Signed documents from Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and Einstein cross the block at University Archives April 10

First photo believed to have been signed as ‘Marilyn Monroe’, estimated at $28,000-$35,000 at University Archives.

WILTON, Conn. – A vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken circa 1947 and signed by the budding starlet, a 1935 two-page typewritten letter signed by Albert Einstein, and a handsome Civil War-dated military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln are just a few of the top lots at University Archives Wednesday, April 10 sale. The catalog is now available for bidding and review at LiveAuctioneers.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) posed for this image around 1947, when she adopted her stage name and shed her birth name of Norma Jeane Mortenson. It also features an early ‘Marilyn Monroe’ signature that University Archives states is the earliest example known. PSA/DNA graded 10, the print has it all: photo quality, signature quality, and image composition. It has an estimate of $28,000-$35,000.

University Archives continues to bring interesting Albert Einstein correspondence to the market. This time it’s a two-page typewritten letter to friend and fellow physicist Cornelius Lanczos. In it, Einstein describes difficulties he had encountered when attempting to articulate the theory of general relativity through useful equations, challenges which he said “had cooled my confidence below the freezing point.” The letter carries an estimate of $24,000-$30,000.

A Civil War-dated military commission signed by President Abraham Lincoln and co-signed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, dated July 1864, promoted Maryland-born career army officer Robert H. K. Whiteley. He had declined a command in the Confederate Army at the outset of the war, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Ordnance Department, tasked with overseeing Union munitions at Pittsburgh. The framed commission is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Artist and inventor Samuel Morse spent years of his life defending (in court and in the court of public opinion) his claim that he had developed the telegraph independently. In this letter, dated November 11, 1861 and addressed to A.J. Goodman, Esq., Morse describes the origins of the telegraph. Morse had strenuously defended his intellectual property rights for the telegraph for 25 years prior to writing the letter. It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Marilyn Monroe artifacts bring history to life at University Archives Feb. 21

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WILTON, Conn. — More Albert Einstein-signed correspondence emerges from private collections via University Archives on Wednesday, February 21 at the Rare Signed Manuscripts Books Photos Relics sale now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

In addition, a signed performance release from NeXT Computer founder Steve Jobs and a 1958 Connecticut drivers license for Marilyn Monroe while she was married to playwright Arthur Miller are top anticipated lots.

A 1933 ALS (autographed letter, signed) from Albert Einstein (1879-1955) to his schizophrenic son Eduard documents the famed scientist’s flight from Belgium to England as he awaited his final move to Princeton, New Jersey to take a post at the Institute for Advanced Study. Einstein matter-of-factly describes his escape from mainland Europe because “there were plans for my assassination.” As an enemy of the newly empowered National Socialists in Germany, Einstein had received death threats and had been named on Nazi bounty lists. He referenced his son’s mental health with “I hope you are in a steady mood with no significant irritations.” The ALS is the top-estimated lot of the sale at $30,000-$40,000.

A more scientific relic is an undated Einstein one-page autograph manuscript in German comprising more than 170 words and seven lines of equations relating to the development of his United Field Theory. It also carries a $30,000-$40,000 estimate.

In 1956, Hollywood motion picture star Marilyn Monroe embarked on her third and final marriage, this time to playwright Arthur Miller. Having only recently divorced New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio, the marriage was greeted with a combination of disdain and disbelief in the mass media, with Variety calling the union “Egghead Weds Hourglass.”

This 1958 Connecticut drivers license lists the holder as “M M Miller” residing at Tophet Road in Roxbury, with a bold Marilyn Monroe Miller signature in blue ball-point pen ink. It is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) is best remembered today as the co-founder of Apple Computer, who was famously ousted in a 1985 power struggle with CEO John Sculley just a year after the launch of the Macintosh. Jobs went on to found NeXT, a computer technology firm that created what would become MacOS X as well as co-found the animated motion picture studio Pixar. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 where he would develop the iPod, iPhone, and iPad before succumbing to pancreatic cancer at age 56.

