RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts

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With over 750 outstanding lots, RR Auction’s October Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction opens with a remarkable featured section—‘Innovators of Man and Machine,’ boasting three centuries' worth of the world’s greatest minds: Bernoulli, Watt, Pasteur, Westinghouse, Edison, Einstein, Boeing, and Ferrari are among the autographs offered. The rest of the catalog provides a well-balanced assortment of items from presidents, Declaration of Independence signers, activists, businessmen, world leaders, royalty, military figures, artists, authors, musicians, entertainers, and athletes. A small sampling of top items in the sale: an Albert Einstein handwritten manuscript related to his work on a unified field theory; a 50-letter archive of letters from photographer Alfred Stieglitz to New Yorker critic Lewis Mumford; a Freud letter on the Oedipus complex; a musical quote from Verdi’s ‘La traviata’; a fully signed Beatles promo card; and a game-used baseball from the 1917 Tim Murnane Day benefit game played at Fenway Park. 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 October 2017.
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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Johann Bernoulli1 - Johann Bernoulli
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Influential Swiss mathematician (1667–1748) known for his contributions to infinitesimal calculus. Rare LS in French, signed “Bernoulli Pere,” one pag
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon2 - Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
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French naturalist, mathematician, and author (1707–1788). Manuscript DS in French, signed “Leclerc de Buffon,” one page, 6.25 x 6.5, January 5, 1766.
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James Watt3 - James Watt
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British engineer (1736-1819) who developed an efficient steam engine which was a universal source of power and provided one of the most essential tech
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier4 - Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier
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ALS in French, signed “Montgolfier,” one page, 7.75 x 9, May 28, 1785. Letter to Jean-Jacques Froulle, in part (translated): “I have been instructed b
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Claude Louis Berthollet5 - Claude Louis Berthollet
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French chemist (1748–1822) whose contributions include the analysis of ammonia and prussic acid, and the discovery of the bleaching properties of chlo
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Pierre-Simon Laplace6 - Pierre-Simon Laplace
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French scholar whose work was important to the development of mathematics, statistics, physics, and astronomy (1749-1827). Desirable untranslated LS i
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Antonio Scarpa7 - Antonio Scarpa
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Italian anatomist (1752–1832) who wrote several important treatises on a wide range of anatomical and medical subjects. ALS in Italian, signed “A. Sca
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Jean-Nicolas Corvisart8 - Jean-Nicolas Corvisart
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French physician (1755–1821) who gained a reputation as an expert in cardiology and was Napoleon’s personal physician. Untranslated ALS in French, sig
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Alexander von Humboldt9 - Alexander von Humboldt
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German naturalist and explorer (1769–1859) who wrote Kosmos, a massive five-volume study which attempted to unify the various branches of man’s knowle
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Alexandre Brongniart10 - Alexandre Brongniart
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French chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist (1770–1847). ALS in French, signed “A. Brongniart,” one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, July 12, [no year].
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Samuel F. B. Morse11 - Samuel F. B. Morse
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Early ALS signed “Sam. F. B. Morse,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 19, 1825. Letter to his father, Jedidiah Morse, in full: "On board the Packet...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Samuel Colt12 - Samuel Colt
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Inventor of the Colt revolver and founder of the Colt Firearms Company (1814–1862). Rare ALS signed “Samuel Colt & Son,” one page, 7.75 x 9.25, ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Francois Arago13 - Francois Arago
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French Catalan mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and politician (1786–1853). Partly-printed DS in French, signed “F. Arago,” one page, 7.75 x 10,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Peter Cooper14 - Peter Cooper
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Versatile American industrialist, inventor, and politician (1791–1883) who designed the first steam locomotive built in the United States. Partly-prin
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Justus Liebig15 - Justus Liebig
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German chemist and professor (1803–1873) who made overwhelming contributions in the fields of agricultural and biological chemistry. ADS in German, si
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Estimates : 700.00 - 900.00
 
