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Paul L. Robeson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

PAUL L. ROBESON
Born: April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey
Died: January 23, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biography | show moreshow less
Athlete, singer and actor Paul Robeson (1898-1976), who was well known in both the U.S. and England as an actor and concert singer by 1925, had first appeared in the United Kingdom in 1928, when he reprised his role as Joe in a London production of Show Boat. That year, he also began the first of many concert appearances in the British Isles, including a number of appearances at Albert Hall and Sunday afternoon concerts in Drury Lane. In 1928, he was also profiled for the "New Yorker" magazine., Best known for his rendition of "Ol' Man River" (from Show Boat), Robeson began his ties with the Soviet Union in 1934, when filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein invited him to Russia. Robeson was impressed with the country's equal treatment of the races and made a number of trips to the U.S.S.R., including opening 1959 with a Kremlin gala hosted by Nikita Khrushchev. His Soviet sympathies led to his being put under surveillance by the FBI in 1941 and put on the 1947 "black list" of suspected Communists, a charge that was later refuted. His "manifesto-autobiography" Here I Stand (1958) helped restore his passport, and upon being released he planned a world tour.  However, ill-health and paranoia of CIA operatives (whom Robeson and his family accused of tampering with his mental stability using a CIA mind depatterning program called MKULTRA) pushed Robeson into a suicidal manic depressive state, and after attempts to end his own life, he was hospitalized. Between 1961 and 1963, he received ECT treatment in London, though with no psychotherapeutic care, his conditions only worsened. His family eventually relocated him to a Berlin hospital where he was treated. While he recovered, he lived out the remainder of his life deeply affected by his psychological trauma, and by the time he returned to the United States, his conditions forced him into solitude.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
2004-The-South-Bank-Show (Other), 2004-TV-in-Black:-The-First-Fifty-Years (Other), 1958-Val-Parnell's-Sunday-Night-at-the-London-Palladium (in person), 2004-The-Ninth (Other), 1979-Killer-of-Sheep (Sound), 1999-Charlie-Rose (in person), 2007-Profit-Motive-and-the-Whispering-Wind (Sound), 2007-Brush-with-Life:-The-Art-of-Being-Edward-Biberman (Other), 2007-Our-Paul:-Remembering-Paul-Robeson (Other), 1942-Tales-of-Manhattan (Performer), 1940-The-Proud-Valley (Performer), 1937-Big-Fella (Performer), 1936-Show-Boat (Performer), 1933-The-Emperor-Jones (Performer), 1926/II-Camille (Performer), 1938-Canciones-de-Madrid (in person), 2008-Jonathan-Meades---Magnetic-North (Sound), 1989-The-Show-Boat-Story (Other), 1999-American-Masters (Other), 2011-War-on-Terror (Sound), 1995-The-Universal-Story (Other), 1979-Paul-Robeson:-Tribute-to-an-Artist (Other), 2004-AFI's-100-Years...-100-Songs:-America's-Greatest-Music-in-the (Sound), 1959-Unser-Sandmannchen (in person), 2004-AFI's-100-Years...-100-Songs:-America's-Greatest-Music-in-the (Other), 1990-That's-Black-Entertainment (Other), 2011-Sing-Your-Song (Sound), 2002-2013-Democracy-Now! (Other), 2011-Sing-Your-Song (Other), 2004-Broadway:-The-American-Musical (Other), 1939-Land-of-Liberty (Other), 1960-Spectacular (in person), 1959-Monitor (in person), 1985-Musical-Comedy-Tonight-III (Other), 1954-Das-Lied-der-Strome (in person), 1991-People's-Gala-Concert (Other), 2007-Pete-Seeger:-The-Power-of-Song (Other), 1998-Cold-War (Other), 1998-Small-Steps,-Big-Strides:-The-Black-Experience-in-Hollywood (Other), 2001-Freedom-Highway:-Songs-that-Shaped-a-Century (Other), 1942-Native-Land (Performer), 1937-Jericho (Performer), 1937-King-Solomon's-Mines (Performer), 1935-Sanders-of-the-River (Performer), 1930-Borderline (Performer), 1925-Body-and-Soul (Performer), 1975-Black-Shadows-on-the-Silver-Screen (in person), 2012-Out-of-My-Dreams:-Oscar-Hammerstein-II (Other), 1971-Film-Night (Other), 2009-Johnny-Mercer:-The-Dream's-on-Me (Sound), 2009-Johnny-Mercer:-The-Dream's-on-Me (Other), 1998-Scandalize-My-Name:-Stories-from-the-Blacklist (Other), 2013-Timeshift (Sound), 1975-Brother-Can-You-Spare-a-Dime (Sound), 2013-Timeshift (Other), 1975-Brother-Can-You-Spare-a-Dime (Other), 2003-Great-Performances (Other), 1936-Song-of-Freedom (Performer)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
Paul-Robeson - Other (December 20, 1995 - December 31, 1995), Paul-Robeson - Other (September 28, 1988 - October 9, 1988), Othello - Performer (May 22, 1945 - June 10, 1945), Othello - Performer (October 19, 1943 - July 1, 1944), John-Henry - Performer (January 10, 1940 - January 15, 1940), Show-Boat - Performer (May 19, 1932 - October 22, 1932), Black-Boy - Performer (October 6, 1926 - November 1926), The-Dreamy-Kid-/-The-Emperor-Jones - Performer (February 11, 1925 - March 1925), All-God's-Chillun-Got-Wings - Performer (May 15, 1924 - October 24, 1924), Taboo - Performer (April 4, 1922 - April 1922)
  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH  - HFSID 56034
    PAUL ROBESON Pictured in an affixed newspaper photo with Michal Hambourg and her father Mark Hambourg, Robeson signs an album leaf in blue ink. Signature: "Paul Robeson", 5x5½, affixed to 5¼x6¼ sheet. Magazine photograph, b/w, 5x3, affixed at upper margin. Imprinted caption affixed at lower margin: "A FAMOUS TRIO.

