Blacksparrow Auctions will present a live auction of “The Arthur Ronnie Collection: Books and Autographs,” beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. D4, Santa Monica.
A public preview is available Feb. 7 through 9 at the gallery.
The auction features a selection of over 200 pieces from the collection of Ronnie, an individual collector who personally interviewed many authors and obtained autographs for over 70 years throughout his career as a newspaper reporter and publicist in the entertainment field.
Examples of subject matters include presidents, explorers, aviators and Hollywood entertainment.
Some of the many highlights of the collection include:
“20 hrs. 40 min. Our Flight in the Friendship” The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story – aviator Amelia Earhart’s personal copy with a piece of fabric from the Friendship;
“The Spirit of St. Louis,” Presentation Edition signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, T. Claude Ryan, Otto W. Timm, and Bud Gurney;
“Memoirs” by President Harry S. Truman, both volumes inscribed; and
“The White House Years: Waging Peace, 1956-1961,” by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed limited edition.
Complementing the signed books is a group of signed color lithographs, including a who’s who of early and instrumental aviators such as Charles Taylor, Grover Loening, Douglas Campbell, William Bishop, Gianni Caproni, Richard E. Byrd, A.V. Roe, Ruth Law, Ernest Hall, Jacqueline Cochran, Charles Lindbergh, Katherine Stinson, Henri Farman, and more, according to Blacksparrow.
The auction company says the featured item of the sale is a two-volume set of “The Lafayette Flying Corps” (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920, First Edition).
Interested bidders will be able to bid live in-person, by telephone, via absentee, and on the Internet as facilitated by iCollector. A print catalog will be available for purchase at blacksparrowauctions.com.
Information, (310) 315-9502, or http://jamesgraygallery.com.

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