Pearl Jam custom framed “Vs.” album display with Eddie Vedder handwritten lyrics!

main_1483029874-Eddie-Vedder-Jeff-Ament-Stone-Gossard-Mike-McCready-Dave-Abbruzzese-Signed-Pearl-Jam-28x28-Custom-Framed-Display-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comAfter a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album “Ten,” Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993, faced with the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, “Vs.,” released later that year sported a much looser and rawer sound compared to the band’s debut album, partly due to new producer Brendan O’Brien. It also introduced fans to new drummer Dave Abbruzzese.main_1483029875-Eddie-Vedder-Jeff-Ament-Stone-Gossard-Mike-McCready-Dave-Abbruzzese-Signed-Pearl-Jam-28x28-Custom-Framed-Display-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Although the band scaled back commercial efforts for “Vs.,” the album set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week … a record it held for five years. “Vs.” occupied the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks — the longest duration for a Pearl Jam album. The album has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Eddie Vedder and company are still considered one of the most influential alternative rockers of 1990s. More than 25 years after they hit the music scene, the grunge band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April in their first year of eligibility.

main_1483029876-Eddie-Vedder-Jeff-Ament-Stone-Gossard-Mike-McCready-Dave-Abbruzzese-Signed-Pearl-Jam-28x28-Custom-Framed-Display-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comThis month, Pristine Auction is happy to offer collectors a remarkable display signed by the future Hall of Famers. The custom framed display measures 28” x 28” in size and features the vinyl edition of the album cover hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Dave Abbruzzese. It also features a 3.5″ x 9.5″ cutout of handwritten lyrics from Vedder that reads, “Note for Jerry S. I’ve checked and I am sorry — there is nothing available — I should have checked. ‘I’m not Got that’s for sure.’ ‘Shouldn’t have thought I could help.’ Eddie.” The display also bears the “Vs.” gate fold to complete the ensemble and is accompanied by an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

This custom made collectible is one of nearly 400 items up for bid in the Elite Auction this month. Bidding remains open at Pristine Auction until Sunday, January 29.

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Pristine brings a pair of desirable DiMaggio and Mantle signed limited bats to auction

Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.There are few bigger names in the baseball world than those belonging to these two New York Yankees.

main_1481133970-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Custom-Engraved-LE-Gold-HOF-Postcard-Cooperstown-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comFor collectors, their autographs fall into the “must have” category. Thanks to the card show circuit of the 1980s and 1990s, fans who weren’t even born when DiMaggio and his successor, Mantle, roamed Yankee Stadium were able to secure their signatures on photographs and baseballs.

The one item that remained elusive, however, was the signed baseball bat.

Whether it was viewed as an inconvenience to sign them or was simply a bizarre competition between the two men, Mantle and DiMaggio flat out refused to pen their names to bats during their signing heyday.

The exception to that self-imposed rule was when they sat down to sign for a limited edition series of lumber. This month, Pristine Auction is proud to have obtained bats signed by those baseball immortals.

The Mickey Mantle custom engraved, limited edition, gold HOF postcard Cooperstown Baseball Bat Company lumber has been hand-signed in blue felt-tip pen. main_1481133971-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Custom-Engraved-LE-Gold-HOF-Postcard-Cooperstown-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Reuniting with the Mick, at least in this auction, is Joltin’ Joe, represented via a separate, Louisville Slugger custom engraved, signature model baseball bat. This example has his unmistakeable signature in blue felt tip.main_1481298461-Joe-DiMaggio-Signed-Louisville-Slugger-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Both autographs include an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

Mantle, nicknamed “The Commerce Comet” and “The Mick,” played for the New York Yankees for his entire 18 season career (1951-1968). Mantle is considered by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time and one of the greatest players in baseball history. He was a 20-time All-Star, seven-time World Series Champion, three-time AL MVP, and finished his career with 536 home runs. He joined the Cooperstown elite in 1974.

main_1481298460-Joe-DiMaggio-Signed-Louisville-Slugger-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comDiMaggio played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579). He was inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport’s greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.

These bats are just two of the hundreds of unique pieces that are available for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction through Sunday, January 29. Be sure to bid early and often!

