Washington letter to Jefferson may earn $1.5M at Freeman’s, Nov. 15

September 1787 letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the adoption of the Constitution, estimated at $1 million-$1.5 million
September 1787 letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the adoption of the Constitution, estimated at $1 million-$1.5 million
September 1787 letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the adoption of the Constitution, estimated at $1 million-$1.5 million

PHILADELPHIA — The day after the completion and signing of the Constitution of the United States of America in September 1787, George Washington sent a copy of the landmark document to Thomas Jefferson, along with a personal letter announcing its adoption. In Freeman’s November 15 Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana auction, that letter will be offered with an estimate of $1 million-$1.5 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Huge Chicago map predating the great fire offered at Hindman, Nov. 8-9

Monumental map of Chicago that predates the Great Chicago Fire, estimated at $50,000-$70,000
 Monumental map of Chicago that predates the Great Chicago Fire, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

Monumental map of Chicago that predates the Great Chicago Fire, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9, Hindman will present its Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including Americana auction. The sale features a scarce 19th-century bird’s-eye view map of Chicago, a group of letters written by Chicago’s most notorious gangster, Al Capone, and a remarkable collection of documents signed by three centuries of world leaders, including nearly every American president. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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University Archives offers Einstein letter defending Theory of Relativity, Nov. 2

Albert Einstein one-page autograph letter signed in German, dated April 7, 1926, addressed to colleague Hans Reichenbach, defending his explanation of the Theory of Relativity while criticizing alternatives, estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Albert Einstein one-page autograph letter signed in German, dated April 7, 1926, addressed to colleague Hans Reichenbach, defending his explanation of the Theory of Relativity while criticizing alternatives, estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Albert Einstein one-page autograph letter signed in German, dated April 7, 1926, addressed to colleague Hans Reichenbach, defending his explanation of the Theory of Relativity while criticizing alternatives, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

WILTON, Conn. – A 1777 battle letter signed by then-Continental Army Commander-in-Chief George Washington in New Jersey; a sword that was affixed to JFK’s catafalque guarding his coffin in the East Room of the White House; and an autograph letter signed by Albert Einstein in which he dispels competition to his Theory of Relativity are a few of the expected leaders in University Archives’ online-only 452-lot auction scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Neil Armstrong sketch cleared for liftoff at University Archives, Sept. 28

Circa-1990 sketch hand-drawn and signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong, depicting important elements of the Apollo 11 moon landing, estimated at $90,000-$110,000
Circa-1990 sketch hand-drawn and signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong, depicting important elements of the Apollo XI moon landing, estimated at $90,000-$110,000
Circa-1990 sketch hand-drawn and signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong, depicting important elements of the Apollo 11 moon landing, estimated at $90,000-$110,000

WILTON, Conn. – A pen sketch hand-drawn and signed by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, a manuscript fragment in George Washington’s hand from the first draft of his first Inaugural Address in 1789, and the Black-Scholes-Merton formula handwritten and signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert C. Merton are just a few of the expected superstar lots in University Archives’ online-only auction slated for Wednesday, September 28, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique tobacco tins are smoking-hot collectibles

A rare Continental Cubes tobacco tin sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020 at Dan Morphy Auctions. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Patented in 1875, offset lithography quickly became the preferred way to decorate tin products, and the tobacco industry was a pioneer in utilizing the then-revolutionary technology to advertise its wares.

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Presidents and ‘The King’ reign at RR Auction, Aug. 10

Massive close-up portrait of Elvis Presley, inscribed to Colonel Tom Parker, est. $15,000-$20,000
Massive close-up portrait of Elvis Presley, inscribed to Colonel Tom Parker, est. $15,000-$20,000

BOSTON — With more than 850 items in a wide variety of categories — American history, art, literature and entertainment — RR Auction‘s August Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale, set for Wednesday, August 10, is sure to impress. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Statesmen, sluggers and other greats step up at University Archives, Aug. 17

George Washington-signed 1752 survey of a 346-acre tract in Augusta County, Virginia, one of the earliest documents with his signature, est. $20,000-$24,000

 

George Washington-signed 1752 survey of a 346-acre tract in Augusta County, Virginia, one of the earliest documents with his signature, est. $20,000-$24,000
George Washington-signed 1752 survey of a 346-acre tract in Augusta County, Virginia, one of the earliest documents with his signature, est. $20,000-$24,000

WILTON, Conn. – Items signed by George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Daniel Boone, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln are just a few of the highlights in University Archives’ next online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, August 17 and starting at 10:30 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction traverses 4-century timeline

After Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860), unsigned circa-19th-century portrait of George Washington in his Continental uniform. Paper tag on verso notes painting was relined and restored in 1931 by Hannah Horner Field, Upper Darby, Pa. Framed size: 25 x 29in. Estimate $70,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction serves as a grand showcase for 1,471 lots of expertly vetted antique and vintage weapons and relics, many with noteworthy provenance. The top-notch selection follows a four-century timeline, starting with 17th-century weaponry and traversing history through European wars, the American colonial and Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the modern era. In addition, there are numerous specialty categories which include sporting arms and ammunition; (55) swords, (25) cannons, Nuremberg lockboxes, Native American weapons and art; and the Doug Everhart collection of Derringers. The militaria section is distinguished by six very special lots containing war heroes’ Purple Hearts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Set representing all Declaration of Independence signatories at Heritage, June 25

Complete collection of autographs from the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, est. $1.4 million-$2.1 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

 

Complete collection of autographs from the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, est. $1.4 million-$2.1 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Complete collection of autographs from the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, est. $1.4 million-$2.1 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – On June 25, Heritage will present The Founding Fathers’ Fight for Liberty and the Birth of a New Nation – Part I Manuscripts Signature® Auction, including a complete set of signers of the Declaration of Independence. Only a handful of complete sets have been offered at auction in the past century, with the last crossing the block a decade ago. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Washington, Lincoln, Einstein and more gather at University Archives, June 22

George Washington’s boldly signed March 1775 free frank to Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke, est. $12,000-$14,000

 

George Washington’s boldly signed March 1775 free frank to Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke, est. $12,000-$14,000
George Washington’s March 1775 free frank to Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke, est. $12,000-$14,000

WILTON, Conn. – Extensive and historically significant archives pertaining to Civil War generals (one for the Union, one for the Confederacy), a George Washington-signed free frank document from March 1775, a typed letter signed by Albert Einstein concerning God and science and pertaining to one of his most famous quotes, and Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for The Times They Are A-Changin’ are just a few of the highlights in University Archives’ next online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, June 22. The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time, features 481 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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