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  • Muhammad Ali signed photograph
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    Muhammad Ali signed photograph

    £2,500.00

    • A signed photograph of Muhammad Ali with the Beatles
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    Three time World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Born Cassius Clay in a poor district of Louisville, Kentucky in 1942, he fought his way to the very top of the sport.

    In the mid-1960s he converted to Islam and became a key figure in the civil rights movement. His refusal to fight in Vietnam in 1966 saw him stripped of his titles and banned from boxing. Four years later he made an astonishing comeback, eventually regaining the heavyweight title in 1974.

    Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and devoted the rest of his life to humanitarian work. He died in June 2016.

    An iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali with the Beatles, taken during a promotional shoot on February 18, 1964. Ali has signed to the top right of the image, a solid signature with excellent eye appeal. 

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  • Easy Rider signed photograph
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    Easy Rider signed photograph

    £3,500.00

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    • A large colour 14 x 11 inch printed still from classic American New Wave movie Easy Rider (1969)
    • Signed in blue felt tip by Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda
    • PSA authenticated (G11602)
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    The release of Easy Rider lit a fire in Hollywood. It was the first blockbuster hit of the American New Wave, making stars of its cast and launching a new era of film making.

    This is a huge (14 x 11 inch) colour still from Easy Rider, showing Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda riding alongside Dennis Hopper on their iconic motorbikes. Each has signed in blue felt tip: Peter Fonda is at the top, Dennis Hopper below and Jack Nicholson at the bottom.

    At the bottom right is a badge of authenticity from industry leading authenticator PSA.

    Signed photographs from the cast of Easy Rider are in huge demand and rarely come up for sale, particularly in this large size. This may well be a unique opportunity to acquire one.

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  • Harry Houdini signed photograph
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    Harry Houdini signed photograph

    £3,950.00

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    • A 3.2 x 5.3 inch signed photograph of escapologist Harry Houdini
    • This is one of the most iconic images of the star
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    Harry Houdini (originally Erik Weisz) was a Hungarian-American magician, escapologist and master of self promotion. He started his career with traditional sleight of hand, but his execution was clumsy compared with his peers. Always fascinated with locks, he began experimenting with escapology. As his reputation for daring grew, so did his audience. He was one of the world’s most celebrated performers from 1899 to his death in 1926.

    This attractive postcard-sized photograph shows Harry Houdini in an iconic pose and festooned with locks and chains - one of his most famous tricks. 

    Houdini has signed across the centre in black ink, a large and bold autograph with enormous presence.

    There has been some fading to the photograph, almost inevitable given its advanced age, but the image remains clear. The autograph stands out clearly against the backing.

    The image dates to 1902 and it's likely Houdini would have signed it around the same time. 

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  • John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster
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    John F Kennedy original 1960 presidential campaign poster

    £3,995.00

    • An original poster from John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign
    • In exceptional condition, professionally mounted and framed with bold colours 
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    John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States of America from 1961 until 1963 when he was tragically assassinated in Dallas, Texas. A charismatic leader, he is one of the most beloved presidents in US history, and his memorabilia is among the best selling of any former president. 

    This large 27" x 41" poster, which features some light creasing, is from Kennedy's presidential campaign. It shows a head and shoulders image of a smiling Kennedy and reads: "Kennedy for President - Leadership for the 60s".

    Professionally mounted and framed this poster is a wonderful piece of political history.

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  • Jimi Hendrix owned and worn scarf
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    Jimi Hendrix owned and worn scarf

    £6,500.00

    • A scarf owned and worn by Jimi Hendrix, one of the most iconic figures in music history
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    Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, regarded by many as the greatest guitarist of all time.

    Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music", Hendrix's music continues to influence generations of musicians almost 50 years after it was recorded.

    He became one of the most famous figures of the 1960s counterculture movement, and his performance of The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock remains one of the most defining moments in American pop culture history.

