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Join us! Remarkable Rarities Sept. 21 Live!

Robert Eaton
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Join us for RR Auction’s

Remarkable Rarities – LIVE!

live auction event

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 – 1:30 P.M. EST

Attend in-person at

Omni Parker House, 60 School Street., Boston MA. 



Free to attend


Over 85 spectacular rarities are available online for you to preview now! We have an engaging mixture of scarce gangster material highlighted by Bonnie and Clyde artifacts, and a diverse offering of historical rarities from King George III correspondence to Prince’s custom VOX guitar.

Prince’s VOX guitar with custom graphics, played in a Swiss studio in 2013

Lot #1080 – Prince’s Personally-Owned & -Played Guitar Starting bid: $5,000

Prince’s personally-owned and -played VOX HDC-77 semi-hollow body electric guitar from the 3RDEYEGIRL era, featuring a colorful custom-made psychedelic graphic overlay sticker on the front, an image which features two sets of plump glowing lips. Prince used this particular guitar during his recording session at Powerplay Studios in Maur, Switzerland, in July 2013; after the session, Prince left his guitar behind in lieu of payment for the session.


Online bidding for Lot 1080 is available starting September 13th. You can also schedule a phone call during the live auction by contacting Sue Recks at 603-732-4280.

Saturday, September 21 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM) The auction preview will be held at the Omni Parker House, 60 School St, Boston, MA.


We will be displaying a selection of the top pieces; additional items may be viewed, by appointment only, at our New Hampshire offices. Friday, September 13 – Friday, September 20 to place bids on lots before the live auction begins.


Pre-live auction bidding will close at 12:00 pm ET, September 20 Saturday, September 21 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM) RR Auction representatives will be offering complimentary auction evaluations before the live auction.


We welcome you to bring in your items for evaluation. Gangsters, gun molls, rats, and mobsters have long captured the American imagination—transformed into symbols of individualism and stars of the silver screen, these figures have become icons in their own right.


In Session One of our Remarkable Rarities sale, we are proud to present a wealth of memorabilia associated with these criminal crooks and gangland gods: from folk heroes like Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and John Dillinger to mob bosses like Al Capone, Mickey Cohen, and Sam Giancana, the top names in gangsterism are here represented.


Bonnie and Clyde’s sawed-off shotgun, captured at the infamous Joplin shootout

Lot #1011 – Bonnie and Clyde Shotgun Captured at Joplin Shootout Starting bid: $10,000


Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s Western Field Browning Model 30 Shotgun, captured after the 1933 Joplin shootout by Detective Tom De Graff. Serial #U 12034, 12 Ga., 15 1/2″ barrel with a good bore that has spots of freckling along its length. The metal has an overall mottled gray-brown patina with areas of pinprick pitting throughout, but most noticeable on the right side of the frame behind the ejection port, as well as traces of original blue left on protected areas. Additionally, the magazine tube has areas of bright gray along the bearing surfaces of the slide. The frame markings are nevertheless still clear and fairly crisp, and the barrel was shortened to a more easily concealable length by the Barrow Gang prior to its capture. The trigger guard has a pronounced upwards bend along the bow indicating a heavy impact, possibly incurred during the Joplin gunfight. The walnut buttstock and checkered slide have numerous small handling marks and minor surface blemishes throughout, and moderate-heavy flattening of the checkering points on both the slide and pistol-grip. The original varnish and the original grooved, hard rubber buttplate are still present. The action is functional, however the 1946 NFA registration affidavit written by De Graff states that the gun will jam after “firing one or two shells” due to an unspecified mechanical fault, possibly related to the impact described above. Includes the original registration affidavit paperwork authenticating the serial number. 


Online bidding for Lot 1011 is available starting September 13th. You can also schedule a phone call during the live auction by contacting Sue Recks at 603-732-4280.


Diversity reigns in Remarkable Rarities, Session Two: King George III writes to his son in 1779, then Prince plays a custom VOX guitar in 2013. Dwight D. Eisenhower wins World War II, then Steve McQueen immortalizes it in The Great Escape. Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X fight for justice a century apart. Thoreau ponders the natural world while Tolkien creates a new one. The Beatles and Pink Floyd release landmark albums as America makes its moonshot. Alfred Nobel transforms his legacy from death to dignity. These intersections of culture and collecting are revealed in this concise session of just over fifty lots. Other highlights include a lock of George Washington’s hair, a piece of the ‘front door’ of the White House, original artwork by Pablo Picasso, a rare first edition Chinese suite of Emperor Qianlong ‘Battle Cooper Prints,’ a letter on gravitational wave detectors by Stephen Hawking, and a custom-made Shakespearian Tiffany’s sundial.


First edition of Chinese series of enormous prints celebrating the Emperor’s conquests in Sichuan

Lot ##1087 – Emperor Qianlong ‘Battle Copper Prints’ Suite Starting bid: $25,000 

Qianlong, Emperor of China. [Pingding Xiyu zhantu]. Suite of engravings representing the military campaigns at the conquest of Jinchuan. [Beijing, Wu Ying Ting Press], 1778- 1785. Suite of 13 (out of 16) large copper-engraved plates (each measuring approximately 34″ x 19.75″), laid down on slightly larger sheets with painted brown borders, with a printed poem in Chinese within each plate (based on Qianlong Emperor’s own personal commentary on the battles). Later morocco-backed and cornered marbled boards, cloth ties.


Online bidding for Lot 1087 is available starting September 13th. You can also schedule a phone call during the live auction by contacting Sue Recks at 603-732-4280.


Other significant offerings include:

#1090 – Unissued c. 1902 Bronze Nobel Prize Medal

#1090 – Unissued c. 1902 Bronze Nobel Prize Medal



#1083 – Yves Saint Laurent Signed Sketchl

#1097 – Ed Gibson’s Apollo 17 Flown Robbins Medal 

Hendrix attends the ‘Sounds ’68’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall

#1076 – Jimi Hendrix Signed ‘Sounds ’68’ Program

To receive a catalog or to schedule a live-auction bidding call, email [email protected].

To RSVP to attend the live auction in Boston on Sept. 21, email [email protected].


Preview all Remarkable Rarities lots now

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