The University Archives online auction of autographs, photographs and rare books will take place on November 10


Large glossy black and white photograph of the four Beatles, signed, inscribed, dated and numbered by French photographer Jean-Marie P̩rier (born 1940) (estimate: $ 3,000 Р$ 4,000).
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WILTON, Connecticut – A rare and historic powder horn from the Revolutionary War, an extensive archive of documents relating to Playboy Hugh Hefner of the magazine, a document signed by John F. Kennedy as president and a legal summons signed by legendary lawyer Wyatt Earp will all be part of the University Archives online auction on Wednesday, November 10. at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The auction of autographs, photographs and rare books presents exceptional historical material from several collection categories. “Over thirty lots in the sale illustrate the fascinating and violent history of the Old West, with many pieces from the personal collection of renowned Western photographer Jim Tackett,” said John Reznikoff, president of the University Archives.

The catalog, with all 391 lots, can be viewed and auctioned now on the University Archives website ( as well as, and Offers by telephone and correspondence will also be accepted. This is the eighth 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 Early American (John Hancock, Aaron Burr, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee and others); presidents and first ladies (John Adams to Biden, Mary Todd Lincoln to Michelle Obama, others); Old West (Emmett Dalton, Jesse and Frank James, Suspended Judge Roy Bean, others); Art (Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dr. Seuss, Oskar Fischinger) and Music (The Beatles, Kurt Cobain, George and Ira Gershwin and others).

Other categories include entertainment (Stan Laurel, Lenny Bruce, Hefner and others); Sports (Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Tiger Woods and others); Literature (Walt Whitman, Eugene O’Neill, EE Cummings and others); Civil rights (Martin Luther King, Jr., Lucy Stone, Frederick Douglass and others); and Space / Aviation / Exploration (the Mercury and Gemini space programs, Charles Lindbergh, Soviet cosmonauts, Fridtjof Nansen and others).

The powder horn belonging to 18-year-old timer Oliver Buttrick and used in the Battle of Concorde on April 19, 1775 is a remarkable relic of the War of Independence and carries a modest pre-sale estimate of $ 90,000 to 100 $ 000. The Battle of Concord was the first battle of the War of Independence and witnessed the “gunshot heard ‘around the world” that both heralded and legitimized the American Revolution. It would be hard to think of a better relic symbolizing American freedom than this article. The horn has a vellum property label at its base and is accompanied by over 50 provenance pages which are available on request in .pdf format.

Chinese Export porcelain dessert bowl from the White House service of Thomas Jefferson, circa 1790, with 13 gold stars encircling an elegant “J” monogram in the center (estimate: $ 10,000- $ 12,000).
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The large archive of original letters, cartoons, photographs and memorabilia relating to Hugh Hefner’s 75-year relationship with his classmate and close friend Jane “Janie” Borson Sellers is expected to reach $ 50,000 to $ 60,000. Included are more than 150 letters from Hefner, half of which are illustrated with pen and ink cartoons of him.

The one-page document signed by President John F. Kennedy on January 21, 1961 and countersigned by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, naming “Robert S. McNamara of Michigan… Secretary of Defense,” is expected to reach $ 30,000 at $ 35,000. At the time, McNamara was the youngest person ever to be appointed Secretary of State. He served from 1961 to 1968 and was largely responsible for the intensification of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

The many lots documenting the anarchy and disorder of the Wild West include the personally approved summons of a young Wyatt Earp, then only 21 years old and in his first job in law enforcement, as a police officer in Lamar, Missouri. In May 1870 Earp clearly wrote over twenty words on the back of a legal summons and signed it “WS Earp constable” (estimate: $ 30,000- $ 35,000).

A one-page autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson, in superb condition, extolling America’s superiority over Europe, written to American diplomat William Lee, contains stellar content and is expected to change hands for $ 25,000 to $ 30 $ 000. Also on offer is a rare and beautiful Chinese Export white porcelain dessert bowl from the Jefferson White House service, circa 1790, with 13 gold stars encircling the elegant “J” monogram in the center (estimate: $ 10,000 – $ 12,000).

Archive of original letters, cartoons, photos and memorabilia relating to Hugh Hefner’s 75-year relationship with his close friend Jane Borson Sellers (estimate: $ 50,000- $ 60,000).
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A Civil War autograph album compiled by a correspondent for Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase contains 180 signatures of officials in the Lincoln administration and members of the 37th United States Congress, including President Abraham Lincoln himself and six current and future members of the Lincoln cabinet (Seward, Chase, Welles, Stanton, Smith and Fessenden). It is estimated at $ 20,000 to $ 24,000.

An extensive compilation of original documents written and / or signed by members of the Hartford Convention of 1814-1815, compiled by Washington land developer and manuscript collector Marshall B. Coyne, including documents from 26 delegates from five states and the Secretary of the Convention, is expected to earn $ 18,000 to $ 20,000.

A rare hand-written letter from then-President Zachary Taylor to Home Secretary Thomas Ewing, presenting Henry Waller of Louisiana, dated November 27, 1849, is estimated to be between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000. In addition, a one-page, partially printed, boldly signed document by John Hancock, dated January 1, 1776, appointing a captain in the 7th Infantry Regiment (the battle regiment ‘don’t shoot until you have seen the whites of their eyes ”from the Bunker Hill celebrity) is expected to reach $ 8,000 to $ 10,000.

An autograph letter written on White House letterhead signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt” as president, addressed to Frank Deering of Saco, Maine, another collector of naval history, dated February 19, 1934 , is estimated between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars. In addition, an autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin written to his land agent John Higgins in 1859, just weeks before the publication of his About the origin of species, is expected to reach $ 3,000 to $ 4,000.

A large bust portrait photograph of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, boldly signed and inscribed on the carpet, “To Max Moffett in Taliesin August 24/50 Frank Lloyd Wright”, is expected to end between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000; while a large glossy black and white photograph of the four Beatles, signed, inscribed, dated and numbered by French photographer Jean-Marie Périer (b.1940), framed, is expected to fetch between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000.

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 auction of autographs, photographs and rare books scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, visit

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