy of photographs.

The fact that this collection still exists is a miracle; it proved resilient in the face of a force so destructive that nothing else – not even the collector – survived. In a letter dated July 14, 1944, Jack Warner wrote to Doc’s daughter, Maxine: “From what I have learned to date, the Studio was virtually demolished by the robot bomb, and I have not heard what they have been able to salvage. If Doc’s book of autographed pictures is still intact, you are most welcome to it…” In the same letter, Warner offered condolences, and the warm sentiment, “I have always considered Doc to be my best friend…I can assure you that I will miss him a great deal, for no one could have had a more loyal friend or a more loyal employee than Doc.”

Doc’s 30-plus years of commitment to Warner Bros Studios helped build the present day multi-billion dollar production company, making him an integral brick in its legendary foundation. Doc lives on through these photos and letters, each item a testament to the love and respect he garnered from his Hollywood family. Join us as we celebrate Doc Salomon’s life and legacy! www.rrauction.com