Scientists’ letters arrive at University Archives sale Jan. 6

Four-page manuscript by the physicist Isaac Newton consisting of nearly 2,300 words penned entirely in his hand around 1710, connecting metaphysics to physics. Estimate: $130,000-$160,000. University Archives image

WESTPORT, Conn. – A four-page manuscript consisting of nearly 2,300 words written entirely in the hand of English physicist Sir Isaac Newton, a World War II-dated letter written in English by Albert Einstein in which he reveals that Nazi leaders didn’t give much thought to his Theory of Relativity, and a 16-page letter signed by John Adams regarding British abuses eight years after his presidency ended, are just a sampling of what’s in University Archives’ next online auction on Jan. 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Model ship sails to $50K at Moran’s Traditional Collector sale

A silvered and gilt model of the American paddle steamer Harlan. Price realized: $50,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s final Traditional Collector auction of the year realized strong prices on a variety of décor, silver and fine art. Buyers clamored for gorgeous pieces from around the globe with classic designs taking center stage. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
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America’s most expensive home going to auction

Villa Firenze in Beverly Hills, Calif., billed as America’s most expensive home, will be sold at auction Jan. 26. Image courtesy of

LOS ANGELES – With a list price large enough to make a billionaire’s eyes water (currently listed at $160 million), America’s most expensive home, Villa Firenze, will be going to auction on Jan. 26 with no reserve and no minimum bid.

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