Lot 175. 1943 Checked Signed in Fountain Pen by Comedian George Burns. Bold mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature on a check from “George N. Burns and Grace Allen Burns” dated Jan. 13, 1943. Burns re-invented himself several times in recording one of the most successful careers in comedic history. He succeeded in vaudeville, radio, television and the movies. He performed until shortly before his death at 100 in 1996. Vintage Burns signatures are scarce. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $25
Lot 176. Photos Signed by TV “Batman” and Film Stars Frank Gorshin and Cliff Robertson. Three signed photos. Gorshin autographed an 8” x 10” color photo showing him in his famed role as “The Riddler” - personalized with “Riddle me this!” Cliff Robertson signed two photos, an 8” x 10” color photo showing him in one of his military roles and a 4” x 6” showing him as fictionalized CIA Director William Martin in “Washington: Behind Closed Doors,” a TV mini-series. Gorshin is most famous for his role in the 1960s “Batman” TV series. Robertson appeared twice in the show as the villain “Shame.” He received the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for the movie “Charley.” Gorshin’s autograph is large, bold and mint 9. Robertson’s signatures are nm-m 8. The “Behind Closed Doors” photo shows him with three other cast members, Jason Robards, Andy Griffith and Robert Vaughn. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs. Gorshin died in 2005, and Robertson, in 2011.
Current Bid $20
Lot 177. 3 “Time” Covers Signed by 1960s-70s Religious Leaders - Father Arrupe, Etc. All of these leaders were at the center of controversy at some point. From 1965-83, Father Pedro Arrupe (died 1991) was Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). His 1973 signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on the April 23, 1973 cover. His emphasis on social justice issues fostered strong support and criticism. Anita Caspary (nm 7 signature) and James Shannon (mint 9) signed the Feb. 23, 1970 cover. The issue focused on the reasons that priests and nuns were leaving the Catholic Church. Caspary (d. 2011), a former mother superior, led a group of 300 nuns to leave the authority of the church. In 1968, Shannon (d. 2003) resigned as auxiliary bishop of the St. Paul and Minnesota Archdiocese in opposition to an encyclical from Pope Paul VI reaffirming traditional church doctrine on marriage and birth control. The personalized nm-m 8 signature of United Methodist Bishop Gerald Kennedy (d. 1980) is on the May 8, 1964 cover. Bishop of the Southern California Conference from 1952-72, he supported the Civil Rights movement, opposed extremist politics and challenged church members to make their faith a more active part of their lives. Magazine covers only, folded for mailing. The Kennedy cover shows paper loss where a label was removed.
Current Bid $5