Space glove used by Armstrong during training for Apollo XI!
An original A6L space suit glove custom-made for Neil Armstrong in 1968 by the International Latex Corporation. The glove was used by Armstrong in 1968/1969 during taring for what became Apollo XI, which made Armstrong the first man on the Moon.
The glove features an ILC label sewn on the wrist, reading: "Spec. CP 1001, Item: Glove Assembly, Pressure, TMG, Right, A6L-10300-20, Model No. 1001 A, Size: N. Armstrong, Serial: 019, Date: 5/68, Contract No. NAS 9-6100 / NASA 74897." The rubber-and-nylon glove bears Velcro fasteners and is additionally fitted with an outer sheath composed of aluminized Mylar over a layer of marquisette. This silver aluminized Mylar material is what would have been inside the Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment (TMG) cover designed to protect the glove during extravehicular activities.
Any component of an Apollo spacesuit associated with the first man on the moon is of the utmost desirability. Although this glove wasn’t used by Armstrong as commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969, while becoming the first man on the moon, it is an artifact that was a part of the build-up to the historic moment that forever changed the world.
Condition: In used, yet very good condition, with deterioration and flaking to portions of the inner rubber glove, and small tears between the fingers of the TMG layer.
Provenance: NASA; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
The original photograph of the most iconic image of all time!
An original vintage photograph of Albert Einstein taken by Arthur Sasse on March 14, 1951 outside The Princeton Club in New York after Einstein's 72nd birthday celebration.
The backside bears an affixed cut from a newspaper with the title "Einstein's Fun" and the following photo description "Albert Einstein, famous scientist, gave this response when a photographer asked for his picture on his seventy-second birthday celebration at Princeton, N.J. He immediately followed up with a laugh, but the alert cameraman captured the initial pose". The photographer was indeed Arthur Sasse who was the only photographer, among many that surrounded the car, who got this striking photograph of Einstein with his tongue sticking out.
Sasse was a veteran International News Service photographer hence the image being printed on "International News Photos" photo paper. Notably, the affixed newspaper cut is stamped with the date "Mar 16 1951", which is only two days after the photo was taken.
Einstein himself was very pleased with this photograph and ordered nine copies to himself. The image shows a more playful Einstein in comparison to the serious Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and physics. It's one of the most reproduced and parodied images of all time and certainly one of the most famous photographs in the world.
Also accompanied with this iconic and important photograph is another original photograph from 1952 that shows Arthur Sasse receiving the very first W. R. Hearst Memorial Award by William Randolph Hearst Jr. Sasse received a $500 bond and a plaque or his photograph of Einstein ... and of course would-wide fame and recognition of being responsible for the most iconic photograph ever taken by mankind.
Size: Approximately 5.7 x 6.2 inches / 14,5 x 15,7 cm, unframed.
Condition: Graded as VG-EX+ by a vintage photograph expert; overall fine condition.
Provenance: Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Price upon request.
H.M. King Gustav Vasa
The single most important and significant Swedish letter that's ever been offered for sale!
Signed letter by H.M. King Gustav Vasa of Sweden. Written in Latin in 1556, addressed to H.M. Queen Mary I of England, in regard of sending two ambassadors who will argue for a cessation of English trade with Russia and, instead, for a resumption of trade with Sweden. At the time when the letter was written, Sweden was in war with Russia – The Russo-Swedish War (1554–1557) – who was ruled by Tsar Ivan IV of Russia, also known as “Ivan the Terrible”.
