WILTON, Connecticut – A handwritten manuscript in German by Albert Einstein, signed, with several lines of mathematical equations, a check made payable to a charter airline by John F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign to 1960, and a handwritten document signed by legendary lawyer Bat Masterson, when he was just 25, will all be part of the next University Archives online-only auction scheduled for Thursday. January 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
The Slabbed Autographs, Photographs, Books and Rare PSA Auction features historical material from several collection categories. A sub-assembly of 201 lots will consist exclusively of pieces in PSA / ADN and graduated tiles. As many in the industry are well aware, items in this format, once only the territory of sports cards, have taken the collectibles realm to the next level, with frequent achievements in the multi-million range. dollars, “said John Reznikoff, president and owner of the University Archives.
Mr Reznikoff added, “While old-school collectors tend to be more tactile, new breeds favor a new way of securing their investments, which is by having items classified by third parties, permanently authenticated and protected. Even Wall Street is on board, with Steve Cohen and others buying a billion dollars from Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company. This being our biggest sale to date, we are confident that there will be great opportunities for dealers and collectors of all categories.
The catalog, with over 530 lots, can be viewed and auctioned now on the University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com) as well as LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Offers by telephone and correspondence will also be accepted. This is the ninth auction to be held in the new, modern 6,000 square foot University Archives facility in Wilton, Connecticut.
The list of major categories is long, to include 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 companies (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).
Einstein’s autograph manuscript, handwritten in German circa 1938 and signed at its conclusion as “A. Einstein.” It brings a pre-sale 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 subsequently co-wrote an article exploring this topic entitled On a generalization of Kaluza’s theory of electricity (1938).
The check JFK wrote to a Massachusetts charter airline for a trip to the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, Mass., During his 1960 presidential campaign, puts an estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 16,000. The check is boldly signed and the signature PSA / ADN slab and rated NM-MT 8. A copy of the first edition of Presidential Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, signed by the seven members of the committee and Advocate General J. Lee Rankin.
An autograph document signed by Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson, with over 30 handwritten words, numbers and numbers, is a PSA / DNA slab and rated Mint 9. When he signed this 6.375 by 4.5 inch receipt inches, the 25- year-old Masterson was then sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, and was only months away from being defeated in the Royal Gorge War, which pitted two rival western railway companies. The document is expected to end between $ 27,500 and $ 30,000.
A handwritten letter from Abraham Lincoln, dated March 25, 1852, is boldly signed and addressed to the Hon. William Thomas, regarding real estate affairs in Shawneetown, Illinois. The 7.5 inch by 4 inch letter is a PSA / DNA panel and is rated Mint 9 (estimate: $ 12,000- $ 15,000). In addition, a one-page document from around 1762 signed by George Washington regarding a settling of scores with Sheriff William Payne of Fairfax County, Virginia, is estimated to be as high as $ 12,000 to $ 14,000. The two had a controversial history: Payne had hit Washington with a stick in a disagreement seven years earlier.
Another Washington-related lot – this one, a free Rev War franc addressed in his hand to General Henry Knox (1750-1806), commanding officer of West Point, signed as “Go: Washington”, PSA / DNA slab and rated NM 7 – has an estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 9,000. Knox was a close friend of Washington, who made him the country’s first Secretary of War.
A page from a bifolium dated December 12, 1792, boldly signed by Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury and addressed to Sharp Delany, Esq., Collector of customs in Philadelphia, ironically asking him to order pistols, should end at $ 9,000 – $ 10,000. In addition, a one-page note signed by 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 which was forwarded to James Madison, has a presale estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 9,000.
A two-page autograph manuscript by Richard Feynman, relating to the Challenger disaster of 1986, is expected to bring in between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000. Feynman was appointed to the Rogers Commission, charged by the then president. Ronald Reagan to investigate the causes of the in-flight explosion of the space shuttle. In addition, an archive of handwritten documents and printed journals relating to John Peter Zenger, the German printer charged with seditious libel in 1734, including documents signed by key participants in the trial, including New York Governor William Cosby, should cost between $ 10,000 and $ 12,000.
A record sleeve signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., containing an original recording of his “The American Dream” speech given at Syracuse University in July 1961, the precursor to the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech by King, signed “Best Wishes / Martin Luther King, Jr.”, is expected to increase from $ 6,000 to $ 7,000. Also, a bank transfer from Argentina signed and dated December 13, 1952 by Oskar Schindler, in Spanish for the sum of 2,600 Argentine pesos, to be sent to Gertrude Tutsuth, is estimated between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars. Schindler saved 1,200 Jews during World War II.
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 who has 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@example.com.
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’s archives and the online auction of autographs, photographs, books and PSA slabs only scheduled for January 6, visit www.archivesuniversitaires.com.
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