In 1988, Jobs held an east coast unveiling of the new NeXT platform and operating system at Boston Symphony Hall on November 30. As part of the appearance, Jobs signed a release allowing for the use of his appearance in audio form. Jobs signatures from this period are notoriously difficult to find, particularly in the steven p. jobs small-case cursive format. The release is PSA graded Gem Mint 10 and is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
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Albert Einstein ALS written from England after he fled Nazi Germany, estimated at $30,000-$40,000 at University Archives.
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Albert Einstein Unified Field Theory autographed manuscript, estimated at $30,000-$40,000 at University Archives.
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PSA-certified Connecticut drivers license issued to Marilyn Monroe and signed by her as “Marilyn Monroe Miller,” estimated at $30,000-$40,000 at University Archives.
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Steve Jobs-signed audio release from a 1988 NeXT computer launch keynote, estimated at $30,000-$40,000 at University Archives.
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Marilyn Monroe memorabilia turns heads at Golden Sun, Jan. 29

Shadowbox for the 1959 movie ‘Some Like It Hot,’ featuring stills from the film and a small purse signed by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, estimated at $5,000-$1,000
Shadowbox for the 1959 movie ‘Some Like It Hot,’ featuring stills from the film and a small purse signed by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, estimated at $5,000-$1,000
Shadowbox for the 1959 movie ‘Some Like It Hot,’ featuring stills from the film and a small purse signed by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, estimated at $5,000-$1,000

FULLERTON, Calif. – Items from the collection of award-winning Hollywood sound editor Milton Burrow, plus pieces from his sons, who were also in the sound business in Hollywood, will be auctioned Sunday, January 29 by Golden Sun Auctions, Inc. (formerly Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc.), starting at noon Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: Auction sector wraps 2022 with exceptional results

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world as a whole. Please enjoy the January 2023 edition of Ken’s Gallery Report. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Bo Bartlett painting, $352,800, Freeman’s

A monumental 2015 painting by American artist Bo Bartlett, titled The Promised Land, sold for $352,800 during American Art Week sales held Dec. 4-6 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, William Herbert Dunton’s Grizzly Bear earned $302,400; Edward Willis Redfield’s Winter Brook brought $151,200; Robert Spencer’s Courtyard at Noon achieved $63,000; Charles Burchfield’s The Garden Path wound its way to $119,700; and Everett Shinn’s Philadelphia Docks went for $113,400.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, CA$54,870, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

A Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, Ref. 116515, with 18K Everose gold, sold for $54,870 in an online-only Luxury Watches Sale held November 19 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a circa-1988 Rolex Day-Date President watch, Ref. 18038, with an 18K gold case, made $23,600; and a circa-2001 De Grisogono Grande ladies’ watch brought $20,060. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Chanel shoulder bag, $4,062, Crescent City Auction Gallery

A classic double flap Chanel shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin calf leather with gold hardware sold for $4,062 at a Holiday Estates & Couture Auction held December 2 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, an oil painting titled Portrait of a Lady with Fan by Fernand Toussaint (French and Belgian, 1873-1956) went for $2,176; an early 20th-century Louis Vuitton steamer trunk finished at $1,920; and an etching by Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) won $1,024.

Gold Rush-era jeans, $114,000, Holabird Western Americana Collections

Miner’s work pants recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S. Central America, the oldest known California Gold Rush-era jeans of their kind, possibly made by or for Levi Strauss, sold for $114,000 at auction held December 3 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, the historic brass name tag and keys from the ship’s Purser, Edward W. Hull, collected $102,300; and the lid to the oldest known Wells Fargo treasure shipment box went for $99,600.

‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, $28,566, Hake’s Auctions

A circa-1864 ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Civil War-era Confederate Gadsden flag sold for $28,566 at a Pop Culture auction held Nov. 15-16 by Hake’s Auctions in York, Pennsylvania. Also, hand-colored stat paper sheets for the 1987 ‘Marvel Masterworks’ #1 hardcover book that reprints the 1963 Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #1, with artwork by Steve Ditko, commanded $14,437.

Diamond Planet Robot, $33,210, Milestone Auctions

An original Yonezawa 10in tin windup Diamond Planet Robot with reproduction box sold for $33,210 at a Winter Toy Extravaganza held December 10 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Masudaya 15in battery-op Target Robot from the Gang of Five robot series, with correct dart gun and dart, brought $14,400; and a Distler 8in tin windup Directional Policeman car with comical bug-eyed driver and graphics hit $14,400.