    In addition to his skills as a musician and songwriter, Hendrix also became known for his colourful style, which perfectly captured the flamboyant spirit and energy of the late 1960s.

    Today Jimi Hendrix memorabilia is amongst the most sought-after by music fans and collectors around the world, with his instruments, clothing and signed artifacts regularly selling for huge sums at auction.

    Herbert Worthington (1944 – 2013) was a rock and roll photographer renowned for his work with Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.

    Worthington famously took the cover photograph for the band's seminal 1977 album Rumours, along with creating the covers for Nicks' first two solo albums Bella Donna and The Wild Heart.

    Prior to his career as a photographer, Worthington was a much-loved character in the Los Angeles music scene, and shared an apartment with musician Buddy Miles.

    Miles was a close friend of Jimi Hendrix, and a member of his short-lived backing group Band of Gypsys, who performed with Hendrix at his legendary Woodstock appearance.

    Miles initially introduced Hendrix to his former house mate in 1969, and they quickly struck up a strong friendship, with Worthington often travelling with Jimi as he toured the U.S.

    They famously dropped acid together just before a show at the Denver Pop Festival in June 1969 – which turned out to be the last time the original Jimi Hendrix Experience line-up would ever perform together.

    The friends were also known to swap clothing and jewelry with each other, and Jimi gifted Worthington this scarf, which remained in his personal collection for more than 30 years until he passed away in November 2013.

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  • Marilyn Monroe Autographed Magazine Cut-Out
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    Marilyn Monroe Autographed Magazine Cut-Out

    £7,500.00

    • Magazine cut out signed by Marilyn Monroe during filming for The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - one of her earliest roles 
    • A rare autograph from the beginning of her career 

    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) needs little introduction. An actress, model and entertainer, she is perhaps the most recognisable of all screen icons.

    As such, her memorabilia is highly sought after, and continues to be widely collected across the world.

    This magazine cut-out, 3.75" x 2.25", features an early autograph from Marilyn Monroe. 

    The star signs in black pen below a black and white photograph taken on the set of The Asphalt Jungle. 

    She was a total unknown when the movie was made, but within three years she'd be a star. Few autographs exist from her early years and collectors are quick to snatch them up when they appear.

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  • Frank James Signed Letter
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    Outlaw Frank James handwritten letter

    £9,500.00

    • A touching handwritten love letter by one of the most legendary outlaws of the Old West, Frank James
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    Frank James (1843 – 1915) was a U.S Civil War Confederate guerrilla and notorious Old West outlaw.

    Together with his younger brother Jesse James, he helped established the James-Younger Gang, which robbed banks, trains, and stagecoaches throughout the southern states.

    The gang cultivated a reputation as folk heroes, with help from the editor of the Kansas City Times, who published Jesse James' letters and proclaimed him to be a modern-day Robin Hood.

    The gang's spree of robberies and murder lasted from 1866 until 1876, when several members were killed or captured during a disastrous raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota.

    Frank James retired from his life of crime soon after, but his brother Jesse struggled to adapt to normal life, and formed a new gang which continued to operate for several years.

    Following the murder of Jesse by fellow gang member Robert Ford in 1882, Frank James feared for his own life and surrendered to the authorities, stating:

    "I have been hunted for twenty-one years, have literally lived in the saddle, have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long, anxious, inexorable, eternal vigil."

    He was tried for his roles in two robberies/murders in Missouri and Alabama, and was acquitted in both cases, before returning to Oklahoma to live with his family.

    For the next 30 years Frank James held a variety of jobs, including a shoe salesman, an AT&T telegraph operator and even a ticket taker in a burlesque theatre.

    He also gave public lectures on the Old West, invested in Buckskin Bill's Wild West Show, and gave tours of the James family farm, where he eventually passed away in 1915 at the age of 72.

    Frank James and Ann Ralston

    The story of how Frank James first met Ann Ralston remains somewhat of a mystery.