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The Beatles take centerstage in January’s Elite Auction

main_1482107174-John-Lennon-George-Harrison-Ringo-Starr-Signed-The-Beatles-Vintage-Photo-Postcard-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comWhatever your focus may be as an autograph collector, there’s always a core of signatures that are “must haves” should the opportunity present itself. In music, the Beatles top that list. This month’s Elite Auction may just make that acquisition a reality via a possible one-of-a-kind offering.

Whether you call them the Fab Four, the Four Lads from Liverpool, “John, Paul, George and Ringo,” The Beatles forever changed music as we know it.

A true history of the Beatles can take up a book. (In fact it has!) But let’s embark on just a brief tutorial of these for guys who changed the music scene more than once more than 50 years ago.main_1482107176-John-Lennon-George-Harrison-Ringo-Starr-Signed-The-Beatles-Vintage-Photo-Postcard-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

The group began in 1957 with 16-year-old guitarist John Lennon, 15-year-old bass guitarist Paul McCartney, and 14-year-old lead guitarist George Harrison. They would later add drummer Ringo Starr. What was to follow was unlike anything the music world, or the world for that matter, had ever seen.

From 1964 to 1970, The Beatles produced ten critically acclaimed albums including Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the White Album. The band split up in December 1970. Ten years later, Lennon was gunned down outside his apartment building in New York City. Harrison died in 2001.

McCartney and Starr continue to tour and have appeared on stage together many times. Yet that is still a far cry from a Beatles reunion — something that obviously will never take place.

Almost as nonexistent is an opportunity to track down either surviving Beatle and secure an autograph. They are mobbed wherever they go, and we all remember how Ringo’s signing habits famously came to an end in 2008 when he announced that he “simply had too much to do” to respond to autograph requests.

main_1482363102-Paul-McCartney-Signed-1175-x-15-Photo-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comTo really be a cornerstone of a collection, however, you’re going to want to have the Beatles’ autographs from their heyday. This month we offer one such item, as well as a few other gems worthy of consideration.

Pristine proudly presents a John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed “The Beatles” vintage Parlophone Records promotional photo postcard. This original Beatles postcard measures approximately 5.75” x 3.6” and is hand-signed by the three aforementioned Beatles. Ringo added a personalization “To Pam Ann Norma and Theresa” as well as an inscription “From the Beatles.”

Items signed by the band from this period sell for crazy money — we all know that. We feel compelled to tell you that this bid item and is being offered with no reserve! Yep, you read that correctly. A “no reserve” vintage Beatles signed promotional postcard! Almost too good to be true, but in this case … it is!

The only caveat is that signature of Paul McCartney has been deemed secretarial. Even so there is a silver lining as his name appears to have been added by George Harrison! That fact alone makes this one unusual piece. The original recipients must’ve been quite special indeed. Just think … rather than turn the quartet into a trio, George took extra time to make this postcard as memorable as the presumed encounter.main_1480962912-Pete-Best-Signed-Hofter-Style-Bass-Guitar-Inscribed-The-Beatles-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.com

The piece includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

main_1480962911-Pete-Best-Signed-Hofter-Style-Bass-Guitar-Inscribed-The-Beatles-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.comIf you were so inclined you could bid on our 11.75” x 15” photo of Sir Paul that is signed in blue felt tip then frame them together to make one mind-blowing display! Complete the ensemble with a Glen Burton bass guitar autographed in silver by original drummer Pete Best and inscribed “The Beatles” for a collectible like no other! Both of these pieces are also authenticated by JSA so you know you’re getting the real deal!

The scarcity and uniqueness of this Beatles postcard cannot be understated. We encourage you to give very careful consideration to the piece and its “no reserve” status … you may regret not doing so! Bidding on all of the items in January’s Elite Auction continues through Sunday, January 29, only at Pristine Auction!main_1482107154-John-Lennon-George-Harrison-Ringo-Starr-Signed-The-Beatles-Vintage-Photo-Postcard-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

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From the collection of one of baseball’s most famous families comes a Tony Gwynn gamer!

main_1482102983-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comSecond baseman Bret Boone came from one of baseball’s most recognizable families. His dad was former Major League Baseball player and manager Bob Boone. His grandfather was former big leaguer Ray Boone and his brother was former player Aaron Boone. Oh, and Boone (all of the aforementioned ones actually) were descendants of Americana pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone.

