RR Auction: Science and Technology Auction

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Featuring over 300 lots, RR Auction is proud to present our December Science & Technology auction. The highlight of the sale is the 1924 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to Manne Siegbahn for his discoveries and research in X-ray spectroscopy. Other standout items are an A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission; important letters from James Watt, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, and Werner Heisenberg; a Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs; a mathematical journal owned and signed by John Nash; a highly desirable autograph of Isaac Newton; and material chronicling the history of early aviation. From physics and chemistry to space exploration and beyond, these incredible items tell the story of our shared heritage of innovation.
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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Charles Babbage Autograph Letter Signed6051 - Charles Babbage Autograph Letter Signed
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Pioneering British mathematician and mechanical engineer (1791–1871) whose Difference Engine and Analytical Engine are generally acknowledged as the f
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Graham Bell Typed Letter Signed6052 - Alexander Graham Bell Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, Beinn Bhreagh letterhead, August 4, 1920. Letter to Paul Brockett at the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., in full: ...
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Samuel Colt Autograph Letter Signed6053 - Samuel Colt Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed “S. C.,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 10.75, March 17, 1854. Heavily edited draft of a letter addressed to J. Santhill in Brussels, in part:
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Lee de Forest Autograph Manuscript Signed6054 - Lee de Forest Autograph Manuscript Signed
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Prolific American inventor (1873–1961) often referred to as 'the father of radio' for his pioneering work in wireless telegraphy. AMS, two p...
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Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed6055 - Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Lee de Forest Laboratories, Inc. letterhead, February 20, 1943. Letter to George Shanks. In part: "I have always regar...
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Thomas Edison Autograph Letter Signed6056 - Thomas Edison Autograph Letter Signed
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Draft ALS in pencil, signed “E,” one page, 8.5 x 11, June 23, 1923. Edison's response to a letter sent to him by the Reinbold Metallurgical Comp...
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Thomas Edison Document Signed6057 - Thomas Edison Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS, signed “Thos. A. Edison,” one page, 8.5 x 3.75, February 28, 1921. Edison Storage Battery Co. promissory note, in part: "On ...
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Thomas Edison Document Signed6058 - Thomas Edison Document Signed
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Scarce twice-signed partly-printed DS, signed “Thomas A. Edison” and "Thos. A. Edison," one page, 11 x 7.75, December 2, 1904. Edison Stor...
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Thomas Edison Letter Signed6059 - Thomas Edison Letter Signed
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Letter to Thomas Edison from his son Charles, endorsed at the top by Thomas Edison in pencil, “OK if no fire risk to us, E,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, Sept
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Thomas Edison Autograph Note Signed6060 - Thomas Edison Autograph Note Signed
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ANS signed “E,” one page, 5 x 8, no date. Note to "Blinne," concerning the disposition of Edison records that did not pass quality control...
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Thomas Edison Signature6061 - Thomas Edison Signature
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Classic bold ink 'umbrella' signature, "Thos. A. Edison,” on an off-white 8.25 x 12.25 sheet, dated June 13, 1891, and marked at the to...
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Robert Fulton Sketch6062 - Robert Fulton Sketch
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Original ink sketch of a side-facing view of a gentleman with surrounding mechanical diagrams accomplished by Fulton on an off-white 2.5 x 2.5 clipped
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Robert Fulton Sketch6063 - Robert Fulton Sketch
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Original ink sketch of a heavy-set fellow in a double-breasted suit accomplished by Fulton on an off-white 6 x 7 sheet, titled below, "Mr. McIv...
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Charles Goodyear Autograph Letter Signed6064 - Charles Goodyear Autograph Letter Signed
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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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Cyrus McCormick Autograph Letter Signed6065 - Cyrus McCormick Autograph Letter Signed
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Inventor and businessman (1809–1884) whose reaper revolutionized American agriculture. ALS signed “C. H. McCormick,” two pages both sides, 5.25 x 7.75
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Cyrus McCormick Group of (3) Signed Items6066 - Cyrus McCormick Group of (3) Signed Items
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Group lot of three items signed by Cyrus McCormick (1809–1884), the inventor of the mechanical reaper, including: An ALS signed “C. H. McCormick,” t
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Samuel F. B. Morse Autograph Letter Signed6067 - Samuel F. B. Morse Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed "Saml. F. B. Morse," one page both sides, 5.25 x 8, August 4, 1860. Letter to Moses Sperry Beach, former editor and proprietor ...
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George Westinghouse Document Signed6068 - George Westinghouse Document Signed
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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. DS, signe
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James Watt Autograph Letter Signed6069 - James Watt Autograph Letter Signed
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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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Francois Arago Autograph Letter Signed6070 - Francois Arago Autograph Letter Signed
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French Catalan mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and politician (1786–1853). Untranslated ALS in French, signed “F. Arago,” one page both sides, 8
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David Attenborough Signed Book6071 - David Attenborough Signed Book
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Signed book: Life on Earth. First American edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.25 x 10, 319 pages. Signed
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Marcellin Berthelot Autograph Letter Signed6072 - Marcellin Berthelot Autograph Letter Signed
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French chemist and politician (1827–1907). Untranslated ALS in French, signed “M. Berthelot,” one page, 4.25 x 5.25, March 7, 1898. In fine condition.