    She was the highly-educated daughter of a wealthy businessman, and was working as a teacher when she suddenly eloped with James in the summer of 1875.

    Her parents received a letter which read simply "Dear Mother: I am married and going West. Annie Reynolds", and were distraught at her disappearance.

    It wasn't until several months later that they discovered their new son-in-law was one of the country's most wanted men.

    In 1876 Ann's father arranged for a New York newspaper article about the marriage, to ensure his family was not linked to the criminal gang

    "The James brothers, who are, with the Younger boys, creating so much stir just now, have had a love scrape, or at least one of them has. But this love affair is different from all other love affairs. No one who knows anything of the career of the James brothers would expect them to woo, win and marry like other people...

    "Mr. Ralston has had no connection or communication with the train robbers whatever. His daughter he has not seen since she left home, a year and one month ago.

    "If she is alive she will not write home, lest her letters should guide the officers to her husband's retreat. If she was dead Frank James would have notified her parents. So they can only rest patiently in the uncertainty of perhaps seeing their daughter again."

    Ralston never returned home, but despite the dramatic nature of their courtship and Frank's life of crime, they maintained a happy and stable marriage.

    They had a son, Robert Franklin James, and following Frank's surrender and subsequent acquittal for murder in 1883, they remained together until his death in 1915.

    Ann Ralston James lived out the rest of her days on the James family farm, before passing away in 1944, and the couple's ashes were buried together at Hill Park Cemetery in Jackson County, Missouri.

    The letter

    The letter, dated July 7, 1883, was written by James to his wife whilst he was in jail in Gallatin, Missouri.

    James was awaiting trial for murder and robbery of the Rock Island Line train at Winston, Missouri, in which the train engineer William Westfall and a passenger Frank McMillan were killed.

    Having spent a year in custody, James' trial began on August 20, and lasted just three days, before the jury returned a resounding verdict of 'not guilty'.

    The tender love letter reveals James to be both highly romantic and highly literate.

    Although he lived much of his life as a violent outlaw, he had been raised as a preacher's son surrounded by books, and during his youth developed a love for the works of Shakespeare.

    James was said to always carry a book in his saddle bag, even when he was on the run from the law, and he shared this passion for literature with Ann throughout their 40-year marriage.

    Here's the text in full:

    My dear wife,

    Your dear letter of the 1st was handed to me not exceeding an hour ago. It arrived here on the third, at least it is as marked. Now I sent foreword .. in this manner. There are very few men in this world that care anything for their wives, that they naturally suppose that all men are alike.

    How badly they are deceived. If there is anything on this earth that is half as dear to me as my wife I have failed to find it. You are everything to me and the only living human being that has ever possessed my whole love, my entire confidence, the only one that ever will and I feel as that love and confidence will never be abused.

    I have lived as I think to see all my fondest hopes realised. Long years ago I hoped and prayed that god would give me a true woman for my wife and i feel as if he has done so and anyone who has had a chance for happiness in this belief is more fortunate than the possessor of a thousand worlds.

    I am trying to pass the time reading and writing - I regret that I am deprived of your beauty and I am writing to suffer that I have no visitors as told you in last.

    Enclosed I send you an editorial from the trenchant pen of Rob M Yast that I think a grand effort.

    I suppose you remember the circumstances of Jarvis shooting Englehart. Yast talks of love and forgiveness & Jarvis has shown that he possessed both - as also has Yast. He’s shown himself to be a true friend of me and mine.

    Yast seems a man of most liberal whims. I dare say nine out of every ten would say that they would not forgive Jarvis for what he has done. Yet if it is the means of reclaiming the human I don't think he will ever regret it.

    Regarding mamma, this may not be interesting to you but it has been to me. I had a letter from ma today, she feels disappointed as you did not visit...

    I supposed it was useless to ask you again so will end further requests. I also had one further service. she also sends her kindness in regards to you and asked why you did not write. Please write her and let her know I will write Monday again.

