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Vol. 6, Iss. 5: Pretty as a Picture






Pretty as a Picture

Dictionary.com states the origin of the expression, pretty as a picture, “[came about because the common use of] the noun picture alone was used to describe beautiful objects from the early 1800s on.” Whether or not we subscribe to this expression’s idiomatic beginnings, pretty as a picture fits the following items to a T. For those interested in the etymology of the expression, fits ____ to a T, the T is thought to be an abbreviated version of the word ‘tittle’, not the golf tee and not a T-square, although there is some support for that latter possibility.  Ourpretty as a picture listings are all beautiful and the opportunity to purchase them at a 10% discount through April 27, 2015, will hopefully fit you to a T.


Name Emperor Hirohito of Japan ID# 58457
Headline A rare document, boldly signed by Emperor Hirohito of Japan, awarding the Order of the Sacred Treasure Grand Cross to a Kyoto university professor — awarded in 1936, five years to the day prior to Pearl Harbor  
Date [December 7, 1936] Price
Place [Tokyo] $16,000.00

Name Militaria ID# 58436
Headline Scarce 14k gold “Sons of the Revolution” medal – with bust of George Washington in high relief - in original presentation case  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $2,000.00

Name Weapons / Ammunition ID# 55464
Headline Magnificent vintage ornately decorated Barbary Coast North African dagger and scabbard – circa late 18th to early 19th century  
Date c. late 18th - early 19th century Price
Place North Africa $2,600.00

Name [Albert Einstein] ID# 55179
Headline Magnificent Albert Einstein gelatin silver photo, taken by Philippe Halsman  
Date [1947] Price
Place [New Jersey] $9,500.00

Name Muhammad Ali ID# 59124
Headline Muhammad Ali Signed Robe  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $6,750.00

Name Ronald Reagan ID# 59219
Headline President-elect Ronald Reagan signs and dates a ticket to a reception held just two days before his inauguration as the oldest U.S. President  
Date January 18, 1981 Price
Place Washington, DC $775.00

Name [Ludwig Van Beethoven] ID# 56867
Headline The Ludwig von Beethoven Diamond  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $125,000.00

Name Neil Armstrong ID# 58060
Headline An extremely clean Neil Armstrong signed official NASA portrait  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $2,500.00



Name [John F. Kennedy] ID# 58002
Headline John F. Kennedy cigar from his private collection, beautifully framed with an image of JFK enjoying a smoke! The cigar was a gift from the Philippine Ambassador  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $1,800.00


Name Greta Garbo ID# 58829
Headline Garbo’s Signed Immigrant Photo Identification Card – Returning to America from Sweden aboard the ship “Kungsholm” to star in “Ninotchka”   
Date September 20, 1938 Price
Place Stockholm, Sweden $13,500.00

Name Leonid Brezhnev ID# 59158
Headline A view of Red Square adorns the cover of this May Day greeting card, signed by Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet leader for eighteen years  
Date n.d. Price
Place [Moscow] $1,500.00

Name Civil War ID# 58616
Headline Exquisite framed display! Three top Confederate Generals - an ALS of Robert E. Lee, and signatures of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and J.E.B. Stuart  
Date April 18, 1869 Price
Place Lexington, Virginia $19,000.00

Name LeRoy Neiman ID# 53551
Headline LeRoy Neiman’s artistic view of the World of Golf - first edition signed by him.  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $1,000.00

Name Apollo XIV
Moon Walkers
ID# 58975
Headline Large Apollo 14 Manned Mission to the Moon Limited Edition Artist Proof Print signed by astronauts Shepard, Mitchell, and Roosa  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $3,000.00

Name Princess Diana of Wales ID# 56975
Headline “There were screams of delight from the birthday girl!” Princess Diana thanks fashion designer Bruce Oldfield for her “most beautiful silk shirt … Far too smart to wear for the school run I think!” (driving her seven- and four-year-old sons to school)  
Date July 3, 1989 Price
Place London, England $3,900.00


Name Moshe Dayan ID# 38334
Headline Moshe Dayan's personally owned commemorative ceramic plate from the 1949 Israel and Jordan Armistice negotiations.  
Date 1949 Price
Place Rhodes, Greece $5,800.00


Name Paul Newman ID# 57264
Headline Paul Newman & A. E. Hotchner signed book “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good”  
Date 2003 Price
Place n.p. $450.00

Name Football ID# 57241
Headline Amazing, very large signed book of the history of the first 40 Super Bowl football games, Limited Edition, signed by all the living Super Bowl “Most Valuable Player” award winners  
Date 2006 Price
Place n.p. $20,000.00

Name Alan Bean
Apollo XII Astronauts
ID# 56993
Headline Signed Panoramic Photograph of astronaut Alan Bean on the Moon  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $400.00

Name [Toussaint Louverture]
ID# 59217
Headline Vibrant lithograph of Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the revolution which led to the establishment of Haiti as an independent state  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $1,400.00

Name Grace Kelly ID# 57565
Headline Princess Grace writes her sister that she shouldn’t “believe the press when they try to make a thing with little Rossellini,” son of Ingrid Bergman, seeing her daughter Caroline while her husband Philippe, “is off on business…” Philippe “is a jerk but we all knew that except Caroline – now she knows it…”  
Date July 2, [1980] Price
Place [Monaco] $2,500.00

Name John Williams ID# 56486
Headline Three signed bars of music from his “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” for the 1984 XXIII Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles on a 1984 Olympics FDC  
Date April 30, 1984 Price
Place Los Angeles, CA $800.00

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