The letter in full, translated in English from Latin: “Gustavus, by the grace of God, King of the Swedes, Goths and Vandals, to the Most Serene lady Mary of England, France and Ireland, with the same grace of God our dearest Queen of Germany, wishes health and the greatest felicity, and if anything, good in addition, blessing from God Almighty so he could grant what is prayed for and desired. Most Illustrious Sovereign, dearest German Lady, we sent to your Serenity, under determined circumstances with knowledge of our affairs, trustworthy and apt, as well as in the first place esteemed & kind, our devoted ministers. Doctor Arnold Rosenberger, skillful jurist, & Martin Helfring our secretary, to whom we entrusted our affairs so they would present and uncover them in our name to Your Serenity. For this reason, in brotherly and friendly way we ask Your Serenity, so that in all things, that they in our name to Your Serenity announce, to have the same faith, which we have. So we have addressed the heart of Your Serenity, that we in similar or greater things, where in such way occasion was given, won’t burden Your Serenity again. To God Almighty we entrust the health and felicity of Your Serenity. Sent from our royal castle Gripsholm, September 9, in the year of our Lord 1556.”
Signed materials by H.M. King Gustav Vasa are extremely uncommon, yet highly sought-after. Note that the letter also bears the seal of H.M. King Gustav Vasa which is placed below the signature. There are only nine signatures known to exist by Gustav Vasa, making this one of the nine. However, this is not only a signature, nor a signed document with a somewhat uninteresting content; this is a signed letter with absolutely incredible content!
Size: Approximately 8.25 x 12.75 in. / 21 x 32 cm, unframed.
Condition: Fine condition; toning and soiling creases; horizontal and vertical folds; ragged on the left and lower side.
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Price upon request.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Important musical manuscript by Mozart!
A handwritten musical manuscript by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! It’s a fragment from Mozart’s manuscript for the third movement “Allegro” of his Serenade in D Major, also known as “Antretter”. The music contained herein constitutes an ebullient rondo designed to show off the virtuosity of the solo violinist, and was likely played by Mozart himself.
The sheet bears pagination number “34” and foliation number “79” in pencil, both possibly in the hand of Leopold Mozart. Cataloged as K185, Mozart’s manuscript for the score of this serenade was originally 58 leaves, of which the present leaf was 34.
It's believed that the 17-year-old Mozart composed this serenade in August 1773 as a congratulatory piece to celebrate the graduation of a family friend, Thadda Simon Antretter, from the University of Salzburg with a degree in logic.
Handwritten musical manuscripts by Mozart are exceedingly rare and very desirable! It really doesn’t get more high-end than this.
Size: Approximately 6 x 8.5 in. / 15 x 22 cm, unframed.
Condition: In very fine condition.
Provenance: Private collection, Germany; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
The Pope Collection
Never before has such an impressive papal collection been offered for sale...
Four personally owned and used zucchetto's by four different Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. In order:
H.H. Pope Pius X (pp. 1903-1914)
H.H. Pope Pius XII (pp. 1939-1958)
H.H. Pope Benedict XVI (pp. 2005-2013)
H.H. Pope Francis (pp. 2013-)
A Pope is often defined by his white outfit; a tradition started by Pope Innocent V in 1276. The single most important, significant and iconic part of the clothing is the small white hat, also known as a zucchetto or a calotte. From the moment he wakes up, until the moment he falls asleep, the white zucchetto is placed on the head of the Pope.
The white zucchetto is a personal and private property of the Pope. It's indeed extremely uncommon for items like these to leave the Vatican.
All four zucchetto's of this sale are accompanied with an individual exclusive mahogany box with red inner velvet pieces and gold details including a personalized gold-plated name sign on the outside of the box.
Size: Approximately 6.5 to 7.5 in. / 16,5 to 18 cm in diameter for all four zucchetto's individually.
Condition: All four zucchetto's are in used condition. The Pope Francis and the Pope Benedict XVI zucchetto's are in very good condition; with small pinholes, which are somewhat difficult to see. The Pope Pius XII and the Pope Pius X zucchetto's are slightly discolored on the inside due to heavily using; the latter has four miner hatches on the outside.
