Sendak-signed advance book proof could be bestseller at JG, Aug. 23

 

Signed, uncorrected advanced proof of the Maurice Sendak book ‘We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy,’ est. $1,250-$1,500

Signed, uncorrected advance proof of the Maurice Sendak book ‘We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy,’ est. $1,250-$1,500

DANVERS, Mass. – JG.Limited, the recently-formed auction arm of the venerable collectibles powerhouse JG Autographs, Inc., is holding its inaugural online-only sale through Tuesday, August 23. The 500-lot History & Culture auction features items relating to JFK, Thomas Jefferson, the Wright Brothers and Harry Truman. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

The list of categories span art, business and finance, Civil Rights, classical music, film and television, literature, militaria, modern music, the Nobel Prize, politics, American presidents and first ladies, science and medicine, space and aviation, the Supreme Court, theater and world leaders.

“Whether a hand-written letter from Abraham Lincoln, a signed first-edition James Baldwin book, or Lebron James’s game-used or autographed sneakers, as temporary custodians we believe it’s our role to present these items in a way that preserves their legacy,” said Jared Gendron, president and owner of JG.Limited, as well as its parent company, JG Autographs, Inc. “We offer an opportunity for ownership of history to collectors, fans, historians and institutions worldwide.”

Highlights from the sale include eight lots (382-389) pertaining to the artist Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), the acclaimed American illustrator and writer of children’s books. The selection is led by an uncorrected advance proof of the book We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. Sendak signed and inscribed the cover to a friend, “For Elizabeth, from Maurice Nov. ‘93.” The book is estimated at $1,250-$1,500.

Circa-1790s Chinese export porcelain bowl from Thomas Jefferson's White House service china, est. $15,000-$18,000

Circa-1790s Chinese export porcelain plate from Thomas Jefferson’s White House service china, est. $15,000-$18,000

Another standout is a piece from Thomas Jefferson’s White House service china, likely a dessert bowl. The circa-1790s white Chinese export porcelain serving plate features painted blue borders with gilt fleur-de-lis edges. The center bears a hand-painted design featuring Jefferson’s neoclassical shield with 13 stars enclosing a script initial “J.” It carries an estimate of $15,000-$18,000.

Fresh-to-market autograph album featuring more than 100 autographs from notables of the 19th century, est. $2,000-$3,000

Fresh-to-market autograph album with more than 100 examples from 19th-century notables, est. $2,000-$3,000

Autograph collectors will thrill to an outstanding, recently-discovered album with more than 100 autographs from notables of the 19th century, never before offered for sale. Signers include Roosevelt, Taft, Cleveland, Carnegie, Mark Twain and Admiral Nelson Miles. The clipped signatures are from letters, documents, full letters and other sources. The album is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

 Standard Oil Trust 1882 stock certificate signed by John D. Rockefeller, est. $2,000-$2,500


Standard Oil Trust 1882 stock certificate signed by John D. Rockefeller, est. $2,000-$2,500

Also featured is a Standard Oil Trust stock certificate signed by John D. Rockefeller (as president), Henry Flagler (secretary), and Jabez Bostwick (treasurer). The certificate is for 20 shares and is dated August 22, 1882. Rockefeller organized Standard Oil in 1870, gained a monopoly in the oil business, then organized the Standard Oil Trust in 1882. The document is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.

Fabric swatch from the Wright Flyer, the first airplane, est. $5,500-$8,500

Fabric swatch from the Wright Flyer, the first airplane, est. $5,500-$8,500

A literal piece of history is represented by a fabric swatch taken from the Wright Flyer, the first airplane, which made its debut flight at Kitty Hawk on Dec. 17, 1903. The artifact, with provenance dating back to the Wright estate and Harvey D. Geyer, a close friend of the brothers, has been authenticated and encapsulated by CAG. The swatch is estimated at $5,500-$8,500.

One of several Cecil Stoughton original, first-generation photographs from JFK’s funeral, est. $150-$250

One of several Cecil Stoughton original, first-generation photographs from JFK’s funeral, est. $150-$250

Lots 11-23 are devoted to Cecil Stoughton original, first-generation photographs taken during President John F. Kennedy’s funeral. Many of them show Jackie Kennedy as well as RFK, Ted Kennedy, family members and service attendees. Stoughton (American, 1920-2008) was President Kennedy’s photographer during his White House years. Estimates for the photos range from $150-$300.

Oversized document proclaiming the end of World War II, boldly signed by President Truman, est. $7,000-$9,000

Oversized document proclaiming the end of World War II, boldly signed by President Truman, est. $7,000-$9,000

Harry S. Truman items include an impressive-looking oversized autographed document proclaiming the end of World War II, boldly signed by Truman as president and dated May 8, 1945, in overall fine condition and estimated at $7,000-$9,000; and a signed and postally used free frank envelope from Jan. 11, 1963, with an enclosed New Year’s holiday greeting to David Edelstein, a Truman-appointed Jewish judge in a Manhattan District Court. Its estimate is $750-$1,000.

Typed letter on Washington Post letterhead, dated May 29, 1974 and signed by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, est. $150-$200

Typed letter on Washington Post letterhead, dated 1974 and signed by Woodward and Bernstein, est. $150-$200

The final highlight is a Watergate-era typed letter dated May 29, 1974 on Washington Post letterhead and signed by the investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with a pair of additional signatures on an affixed clipped magazine page photo of the duo, estimated at $150-$200.

 

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