    When you write, write me care of Sherriff - I don’t think he will read them.

    He has not opened any of my letters for a long time and if he should that would be better than not to get them so long after they’re written. I will kiss you both good night - write often your loving Ben/ f**k it is raining hard at this time.

    James autographs the letter as 'Ben', a protective alias that he used when writing to his loved ones.

    The single page letter, with text on both sides, measures 203 by 126mm, with fold creases and bleeding of ink in some sections.

    A remarkable piece of history, which offers a personal insight into one of the Old West's most legendary figures.

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  • Elvis Presley Twice-Signed Album
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    Elvis Presley Twice-Signed 1950s Album

    £15,000.00

    • A highly rare original copy of Elvis Presley's second studio album, signed twice by the king of rock and roll.
    • Gifted to a fellow member of his US Army unit during his military service in Germany.
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    Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century, known to his fans simply as "The King".

    As one of the originators of rock and roll, he created a music style which changed the world and inspired generations of artists from the Beatles to the present day.

    Presley remains the best-selling solo artist of all-time, with estimated record sales of 600 million, and performed over numerous styles including rockabilly, pop, blues and gospel.

    Today millions of fans flock from around the world to visit his former home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and rare items of his memorabilia regularly sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction.

    'Elvis' was Presley's second studio album, released in the US in October 1956, and featured a mix of original songs, country ballads and Little Richard covers.

    The record also featured a version of 'Old Shep' – the 1940s country song that Elvis had first performed in a Tupelo talent contest when he was just 10 years old.

    The album spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Pop Albums chart, making Elvis the first recording artist to have their first two albums go straight to #1 in the same year.

    Five months after the release of the album, Presley was inducted into the US Army. He was assigned to Company A of the 3rd Armored Division's 1st Medium Tank Battalion, and completed his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas before heading overseas.

    Elvis autographed and inscribed this copy of the album to a fellow member of the 3rd Armored Division whilst he was stationed in Friedberg, West Germany, and remained in the same family's collection for years.

    The album bears Presley's autograph in bold blue ink on the reverse of the album cover, and another inscribed "Many thanks! Elvis Presley" on the album's protective inner sleeve.

    The album sleeve shows overall age wear, creases and scuffed edges/corners. The original vinyl record is still present within.

    This record represents the first signed Elvis Presley album we've ever had the pleasure of offering at Paul Fraser Collectibles.

    Bearing not one, but two bold signatures, it represents a superb opportunity and would take pride of place in any music fan's collection.

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  • President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket
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    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket

    £15,000.00

    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket


    • Rare Mountain Road Lottery ticket signed by the young Colonel George Washington
    • One of only 25 known to exist
    • Excellent condition compared to many existing examples

    George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States and a respected leader who helped steer the course of history during the American Revolutionary War. He is looked upon fondly by Americans as one of the great Founding Fathers.

    At the time of signing, he had recently married Martha and moved with her to Mount Vernon near Alexandria, Virginia. Here, he became one of the richest men in Virginia, living the life of planter and politician.

    He expanded the Mount Vernon estate to an impressive size and began to show more interest in politics, as he presented the Virginia Assembly with legislation to the importation of goods from Great Britain.

    During this time, he was also an active leader of the Virginia social elite, inviting some of the most prominent figures to his estate. He lived the life of an aristocrat, enjoying fox hunting and dances, as well as the theatre, racing and cock fights.

    It is likely that his dislike of British rule began with the Mountain Road Lottery, as during preparations, the British banned all lotteries and his plans were drastically altered.

    Description

    This partially-printed page measures 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" and is in fine condition, with some light staining to the top and lower borders. The 1768 Mountain Road lottery ticket reads:

    1768. This Ticket [No. 173] shall entitle the Possessor to whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's [sic] Number in the Mountain Road Lottery

    The document is signed in brown/black ink, Go. Washington. Washington's autograph is particularly fine and demonstrates his flourishing, expressive penmanship.

