(APOLLO 11.) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins
Official NASA photograph of the Apollo 11 crew (1969), signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr. NASA, May, 1969
Signed and inscribed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot), with an added inscription by Armstrong. This official NASA photograph shows the three astronauts in their flight gear with a picture of the moon as their background.
The early photographic prints with the red numbers, such as the present example, are much more desirable than the more commonly available lithographic prints of the same poses.
(RICHARDSON ,BENJAMIN.) Oscar Mason, photographer
Fabulous Albumen Photograph depicting Richardson and his great-grandson as they appeared in the Statue of Liberty Parade in New York. New York: Benjamin Richardson, c. 1886
Benjamin Richardson, the great collector of patriotic Americana, owned and rode in George Washington’s carriage in the Statue of Liberty dedication paradise in New York in 1886.
(EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Merl LaVoy
Photograph of Einstein holding a home movie camera, pointing it at the pioneering documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. [possibly Los Angeles], [c. 1931]
This photograph shows Einstein turning a Cine-Kodak home movie camera, the first 16mm camera, on noted documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. LaVoy was famous for his globe-trotting filmmaking for Pathé News. Einstein stands with his second wife Elsa.
“I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.” – Darwin on the Cameron portrait(DARWIN, CHARLES.) Cameron, Julia Margaret
Charles Darwin. London, [1880-1890s]
THE GREAT DARWIN PORTRAIT, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 portrait of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”
(Einstein, Albert and Ilse Sternberger.) Sternberger, Marcel
Portrait of Albert Einstein and Ilse Sternberger. Princeton, New Jersey, 1950, printed 2017
This photograph shows a reunion of friends. The Sternbergers and Einstein had known one another in Europe and met again in Princeton. Ilse was Sternberger’s wife, collaborator, and perennial foil. She was a constant source of warmth during sometimes-contentious sittings. She also helped document their life, publishing several articles on Sternberger’s work and their sessions with famous sitters after his death.
$2500 unframed; framed: $3,000
(ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD
FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later
Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.
(HIP HOP.) Barboza, Anthony
Grandmaster Flash. 1984. New York, 1984
This portrait captures Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at the height of their fame. The pioneering group broke through to mainstream success with the 1982 single “The Message,” which made the top 100 pop charts. “’The Message’ was [the first record] to prove that rap could become the inner city’s voice, as well as its choice” (Rolling Stone). In 2007 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2012 Rolling Stone declared “The Message” (with the refrain “Don’t push me, ’cause I’m close to the edge, I’m tryin’ not to lose my head …”) the #1 hip hop song of all time.