RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts Featuring The Founding Fathers

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Beginning with a selection of fantastic early American history—the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War—RR Auction’s July Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts over 1,000 lots. Top items include a 1776 autograph letter by General George Washington, a document from rare Declaration signer George Taylor, a book from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, and a manuscript by John Jay, tracking claims by New York’s Loyalists. An additional special highlight of the auction is an exceedingly rare autograph letter by Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, dated 1543. Other lots of significance are letters by Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Horatio Nelson, Lord Byron, and Barack Obama. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in July 2018.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Nelson Mandela305 - Nelson Mandela
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Important TLS signed “N. Mandela,” two pages, 5.75 x 8.25, personal letterhead, November 30, 1998. Letter concerning peace in the Middle East, in part
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Benjamin Altman and William Waldorf Astor306 - Benjamin Altman and William Waldorf Astor
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Astor Trust Company check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by Altman, "Benjamin Altman," payable to Astor Trust Co. for ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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J. Paul Getty307 - J. Paul Getty
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Fascinating ALS signed “Paul,” five pages, 5 x 6.25, The Plaza, New York letterhead, August 19, 1933. Letter to his mother, Sarah Catherine McPherson
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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J. Pierpont Morgan308 - J. Pierpont Morgan
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Uncommon twice-signed partly-printed DS, one page both sides, 13.5 x 9.5, August 20, 1863. A declaration of dividends made payable between August 10 a
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Eli Lilly309 - Eli Lilly
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American soldier and pharmacist (1838-1898) who founded the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical corporation; Lilly enlisted in the Union Army and was
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Richard S. Reynolds, Sr310 - Richard S. Reynolds, Sr
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Nephew (1881–1955) of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds, who made his own name as the founder of the US Foil Company; today, his company's 'Rey...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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John D. Rockefeller311 - John D. Rockefeller
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 11.5 x 7.5, February 1, 1889. Stock certificate issued to Rockefeller for five hundred shares in the Northwest Equipment
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Carl Mayer von Rothschild312 - Carl Mayer von Rothschild
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German-born banker (1788–1855) in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies who founded the Rothschild banking family of Naples. LS in Italian, signed “Carlo Bo
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Samuel Slater313 - Samuel Slater
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English-American industrialist (1768-1835) called the 'Father of the American Industrial Revolution,' known for importing British textile te...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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John Wanamaker314 - John Wanamaker
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Department store magnate (1838–1922) who also served as Postmaster General from 1889 to 1893. ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, Bellefo
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Frank W. Woolworth315 - Frank W. Woolworth
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Retail pioneer (1852-1919) who founded the iconic chain of five-and-ten-cent stores that bear his name. Unusual fine disbound book for a meeting of th
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Johann II Bernoulli316 - Johann II Bernoulli
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Youngest of the three sons of Johann Bernoulli, who studied law and mathematics (1710–1790). He succeeded his father as professor of mathematics at th
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Niels Bohr317 - Niels Bohr
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TLS in German, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, October 11, 1935. Letter to "Architect Jensen," thanking him for flowers and congratulations on his ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Max Born318 - Max Born
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ALS in German, three pages both sides, 5.75 x 8.25, April 5, 1955. Long letter to Nobel Prize–winning physicist James Franck in Chicago, who had just
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Pierre Curie319 - Pierre Curie
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Rare ALS in French, signed “P. Curie,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, Ecole Municipale de Physique letterhead, December 30, 1899. Let
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin320 - Charles Darwin
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ALS signed “C. D.,” one page, 5.5 x 2.75, personal "Mrs. C. Darwin" letterhead with the "s" struck through, January 1, [no year]...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison321 - Thomas Edison
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TLS signed “Thos. A. Edison,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison letterhead, July 12, 1923. Letter to Mrs. Frederic C. Hir
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Enrico Fermi322 - Enrico Fermi
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Scarce ALS in Italian, one page, 5 x 8, Reale Accademia d'Italia letterhead, November 19, 1938. Letter to an "illustrious senator," th...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Henry Ford323 - Henry Ford
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Automotive pioneer (1863–1947) who founded the Ford Motor Company and championed the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. La
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein324 - Albert Einstein
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DS, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8 x 10.5, April 19, 1950. Official letter from Didier Publishers of New York, in full: "We are preparing fo...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein325 - Albert Einstein
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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, embossed personal letterhead, January 14, 1954. Letter to Walter Stern, in full: "I ag...
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Francis Galton326 - Francis Galton
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English Victorian statistician, progressive, polymath, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Robert Koch327 - Robert Koch
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German medical scientist (1843–1910) regarded as the father of bacteriology. He isolated the tuberculosis bacillus and the anthrax virus, and received
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Max Planck328 - Max Planck
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ALS in German, signed “Planck,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, September 23, 1925. Significant letter to physicist Wilhelm Wien, about t
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Max Planck329 - Max Planck
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Nobel Prize-winning German physicist (1858–1947) who pioneered the understanding of quantum theory. ALS in German, signed “M. Planck,” one page, 5 x 4
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Albert Sabin330 - Albert Sabin
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American medical researcher (1906–1993) best known for developing a practical oral polio vaccine. AMS, signed on a title sheet, "Albert B. Sabi...
