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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Alexander von Humboldt Autograph Letter Signed6101 - Alexander von Humboldt Autograph Letter Signed
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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 ...
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William James Autograph Letter Signed6102 - William James Autograph Letter Signed
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Philosopher and psychologist (1842–1910) who taught philosophy at Harvard and became known as one of the founders of pragmatism; he is also remembered
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Ernest Jones Autograph Letter Signed6103 - Ernest Jones Autograph Letter Signed
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British neurologist and psychoanalyst (1879–1958) and Sigmund Freud's biographer. ALS, one page, 5.5 x 3.5, personal letterhead, November 29, 19...
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Alfred Kastler Typed Letter Signed6104 - Alfred Kastler Typed Letter Signed
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French physicist (1902–1984) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1966 for the 'discovery and development of optical methods for studying Hertzian...
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John Harvey Kellogg Typed Letter Signed6105 - John Harvey Kellogg Typed Letter Signed
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Physician and promoter of health foods (1852–1943) best known for his invention of Corn Flakes. TLS signed “J. H. Kellogg,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, Miami
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Jack Kilby Signed Photograph6106 - Jack Kilby Signed Photograph
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Physicist (1923-2005) who won the Nobel Prize in 2000 for his 1958 invention of the integrated circuit. Glossy 4 x 5 portrait photo of Jack Kilby, sig
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Bernard Germain de Lacepede Document Signed6107 - Bernard Germain de Lacepede Document Signed
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French naturalist (1756–1825) who contributed to the Comte de Buffon's Histoire Naturelle. Manuscript DS in French, signed “B. G. E. le cte. de ...
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Paul Langevin Autograph Letter Signed6108 - Paul Langevin Autograph Letter Signed
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Prominent French physicist (1872–1946) who developed Langevin dynamics and the Langevin equation; he was placed under house arrest by the Vichy regime
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Max von Laue Autograph Letter Signed6109 - Max von Laue Autograph Letter Signed
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German physicist (1879-1960) who won the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research related to the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. ALS in German,
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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon Letter Signed6110 - Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon Letter Signed
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French naturalist, mathematician, and author (1707–1788). Untranslated LS in French, signed “Le Clerc de Buffon,” one page both sides, 6 x 8, October
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Oliver Lodge Autograph Letter Signed6111 - Oliver Lodge Autograph Letter Signed
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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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Charles Lyell Letter Signed6112 - Charles Lyell Letter Signed
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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. Sought-after ...
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Guglielmo Marconi Signature6113 - Guglielmo Marconi Signature
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Italian physicist and inventor (1874–1937) who devoted his life to experiments in wireless communication, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909. Ink
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Guglielmo Marconi Typed Letter Signed6114 - Guglielmo Marconi Typed Letter Signed
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Italian physicist and inventor (1874–1937) who devoted his life to experiments in wireless communication, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909. TLS
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Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed6115 - Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1868-1953) who was the first to isolate the electron and measure its charge. TLS signed “R. A. Millikan,” one page, 6 x
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Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed6116 - Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1868-1953) who was the first to isolate the electron and measure its charge. TLS signed “R. A. Millikan,” one page, 6 x
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Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed6117 - Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1868-1953) who was the first to isolate the electron and measure its charge. TLS signed “R. A. Millikan,” one page, 8.5
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Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau Autograph Letter Signed6118 - Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau Autograph Letter Signed
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French physician, naval engineer, and botanist (1700–1782). Untranslated ALS in French, signed “Duhamel du Monceau,” one page, 4.25 x 6.5, no date. In
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Louis Neel Signed Booklet6119 - Louis Neel Signed Booklet
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French physicist (1904–2000) awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1970 for his pioneering studies of the magnetic properties of solids. Booklet cont
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Otto Nordenskjöld Autograph Letter Signed6120 - Otto Nordenskjöld Autograph Letter Signed
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Finnish and Swedish geologist, geographer, and polar explorer (1869-1928). Uncommon ALS in Swedish, signed “Otto,” one page on a 5.5 x 3.5 postal card
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Ransom E. Olds Document Signed6121 - Ransom E. Olds Document Signed
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Inventor and automotive magnate (1864-1950) who founded the Oldsmobile and REO Motor Car Companies. Partly-printed DS, signed “R. E. Olds,” one page,
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Hans Christian Orsted Autograph Letter Signed6122 - Hans Christian Orsted Autograph Letter Signed
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Danish physicist and chemist (1777–1851) who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, which was the first connection found between el
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Jean Baptiste Perrin Typed Letter Signed6123 - Jean Baptiste Perrin Typed Letter Signed
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French physicist (1870–1942) whose studies of the Brownian motion of particles suspended in liquids confirmed the atomic nature of matter; for this, h
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Michael Pupin Signed Book6124 - Michael Pupin Signed Book
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Serbian American physicist and physical chemist (1858–1935) who is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the ran
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William Ramsay Autograph Letter Signed6125 - William Ramsay Autograph Letter Signed
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Scottish chemist (1852-1916) who discovered the noble gases and won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, March 1
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William Ramsay Autograph Letter Signed6126 - William Ramsay Autograph Letter Signed
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Scottish chemist (1852-1916) who discovered the noble gases and won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. ALS signed “W. Ramsay,” one page, 5 x 8, Univer
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Francois-Vincent Raspail Autograph Letter Signed6127 - Francois-Vincent Raspail Autograph Letter Signed
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French chemist, naturalist, and physician (1794–1878) who was one of the founders of the cell theory in biology. Untranslated ALS in French, signed “R
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John Krom Rees Typed Letter Signed6128 - John Krom Rees Typed Letter Signed
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Mathematician and astronomer (1851–1907) who served as the head of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, where he oversaw the constructi
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Charles Richet Autograph Letter Signed6129 - Charles Richet Autograph Letter Signed
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French physiologist (1850–1935) who won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in anaphylaxis, which led to advances in the treatment of allerg
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Ernest Rutherford Signature6130 - Ernest Rutherford Signature
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New Zealand-born physicist and chemist (1871–1937) who discovered the concept of radioactive half-life; he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in
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Carl Sagan Signed Book6131 - Carl Sagan Signed Book
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Signed book: Cosmos. First edition. NY: Random House, 1980. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.25 x 10.25, 365 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-titl
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Carl Sagan Typed Letter Signed6132 - Carl Sagan Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Cornell University Center for Radiophysics and Space Research letterhead, April 3, 1995. Letter to Alice V. King of the Chris
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Jonas Salk Signed Book6133 - Jonas Salk Signed Book
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Signed book: World Population and Human Values. First edition. NY: Harper & Row, 1981. Hardcover with dust jacket (price-clipped), 8.5 x 11.25, ...
