Lot 227. Pete Best Autograph in “The Beatles Anthology.” Best was the Beatles’ original drummer. Some of the group’s earliest performances, when they were known as the Quarryman, were at the Casbah Coffee Club, which his mother operated in the family’s house. Best was part of the group from Aug. 1960 until Aug. 1962, when Ringo Starr replaced him. Best’s autograph is mint 9 on the first page inside the book, a 2000 first edition from Chronicle Books. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 228. Autograph of Charles Evans Hughes Sr., Statesman, Lawyer and Politician. Hughes had a distinguished public career, serving as the 36th Governor of New York (1907–10), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1910-16), Secretary of State (1921-25) under Presidents Harding and Coolidge, a judge on the Court of International Justice (1928-20) and the 11th Chief Justice of the U.S. (1930-41). In 1916, as the Republican candidate for President, he narrowly lost to Woodrow Wilson, the incumbent. Hughes died in 1948. His ink signature, as “Chares E. Hughes,” is on a 1 5/8” x 4.5” section of paper neatly mounted on 3” x 5” index card. Kevin Keating authenticated this autograph.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 229. Bob Kane Autographed Original Black Felt-Tip Sketch of Batman. The sketch is on 5” x 5” off-white paper, and Kane’s signature is gem mint 10. With Bill Finger, Kane created Batman, the superhero featured in DC Comics. He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, which honors stars of the comic industry, and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. He died in 1998. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 230. Dick Locher, Pulizter-Prize Winning Cartoonist, Signed Original Sketch of Dick Tracy. Locher was one of Chester Gould’s successors in producing the syndicated Dick Tracy cartoon, which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country since the 1930s. Beginning in 1957, he inked figures, colored the Sunday strips and sometimes contributed to stories for Gould. Working with his son John, he began producing the strip in 1983 and remained associated with it until 2011. From 1973-2013, when he retired, Locher was an editorial cartoonist for the “Chicago Tribune.” His work earned him a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1983. Locher drew a black-ink sketch on his “Dick Tracy” 8.5” x 10.5” stationery and signed it “Dick Tracy and Dick Locher.” The signature is below an inscription “Best Wishes to all the students of James A. VanBuskirk.” It appears that VanBuskirk may have been a special needs teacher in California. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. Unusual and impressive!
Winning Bid $100
Lot 231. Bettie Page Portrait Signed by the Pinup Model and Photographer Bunny Yeager. In 1954, Page was already a top pin-up model when she met Yeager, equally famous as a model, during a vacation in Florida. Yeager, whose photography augmented her modeling income, signed Page for a photo session at a wildlife park in Boca Raton. She took more than 1,000 photos, including the 8” x 10” black & white photo here, and submitted some to Hugh Hefner at “Playboy.” After Hefner made Page the magazine’s Jan. 1955 Playmate of the Month, her popularity grew. She was named 1955 “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.” Page’s autograph on her portrait is gem mint 10. Yeager’s signature is nm 7 to nm-m 8. Page passed away in 2008, and Yeager, in May 2014. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $113