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Lot # 1729 (1729 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1955 Supreme Court Signed Photo (Warren Court)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,320

Original presentation photo picturing the nine justices who served on the 1955 Supreme Court of the United States: Earl Warren (Chief Justice), John Harlan, William Douglas, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Stanley Reed, Sherman Minton, Harold Burton, and Tom Clark. Each justice has signed the photo along the bottom white border, with the signatures (scripted in a variety of inks) ranging from "8" to "10," averaging "9." The photographer's credit, "Harris & Ewing," appears in the lower right corner. This is the first example of a signed 1955 Supreme Court presentation photo we have ever seen, let alone handled. This is also a remarkably significant Supreme Court with reference to civil rights. In 1955 the Warren Court reaffirmed its landmark 1954 civil rights decision (Brown vs. Board of Education) by once again ruling that school systems must abolish their racially discriminatory "separate but equal" educational systems, but could do so "with all deliberate speed." Of the nine Justices who signed this remarkable photo, eight actually sat on the Court for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case; Justice Harlan is the exception, having replaced Justice Jackson in 1955. The following year the Warren Court affirmed a lower court ruling that declared segregation of the Montgomery bus system illegal. The photo (13.5 x 10.5 inches) is in apparent Near Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 16.25 x 13.5 inches. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,320

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