In 1990, in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Jarvis Wayne Messer, a man of modest means, made an unprecedented discovery of four breathtaking, museum-quality star rubies. More than twenty-five years later, Guernsey’s, on behalf of Mr. Messer's family, will have the privilege of offering these stunning gemstones at auction.
Featuring a remarkable collection of rare documents, manuscripts, and other treasured items tracing African-American history, the Civil Rights movement, and African American music. Gregory Reed is a Detroit-based lawyer who represented Rosa Parks for many years, consequently ending up in possession of a number of documents relating to the civil rights movement.
A powerful, comprehensive auction, focusing on African-American history, culture, and the Civil Rights movement. Hundreds of motion picture posters featuring African-American stars and addressing African-American issues, as well as rare broadsides, window cards, and ephemera. Items feature names including Paul Robeson, Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sidney Poitier. So culturally important that a section of it is now in the collection of the Smithsonian.
Original signed contract between Joe Jackson and Steeltown Records, November 21, 1967. This contract signed The Jackson Five to their first professional label. William Adams, of Steeltown Records, has signed on both the President and the Secretary lines. Joseph Jackson has signed the artist line. Document has been stamped and signed by a notary public.
Remarkable source collection of 60,000 original wooden printer’s blocks and metal plates created to advertise motion pictures. From the 1920s through the 1980s, movie fans looked to their local newspapers to learn what films were coming to town. The Hollywood studios - MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal + smaller studios - sent their ads to KB Typesetting in Omaha to create the masters necessary for letterpress printing.