During his career, Bret was a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Bret was not only a player — he was also a true fan of the National Pastime … and a collector.

Collectors owe Bret a debt of gratitude for sharing some of his keepsakes with the rest of us, particularly the Tony Gwynn 1993 Padres Russell Athletic pinstriped San Diego Padres game-worn home jersey that’s up for bid this month in our Elite Auction.main_1482102940-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.com

The white knit shell features blue pinstripes with “Padres” stitched across front in blue-on-white-on-orange tri-tone tackle twill, “Gwynn” stitched directly across shoulders in navy blue tackle twill, and his number “19” applied in the tri-tone tackle format below. The correct Russell Athletic manufacturer’s tag is sewn to the front left tail, along with two tags to indicate size and material (size “44” and “100% Polyester”). The left sleeve bears the club’s 25th anniversary patch.

thumb_1482103144-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comOn its own this would be a magnificent auction. Yet as they say: “WAIT! THERE’S MORE!”

The jersey is hand-signed by Gwynn both on the front (faded) and the back (horizontally in silver ink upon the “1” of his number. Gwynn also inscribed “HOF 07” along with his signature. The jersey includes an official Bret Boone LOA from Celebz Direct for authenticity purposes. The LOA reads in part that the jersey “is original and was used by Tony during MLB games. It was given to me by my friend Tony Gwynn … & it has been part of my personal, private collection.”

thumb_1482103004-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comthumb_1482102993-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comA member of the 3,000 Hit Club with a career .338 batting average, Gwynn was a 15-time National League All-Star, an eight-time National League batting champion, and a five-time Gold Glove winner. The first-ballot HOFer called Boone a teammate for only a single season in 2000, but the duo apparently became good friends in that short amount of time.
A long-time user of smokeless tobacco, Gwynn passed away from salivary gland cancer at the age of 54 in 2014.

This jersey remains significant piece of memorabilia from the late Hall of Famer, worn during his beloved franchise’s anniversary season. It is one of more than 300 exquisite items that Pristine has available in our Elite Auction until Sunday, January 29.

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High-grade Mantle and Maris dual-signed American League baseball at Pristine’s January Elite Auction

main_1482097909-Roger-Maris-Mickey-Mantle-Dual-Signed-OAL-Baseball-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.commain_1482097911-Roger-Maris-Mickey-Mantle-Dual-Signed-OAL-Baseball-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comFrigid temperatures, blizzards, high winds, gray skies … yup, it’s January.

The new year has brought with it new hopes, new dreams, and more than 320 unique items that Pristine Auction is glad to offer in this month’s Elite Auction.

We’re naturally excited about all of the items we have to offer collectors, but a few pieces always catch our attention and makes us exclaim, “WOW! Look at that beauty!” One of those auction items this month is an American League baseball boasting high-grade signatures from the New York Yankees’ “M&M Boys”Mickey Mantle (D. 1995) and Roger Maris (D. 1985). The Rawlings OAL sphere (Lee MacPhail President) is hand-signed in blue ink — Mantle on the sweet spot and Maris on a side panel — to create a highly desirable and rare dual-autographed baseball. It includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

Without a doubt, this is a very nice example with high-grade autographs. The ball shows some typical natural even toning from age, but let’s focus on the historical importance of this sphere. Next to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, there are no two Yankees — no more memorable duo in all of the National Pastime — than Mantle and Maris.

If you love baseball, you already know the story of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. If you don’t … then you’re missing out on one of the greatest adventures of 1961 … and baseball history. Allow us to enlighten you.

It was 56 years ago this season, and one of the M&M Boys were poised to become baseball royalty as the two Yankees made an assault on Babe Ruth’s revered single-season home run record — 60 slammed back in 1927.

It’s a paltry number today, but in 1961 it seemed like an impossible task. First off, the record had held firm for 34 season. Most of all, anyone who toppled it would be replacing the great George Herman “Babe” Ruth — an obscene thought.

If anyone could do it, however, we figured it would be that fair-haired boy from Oklahoma. He was, after all, “The Mick.” In 1956, Mantle had already challenged Ruth’s record for most of the season. By 1961, it seemed inevitable that one Yankee legend would surpass another for the title.