 
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Claude Bernard16 - Claude Bernard
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Eminent French physiologist (1813–1878) who was one of the first to suggest the use of blind experiments to ensure the objectivity of scientific obser
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Charles Goodyear17 - Charles Goodyear
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American inventor (1800-1860) whose development of the vulcanization process revolutionized the rubber industry. ALS signed “Chas. Goodyear,” one page
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Michael Faraday18 - Michael Faraday
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British physicist and chemist (1791–1867) best known for his development of the first dynamo and the discovery of electromagnetic induction. ALS signe
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Samuel F. B. Morse19 - Samuel F. B. Morse
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Rare signed book: Examination of the Telegraphic Apparatus and the Process in Telegraphy. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1869. Softcover,
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin20 - Charles Darwin
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LS signed "Ch. Darwin," five pages on three sheets, 5 x 8 (last page slightly smaller), personal letterhead, April 4, 1866. Letter to Rudo...
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Charles Lyell21 - Charles Lyell
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Geologist (1797–1875) referred to as the 'father of modern geology,' who was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin. ALS signed “C...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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James Young Simpson22 - James Young Simpson
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Scottish doctor (1811–1870) who discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully introduced it for general medical use. ALS signed
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Cyrus McCormick23 - Cyrus McCormick
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Inventor and businessman (1809-1884) whose reaper revolutionized American agriculture. Scarce ALS signed “C. H. McCormick,” one page, 4.75 x 8, August
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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George Westinghouse24 - George Westinghouse
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Significant manuscript DS, one page both sides, 8.25 x 13.25, May 27, 1871. Historic contract "between George Westinghouse and George Westingho...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Rudolf Virchow25 - Rudolf Virchow
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German doctor and politician (1821–1902), dubbed the 'Father of Pathology,' who founded the field of social medicine. Untranslated ALS in Ge...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison27 - Thomas Edison
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Crystal-clear glossy 9 x 7 photo of Edison in his West Orange chemistry lab affixed to a 10 x 9 mount, boldly signed on the mount in fountain pen with
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Samuel Remington28 - Samuel Remington
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American firearms manufacturer (1819–1892). Rare ALS signed “S. Remington,” one page, 5.5 x 8.5, Office of Remingtons Armory letterhead, April 28, 188
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Henri Becquerel29 - Henri Becquerel
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French physicist (1852–1908) whose experiments with uranium salts led to the discovery of spontaneous radioactivity; for this breakthrough he shared t
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur30 - Louis Pasteur
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ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 4 x 5, Institut Pasteur letterhead, April 16, 1889. Letter to G. Austin Taylor, on the introduction of r
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Charles Augustus Young31 - Charles Augustus Young
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One of the foremost solar spectroscopist astronomers in the United States (1834–1908) who authored a widely used series of astronomy textbooks. Sharp
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Richard Gatling32 - Richard Gatling
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American inventor (1818–1903) best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, considered to be the first successful machine gun; his other inventions
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Elisha Gray33 - Elisha Gray
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American electrical engineer (1835–1901) who co-founded the Western Electric Manufacturing Company and is best known for his development of a telephon
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Robert Koch34 - 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 : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Thaddeus Lowe35 - Thaddeus Lowe
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American aeronaut and inventor (1832–1913) whose Union balloon corps tracked enemy movements during the Civil War, known as the father of military aer
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Henri Becquerel36 - Henri Becquerel
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French physicist (1852–1908) whose experiments with uranium salts led to the discovery of spontaneous radioactivity; for this breakthrough he shared t
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Oliver Lodge37 - Oliver Lodge
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British physicist and writer (1851–1940) who held patents for key radio technologies and identified electromagnetic radiation independent of Hertz&#...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Ivan Pavlov38 - Ivan Pavlov
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Russian physiologist (1849–1936) best known for his investigation of conditioned reflex through the use of experiments involving salivating dogs. He w
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Guglielmo Marconi39 - Guglielmo Marconi
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Superb 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo of Marconi by Elliott & Fry of London, prominently signed in bold black ink, "Guglielmo Marconi, 9 Marzo 19...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Ernest Solvay40 - Ernest Solvay
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Belgian chemist, industrialist, and philanthropist (1838–1922) who created the famous 'Solvay conferences' where Einstein, Curie, Bohr, Heis...
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Estimates : 1,800.00 - 2,200.00
 
 
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George Westinghouse41 - George Westinghouse
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Engineer and businessman (1846–1914) best known for the invention of the air brake and for his energetic promotion of AC power distribution. Ink signa
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Hiram Maxim42 - Hiram Maxim
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Inventor of the Maxim Gun, the first portable, fully automatic machine gun (1840–1916). Color 5.5 x 3.5 postcard depicting a 'Sikh Maxim Gun Squ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison43 - Thomas Edison
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TLS signed “Thomas A. Edison,” one page, 8.25 x 11, From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison letterhead, February 25, 1913. Letter to "R. L. Bor...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Graham Bell44 - Alexander Graham Bell
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Fabulous pearl-finish 6.5 x 9.5 photo of Bell by Harris & Ewing of Washington, DC, neatly signed in the lower border in bold fountain pen, "...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Graham Bell45 - Alexander Graham Bell
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 5.5, personal letterhead, February 24, 1915. Response to an autograph collector, in full: "Replying to your note of Feb 23...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Ransom E. Olds46 - Ransom E. Olds
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Inventor and automotive magnate (1864-1950) who founded the Oldsmobile and REO Motor Car Companies. DS, signed “R. E. Olds,” one page, 12.75 x 8.25, J
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Andre Citroen47 - Andre Citroen
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French industrialist (1878–1935) best remembered for the make of car bearing his name. TLS in French, signed in purple pencil, “A. Citroen,” one page,
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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George Eastman48 - George Eastman
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DS, signed “Geo. Eastman,” nine pages, 8.5 x 11, July 10, 1917. Contract between the Eastman Kodak Company and the Deakin & Fitch Construction C...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison49 - Thomas Edison
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TLS signed “Thos. A. Edison,” one page, 8.25 x 11, From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison letterhead, December 26, 1918. Letter to Admiral G. E. Burd
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Andre Michelin50 - Andre Michelin
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French industrialist (1853–1931) who, with his brother Edouard, founded the Michelin Tyre Company in 1888. In 1900, Andre Michelin published the first
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison51 - Thomas Edison
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ANS in pencil, signed “E,” one page, 8.5 x 11, June 21, 1921. Handwritten endorsement at the end of a memo submitted to him by Henry Lanahan. The memo
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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