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Jonas Salk Signed Photograph6134 - Jonas Salk Signed Photograph
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Exceptional glossy 8.25 x 10 full-length photo of Salk in a casual outside pose, signed in black ink, "Jonas E. Salk." Reverse bears a Chi...
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Bela Schick Autograph Note Signed and Signed Photograph6135 - Bela Schick Autograph Note Signed and Signed Photograph
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American pediatrician (1877-1967) who devised the Schick test to determine susceptibility to diphtheria and also coined the term 'allergy.' ...
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Glenn Seaborg Signed Typescript and Typed Letter Signed6136 - Glenn Seaborg Signed Typescript and Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1912-1999) who was instrumental in the discovery of several elements. Stapled typescript from the United States Atomic En
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Glenn Seaborg Typed Letter Signed6137 - Glenn Seaborg Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1912-1999) who was instrumental in the discovery of several elements. TLS signed “Glenn T. Seaborg,” one page, 8.5 x 11,
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Glenn Seaborg Typed Letter Signed6138 - Glenn Seaborg Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1912-1999) who was instrumental in the discovery of several elements. TLS signed “Glenn T. Seaborg,” one page, 8 x 10.5,
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Emilio Segre Autograph Letter Signed6139 - Emilio Segre Autograph Letter Signed
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Italian-American physicist (1905–1989) who discovered the antiproton, worked as a group leader for the Manhattan Project, and won the 1959 Nobel Prize
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B. F. Skinner Signed Photograph6140 - B. F. Skinner Signed Photograph
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American psychologist and social philosopher (1904-1990) who was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his re
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Jack Steinberger Handwritten Notes6141 - Jack Steinberger Handwritten Notes
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Physicist (born 1921) who co-discovered the muon neutrino and was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics. Unsigned handwritten scientific notes, thre
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Edward Teller Typed Letter Signed6142 - Edward Teller Typed Letter Signed
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Hungarian-born nuclear physicist (1908-2003) who worked with Fermi on the Manhattan Project and later assumed a leading role in the development of the
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Edward Teller Typed Letter Signed6143 - Edward Teller Typed Letter Signed
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Hungarian-born nuclear physicist (1908-2003) who worked with Fermi on the Manhattan Project and later assumed a leading role in the development of the
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Samuel-Auguste Tissot Letter Signed6144 - Samuel-Auguste Tissot Letter Signed
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Swiss physician (1728–1797) known for his studies of migraines, masturbation, and nervous diseases. Untranslated LS in French, signed “Tissot,” one pa
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Clyde W. Tombaugh Autograph Letter Signed6145 - Clyde W. Tombaugh Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, May 1, 1979. Letter to Mr. Schuett, in full: "I receive so many hundreds of letters, a great many requesting autograph...
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John Tyndall Autograph Letter Signed6146 - John Tyndall Autograph Letter Signed
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Prominent physicist (1820–1893) known for his study of diamagnetism and his realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air. ALS, one
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John Tyndall Group of (4) Autograph Letters Signed6147 - John Tyndall Group of (4) Autograph Letters Signed
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Irish physicist (1820-1893) known for his study of diamagnetism and his realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air. Four ALSs fro
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James D. Watson Signed Book6148 - James D. Watson Signed Book
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Signed book: The Double Helix. Sixth printing. NY: Atheneum, 1968. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 226 pages. Signed on the title page in blac
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Wilhelm Wundt Autograph Letter Signed6149 - Wilhelm Wundt Autograph Letter Signed
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German physician, physiologist, and philosopher (1832–1920) known as one of the founding figures of modern psychology. Uncommon untranslated ALS in Ge
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Steve Jobs Signed Macworld Magazine6150 - Steve Jobs Signed Macworld Magazine
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Original issue of Macworld #1 from February 1984, 144 pages, 9 x 10.75, signed and inscribed on the front cover in black ink, "to Matt, steven ...
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