Signed photograph by Winston Churchill, inscribed to "his friend" Joseph Stalin!
Matte black and white mounted photograph of Winston Churchill. Signed and inscribed on the mount: "From his Friend Winston S. Churchill, September 1944 To Marshal & Premier Stalin who at the head of the Russian Armies & of the Soviet Government broke the main strength of the German military machine & helped us all to open paths to Peace, Justice & Freedom.”
At the time on the signing, September 1944, Germany's defeat was in sight. Churchill returned to London in late September 1944 after being located in North America for the Second Quebec Conference. Two weeks after, Churchill would meet with Stalin and other Soviet and U.S. leaders during the Fourth Moscow Conference, which was probably when Stalin would have received this item. However, the back side of this photograph reads: "This photograph was inscribed by the P.M. for Stalin but it was then found that the silver frame for which it was destined obscured the inscription. He therefore rewrote it on another photograph and gave me this one. JRC". Meaning that this signed and inscribed photograph was never given to Stalin, but instead to Churchill's private secretary Sir John Colville.
This is arguably one of the most spectacular signed materials related to the Second World War. An inscribed photograph from and to one of the "Big Three" (Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt) is incredibly significant!
Size: Approximately 11 x 14 in. / 28 x 35 cm, unframed.
Condition: Very good condition, somewhat creased margins.
Provenance: Sir John Colville; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Price: Upon request
Highly sought-after inscribed photo by Hemingway!
Gelatin silver black and white photograph of Ernest Hemingway. The photograph is signed and inscribed by Hemingway: "To Margi Bridge, Let them call it mischief when it is past and prospered it will be virtue and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Best always, Papa, Ernest Hemingway". The photograph is also signed "Cano" by the photographer Francisco Cano.
Signed photographs by the iconic and important writer Ernest Hemingway are highly demanded by collectors. A long inscription like this one is indeed an increasing feature for the value.
Size: Approximately 11.5 x 15.5 in. / 30 x 40 cm, unframed.
Condition: Fine condition; slightly torn on the bottom; light handling crease
Provenance: Francisco Cano; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Price: Upon request
The greatest Beatles signed photograph known to exist!
Glossy black and white photograph of The Beatles, taken in 1963 in Liverpool. All four Beatles members (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) have signed beside their respectively image. The photograph is professionally matted and framed using museum-quality archival materials with two off-white passé partout frames, and an off-white wood frame, with an UV-protected glass.
The autographs were obtained in-person in June 1964 during The Beatles’ Australian tour. The Beatles had eight shows in Australia dated from June 12 to June 20. The person who obtained the autographs was The Beatles’ Australian tour promoter Mr. Kenn Brodziak.
Beatles autographs expert Perry Cox has stated – in his letter of authenticity that accompanies this item – "Indeed, this is truly one of the very best signed Beatles photographs I have examined to date. It is very likely the greatest Beatles signed photograph known to exist". This is truly one of the all-time finest Beatles items ever to have been offered for sale.
Size: Approximately 8 x 10 in. / 20 x 25 cm; the overall size of the frame is 12.6 x 15.4 in. / 32 x 39 cm.
Condition: Very good condition; some miner handling creases.
Provenance: Kenn Brodziak; Peter Garro. Letter of provenance from Peter Garro. Two letters of authenticity from Frank Caiazzo dated 1999 and 2015. Letter of authenticity from Perry Cox. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Nelson Mandela & Muhammad Ali
Absolutely incredible autograph combination of the two icons!
Glossy color photograph of Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali from a meeting in 1993 in South Africa. The photograph is signed by Mandel and Ali, both adding dates of the signing; "6-6-93" respectively "7-29-93".
Although signed materials by Mandela and Ali aren't very rare, this combination sure is! Arguably two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.
Size: Approximately 8 x 10 in. / 20 x 25 cm, unframed.
Condition: Very good condition.
Provenance: Howard Bingham; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.