    Sale Price $126.00

    $140.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH  - HFSID 152580
    PAUL ROBESON His ink signature on a 4¾x3 sheet. Feared as a communist, Robeson was blacklisted in 1950. Signature: "Paul Robeson", 4¾x3. Actor, singer and athlete Paul Robeson (1898-1976), who was praised as an "eloquent, impressive, and convincing" actor, was tapped by playwright Eugene O'Neill to star in a revival of his The Emperor Jones (1924).

    Sale Price $180.00

    $200.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1930  - HFSID 89705
    PAUL ROBESON His signature in purple pencil on an album leaf. Signature: "Paul Robeson", 4¼x3½ album leaf. Ink date (unknown hand) at lower right corner: "Golden Green/19-4-30".

    Sale Price $126.00

    $140.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED  - HFSID 67275
    PAUL ROBESON The African American star singer, actor and activist pens a note for a fan. Autograph note signed: "For Brian/All best to you/& thanks to your Dad/Paul Robeson", 1p, 8x10. London, 1958 September 28.Signed on verso of a mimeographed performance schedule for "Sunday Night at the London Palladium".

    Sale Price $270.00

    $300.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED  - HFSID 257178
    PAUL ROBESON The actor signs a note with his best wishes on a 4¼x4 piece of paper. Autograph Note signed: "To/Manfred/All best wishes/Paul Robeson" in pencil, 4¼x4. Actor, singer and athlete Paul

    Sale Price $225.00

    $250.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 55302
    PAUL ROBESON The actor signs a 4¾x3 card with his best wishes. Autograph Sentiment signed: "Best wishes/Paul Robeson", 4¾x3. Actor, singer and athlete Paul Robeson (1898-1976), who was

