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 / € 870
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 / € 950
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 / € 625
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., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, (Vienna), no date. A fine handwritten letter to his uncle. In German, in full: "Lieber Onkel! Innigsten Dank für Deine Einladung. Wenn es Dir recht ist, würden wir um ½ 1 Uhr zu Dir kommen. Dein treuer Neffe“. Translated: “Dear Uncle! Thank you very much for your invitation. If you don't mind, we would come to you at 1:30. Your faithful nephew". Horizontal fold, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,680 / € 1.400
Early signature matted with photograph
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. Fine and early ink signature “Rudolf”. Signature from a letter mounted to a small piece of paper, 5.25 x 4.0 inch, no place, 1876. Mounted together with his embossed coat of arms, cut from a letter. In a different hand “Kronprinz von Österreich 1876” below his signature. On verso a note in a different hand and in German regarding the transmission of the signature. Handsomely matted in gray with a paper photograph of Rudolf to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition. The date 1876 matches exactly with the type of Rudolf's signature from that time at age 17/18.
Price: $ 720 / € 600
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 / € 625