University Archives invites you to own a piece of history, Dec. 14

NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, estimated at $8,000-$10,000

NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover signed by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, estimated at $8,000-$10,000

WILTON, Conn. – A NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover from the Buzz Aldrin family space collection, signed by all three Apollo 11 crew members, and an autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson from Monticello in which he mentions Napoleon Bonaparte are a few of the expected highlights in University Archives’ online auction slated for Wednesday, December 14 at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The two-page Jefferson autograph letter, signed and dated October 11, 1812, describes how Napoleon’s “capricious passions and commercial ignorance” threatened American access to some European ports, but that America’s enemies, Britain and France, were fighting each other, and so, “the English armies … although our enemies, are really fighting our battles.” The Jefferson letter has an estimate of $35,000-$45,000.

War of 1812-era autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson in which he derides Napoleon Bonaparte’s “capricious passions and commercial ignorance,” estimated at $35,000-$45,000

War of 1812-era autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson in which he derides Napoleon Bonaparte’s “capricious passions and commercial ignorance,” estimated at $35,000-$45,000

The Mathew Brady sepia-colored albumen carte de visite depicting George A. Custer, undated but circa 1865-1866, is one of the best combinations of bold signature and assertive pose that University Archives has ever offered. It’s PSA/DNA encapsulated and graded Mint 9 and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. The photo is signed on the verso, “Sincerely your / friend / GA Custer / B Maj Genl / USA.”

Mathew Brady sepia-colored albumen carte de visite of General George A. Custer, signed and inscribed on the verso by Custer, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

Mathew Brady sepia-colored albumen carte de visite of General George A. Custer, signed and inscribed on the verso by Custer, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

Benjamin Franklin was a 27-year-old printer when he witnessed a Philadelphia real estate transaction dated May 15, 1733. The result is one of the earliest known Franklin signatures ever documented, and is singularly elegant, rendered as “B. Franklin.” Its estimate is $12,000-$15,000. Franklin published his inaugural edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack just six months earlier.

Benjamin Franklin signature rendered as a witness to a Philadelphia real estate transaction and dated May 15, 1733, one of the earliest Franklin signatures ever documented, estimated at $12,000-$15,000

Benjamin Franklin signature rendered as a witness to a Philadelphia real estate transaction and dated May 15, 1733, one of the earliest Franklin signatures ever documented, estimated at $12,000-$15,000

There are four letters written by Albert Einstein in the auction, including a two-page example, in German, responding to a request to visit the German Society at Oxford University, addressed to Society secretary Esther Sacher. Einstein talks about his ill health and says, “I am happy to see that a Jew is always ‘en famille’ wherever his steps land him on this earth.” This Einstein letter has an estimate of $5,000-$6,000.

Albert Einstein letter, in German, responding to a request to visit the German Society at Oxford University, in which Einstein refers to worldwide Jewish solidarity, estimated at $5,000-$6,000


Albert Einstein letter, in German, responding to a request to visit the German Society at Oxford University, estimated at $5,000-$6,000

Apollo 11 mission memorabilia dominates the December 14 sale’s Space and Aviation category. One lot certain to draw attention is the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover (“First Manned Lunar Expedition”), signed by all three of the Apollo 11 crew members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. It’s PSA/DNA encapsulated and graded Mint +9.5 and comes from the Buzz Aldrin family space collection. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

Sigmund Freud and his protege Carl Jung in a circa-1911 group photo of members of the Third International Psychoanalytic Congress in Germany, taken one year before their friendship-ending ideological schism, estimated at $6,000-$7,000

Sigmund Freud and his protege Carl Jung in a circa-1911 group photo of members of the Third International Psychoanalytic Congress in Germany, taken one year before their friendship-ending ideological schism, estimated at $6,000-$7,000

Sigmund Freud and his protege Carl Jung appear in a circa-1911 group photo taken of members of the Third International Psychoanalytic Congress in Weimar, Germany. The friendship-ending ideological schism between the two co-founders of modern psychology occurred the following year, in 1912, making this possibly the most important photograph relevant in the field of psychology. It has an estimate of $6,000-$7,000.

Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111 or email him at john@universityarchives.com. For more information about University Archives, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

 

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