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Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Walter Benjamin332 - Walter Benjamin
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German philosopher and cultural critic (1892–1940) who made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory and Western Marxism. Substantia
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Emile Cioran333 - Emile Cioran
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Romanian philosopher and essayist (1911–1995) who was awarded the prestigious Rivarol Prize in 1950 for his first French book, A Short History of Deca
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud334 - Sigmund Freud
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ALS in German, signed “Freud,” one page, 5.5 x 3.5, no date but postmarked June 8, 1938. Letter to Oscar Philipp in London, in full (translated): &q...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel335 - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Influential German philosopher (1770-1831) who espoused a dialectical method by which an idea (thesis) was challenged by its opposite (antithesis) and
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Martin Heidegger336 - Martin Heidegger
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Important German philosopher (1889–1976) whose Being and Time was a fundamental text in the development of existentialism. Handwritten draft of a lett
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Wilhelm Reich337 - Wilhelm Reich
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Rare TLS in German, signed “Wilh. Reich,” one page both sides, 9 x 12, lnternationales Institut fur Sexual Okonomische Forschung letterhead, August 14
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Ferdinand and Isabella338 - Ferdinand and Isabella
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Manuscript DS in Spanish, signed by Ferdinand, "Yo el Rey [I the King]," and by Isabella, "Yo la Reyna [I the Queen]," one page,...
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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King Charles I339 - King Charles I
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Printed act, ten pages, 6.25 x 10, entitled "An Act for Exposing to Sale divers Castles, Houses, Parks, Lands and Hereditaments, Belonging to t...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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King Louis XI340 - King Louis XI
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King of France (born in 1423) who reigned from 1461 until his death in 1483. Vellum manuscript DS, in French, signed “Louis,” one page, 12.25 x 9.5, M
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II341 - Queen Elizabeth II
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Large ink signature, "Elizabeth R., July 10th 1975,” on an off-white 10.75 x 7.75 guest book page affixed to a slightly larger sheet. In fine c...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip342 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
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Royal Christmas and New Year's card from 1955, with a gilt-embossed crown on the front, measuring 14 x 8 open, featuring a charming photo of Que...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Queen Victoria343 - Queen Victoria
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Signed book: Eternal Hope. London: Macmillan, 1878. Hardcover, 5.25 x 7.5, 227 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page in black ink to Prin
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Mormons344 - Mormons
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Manuscript document, one page, 5.25 x 16, July 2, 1857. Page from an accounting ledger for the Mormon Perpetual Emigrating Fund, headed, "Trial...
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Mormons345 - Mormons
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Manuscript document, one page, 5.25 x 16, July 2, 1857. Page from an accounting ledger for the Mormon Perpetual Emigrating Fund, headed, "Trial...
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Pope John XXIII346 - Pope John XXIII
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Italian pope (1881–1963), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who ascended the papal throne in 1958 and served until his death. As the guiding force behind
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Martin Luther347 - Martin Luther
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ALS in German, signed “Martinus Luther D,” one page both sides, 8 x 12, [circa September 1, 1543]. An extensive, uncommonly well-preserved letter to G
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Estimates : 300,000.00 - 500,000.00
 
 
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Svetlana Alliluyeva348 - Svetlana Alliluyeva
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Youngest child and only daughter (1926–2011) of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyeva; later known as Lana Peters, she caused an intern
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Barcelona349 - Barcelona
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Partly-printed vellum DS in Spanish, one page, 16 x 12, 1758. Untranslated certificate for the Royal Trade Company of Barcelona, number 1173 for 250 p
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Fidel Castro350 - Fidel Castro
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DS, in Spanish, one page, 8.5 x 13, June 29, 1960. Ministerial decree, No. 144, in which Castro accepts the resignation of Navio Pablo Bruno Alfonso C
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Chiang Kai-shek351 - Chiang Kai-shek
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Fantastic matte-finish 5.5 x 7 photo of Chiang Kai-shek in uniform, signed in ink in Chinese. Reverse bears a Wu Chung-Yee credit stamp. In fine condi
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill352 - Winston Churchill
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ALS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 6.5, Villa Kazbeck letterhead, April 14, 1903. Letter to Arthur Elliot on
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill353 - Winston Churchill
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Three items related to Churchill's publication of the biography Marlborough: His Life and Times, including: a TLS signed "Yours sincerely, ...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill354 - Winston Churchill
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World War I-dated TLS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 8 x 10, embossed Ministry of Munitions of War letterhead, May 30, 1918. Letter to Henry
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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French Huguenots355 - French Huguenots
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Exceedingly rare pin-pricked manuscript note from an unknown French Huguenot prisoner, one page, 7.75 x 6.25, no date but circa 1686. The message read
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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