WILTON, Connecticut – The University Archives will be holding back-to-back online auctions on Wednesday and Thursday, August 25 and 26, starting at 10:30 a.m. EST on both days. The August 25 auction will be a general sale offering collectors a variety of autographs, rare books, historical documents and memorabilia. The auction on August 26 will be a small specialty Judaica sale.
“Our August 25 sale offers collectors an excellent opportunity to acquire exceptional items from the presidential, scientific and international categories,” said John Reznikoff, president and founder of the University Archives. “Early enthusiasts of the United States, military collectors and aficionados of art, music and literature will also find many treasures. The auction will be organized by category.
Reznikoff added: “The Judaica auction on August 26, 100 lots in all, will offer many unique items related to the history of Judaism, the formation of Israel and the Second World War, including autographed material. from Judah P. Benjamin to Ariel Sharon. There will be dozens of lots relating to the Founding Fathers and Mothers of Israel. The sale will be organized in alphabetical order.
Catalogs can be viewed and auctioned now, on the revamped University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com), as well as the LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com platforms. Offers by telephone and correspondence will also be accepted. Both auctions will take place in the new state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot facility of the University Archives at Wilton.
With 363 lots, the August 25 sale is the larger of the two. The main categories will include Presidential (Washington to Biden); Science (several lots of Einstein, plus Robert Hooke, Marie Curie, Richard Feynman, others); Sports (Olympics, Muhammad Ali, Ty Cobb, Michael Jordan, others); and literature (Robert Frost, James Joyce, Ivan Tourgueniev, Jules Verne, others).
Other categories include world leaders (Russian tsars, Soviet leaders, Kim Il Sung, Victoria I, others); Art (Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Norman Rockwell, others); Space and aviation (Apollo / Soyuz program, Neil Armstrong, Orville Wright, Soviet cosmonauts, others); Early American (Rev War, John Hancock, Hamilton, Burr, others; and Music (Bob Dylan, others).
More than a third of the sale is dedicated to US presidents and first ladies. A prominent expected lot is a one-page autograph letter signed by Abraham Lincoln and dated just weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg, July 22, 1863. It is addressed to Freedmen’s Commissioner of Inquiry, Robert Dale Owen, and contains content related to slavery. In it, Lincoln refers to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, the Supreme Court, and the plight of America’s “freed men” (estimated between $ 50,000 and $ 60,000).
The original Lincoln postage-paid transmission panel that accompanied the aforementioned letter is offered as a separate set. The panel, inscribed throughout and signed by Lincoln (as “A. Lincoln” upper right), is expected to end between $ 7,000 and $ 8,000. In addition, a 346-acre land survey in Augusta County, Virginia, drawn, signed and recorded by a 21-year-old George Washington in 1752, the same year the future president would inherit Mount Vernon, has an estimate of $ 30,000 to $ 40,000.
A working scientific manuscript inscribed in German and signed by Albert Einstein circa 1938, before a later work co-written by him and Peter Bergman titled On a generalization of Kaluza’s theory of electricity, has an estimate of $ 40,000 to $ 50,000. In the Judaica auction, a letter written and signed by Einstein in German in 1921, discussing Rutherford-Bohr atomic theory, the theory of relativity and the Stark effect of electricity, is expected to reach 12,000 $ to $ 14,000.
A very rare document signed by the British scientist and mathematician Robert Hooke, relating to the Great Fire of London of 1666, has an estimate of $ 24,000 to $ 30,000. Hooke was a City of London surveyor and settled post-conflagration claims. In addition, the personal copy of fellow physicist Richard Feynman of TS Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, signed in his name by his wife Arline, is expected to reach $ 7,000 to $ 8,000.
A beautifully illuminated document signed by Tsar Alexander II, in Russian, granting an armorial bearings to a Crimean War veteran and naval surgeon, featuring many lavish hand-decorated details, is expected to change hands for $ 5,000 to $ 6,000. Also, a copy of the first edition of Korean historical relics, a book celebrating the flourishing of Korean arts and culture, signed and inscribed by Kim Il Sung, the elusive former leader of North Korea, is estimated at between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000.
A small photo card dated 1864, depicting a seated portrait of slave, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, signed by her with an “x” as a mark, is expected to cost between $ 24,000 and $ 28,000. Also, a handwritten copy of the lovely poem Familiar with the night by Robert Frost, signed by the famous poet and dated January 5, 1937, composed for Mrs. Emmaline Jones, with a printed photo of Frost, is expected to range from $ 7,000 to $ 8,000.
A four-page document dated October 20, 1789, signed by Alexander Hamilton (as Secretary of the Treasury), addressed to Stephen Smith, Esq., Regarding payment of tonnage and other duties on ships, is estimated at 7 $ 000 – $ 8,000. In addition, a ship’s passport in four languages signed by Thomas Jefferson (as president) and James Madison (as secretary of state), dated September 29, 1802, requesting safe passage for a ship at destination from London, is expected to cost between $ 3,000 and $ 3,500. .
In addition to Einstein’s letter, highlights of the Judaica sale will include an archive of thirteen handwritten letters by Moshe Dayan on fragile prison tissue and smuggled out of prison while in prison. Acre in British-controlled Palestine between 1939 and 1941 (est. $ 30,000 – $ 40,000); and a fabulous archive of artifacts related to the British Army’s Jewish Brigade Group during WWII, including uniforms, equipment and awards (est. $ 3,000 to $ 3,500).
University archives have become world famous as a go-to source for rare items of this type. She is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone with a single item or collection that might be suitable for a future University Archives auction can call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111 or email him at [email protected]
The University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of the University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who began collecting stamps and coins in 1968, when he was in his third year. Across the industry, Reznikoff is considered the leading expert in authenticity for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and the two main authentication companies.
The new University Archives offices are located at 88 Danbury Rd. (Suite 2A) in Wilton, Connecticut. For more information on the University Archives and the online auctions only scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday August 25-26, visit www.archivesuniversitaires.com. Updates are posted often.
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