And they were right. It just wasn’t the Yankee they were expecting.

Maris was batting third in the line-up and Mantle clean-up at the start of the ’61 campaign. With pitchers reluctant to pitch around him, Maris started to see some pretty good balls. At first, it didn’t matter, and Maris hit only one homer in April, then 11 in May and 15 in June. Mantle, as expected, started off strong, hitting 14 home runs by the end of May and 11 more in June.

And then, the unimaginable happened. Maris passed Mantle on August 15 for the final time that year and led the home run race for the rest of the season. In September, Mantle was unexpectedly hospitalized due to an abscess on his hip and ended the season with “only” 54. Maris made history by hitting a record-setting 61 home runs.

Maris was the new single-season home run king.

Fickle fans cried foul. This wasn’t how the story was meant to end. Maris wasn’t a “true” Yankee, and he only had a handful of great seasons. He had played for Cleveland and Kansas City before receiving the honor to don Yankee pinstripes. Mickey was a Yankee through and through!

All along the way, there were those who believed more than 60 homers in one season was such a lofty goal, it was unreachable. Even Maris himself told a reporter that season, “Nobody will touch (Ruth’s record) … Look up the records and you’ll see that it’s a rare year when anybody hits 50 homers, let alone 60.”

To add insult to injury, the new record was challenged by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick (who was Ruth’s friend). Frick declared that Maris needed to break the record in 154 games instead of the current schedule of 162 games in order for it to truly be a record. The result: a famed asterisk placed after the Roger’s record … a slap in the face, as if to say “we know who really” still owns the record.”

For his part, Mantle was nothing but supportive of his teammate. They were both Yankees, but more importantly, they were friends. Mickey publicly supported Roger’s bid and ultimate success, but the public wasn’t interested.

True, Maris was named top athlete of the year in 1961, and captured American League MVP honors. Yet he had to deal with the stress of not only replacing Ruth, a beloved National Pastime icon, but besting Mantle in the process. This resulted in more hate mail than he cared to read and reportedly causing some of his hair to fall out.

In a 1980 interview, Maris told a reporter, “They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Do you know what I have to show for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing.”

Looking back, Yankee fans … and the baseball world … recognize the M&M Boys as one of the greatest offensive pair of teammates in the history of the game, with their combined 115 home runs in a single season one of the very few baseball records that will never be broken.

In 1991, Commissioner Fay Vincent declared that there was only one single-season home run record, and that it was held by Roger Maris.

Roger’s accomplishment of 61 home runs in a season came back to the forefront in 1998, when the record was broken by both Mark McGwire (70) and Sammy Sosa (66). Those records, and a subsequent record-setting 73 homers set in 2001 by Barry Bonds, were viewed as tainted by many baseball fans after the trio were all alleged to have to used performance-enhancing drugs during their respective campaigns.

That leaves Maris as the “true” heir to the Bambino’s home run crown.

Maris wasn’t one of the most outgoing players during his career, and was almost fanatically private after hanging up his cleats. He was a guy who just didn’t sign much. He never had the chance to capitalize on the sports memorabilia boom that began in the late 1980s. Two years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Maris died at the fairly young age of 51 in 1985.

In June 1995, the Mick (who always thought he’d die young) underwent a liver transplant to replace the organ that was severely damaged by alcohol-induced cirrhosis, as well as hepatitis C. Prior to the operation, doctors also discovered he had inoperable liver cancer. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. “This is a role model: Don’t be like me,” a frail Mantle said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his cancer had spread. Mantle died the next month at age 63.

main_1482097896-Roger-Maris-Mickey-Mantle-Dual-Signed-OAL-Baseball-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comMantle tried to tell people he wasn’t a role model. Ironically, “fans” spent years telling Maris he hadn’t really earned the right to be a role model.

We strongly disagree on both counts.

This Mantle/Maris collectible is just one of more than 320 unique pieces that are available for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction through Sunday, January 29. Be sure to bid early and often!