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Jean-Baptiste Biot Autograph Letter Signed6073 - Jean-Baptiste Biot Autograph Letter Signed
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French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (1774–1862) who established the reality of meteorites, made an early balloon flight, and studied the p
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Elizabeth Blackwell Signature6074 - Elizabeth Blackwell Signature
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British physician (1821–1910) who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and the first woman on the Medical Register of
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Johann Elert Bode Autograph Letter Signed6075 - Johann Elert Bode Autograph Letter Signed
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German astronomer (1747–1826) known for his reformulation and popularization of the Titius-Bode law; he also determined the orbit of Uranus and sugges
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Max Born Typed Letter Signed6076 - Max Born Typed Letter Signed
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German mathematician and physicist (1882-1970) who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum mechanics. TLS signed “M. Born,” one pa
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Edouard Branly Autograph Letter Signed6077 - Edouard Branly Autograph Letter Signed
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French inventor (1844–1940) primarily known for his involvement in wireless telegraphy. Untranslated ALS in French, signed “E. Branly,” one page, 5.25
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Adolf Butenandt Typed Letter Signed6078 - Adolf Butenandt Typed Letter Signed
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German biochemist (1903–1995), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1939 for his work on sex hormones. He was initially forced by the Nazi
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James Chadwick Autograph Letter Signed6079 - James Chadwick Autograph Letter Signed
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English physicist (1891-1974) who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932, thus paving the way towards th
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James Chadwick Autograph Letter Signed6080 - James Chadwick Autograph Letter Signed
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English physicist (1891-1974) who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932, thus paving the way towards th
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Jean-Antoine Chaptal Letter Signed6081 - Jean-Antoine Chaptal Letter Signed
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Versatile French chemist and statesman (1756–1832) who introduced the process of adding sugar to wine, called 'Chaptalization.' LS in French...
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Michel Eugene Chevreul Autograph Letter Signed6082 - Michel Eugene Chevreul Autograph Letter Signed
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French chemist (1786–1889) known for his work with fatty acids, who is credited with the discovery of margaric acid, creatine, and designing an early
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Denton Cooley Signed Heart Model6083 - Denton Cooley Signed Heart Model
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Noted American heart and cardiothoracic surgeon (1920–2016) famous for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart. Very desirable m
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Jacques Cousteau Signed Photograph6084 - Jacques Cousteau Signed Photograph
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Glossy 8 x 10 photo of Jacques Cousteau smiling in a close-up pose, signed in black felt tip, "J. Y. Cousteau." In fine condition, with a ...
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William Crookes Typed Letter Signed6085 - William Crookes Typed Letter Signed
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British chemist and physicist (1832–1919) who was a pioneer of vacuum tubes and invented the Crookes radiometer. TLS, one page, 4 x 6.25, personal let
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Louis de Broglie Autograph Letter Signed6086 - Louis de Broglie Autograph Letter Signed
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French physicist (1892–1987) known for his theory that matter has the properties of both particles and waves, who was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in
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Louis de Broglie Typed Letter Signed6087 - Louis de Broglie Typed Letter Signed
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French physicist (1892–1987) known for his theory that matter has the properties of both particles and waves, who was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in
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Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed6088 - Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed
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Prolific American inventor (1873–1961) often referred to as 'the father of radio' for his pioneering work in wireless telegraphy. TLS, one p...
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Benjamin Dearborn: Lightning Printed Letter6089 - Benjamin Dearborn: Lightning Printed Letter
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Printed letter, one page, 8.25 x 9.75, May 26, 1807. A letter to the "President and Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,"...
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Directions to Make Rockets Manuscript (1844)6090 - Directions to Make Rockets Manuscript (1844)
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Interesting handwritten manuscript entitled "Directions to Make Rockets, 1844," 34 pages inside a 4.75 x 7.25 booklet, discussing the phys...
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George Eastman Typed Letter Signed6091 - George Eastman Typed Letter Signed
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American inventor and entrepreneur (1854–1932), founder of the Eastman Kodak company, whose invention of roll film revolutionized photography. TLS sig
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Thomas Edison Original Photograph6092 - Thomas Edison Original Photograph
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Superb original vintage circa 1921 matte-finish 8 x 10 photograph of Thomas Edison in his laboratory, working to extract rubber from goldenrod. Revers
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Thomas Edison Original Photograph6093 - Thomas Edison Original Photograph
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Marvelous original vintage circa 1915 glossy 8 x 10 photograph of Thomas Edison with his employees Carl H. Wilson (vice president and general manager
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Thomas Edison Original Photograph6094 - Thomas Edison Original Photograph
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Sharp original vintage circa 1910s glossy 9.25 x 7.5 photograph of Thomas Edison with two dapper gentlemen outdoors, all wearing long overcoats. Inher
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Karl von Frisch Handwritten Manuscript and Autograph Letter Signed6095 - Karl von Frisch Handwritten Manuscript and Autograph Letter Signed
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Austrian ethologist (1886–1982) who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973, along with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Konrad Lorenz, for t
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Jane Goodall and David Attenborough Signed Photographs6096 - Jane Goodall and David Attenborough Signed Photographs
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Three color photos of Jane Goodall, each approximately 4 x 6 or 6 x 4, two showing her with a chimpanzee and one by herself, each signed in black or g
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Jacques Hadamard Autograph Letter Signed6097 - Jacques Hadamard Autograph Letter Signed
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French mathematician (1865–1963) who made major contributions in number theory, complex function theory, differential geometry, and partial differenti
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Jacques Hadamard Typed Letter Signed6098 - Jacques Hadamard Typed Letter Signed
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French mathematician (1865–1963) who made major contributions in number theory, complex function theory, differential geometry, and partial differenti
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Otto Hahn Autograph Letter Signed6099 - Otto Hahn Autograph Letter Signed
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German chemist (1879–1968) who won the 1944 Nobel Prize for the discovery of nuclear fission. Untranslated ALS in German, one page on a 4.25 x 5.75 po
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Werner Heisenberg Signature6100 - Werner Heisenberg Signature
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Sought-after fountain pen signature, "Werner Heisenberg,” on an off-white 4.25 x 2 slip. In fine condition, with subtle foxing.
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