Lot 611. Rosa Parks “Biographical Sketch” Signed and Dated “1/18/89”. Parks, who passed away in 2005, was an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. In Montgomery, AL, on Dec. 1, 1955, she refused to obey a bus driver’s order that she yield her seat in the “colored” section of the bus to a white passenger after the white section was filled. The bus driver had her arrested. As a result of this action and future efforts, the U.S. Congress called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.” Her autograph is gem mint 10 on a one-page biographical sketch. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 612. Jimmy Carter Autographed Baseball. The 39th U.S. President placed a mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature on the sweet spot of a mint Rawlings Official League ball. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 614. “Everything to Gain” Written and Signed by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. The 39th U.S. President and Mrs. Carter subtitled their book “Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life.” The 1987 hardback, which is ex and without a dust jacket, recounts how the Carters created a new life after four years in the White House. In the process, they offer ways couples can renew their commitment to each other and to life. Their autographs are mint 9 on the book’s title page. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 615. Bettie Page Topless Photo 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. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $185
Lot 616. Walter Lantz Autographed 5”x 6.5” Print of Woody Woodpecker. In addition to the red-headed bird, Lantz created such cartoon characters as Oswald the Luck Rabbit, Andy Panda, Space Mouse, Homer Pigeon, Chilly Willy, Charlie Chicken and Wally Walrus. Lantz passed away in 1994. His signature is mint 9 and has been approved by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 617. Darth Vader “Shadows of the Empire” Poster Signed by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Beginning in 1959, the Hildebrandt twins produced illustrations for movies, comics, children's books, advertisements, novels, collector cards and calendars. They are best known for their “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” illustrations. Greg also illustrated Trans-Siberian Orchestra album covers. Tim died in 2006. In 2010, Greg was honored with the Chesley Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Both signed this “Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire” poster, which is vg-ex, looks better, and measures 18” x 24”. The Hildebrandt autographs are large, mint 9 in pencil, and authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 618. “Star Wars” Autographs – Carrie Fisher, Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones. The autographs are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Fisher autographed an 8” x 10” color photo that shows her as Princess Leia with Darth Vader. Prowse, an English bodybuilder and actor, played the villain in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, while Jones provided the voice. Prowse signed an 8” x 10” b&w photo that has his image and Vader’s. “Dave Prowse is Darth Vader,” he wrote. Jones’ signature is on the cover of a “Playbill” for the 1987 production “Fences.” Authentication is by JSA. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 619. 10 Celebrity Autographs – James Earl Jones, Topol, Turner, McFerrin, Vidal, Etc. Four signatures are on the covers of issues of “Playbill”: James Earl Jones for “Paul Robeson,” Jan. 1978; Chaim Topol for “Fiddler on the Roof,” April 1991, personalized signature; and Jackie Mason (2) for performances at the Neil Simon Theatre, April 1991. Bobby McFerrin, of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fame, autographed a page with his photo inside a 1992 issue of “The Fine Arts Center Magazine” of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Four celebrities signed the covers of full issues of “Time” magazine: Gore Vidal (died 2012), March 1, 1976; songwriter and Talking Heads founding member David Byrne, Oct. 27, 1986; Ted Turner, CNN founder and “Time’s” Man of the Year, Jan 6, 1992; and Bill T. Jones, award-winning artistic director, choreographer and dancer, Oct. 10, 1994. Also, Lisa Marie Scott, “Playboy’s” Miss February 1995, on an 8” x 10” b&2 photo. These autographs, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are generally nm-m 8 or better. Turner’s autograph is strong on a dark background and displays as ex-m to nm.
Winning Bid $40