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“Pop artist” Peter Max available at Pristine Auction

You may not know the name Peter Max but you certainly have seen his artwork. Would the “Summer of Love” still be remembered had it not been memorialized in his artwork?main_1482361523-Peter-Max-Umbrella-Man-Signed-85-x-11-Original-Acrylic-Mixed-Media-Painting-1-1-Custom-Framed-to-215-x-24-PristineAuction.com

Max’s vibrant artwork regularly features the use of vivid colors and bold brushstrokes. His is an unmistakable Pop Art style is instantly recognizable. He is the ultimate “Pop Art” visionary — a guy whose boldly colored and vibrant color techniques of his “Cosmic ‘60s” style are recognizable around the world. He’s been the official artist for many major events including the World Cup, the Grammy Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Super Bowl. His exhaustive resume continues, including mention that he is the official portrait artist for the Statue of Liberty plus the welcome banners at the US Ports of Entry.

You’ve got to wonder if his style is rooted in his upbringing. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1937, and raised in Shanghai, China, living in in a pagoda-style house situated near a Buddhist monastery, a Sikh temple, and a Viennese cafe. All that culture mixed with American influences such as comic book heroes, jazz, and swashbuckling heroes to fill his head with imagination before the and his family came to America in 1953.

main_1482877536-Peter-Max-Signed-ORIGINAL-Custom-Hand-Painted-Baseball-with-Display-Case-Max-Hologram-PristineAuction.comAfter completing high school, Max continued his art studies at The Art Student’s League, a renowned traditional academy across from Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. Here, he learned the rigid disciplines of realism and developed into a Realist painter. As a portraitist for four former U.S. presidents (Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), Max was approached by the inaugural committee in 1993 to create posters for Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He was later invited to the White House to paint the signing of the Peace Accord, was the official artist of New York City’s 2000 Subway Series, and in 2016 created a commemorative painting for David Ortiz’s final season with the Boston Red Sox.

Aside from his years as a Realist painter, Max’s true station as an artist is that of a Pop Art visionary. The boldly colored and vibrant color techniques of his “Cosmic ‘60s” style are recognizable around the world. A combination of Expressionism and Pop Art, his work is often dedicated to the country he has loved since his youth, and the Statue of Liberty and the American flag featuring prominently in his paintings. Young television viewers gained exposure to Max via a series of commercials in the late 1960s created for 7-UP soda.main_1482877432-Peter-Max-Signed-ORIGINAL-Custom-Hand-Painted-Baseball-with-Display-Case-Max-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

Max also has a reputation as an environmentalist and human supporter of rights, having designed and dedicated paintings and posters to increase international awareness of these causes.

Pristine Auction proudly offers collectors and enthusiasts artwork from the pop culture icon. Be sure to visit our Art Auction to see our latest offerings!

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Princess Leia becomes one with the Force

main_1476284709-Carrie-Fisher-Signed-Star-Wars-Princess-Leia-Funko-POP-Vinyl-Bobble-Head-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.comA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we fell in love with Carrie Fisher. She was born into Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Yet for pre-teens in 1977, we didn’t know or care about any of that. As far as we were concerned, she was a real, live princess — “Star Wars” style.

Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan.

As Luke Skywalker said: “She’s beautiful.”thumb_1476221012-Carrie-Fisher-Signed-Star-Wars-Princess-Leia-Funko-POP-Vinyl-Bobble-Head-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.com

And now … she’s gone.

This year has been pretty rough on our childhood heroes and childhood memories. Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, John Glenn, Florence Henderson, Gordie Howe, George Michael, Prince, even former First Lady Nancy Reagan all fell to the Grim Reaper. For those of us who were nerds and geeks before it was cool, the death of Carrie Fisher at age 60 hits especially hard.

It says a lot about an actress to make us want to watch and re-watch a film countless times. “Star Wars” was one of those films and Fisher was one of the main reasons. Oh sure, it also had X-Wings and TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon and lightsabers and Darth Vader. It had Luke and Han and Chewie and an exploding Death Star. But it also had Princess Leia. She was gorgeous, but she was something more … she was tough. She was a bad ass. If Lord Vader didn’t hold her back, we imagine she would’ve taken a swing at Governor Tarkin and drawn blood.

thumb_1476220120-Carrie-Fisher-Signed-Star-Wars-Princess-Leia-Replica-Prop-Blaster-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.comShe was a princess but she wasn’t a damsel in distress. It sent a good message to boys and an especially strong, powerful message to girls. We could watch “Star Wars” with our family, and it had something for everyone.

