Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza (1919-1980)
The last Shah (King) of the Imperial State of Iran. Vintage postcard signed “M. R. Pahlavi”. Postcard, 5.75 x 4.25 inch, Badgastein (Stubnerkogel), Austria, n.d. (1965), fine blue ink signature on verso of the postcard. With old adhesive residue on the image side, else fine condition. Pahlavi was a guest in Badgastein in 1965 to go skiing on the Stubnerkogel.
Price: $ 1,045 / € 950
Philip, Prince (1921-2021)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Handsome vintage matte-finish signed photograph “Philip ‘Ajax 1956’”. A fine 6.0 x 8.0 inch portrait of Prince Philip in uniform, affixed to its original 7.0 x 9.75 inch mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,140 / € 1.035
Philippe I., Louis (1773-1850)
Autograph letter signed “The King as a numismatist”
King of the French from 1830 to 1848, the last King and penultimate monarch of France. Autograph letter signed “LP”. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 7.75 inch, Palermo, 1812 February 18. Handwritten letter to the coin-collector Count von Rohan, to whom he sent an old Maltese coin with the portrait of the Maltese Grand Master Rohan. In French: “Comme je sais, mon cher Comte, que vous aimés à faire des collections, j’ai pensé que vous series bien aise d’y placer une pièce de monnoye portans les noms & armes de votre Maison, &/ cela de determine à vous envoyer une demi piaster Maltaise du Grand-Maitre de Rohan. Vous y trouverés d’un coté vos Macles, & de l’autre son effigie & la perruque qui ont bien leur mérite. Cette pièce vaut quinze taris Maltais, dix taris Siciliens, ou trois taris Napolitains & und Sol … de mois qu’une demie piastre forte d’Espagne …”. He ends with some words about the growing up of a son and the expectation of a second child in April. Mailing folds, minor mounting residue, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 750 / € 680
Rainier of Monaco (1923-2005)
Content typed letter signed
Rainier III. ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Fine content typed letter signed "Most sincerely, Rainier Prince de Monaco". And additionally in his hand “Dear Fried”. 7.75 x 13.5 inch, Palace de Monaco, 1967 January 20. Addressed to Mr. Dayton T.V. Mitchell in New York. In parts: “. I therefore cannot act alone, and that project must be developed with the consent of the Government and the National Council… It would be necessary that these conversations be held with a representative of the Government, but this can only be envisaged if the intentions of the people at your end are definitely and completely focussed in realizing the Hotel Spa project here in Monte Carlo. … I hope also that you will understand my position and the fact that I cannot advance alone in such an important project that involves State property and concerns the national economy of this Country.” Discolored, stained, else good condition.
Price: $ 270 / € 245
Autograph letter signed
Crown Prince of Austria, the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. of Austria and Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress Mary Vetsera at the Mayerling hunting lodge. Autograph letter signed “Rudolf”. 1p., bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Vienna, 1887 January (Jänner) 2. To Joseph Ritter von Weilen (1828-1889). In German, in full: "Nach Ausspruch der Ärzte geht es heute um vieles besser, doch dürfte die Sache immerhin 8 Tage der Ruhe bedürfen. Beiliegend stelle ich den Artikel des Fremdenblatt zurück. Mit besten Grüßen“. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Joseph Ritter von Weilen was an Austrian writer. In 1884 he became editor-in-chief of the German editorial team of the so-called “Kronprinzenwerk”, an encyclopedia in 24 volumes.
Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.400
Schratt, Katharina (1853-1940)
Austrian actress who became "the uncrowned Empress of Austria" as a confidante of Emperor Franz Joseph. Signed postcard photograph “Grüße von Semmering Kathi Schratt, März 1898”. Verlag C. Lederman jun., Wien I. Signed in purple ink, postmark Vienna. Mounted on thin cardboard, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 750 / € 680