Provenance: Pope Pius X: Certification from the Vatican dated 1911, written in French “Calotte portèe par Sa Saintetè Pie X” (English: "Used calotte by His Holiness Pius X"); Private collection, Italy; Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Pope Pius XII: Certification from the Vatican dated 1957, written in Italian “Lo Zucchetto bianco che viene consegnato con questo biglietto è stato usato da Sua Santità PIO XII, felicemente regnante” (English: "The white zucchetto that is accompanied with this card has been used by His Holiness Pius XII, reigning"); Private collection, USA; Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Pope Benedict XVI: Certification from the Vatican dated 2014, written i Italian “Si certifica che l’accluso zucchetto è stato portato da Sua Santità Benedetto XVI, Papa emirito” (English: "It is certified that the accompanied zucchetto was worn by His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus"); Private collection, Italy; Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Pope Francis: Certification from the Vatican dated 2015, written in Italian “Si certifica che l’accluso zucchetto è stato portato da Sua Santità, Papa Francesco” (English: "It is certified that the accompanied zucchetto was worn by His Holiness Pope Francis"); Private collection, Italy; Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Price upon request.
Note that the proceeds of this sale will go to charity for children in need.
Harry S. Truman
Personal pocket watch of the man who approved the atomic bombs over Japan.
A gentleman's gold open face pocket watch by Tiffany & Co., personally owned and used by Harry S. Truman. The watch is engraved with Truman's monogram "H S T" on the back cover. The movement is signed "C. H. Meylan Watch Co. Swiss". Accompanied with the original flannel pouch and fitted leather and a gold-stamped box marked "Tiffany & Co. New York".
Owned items by U.S. presidents are very rare and highly sought-after; especially when it's one of the more interesting and controversial presidents. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, began his presidency a month prior to the ending of World War Two after succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt. Perhaps the most memorable act by Truman is the approval of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan – something that forever changed the world.
Condition: Fine vintage condition; complete working movement.
Provenance: Harry S. Truman; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
A birthday gift to the finest baseball player of all time!
A 1980's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust stainless steel wristwatch personally owned and used by Joe DiMaggio. The watch is engraved "Joe DiMaggio 70th Birthday Resorts" on its original case, and was given by the Resorts Casino Hotel company to Joe DiMaggio in 1984 as a birthday gift.
Many know DiMaggio as being the husband of Marilyn Monroe, but before that he established himself as one of the world's finest baseball players, which is the key to his great legacy. With the astonishing nine World Series, DiMaggio is widely considered as one of the all time – if not THE – greatest baseball players of all time.
Condition: Very good condition; complete working movement.
Provenance: The Resorts Casino Hotel; Joe DiMaggio; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Selznick's original score for Gone with the Wind!
A handwritten musical manuscript sheet set for the 1939 picture Gone with the Wind in two parts. The first page is entitled "Selznick's Melody in E", and the other page is entitled "Selznick's Melody". These are original working sheets, with original handwriting by Max Steiner completed in late 1939.
Original music score sheets by Steiner are very rare. To find Steiner scores for Gone with the Wind is virtually impossible, making this the only example known to exist!
Size: Approximately 10 x 13.5 in. / 25 x 34 cm, unframed.
Condition: Good condition; small toning creases; some protecting tape on the reverse sides of the sheets.
Provenance: Selznick International Pictures; James L. Tumblin. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.
Extraordinary letter from a genius to another!