As the years passed we got older, and so did Fisher. She never apologized for that. She never tried to hide it. She embraced it. Just as she embraced her many problems. Throughout her career, Fisher was open about her struggles with mental illness — the actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — and drug use, admitting that she had abused cocaine throughout the filming of “The Empire Strikes Back,” as well as prescription drugs.

We may have put her on a pedestal but we saw that she was human, and that made us love her even more.

Fisher suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight about 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator. When our iPhones “pinged” with the news alert, we figured she’d eventually be all right. The Force was strong in her. In a couple of months we figured she’d be on CNN being all sassy talking about the episode and how she’d write a book about it and maybe it would be optioned into a movie.thumb_1476220862-Carrie-Fisher-Signed-Star-Wars-Slave-Leia-Funko-POP-Vinyl-Bobble-Head-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.com

Tuesday morning we learned that would never be the case.

Fisher gained pop culture immortality long ago, but her passing … well frankly, news of her passing just sucks.

We all know that with Fisher’s death, fans around the world are pulling out her autographs and admiring them once again. Those who never had the good fortunate to have met her or gotten her autograph are now lamenting that fact. Some may be scouring the internet, looking to snatch up a photo or other autographed memento.

thumb_1476220122-Carrie-Fisher-Signed-Star-Wars-Princess-Leia-Replica-Prop-Blaster-Radtke-COA-PristineAuction.comWe encourage you to use due diligence (and maybe even the Force) in adding a Fisher signature to your collection. There are many unscrupulous individuals who are only interested in separating you from your funds. Remember that.

Yes, Pristine Auction has some great items up for bid — a signed toy “Princess Leia” blaster, a Princess Leia Funko POP! vinyl bobble head, and a Slave Leia Funko POP! vinyl bobble head. If you’re going to purchase an item, make sure it’s from a reputable source.

Carrie Fisher fans are probably going to spend some time over the next few days binge-watching some films — maybe the Star Wars trilogy, or “The Blues Brothers,” or even “When Harry Met Sally.” When the next “Star Wars” film is released in 2017 — Fisher’s final performance as Leia — the theater will erupt in cheers and applause.

We’ll celebrate the greatness that was the actress and author. Yet we will do so with sadness.

Goodbye, your worshipfulness. May the Force be with you … always.

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It’s a counterculture revolution with Bob Dylan and Bob Marley at Pristine Auction!

main_1479488889-Bob-Dylan-Signed-Vintage-Document-Inscribed-2-29-84-REAL-LOA-PristineAuction.comWhen it comes to the 1960s and the counterculture revolution that marked the decade and the years that followed, there are two names that often referenced: Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.main_1479489692-Bob-Marley-Signed-Vintage-Cut-Inscribed-All-The-Best-REAL-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Both men are musical icons. Both men sang with passion and with optimism — whether it be Dylan reminding the world that “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and that the answer is “Blowin’ in the Wind,” or Marley assuring a woman that things will get better in “No Woman, No Cry.”

This month, Pristine Auction proudly offers bidders two stellar, each one signed by a music superstar, as part of our fabulous Elite Auction.

First we look at a donation form from Fly by Night Entertainment measuring 8.5″ x 11″ and is hand-signed in red ink by Bob Dylan along with an inscription of the date “2/29/84”. As collectors know (and you should, too) Dylan’s autograph is exceedingly rare! The autograph includes an official Roger Epperson Authentication Ltd. LOA for authenticity purposes. Epperson is considered the foremost authentication expert for music and entertainment autographs and is a leading expert with both PSA/DNA and JSA.main_1479489292-Bob-Dylan-Signed-Vintage-Document-Inscribed-2-29-84-REAL-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Dylan was the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient … but declined to travel to Stockholm this week to accept the award, citing “other commitments”. He has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards including 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Next up is a vintage cut measures approximately 3.5″ x 2″ in size and is affixed to a 6.5″ x 4″ card. The cut is hand-signed and inscribed “All The Best” by Bob Marley. Marley died in 1981. Like Dylan, his autograph in any form is exceedingly rare!