Marklin Fidelitas clown train, $84,000, Bertoia Auctions

A Marklin Fidelitas clown train with all-original paint sold for $84,000 at a sale held Nov. 17-18 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey. Also, a Tippco lithographed tin Santa car rolled away for $60,000; a Santa belsnickle with reindeer-drawn sleigh pull-toy, accompanied by what might be its original wooden crate realized $50,400; and a Hubley cast-iron Hill Climber motorcycle, olive green with nickel wheels, made $48,000.

Gertrude Abercrombie painting, $437,500, Hindman

A 1947 painting by Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1947), Untitled (Woman with Tethered Horse and Moon), sold for $437,500 and a new world auction record for the artist at a Post-War & Contemporary Auction held December 14 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, Subterrachial Bop Boop, a 1967 work by Gladys Nilsson (American, b. 1940-) realized $75,000; and a complete Locus portfolio, dating to 1972-1975 and made by Dorothea Rockburne (Canadian, b. 1932-), rose to $46,875.

Bird-form lamps, $63,000, Doyle

A pair of 1950s Italian ceramic bird-form lamps retailed by Beth Weissman sold for $63,000 in Day 1 of a Doyle+Design auction held Dec. 7-8 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a 1950s carved Sapele cabinet by Alexandre Noll with provenance to his estate changed hands for $44,100. Day 2 saw record prices for paintings and prints spanning the 20th century to the present day.

Theodore Roosevelt’s Smith & Wesson, $910,625, Rock Island Auction Company

A documented Col. Theodore Roosevelt Smith & Wesson No. 3 pistol sold for $910,625 at a Premier Auction held Dec. 9-11 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Illinois. Also, a factory Cuno Helfricht Master engraved Colt Model 1877 Lightning realized $323,125, and an exhibition grade Gustave Young engraved gold Winchester Model 1866 garnered $211,500.

Molesworth-style sofa, $18,750, John Moran Auctioneers

A 21st-century New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-style sofa sold for $18,750 at an Art of the American West sale held November 16 by John Moran Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Also, a circa-1890-1910 cigar store Native American figure in the style of Samuel Robb went for $18,750, and a 2012 painting by Logan Maxwell Hagege (b. 1980-), titled Dry Air, changed hands for $22,500.

Signed Marilyn Monroe photo, $300,000, Heritage Auctions

The only known photograph of Marilyn Monroe that she inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sold for $300,000 at an auction held December 1 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It was a new auction record for a signed Monroe photograph. The picture was a publicity still taken in 1953 for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and it was already among the most famous and coveted of Monroe’s portraits. Monroe inscribed it, “I love you Joe, Marilyn,” and it came with a signed letter from DiMaggio’s daughters Paula and Kathie.

Aaron Judge home run ball, $1.5 million, Goldin Auctions

The baseball that New York Yankees star Aaron Judge hit for his American League record 62nd home run sold for $1.5 million in an auction that began Nov. 29 and ended Dec. 18 at Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, New Jersey. The seller was Cory Youmans, who caught the ball in his glove when Judge launched it into the left field stands at Globe Life Field in Texas on Oct. 4. It was the second highest amount ever paid for a baseball at auction. The most was $3 million for Mark McGwire’s 70th home run, hit on Sept. 27, 1998.

Thurston Master Magician poster, $9,000, Potter & Potter Auctions

 A linen-mounted ‘Thurston Master Magician. Million Dollar Mystery’ broadside poster, printed in Cleveland around 1928 by Otis Lithograph Company, sold for $9,000 at a Winter Magic Auction held December 10 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a pair of Tower Bean Pattern handcuffs believed to have been worn by Harry Houdini realized $7,200, and a Silk and Water Vase magic apparatus made in Philadelphia in 1925 by Carl Brema and Sons earned $6,600.

Martha Walter painting, $27,500, Lark Mason Associates

An oil on panel by Martha Walter (American, 1875-1976), titled Coney Island on Monday Morning, sold for $27,500 at a Fine and Decorative Works of Art auction held Nov. 16-17 by Lark Mason Associates in New Braunfels, Texas. Also, a maritime painting by Henry Moret, titled Marine, finished at $78,500; a Chinese jade mounted wood table screen realized $22,500; a Roman-style marble torso of Aphrodite won $12,438; and a Qing dynasty porcelain Jue made $43,750.