    Sale Price $225.00

    $250.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 03/1949  - HFSID 165731
    PAUL ROBESON The actor signed this 7x6 album leaf in March of 1949. Autograph Sentiment signed: "Kind wishes/Paul Robeson/Mar. 1949", 7x6. In 1949, Robeson had embarked on a European tour (at

    Sale Price $225.00

    $250.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ELISABETH SCHUMANN - HFSID 145470
    PAUL ROBESON and ELISABETH SCHUMANN Robeson signs "Best Wishes" on a small 6x5¼ card, including a signature of Schumann on the verso Autograph sentiment signed: "Best Wishes/Paul Robeson" and, on verso, "Elisabeth Schumann", 6x5¼.

    Sale Price $252.00

    $280.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 157686
    PAUL ROBESON Rare youthful image of the international star and activist. Blacklisted during the McCarthy era, Robeson suspected himself a victim of CIA brain experimentation. (3½x5½) Photograph signed: "Best Wishes/Paul Robeson". Sepia, 3½x5½.

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 49901
    PAUL ROBESON Vintage photograph of the international singer and actor, Black activist who was banned during the McCarthy Era. (3½x5½) Photograph signed: "Best wishes/Paul Robeson". Sepia, 3½x5½.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1928  - HFSID 101333
    PAUL ROBESON Rare youthful image of the international star and activist who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. (3x5) Photograph signed: "Best Wishes/Paul Robeson". Sepia, 3x5, irregularly cut. Ink notes (unknown hand) at lower margin: "Actor 1928". Photograph by Sasha, London (stamp on verso).

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - BOOK SIGNED  - HFSID 9394
    Singer, actor and Civil Rights activist signs the inside cover page of J.D. Yanson's Foreign Trade in U.S.S.R. Robeson, an anti-imperialist and communist supporter, was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

    Sale Price $288.00

    $320.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED  - HFSID 275015
    PAUL ROBESON. Original Drawing signed: "with best wishes/+ congratulating you/upon a fine sketch./Paul Robeson". B/w ink drawing, 3x5 overall, image 2¼x3 (one surface). On thick paper, affixed to brown cardstock.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED  - HFSID 86702
    PAUL ROBESON. Post Card Photograph signed: "Paul Robeson". Sepia, 3x4¾. Singer, actor and athlete Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the son of a former slave and an All-America football player at

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - PROGRAM SIGNED  - HFSID 167003
    PAUL ROBESON Robeson signs a program for his title role appearance in Othello at the New York City Center of Music and Drama Program signed: "Kind wishes/Paul Robeson" on cover, on which is imprinted a portrait and facsimile signature of William Shakespeare, 24p, 6¾x9¾. New York, 1945 May 20.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1934  - HFSID 70257
    PAUL ROBESON. Program signed: "Thanks/Paul Robeson", 16p, 6½x8¼. "International Celebrity Subscription Concerts, Season 1934-5, Director Harold Holt...Paul Robeson with Lisa Minghetti and Simon Barer", London. The lyrics to the songs sung by Robeson are in the program.

    Sale Price $288.00

    $320.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - SHEET MUSIC SIGNED CIRCA 1934  - HFSID 43818
    PAUL ROBESON The American singer who later became known as an anti-imperialist signs the cover of a Russian songbook Sheet music signed: "Paul Robeson" at upper margin of front cover, 36p, 5¾x8¼. Moscow 1934.Songbook, printed in Russian, with words and sheet music to 24 Russian songs.

    Sale Price $405.00

    $450.00

  • PAUL L. ROBESON - SHEET MUSIC SIGNED CIRCA 1938  - HFSID 264478
    PAUL ROBESON Sheet Music signed: "Paul Robeson" at upper margin of front cover, 4 pages, 8½x11¾. Circa 1938. Printed in Russian. Actor and singer Paul Robeson (1898-1976) began his ties with the Soviet Union in 1934, when filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein invited him to Russia.

    Sale Price $405.00

    $450.00

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