University Archives Proudly Presents Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books Ending June 30, 2021

University Archives June 30, 2021 Auction is in progress for bidding — Live Auction Begins June 30, 2021 10:30 AM EDT.  The June 30th sale features over 330 lots of historical treasures from a cross-section of popular collecting categories like Presidential, Science, and Sports. An interesting smattering of Art, Music, Literature, Entertainment, and Space/Aviation enhances the mix. You’ll be able to find rare and valuable pieces relating to a diverse cast of historical figures, from Ludwig von Beethoven, Martin Luther King, Jr., and George Taylor, to Clara Barton, Bob Dylan, and Emperor Hirohito.

The full catalog is up and online for bidding and viewing now, at the newly revamped University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com).   Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Our catalog is accessible on our website, Invaluable, AuctionZip, and LiveAuctioneers:

 

Regular auction-goers will note that this sale is organized a little differently. Usually, we organize the sale alphabetically, yet this month, we’ve opted to organize first by category and then by alphabet. This way, you can easily navigate within the section of the auction that most interests you.

The auction index is as follows:

  • American Politics/Supreme Court: Lots 1-8
  • Art/Literature: Lots 9-46
  • Aviation/Space: Lots 47-66
  • Business/Notables: Lots 67-125
  • Civil Rights/Slavery: Lots 126-145
  • Declaration of Independence/Rev War: Lots 146-157
  • Entertainment/Music/Sports: Lots 158-174
  • History/Military: Lots 175-212
  • International/World Leaders: Lots 213-229
  • Judaica: Lots 230-231
  • Native American: Lots 232-234
  • Presidents/First Ladies: Lots 235-314
  • Science: Lots 315-328

Presidential

June will offer opportunities to acquire superb presidential autographs from Washington to Biden. The sale includes a gorgeously presented George Washington autograph letter signed, a very rare Abraham Lincoln signed naval appointment, and a hard-to-find early Barack Obama signed check.

A 1p autograph letter signed by George Washington and dated May 15, 1783 was addressed to Miss Sidney Lee, the sister of recently deceased Continental Army General Charles Henry Lee. Washington and Lee had bad blood, but despite this, Washington proved himself a courteous and attentive correspondent, helping Miss Lee obtain a copy of Lee’s will so that she could inherit his estate. A Civil War-dated naval appointment signed by President Abraham Lincoln and promoting one “William T. Plant” to the rank of Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Navy is very rare. Lastly, a scarce check signed by then junior Senator from Illinois Barack Obama, drawn from the “Friends of Barack Obama” bank account on September 4, 1997, is sure to entice discerning collectors.

Science

Einstein, Feynman, Darwin, Hawking, Turing, Pavlov: Our June sale features unique items related to some of the greatest twentieth-century scientists.

Albert Einstein wrote a 1p autograph letter signed in German to President Herbert Hoover after receiving Hoover’s congratulatory 50th birthday message in 1929. Einstein wrote in part, “I know that I am just one of the many who are so happy to use their energy in the service of the understanding of the Sciences…I alone am but a grain-of-dust in the development of the human spirit.” A “General Biochemistry” textbook signed by Richard Feynman is profusely annotated with over 215 words in his hand in the form of abbreviations, hypothetical questions, flow charts, chemical formulae, and margin notes. Alan Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the Nazi “Enigma” machine during World War II, signed a copy of “The Theory of Groups of Finite Order” which he gifted to his Cambridge University mentor.  A photograph of Stephen Hawking signed by him as “S.W. Hawking” is accompanied by a letter of provenance explaining that though Hawking agreed to sign it, he didn’t understand why his signature was considered valuable.

Sports

Just in time for Major League Baseball season and Wimbledon come an assortment of sports-themed lots featuring Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Moe Berg, and the Roosevelts—yes, the tennis-playing Roosevelts! Fabulous 1930s signed photographs of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth depict two of the original “Murderers’ Row” Yankees posing with a young fan. An 1890s photograph album containing snapshots of Grace and Ellen Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Hyde Park first cousins and singles and doubles tennis champions, provide us with insights into turn-of-the-century women’s sports.

These are just three of the many collecting categories which may interest you, but there is also much more in our Art, Music, Literature, Space/Aviation, Civil Rights, Business, and World Leaders categories.

Highlights Include:

  • Lot 323 – Albert Einstein ALS
  • Lot 328 – Stephen Hawking SP
  • Lot 330 – Alan Turing SB
  • Lot 317 – George Washington ALS
  • Lot 229 – Kim Il Sung SB
  • Lot 299 – Barack Obama DS
  • Lot 311- Theodore Roosevelt TLS
  • Lot 286 – Kennedy brothers DS
  • Lot 42 – Harriet Beecher Stowe ALS
  • Lot 47 – Frank Lloyd Wright signed drawing
  • Lot 291 – Abraham Lincoln DS
  • Lot 326 – Richard Feynman SB
  • Lot 45 – Andy Warhol SB
  • Lot 136 – Martin Luther King, Jr. SB
  • Lot 161 – Lou Gehrig SP
  • Lot 291 – Abraham Lincoln DS

About University Archives

University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. 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.

University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives, visit www.universityarchives.com. Updates are posted frequently. For phone bidding, please call 203-454-0111.

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