WILTON, Connecticut – A handwritten manuscript in German by Albert Einstein, signed, with several lines of mathematical equations, a check issued by John F. Kennedy to a charter airline during his 1960 presidential campaign, and a handwritten document drawn from the Legend Lawman Bat Masterson, who was only 25, will all be part of the University Archives’ next all-online auction, scheduled for Thursday, January 6th, starting at 10:30 am Eastern Time.
The Rare Autographs, Photographs, Books Plus PSA Slabbed auction offers historical material from several collection categories. A subset of 201 lots contains only items that have been PSA / DNA slabbed and evaluated. “As many in the industry know, articles in this format that were once just the sports card field have taken the collecting field to the next level, with frequent multi-million dollar conversions,” said John Reznikoff, president and owner of the university archive.
Mr. Reznikoff added, “Although old school collectors tend to be more tactile, the new races prefer a new way of safeguarding their investments by valuing, authenticating and permanently protecting items from third parties. Even Wall Street is on board, Steve Cohen and others have bought Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company, in the billions. Since this is our biggest sale to date, we are confident that there will be great opportunities for dealers and collectors of all categories. “
The catalog with all over 530 lots can now be viewed and bid on the University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com) as well as on LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and letter bids are also accepted. It is the ninth auction to be conducted by the modern, new 6,000-square-foot facility at the University Archives in Wilton, Conn.
The list of main categories is extensive and includes science (Einstein, Richard Feynman, Nikola Tesla, Johannes Stark, others); Presidents (from Washington to Biden); Early American (Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, John Peter Zenger, others); Space / Aviation (the Apollo and Skylab programs, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Chuck Yaeger, Soviet cosmonauts, others); and civil rights (Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, others).
Other categories include Business (Astor, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Jay Cooke, Jay Gould, others); Literature (Mark Twain, Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, JD Salinger, Eugene O’Neill, EE Cummings, others); Art (Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Diego Rivera, others); Music (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, George Gershwin, others); Entertainment (Golden Age of Hollywood, Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, others); and sports (Mantle, Koufax, Jackie Robinson, others).
The focus is on the autograph Einstein manuscript, which was handwritten in German around 1938 and ended with “A. Einstein. ”It has a presale estimate of $ 40,000 to $ 50,000. The manuscript is part of Einstein’s attempts to develop a unified theory of electromagnetism, gravity and quantum mechanics; He later co-authored an article on the subject entitled About a generalization of Kaluza’s theory of electricity (1938).
The check that JFK wrote during its 1960 presidential campaign to a Massachusetts charter airline for a trip to the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts is valued at $ 15,000 to $ 16,000. The check is signed in bold and the signature PSA / DNA is slogged and assessed with NM-MT 8. A first edition copy of The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, signed by all seven commissioners and General Counsel J. Lee Rankin.
An autograph signed by Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson with over 30 words, numbers and numbers in his hand is a PSA / DNA plate and has a Mint 9 rating. When he signed this 6.375 “x 4.5” receipt, the one-year-old Masterson was serving as the Sheriff of Ford County, Kansas at the time and was only months away from being defeated in the Royal Gorge War, which was fought between two rival Western railroad companies . The document should end at $ 27,500 to $ 30,000.
A handwritten letter dated March 25, 1852 from Abraham Lincoln, signed in bold and addressed to the Hon. William Thomas, concerning the real estate business in Shawneetown, Illinois. The 7.5 by 4-inch letter is PSA / DNA-plateed and rated Mint 9 (estimate: $ 12,000 to $ 15,000). Also, a one-page document dated around 1762, signed by George Washington, pertaining to a settlement with Sheriff William Payne of Fairfax County, Virginia, was said to cost $ 12,000 to $ 14,000. The two had a controversial story: Payne had hit Washington with a stick during a disagreement seven years earlier.
Another Washington-related lot – this one free Frank from the Rev. has an estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 9,000. Knox was a close friend of Washington who named him the country’s first Secretary of War.
One page of a double sheet dated December 12, 1792, boldly signed by Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury and addressed to Sharp Delany, Esq., Collector of Customs of Philadelphia, ironically instructing him to order pistols, should be at 9,000 to 10,000 US- Dollar ends. Also, a one-page note from Thomas Jefferson as President dated September 13, 1808, written from his home in Monticello, addressed to Edgar Patterson, a government contractor, regarding a letter from Patterson forwarded to James Madison has a presale estimate of 8,000 to 9,000 U.S. dollar.
A two-page autograph manuscript by Richard Feynman focusing on the challenger The 1986 disaster is projected to raise $ 12,000 to $ 14,000. Feynman was appointed to the Rogers Commission by then President Ronald Reagan to investigate the causes of the space shuttle’s explosion in the air. Also an archive of handwritten documents and printed magazines relating to John Peter Zenger, the German printer accused of seditious defamation in 1734, including material signed by key trial participants, including New York Governor William Cosby, was said to be US $ 10,000 to US $ 12,000 Cost dollars.
One of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. signed record cover containing an original recording of his speech, “The American Dream,” delivered in July 1961 at Syracuse University, the forerunner of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, signed, “Best Wishes ”. / Martin Luther King, Jr. ”is set to rise to between $ 6,000 and $ 7,000. A transfer from Argentina, signed and dated December 13, 1952, by Oskar Schindler, in Spanish, for a sum of 2,600 Argentine pesos to be sent to Gertrude Tutsuth is also estimated at $ 10,000 to $ 12,000. Schindler is known to save 1,200 Jews during World War II.
The university archive is known worldwide as a treasure trove for rare objects of this kind. It is actively looking for quality material for future auctions, which is a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone with a single item or collection that may be eligible 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 postage stamps and coins in third grade in 1968. Reznikoff is recognized as the industry’s leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He advises with law enforcement agencies, dealers, auction houses and both major 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 Rare Autographs, Photographs, Books Plus PSA Slabbed auction scheduled for January 6th, which is only available online, visit www.universityarchives.com.
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