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75C: Del Webb 1947-64 Yankees World Series Rings
This remarkable Collection consists of sixteen rings, a tie clip and Del Webb's initialed jewelry box. The Collection traded hands a decade ago when it was sold as part of the historic Barry Halper Collection. The following description appeared in Sotheby's catalogue for that noteworthy event:\n\n"This extremely important collection features fifteen rings representing all fifteen World Series and A.L. Championships won by the Yankees during the tenure of Yankees owner Del Webb. Included are Webb's ten World Series Rings (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962) and five A.L. Championship rings (1955, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1964). Each ring is 14k gold (except for 1949, which is 10k) and has Del Webb's name engraved inside the band. The World Series rings each have an approximately 2/4 ct. diamond in the center. Each A.L. Championship ring is decorated with several smaller diamonds, as well as rubies and sapphires. The rings are housed in a a special custom-made black leather jewelry box with Del Webb's initials ("D-E-W") in gold letters on top. The rings are accompanied by a 1949 Yankees World Champions 10k gold tie clip with "Del Webb" engraved on the reverse and a 1949 10K gold "ladies" ring, which is identical in design but considerably smaller than the standard 1949 World Series ring. While all Yankees World Series and Championship rings (especially those of a Yankees owner) are greatly prized, many collectors hold the 1953 and 1961 rings in highest regard. The 1953 ring commemorates the Yankees unprecedented fifth consecutive World's Championship and is designed with a large "5" on top. The 1961 ring, of course, commemorates what is one of the most legendary and celebrated teams in all of baseball history, rivaled, perhaps, only by the 1927 Yankees. This collection is an amazing tribute to the team's two decades of baseball domination. Barry Halper obtained these rings directly from Mrs. Del Webb, and included is a letter of authenticity written and signed by her. Ring sized vary between 10 1/2 and 11. 19 pieces." Guernsey's
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Geo Dorival 40"x28" France BT,OF,LB,PC\n\nCol. McCrahon Poster Collection Condition Guide\n\nBT- Borders Trimmed\nC- Creased\nF- Faded Color\nOF- Original Folds\nLB-Linen Backed\nPC- Poster Coated. In the 1920's, in preparation for various public exhibitions, a portion of the posters in this collection were protected with a clear coating. Unlike varnish (which tended to turn amber and brittle through the years) applied by some collectors many decades ago, the coating used on the Col. McCrahon posters remain clear and flexible. If anything, the coating has tended to intensify the original printed colors.\nPM-Paper Missing\nRE- Ragged Edge\nSS- Slight Staining\nST- Small Tears\nWD- Water Damage\nWR- Wrinkled\nVT- Visible Tears\n\nLocation of tears or ragged area:\n\nB- Bottom\nT- Top\nM-Middle\nL- Left Side\nR- Right Side\n\nExample- BT,RE-T,B = Borders Trimmed, Ragged Edge on the Top and Bottom.\n\nIn 1919, during the final stage of World War I, Colonel Edward H. McCrahon found himself in the devastated French village of Mieux. Among the war-scarred buildings, he came upon a Howard Chandler Christy poster nailed to a door depicting a smiling woman in a navy blue suit declaring "Yes, I wish I was a man, I'd join the Navy." McCrahon decided to take the poster as a souvenir and continued to collect more World War I posters over the next 16 years. By 1935 he had obtained thousands, making his Collection one of the largest privately-owned World War 1 poster collections in America. Today, the finest and most unique pieces in the Col. McCrahon Poster Collection are being offered at auction.\n\nAlthough an American citizen, in 1915 Edward H. McCrahon joined the French Army working as an ambulance driver. He was released from French service in 1917 so that he was allowed to fight with the United States, who had just entered the war. Considering McCrahon's role in both the French and American militaries, respectively, it was no surprise that he chose to take the Howard Christy poster home with him from Mieux. When he first began actively collecting, he specifically sought out Allied posters created by French artists manufactured during the early stages of the war. As his Collection increased, he started to expand his scope, including prints from all the major nations in the war, both Allied and Central Powers. McCrahon would frequent antique shops and bookstores, searching for forgotten posters. He even went so far as to advertise in local newspapers. After 16 years compiling his Collection, Colonel McCrahon, along with his wife, made selected pieces of their poster collection public, exhibiting them in galleries, libraries, schools such as Middlebury College, and veteran groups such as the National Recovery Administration. Due to the rarity and delicacy of some of the prints in his touring exhibition, McCrahon mounted a number of posters on linen and coated them in a protective gloss finish of his own creation in order to preserve and protect them while they travelled. Many of the posters in the Collection also feature his initials "E.H.McC" on the back.