RR Auction

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RR Auction is the world’s largest autograph auctions company. Established in 1976, RR Auction is based in New Hampshire with 13,000 active customers worldwide. Every month RR sells nearly 2,000 items of celebrity memorabilia, autographs, and ephemera.

Founding and ownership

RR Auction was founded in 1980 by Bob Eaton.

Since Autumn, 1980, RR Auction has published hard-copy monthly sales catalogues featuring pictures and details of lots for sale.

In 1995, the company decided to switch from retail sales to auctions. In turn the auction catalogue increased 300% in size and the mailing list doubled.

Now, RR Auction has over 20 members of staff with 12 full time employees.

Departments

RR Auction issues monthly catalogues, each featuring about 1500 autographs.

Autographs are split into nine sub-categories: Presidents & First Ladies, Notable & Notorious, Military, Space and Aviation, Art & Literature, Animation & Comic Art, Music, Entertainment and Sports.

Personnel

Bill White is RR Auction's lead authenticator. He became the first employee of RR Auction in the summer 1986 whilst on hiatus from graduate school at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.

Owner of RR Auction, Bob Eaton is responsible for authenticating and appraising. He has published nearly 350 catalogues and has been featured on many television and radio programmes.

Other expert consultans inlcude:

  • John Reznikoff, (University Archives) – Appraisal and authentication expert
  • Roger Epperson (Signed, Sealed, And Delivered/Real) - Muic autograph expert
  • Scott Cornish, (Scott Cornish Authentication) – Space autograph expert
  • Brian And Maria Green (Civil War Signatures) - American Civil war autograph experts
  • Renato Saggiori – European royalty, artists and papal expert
  • James Camner (La Scala Autographs) – Classical music autograph expert
  • Rich Consola – Elvis Presley expert
  • Frank Caiazzo – Beatles expert

Auction catalogs

2012

2013

Notable sales

In 2009, RR Auction sold a rare 1932 Mickey Mouse Christmas card signed by Walt Disney for $13,987. Although dozens of these cards were sent out by Disney, RR Auction spokesperson, Bobby Livingstone, claims that this is the first one that has ever surfaced.

RR Auctions made the news in 2009, when they sold a famous photo of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out for a record breaking $74,324, making this the most expensive photograph of the legendary theoretical physicist to be sold at auction.

RR Auction also made the news when they sold an autographed issue of the extremely controversial magazine in which John Lennon claimed the The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”. After 17 days at auction the magazine sold to an orthopaedic surgeon in New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center for $12,713.

Other notable sales include:

Space memorabilia

A flag flown aboard Apollo 11, signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, sold for $46,652 in 2010.
The same auction saw a commemorative silver medal that was also onboard Apollo 11 sold for a world record price of $38,725.

Music memorabilia

A Hofner bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney, sold in 2010 for $10,035.

Autographs

A Civil War-era letter signed by Abraham Lincoln on Executive Mansion stationary sold for for $15,440 in 2010.

A collection of love letters written by the 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor to her fiance in 1949 were sold in May 2011 for $47,625.

Film memorabilia

Marilyn Monroe’s prompt book from her last film The Misfits sold for $20,729 in 2010.

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