Autographs, Photographs and Books at University Archives January 6 Online Auction


Wilton, CT – A handwritten manuscript in German by Albert Einstein, signed, with several lines of mathematical equations, a check made out to a charter airline by John F. Kennedy during his 1960 presidential campaign, and a handwritten document signed by legendary lawman Bat Masterson, when he was just 25, will all be part of the upcoming College Archives Online Auction scheduled for Thursday, January 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST. East.

The Rare Autographs, Photographs, Books Plus PSA Slabbed auction features historic material from several collectible categories. A subset of 201 lots will exclusively include parts that are cut and PSA/DNA graded. “As many in the industry are well aware, items in this format, once restricted to sports cards, have taken the realm of collectibles to the next level, with frequent completions in the multi-million dollar range. “, said John Reznikoff, president. and owner of the university archives.

Mr. Reznikoff added: “While old-school collectors tend to be more tactile, newer breeds favor a new way of securing their investments, which is to have them continually appraised, authenticated and protected. articles by third parties. Even Wall Street is on board, with Steve Cohen and others’ billion-dollar purchase of Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company. This is our biggest sale to date, we are confident there will be great opportunities for dealers and collectors of all categories.

The catalog, with all 530+ lots, is to view and bid now, on the University Archives website ( as well as, and Telephone and correspondence bids will also be accepted. This is the ninth auction to be held at the University Archives’ new, modern 6,000 square foot facility in Wilton, Connecticut.

The list of major categories is long, including 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 (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).

Center stage will be Einstein’s autograph manuscript, handwritten in German circa 1938 and signed at its end as “A. Einstein. It carries 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 later co-authored a paper exploring this topic titled 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 carries an estimate of $15,000 to $16,000. The check is boldly signed and the PSA/DNA signature is engraved and filed NM-MT 8. An early edition of the Presidential Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, signed by the seven members of the commission and General Counsel J Lee, is also up for sale. Rankins.

An autograph document signed by Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson, with over 30 handwritten words, numbers and numbers, is marked PSA/DNA and rated Mint 9. When he signed this 6.375 inch by 4.5 inch receipt , 25 – One-year-old Masterson, then sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, was just months away from being defeated in the War of the Royal Throat, 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, concerning the real estate business in Shawneetown, Illinois. The 7.5 inch by 4 inch letter is PSA/DNA engraved and rated Mint 9 (estimate: $12,000-$15,000). Also, a one-page document from around 1762 signed by George Washington, regarding a settling of accounts with Sheriff William Payne of Fairfax County, Virginia, is expected to fetch $12,000-14,000. Both men had a controversial history: Payne had hit Washington with a stick during a disagreement seven years earlier.

Another Washington-related lot – this one, a Rev War frank addressed to General Henry Knox (1750-1806), commander of West Point, signed “Go: Washington”, engraved PSA/DNA and graduated NM 7 – has an estimate of $8,000 to $9,000. Knox was a close friend of Washington, who appointed him the nation’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 between $9,000 and $10,000. Also, 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 that was forwarded at James Madison, has a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $9,000.

A two-page autograph manuscript by Richard Feynman, relating to the 1986 Challenger disaster, is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $14,000. Feynman was appointed to the Rogers Commission, commissioned by the then president. Ronald Reagan to investigate the causes of the space shuttle’s in-flight explosion. In addition, an archive of manuscript documents and printed journals relating to John Peter Zenger, the German printer charged with seditious libel in 1734, including documents signed by key trial participants 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 delivered 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 rise between $6,000 and $7,000. Additionally, a wire 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, has an estimate of $10,000 to $12,000. Schindler saved 1,200 Jews during World War II.

University archives have become globally recognized as a go-to source for such rare objects. She is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone with a single item or collection that may be suitable for a future University Archives auction can call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111 or email him at [email protected]


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