\n\nThe size of McCrahon's World War I Poster Collection eventually landed him in John Hix's syndicated cartoon strip Strange as It Seems in 1935. By then, McCrahon had collected 3,000 posters from all over the world. In the February 2, 1936 issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, McCrahon describes his assortment of posters as flaunting "catchy slogans and appeals from every vantage point in the world's cities, from lonely outposts of deserts, jungles and steppe, and in isolated villages." This fantastic Collection certainly represents one of the most complete compilations of World War I poster art. It features some of the most recognizable American and French posters, as well as those from countries as far away as China and Algeria. McCrahon's Collection also features posters by famed artists such as James Montgomery Flagg, Theophile Steinlen, Ludwig Hohlwein, and Howard Christy. The overwhelming themes of the Collection center on propaganda and military recruitment, but there are also advertisements for war loans and bonds, food rations, as well as appeals to join the Red Cross, YWCA, relief in the Near East, and for animal aid. Naturally, these wartime messages were represented in McCrahon's traveling collection in the 1930s. The posters served as a touring memorial for those who lived through the First World War, evoking the wartime sentiment that many had repressed as part of the nightmare, but also reminding the public of the nation's unity under one cause.\n\nLINEN BACKING\nSuccessful bidders will receive their posters in mylar sleeves. Most of the posters remain unbacked as they have always been in the McCrahon Collection. Some posters are linen-backed and are so indicated in the Condition Code provided.\n\nM & W Graphics is a highly-regarded New York City poster restoration shop accustomed to providing museum-quality work. Guernsey's has worked with M & W in the past and can attest to that firm's expertise. M & W has agreed to linen back currently unbacked posters from the McCrahon Collection at a substantially discounted price. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please inform Guernsey's at the time you make arrangements to pay for and ship (or pick up) your posters. M & W's prices for linen backing for this event are: 1 sheet = $85 (this would be for a poster close in size to a standard 1 sheet measuring approximately 27" x 41"); 1/2 sheet = $65. Linen backing involves the use of only natural and archival materials; posters will be lightly cleaned with creases and folds pulled out. Naturally, more extensive work is available if necessary and buyers are free to contact M & W to discuss any such jobs they wish. M & W Graphics: 212-727-8320\n\nSHIPPING\nOver the years, Guernsey's has worked with many shippers. Currently we are recommending the services of a UPS-affiliated firm here in NYC that has consistently provided excellent shipping services at extremely fair rates. If you are a successful bidder and wish to have your purchases shipped, we will provide the contact info for this shipper although you are certainly welcome to use the services of any shipper you wish. Guernsey's
Holsten Bier
Klinger, Julius, c. 1914. 34.7 x 22.5 in / 88.3 x 57.4 cm. Imp. Cond. B / P / Guernsey's
Escape Special Platinum Award
Escape Special Platinum AwardJourney's 1981 release Escape was the album that finally pushed the band into the spotlight, featuring their best-known singles "Don't Stop Believing," "Who's Crying Now," and "Open Arms." Steve Perry's soaring pop-balladry would keep Escape selling for years to come, eventually racking up over nine million copies, and helping to place Journey among the top-selling pop acts of all time. This special multi-platinum award was presented to the radio station KBFM on behalf of Journey and Columbia Records in commemoration of sales in excess of five million units of Escape. The award consists of five platinum LPs layered atop one another and mounted on a black background. A mini-LP cover appears below alongside the commemorative plaque. Entire presentation is framed in black. Albums are in near mint condition; frame shows signs of wear consistent with handling. Frame: 19 x 25 Guernsey's
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