    A fine filigree-style border design surrounds the text. Its intricate nature was possibly an attempt to avoid forgeries.

    History

    In 1768, a lottery was organised to fund road works in the area of Mountain Road. Improvements were needed in order to access the hot springs of Bath County, reputed to have healing properties. Washington acted as manager of the lottery. His signature on the tickets added credibility to the venture.

    However, the lottery was never completed, as the British banned all lotteries just as tickets were selling. Perhaps this is the very point at which Washington's dislike of British rule began.

    Rarity

    As Washington died over 200 years ago, it can be difficult to find examples of his signature that remain in good condition.

    Being the first President of the United States, and a very popular figure from American history, Washington memorabilia is much sought after by both museums and private collectors. The combination of the lack of good quality Washington memorabilia and the high demand for it makes his signature very rare.

    Comparables

    In 2009, a letter in which Washington argues in support of the adoption of the proposed new Constitution sold for $3,218,500. Another handwritten letter by the Founding Father sold for $834,500 back in 2009.

    As well as handwritten letters, examples of the President's autograph can also sell for significant sums. In 2010, Paul Fraser Collectibles sold an accounts document signed by Washington for £29,950.

    This is a rare opportunity to own a fine example of the first President of the United States' signature

  • Charles Lindbergh Spirit St Louis
    • One of the largest pieces of original Spirit of St Louis fabric ever offered for sale
    • Signed by Charles Lindbergh
    • Provenance from the collection of James E. Morrow - a member of the welcoming committee that greeted Lindbergh after his historic flight
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    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle, was a pioneering aviator who began his illustrious career in the skies as an US Air Mail pilot.

    At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927.

    The event rocketed him to international fame, and there was "tremendous public hysteria" in America. He was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

    His fame meant that he was able to champion the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

    Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre.

    Following the second world war, Lindbergh styled himself as an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man. 

    An extraordinary piece of aviation history.

    An original piece of fabric from the famed airplane The Spirit of St Louis - among the largest ever offered for sale. The fabric measures approximately 2" x 3" and is signed 'C. A. Lindbergh' in fountain pen by world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    It is in fine, clean condition.

     

    The fabric is dated "Sept 6 - 1927" in a separate hand. This indicates that it was signed by Lindbergh while in Montana. That same day, he flew from Butte to Helena, returning on September 7 for several days rest as part of his US tour funded by Harry Guggenheim.

    The fabric would have been taken from the Spirit of St Louis during essential repairs carried out after landing.

    While small pieces of the Spirit of St Louis have appeared at auction, it is rare to find examples of this size. Items signed by Charles Lindbergh are even rarer, and are extremely sought after by aviation collectors, making this the undoubted highlight of your collection.

    Provenance

    The unusually large piece of cloth was acquired by James E. Morrow, a member of the welcoming committee for the triumphant American tour following Lindbergh’s historic flight.

    Morrow was a relative of Anne Spencer Morrow, who became Mrs. Charles Lindbergh in 1929. James E. Morrow was also the name of Anne’s paternal grandfather.

    Soon after Lindbergh’s return from France, millionaire aviation enthusiast Harry Guggenheim dipped into a promotional fund he had set up with his father, Daniel, to sponsor a nationwide tour for Lindbergh and the plane that he had made famous.

    Over a three-month period from July to October 1927, Lindbergh flew and touched down the Spirit of St. Louis in all forty-eight states, gave hundreds of speeches, and rode in countless parades, where he was greeted as a conquering hero by unprecedented adoring throngs.

    At the conclusion of the tour, Morrow presented the item to his daughter, Vera M. Morrow (1907–2004), who had earlier accompanied him to the legendary ticker-tape parade for Lindbergh in Manhattan on June 21, 1927.

    This exceptional piece of aviation history is available on our layaway plan with the option to spread payment over 12-18 months.

     

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