Handwritten and signed letter by Sigmund Freud to his nephew Edward Bernays. The letter in full:  "Dear Edward, I feel deeply grateful towards you on account of the endeavors you make to assist me financially in these hard times, and I see it is not your fault if I must refuse your proposals. But refuse I must and so, I will at least give you my motives for doing so. To your cable inviting me to accept an invitation to come over for six months to great passing and give lectures under the guarantee of earning $10,000 I had to answer not convenient for more than one reason, partially personal ones and partly depending on the conditions of the case. To begin with the former, I am not robust my general health is far from being intact and a sojourn of half a year in New York would be a great hardship for me. People of my age do not enter into adventures like this unless the chances are very brilliant. In the second place the offer is not a very generous one. Those gentlemen you mention have no risk at all. The $5000 advanced by them has to be paid back, in fact I have to come over at my own expense, to live by my work and if I do not fall ill, they may be pretty sure I will earn $10,000 in the course of 6 months. The offer is even unnecessary for I wanted to go the New York,
 I would not be at a loss to procure the money for the fare and first starting in six months. Another point is, that you most likely underrate the cost of my living in your town for six months. You seem not to take into account that I would need three rooms for analytical treatment, a waiting-room, a second for my patients and a third, private one to sleep in. As people who pay $25 an hour, are not expected to come to another place than a first class hotel the costs of the appointment for itself would amount perhaps to $50 daily i.e. the fees of two patients, and $1,500 monthly, $9000 half a year, I don’t know how I could go better by getting private lodgings and a servant etc. Another point: I would not be able to give lectures in English. I do not expect German lectures would be received kindly by the public, and traveling around is incompatible with fixed hours of analytical treatment. Add to this the difficulty of finding appropriate cases for treatment, the jealousy of New York specialists, etc. The outcome of this undertaking would be that the New York people had got the better of me, they could get my treatment cheaply while I am likely to get nothing out of them. I communicated the conditions of your cable to two of my English patients here and they gave their judgment that I had not to go that the offer was far below
 my level that they expected. The guarantee to extend to a sum of $50-100,000 and I had better wait until the patients who needed me come over to Vienna. I, for my part see that $10,000 is a big sum figured out in Austrian crowns, but it is not much in America. A last consideration could warn me that if I brought back some thousands [of] dollars from America I could not keep it a secret when I returned and had to pay a big portion to the tax here while I am not sure if I could escape heavy taxation at New York. So it was not a case to cable agreement and set out for America in the term of two weeks. In your other offer contained in your letter of Nov. 19th the difficulty is not money. I concede $800 is good payment for a paper of 3000 words, not much more than 8 pages, not a whole sheet. But the insurmountable obstacle is in the different way an American and a European editor will handle the same question. If an author of good esteem offered a contract to a German publisher he would be glad to accept it and would not let it depend on the success of the first article, whether to take a second one or not. This absolute submission of your editors to the rotten taste of an uncultivated public is the cause of the low level of American literature and
 to be sure the anxiousness to make money is at the root of this submission. A German publisher would not have dared to propose to me on what subjects I had to write. In fact the subjects brought forward in your letter are so commonplace so far out of my field that I could not give them my attention and my pen. A European editor would have shown more respect to an author he appreciated. You often assured me I was highly considered in your country and the public was ready to accept from me whatever I give them. Now this instance is good to show how little is found behind this pleasant affirmation. Had I considered regards like those of your editor from the beginning of my career I am sure I would not have become known at all neither in America nor in Europe. So we have to drop this business altogether. My alterations in the text of the translation (Einführung) are with Dr. Jones and you can get them if you apply to him. I was astonished to hear that your publisher makes him difficulties about the English edition, although you assured me there were none. Will you kindly attend to the matter? If new royalties accrue, will you send them to the following address instead of that I gave you first? Mrs. Lissa E. Kann, The Hague, Holland, Lange Vijoerberg 3, to the account of Dr. E. Jones. With affectionate regards, your uncle Freud".
The letter, which is dated “Dec 19th 1920” with the letterhead “Prof. Dr. Freud, Wien IX, Berggasse 19”, was written to Freud's nephew Edward Bernays who is known as the "Father of Public Relations". An extremely interesting letter by Freud in which he expresses his disdain for the U.S. when offered a six-month lecture tour in the U.S. and the opportunity to write an article for a New York-based magazine. A Freud letter of this length and content is indeed very rare and sought-after. The fact that it's addressed to Bernays makes it even greater!
Size: Approximately 9 x 11.5 in. / 22 x 30 cm each; unframed.
Condition: Good condition; one horizontal and one vertical fold on each both pages; handling creases and scratches; paperclip impression.
Provenance: Edward Bernays; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Universal Archives/John Reznikoff. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.