Marley achieved international fame and acclaim, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions. Starting out in 1963 with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers went on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

main_1479490122-Bob-Marley-Signed-Vintage-Cut-Inscribed-All-The-Best-REAL-LOA-PristineAuction.comAfter the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career upon his relocation to England that culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977, which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records. Exodus stayed on the British album charts for fifty-six consecutive weeks. It included four UK hit singles: “Exodus”, “Waiting in Vain”, “Jamming”, and “One Love”. In 1978 he released the album Kaya, which included two hit singles — “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul”.

Marley is considered one of the most influential musicians of all time and credited with popularizing reggae music around the world, as well as serving as a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity. Marley has also evolved into a global symbol, which has been endlessly merchandised through a variety of mediums. The autograph includes an official Roger Epperson Authentication Ltd. LOA for authenticity purposes.

These two stellar pieces are among the more than 280 pieces up for bid through Sunday, December 18.

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Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle gets the pop art treatment from Charles Fazzino in Pristine’s Elite Auction

main_1480628850-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Charles-Fazzino-Custom-Hand-Painted-3D-Art-Baseball-with-Swarovski-Crystals-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comFor more than 30 years, artist Charles Fazzino has been known for a “bright, whimsical, and wonderfully detailed 3D Pop Art” (if we are to believe his website … and why wouldn’t we).

Among the subjects Fazzino has tackled are a variety of sports heroes. As part of this month’s Elite Auction, Pristine offers collectors an opportunity to own unique, hand-painted masterpieces not only created and signed by Fazzino, but also signed by his renowned subject — New York Yankees icon and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

We’ll start with the hand-pained baseball (decorated with Swarovski crystals) and signed in blue ink by Mantle. This particularly colorful sphere is autographed on the sweet spot by Mantle in blue ink (as well as on a side panel by the artist in black felt tip). The leather shouts Mantle’s lifetime accomplishments, including his seven World Series championships with the Bronx Bombers. Mantle passed away in 1995.

Fazzino is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is considered one of the most popular and highly-collected pop artists of all time. He has inserted his unique, detailed, vibrant, and three-dimensional style of artwork into the very fabric of popular culture.main_1480628853-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Charles-Fazzino-Custom-Hand-Painted-3D-Art-Baseball-with-Swarovski-Crystals-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Fazzino’s artwork is exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 different countries. He has received many private and important commissions and has been selected as the official artist for festivals and events all over the world. Not surprisingly, Fazzino is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the breadth of his work and the way it touches his collectors while capturing the best parts of their contemporary lives.

Undoubtedly, his legacy will be that of a man remembered as being part of the “next generation” of revered pop artists as he follows the paths originally forged by such pop art pioneers as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Red Grooms, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Fazzino’s uniquely designed and autographed sphere is accompanied by a full LOA from PSA. It is among a total of 280 exceptional items, all of which are up for bid through Sunday, December 18.

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A Major League triumvirate — Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb — all on one page at Pristine Auction

main_1480355898-Babe-Ruth-Tris-Speaker-Ty-Cobb-Signed-2x3-Cut-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.comImagine meeting a baseball god.

Now imagine it happening not once, not twice … but three times.

That … we can only surmise … is what happened all those years ago to once National Pastime fanatic as he (or she) met Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, AND Ty Cobb.

Whether those encounters were in the space of a few moments or spread across decades, we will never know. What we do know is that those meetings resulted in superb pencil signatures from all three Hall of Famers — signatures that right now are being offered by Pristine Auction in our monthly Elite Auction, ending Sunday, December 18. The cut measures approximately 2.5″ x 3″ and has been hand-signed in pencil by Ruth (D 1948), Speaker (D 1958), and Cobb (D 1961) with the latter his familiar paraph. It has been encapsulated and authenticated by PSA.

This baseball artifact is surely deserving of a place of honor in any collection. You have two members of the inaugural class (1936) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Ruth and Cobb, accompanied by a member of the sophomore class in Speaker. All tolled we’re looking at 948 home runs, 10,579 hits, and 5,680 runs batted in. Not too shabby!

Be sure to check out this piece of baseball history, which is only one of more than 280 available at auction through next Sunday, December 18.

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