Bob Dylan love letters, $669,875, RR Auction          

An archive of 42 love letters written by Bob Dylan to a high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Hewittt, sold for $669,875 in an auction that began Oct. 26 and ended Nov. 17 at RR Auction, based in Boston. Included in the archive were early drawings and photos, including one of the earliest signed Dylan photos known to exist, which realized $24,361. Another Dylan archive in the sale consisted of 24 handwritten works collectively dubbed Poems Without Titles, written while he was at college. It brought $249,563.

E.T. mechatronic model, $2.56 million, Julien’s Auctions

The original, film-used mechatronic model for the 1982 movie E.T. The Extraterrestrial sold for $2.56 million at an Icons and Idols: Hollywood auction held Dec. 17-18 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Also, the E.T. character maquette went for $125,000 and the Kuwahara BMX bike from film production brought $115,200; Charlton Heston’s so-called “Holy Staff” from The Ten Commandments summoned $448,000; and dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe rose to $256,000 and $224,000, respectively.

“Mean” Joe Greene jersey, $60,043, Lelands

A “Mean” Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn jersey from the team’s 1975 Super Bowl-winning season sold for $60,043 at a Fall Classic Auction that closed on December 10 at Lelands in Matawan, New Jersey. Also, a New York Yankees batting helmet worn by Mickey Mantle circa 1957-1958 settled at $51,868; an early 1930s Home Run Special baseball signed by Babe Ruth brought $32,497; and a Frank Robinson 1966 Orioles jersey from his MVP / Triple Crown season hit $50,400.

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Wizard of Oz and Holy Grail props push Heritage sale above $7.9M

Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass from the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ $495,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass from the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ $495,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Wicked Witch of the West’s hourglass from the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ $495,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction, held December 17, was a thrilling, rollicking affair defined by its numerous bidding wars for some of filmdom’s most recognizable props, costumes and vehicles. By the time the end credits rolled on the blockbuster event, it had realized more than $7.9 million.

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Warner Bros townhome that once housed Marilyn Monroe lists for $899K

A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed its actresses, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe, has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus
A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed its actresses, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe, has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus
A circa-1930s townhouse in which the Warner Bros. studio housed actresses Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe has listed for $899,000. Courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Photo credit Neue Focus

LOS ANGELES – A 1930s Los Angeles townhome built for the Warner Bros. movie studio to house its young starlets, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, is for sale at $899,000.

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Photo Marilyn Monroe inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sets record at $300K

The only known photo that Marilyn Monroe inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sold for $300,000 and a new world auction record on December 1. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
The only known photo that Marilyn Monroe inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sold for $300,000 and a new world auction record on December 1. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
The only known photo that Marilyn Monroe inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sold for $300,000 and a new world auction record on December 1. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – The only known photograph of Marilyn Monroe inscribed to Joe DiMaggio sold on December 1 at Heritage Auctions for $300,000, setting a new auction record for a signed Monroe photograph. The picture, a publicity still taken in 1953 for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was already among the most famous and coveted of Monroe’s portraits. It is now the most valuable as well.

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Rarities in Doyle’s Oct. 13 auction aim for top shelves of your library

Georges Rouault, ‘Cirque de l’etoile filante,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers
 Georges Rouault, ‘Cirque de l’etoile filante,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Georges Rouault, ‘Cirque de l’etoile filante,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Thursday, October 13 at 10 am Eastern time. The sale will showcase a wide variety of Americana, antiquarian books, first editions, maps and signed items in all fields. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Full spectrum of photographic greats presented at Heritage, Oct. 11

Thomas Struth, ‘Pantheon, Rome,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Thomas Struth, ‘Pantheon, Rome,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Thomas Struth, ‘Pantheon, Rome,’ estimated at $500,000-$700,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Key photographs by Thomas Struth and Bernd and Hilla Becher are prominent lots in Heritage’s October 11 Photographs Signature® Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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RR Auction launches PSA Encapsulated series Sept. 22

Signed matte-finish photo of Marilyn Monroe, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Signed matte-finish photo of Marilyn Monroe, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Signed matte-finish photo of Marilyn Monroe, estimated at $20,000-$25,000

BOSTON — RR Auction‘s inaugural PSA Encapsulated Auction, taking place on Thursday, September 22, brings a treasure trove of nearly 700 items to the auction block — a diverse assortment of material ranging from straightforward signatures to iconic photographs to intriguing etters and documents. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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