Lot: 103 Geronimo autograph signed at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair


2015-11-04 12:50:33


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Lot 103: Signature "Geronimo" in dark pencil, 3.75" x 2" (visible), matted with a thick lock of Geronimo's hair, cut shortly before Geronimo died at Fort Sill, and an image of the Apache Chief on horseback. Beautifully framed with impeccable provenance. Overall size, 17.25" x 14". Penciled by original recipient above Geronimo's autograph: "Signature of Geronimo / Sept 30 - 1904" and "at Worlds Fair St Louis" below the autograph. Accompanied by photocopies of two newspaper articles: (1) September 18, 1904, "Boston Daily Globe," picturing Geronimo, headed "Now One of the Sights at the World's Fair. He / Sits in a Booth Whittling Bows and Arrows / and Selling His Autographs at 10 Cents Each." (2) October 4, 1904, "Atlanta Constitution," headed "Geronimo Returns." In full, "St. Louis, October 3. - Geronimo, chief of the Apache Indians, departed for his home at Fort Sill, Okla., today. Geronimo has been at the world's fair since June and recently asked permission of Superintendent McCowan of the Indian school, to return home, saying he was homesick." Includes a memo pad, 74 lightly lines pages (pages missing), 2.5" x 4.5". Red cloth boards with gilt-embossed "A" and "1904" on cover, published by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Ass'n, St. Louis. Writing in pencil on most pages, in the same handwriting as the notations above and below Geronimo's autograph. Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction Thursday, 19th November 2015 Estimate: $8000-1000
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