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456. Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) (1894-1972) British monarch. Edward became king when his father died in early 1936. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. Choosing not to end his relationship with Simpson, Edward abdicated. 8 ½” x 11” copy of his historic Farewell Address of His Majesty, King Edward VIII, signed at the conclusion “Edward Duke of Windsor.”


$1,800 to $2,800


457. Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor). 8 ½” x 11” copy of his “Instrument of Abdication”, December 10, 1936 signed at the conclusion “Edward Duke of Winsor.”



$1,500 to $2,500


458. Edward VIII. 11 ¼” x 7 ½” heavy stock paper signed. There is a noted penned by the collector under his signature: “… The Prince of Wales visit to Marden Bradley July 19, 1923. When he received the…Service Men and Scouts.”


$350 to $500


459. Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994) Prince of Prussia. Ferdinand was a member of the Hohenzollern family, was the pretender to the abolished German monarchy, staunch opponent of the Nazi Party in Germany, a business man, and patron of the arts. 5” x 7” matte finish black and white photograph signed in the lower margin.



$ 50 to $ 75


460. King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999) King of Jordan. Hussein's rule extended through the Cold War and four decades of Arab-Israeli conflict. He recognized Israel in 1994, becoming the second Arab head of state to do so (after Anwar Sadat in 1978/1979). 5” x 7” color photograph, signed.



$100 to $175


461. Lech Walesa (1943- ) Polish union activist. Walesa became leader of the Solidarity trade union in 1980. In 1983 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. He continued to direct the outlawed union until it received legal recognition in 1988. Solidarity won an overwhelming victory in free elections in June 1989, and after Walesa refused to form a coalition government with the communists, the Parliament was forced to accept a Solidarity-led government. In 1990 he won Poland's first direct presidential election by a landslide, and he helped guide Poland into a free-market economy. Two signed items: first day of issue postal cover with the Paderewski commemorative and cachet and a 4” x 6” color photograph.



$100 to $200


462. Golda Meir (1898-1978) Israeli Prime Minister. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. She was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics. In August 1970, she accepted an American. peace initiative that called for an end to the War of Attrition and an Israeli pledge to withdraw to "secure and recognized boundaries" in the framework of a comprehensive peace settlement. 8 ½” x 11” typed letter signed, The Prime Minister, December 22, 1969, to Mr. Ben Faneuil. “…In spite of the war, we are working every day to fulfill our destiny as a nation and a land worthy of our people's needs…The challenges of this moment are enormous and the strain sometimes unbelievable – but not unbearable. A source of strength is our conviction that you will listen…The solidarity of the Jewish people will enable us to surmount present difficulties and face the future unafraid….”

$550 to $750


463. Shimon Peres (1923- ) Israeli leader. Peres was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. 9 ½” x 12" black and white portrait photograph signed.


$ 50 to $ 75


464. Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) Israeli leader. Rabin was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office, 1974–77 and 1992 until his assassination in 1995. In 1994, he won the Nobel Peace Prize together with Shimon Peres and Yasir Arafat. He was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli radical who was opposed to Rabin's signing of the Oslo Accords. Rabin was the first native-born prime minister of Israel, the only prime minister to be assassinated. 7” x 4 ¾” color photograph with Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, signed.

$150 to $250


465. Rainier III (1923-2005) Monaco monarch. Rainier ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Though he was best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly, he was also responsible for reforms to Monaco's constitution and for expanding the principality's economy beyond its traditional gambling base. 6” x 4” postcard with photographs of Rainier and Princess Grace, signed on the message side under two Monaco stamps.

$100 to $175


466. Umberto I (1844-1900) Italian Monarch. Umberto's reign saw Italy attempt colonial expansion into East Africa, successfully gaining Eritrea and Somalia despite being defeated by Abyssinia at the Battle of Adowa in 1886. In 1882, he approved the Triple Alliance with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. He was deeply loathed in leftist circles, because of his conservatism and support of the Bava-Beccaris massacre in Milan. He was especially hated by anarchists, who attempted an assassination on him during the first year of his reign. He was killed by another anarchist, Gaetano Bresci, two years after the Bava-Bacharis massacre. 10” x 14” partially printed document signed, August 31, 1886. The document is matted to 12” x 15”.

$150 to $250


467. King Umberto II (1904-1983) Italian Monarch. Umberto was the last King of Italy, reigning for slightly over a month. In an effort to repair the monarchy's image after the fall of Benito Mussolini's regime, Victor Emmanuel transferred his powers to Umberto in 1944 while retaining the title of king. As a referendum was in preparation on the abolition of the monarchy in 1946, Victor Emmanuel abdicated his throne to Umberto in an unsuccessful attempt to gain support for the monarchy. First day of issue postal cover with the “Final Reunion – United Confederate Veterans” commemorative and cachet, signed.

$ 50 to $ 75



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