RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology

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Boasting nearly 1,000 lots in a variety of genres, RR Auction's June Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is highlighted by a Science and Technology section that includes a Lunar Module rotational hand controller, letters by Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, rare early computer hardware, and more. Other top lots include Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell's lunar surface-worn backpack strap, a letter by Joseph Stalin with a hammer-and-sickle sketch, a Beatles-signed promo slick for A Hard Day's Night, hand-drawn plans from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin studio, and signed letters by luminaries like Davy Crockett, Paul Gauguin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner, and Claude Monet. 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 June 2019.
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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Warren Buffett101 - Warren Buffett
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Warren Buffett's personally-owned and -used set of golf clubs, comprising his customized golf bag and fourteen clubs, given to the one-time fian...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Andre Citroen102 - Andre Citroen
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ALS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8, Montreaux Palace Hotel letterhead, September 30, 1925. In full (translated): "All my thanks, dear Mr. Bernst...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud103 - Sigmund Freud
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ALS in German, signed “Freud,” penned on the reverse of a 4 x 2 business card belonging to the recipient, his assistant, Dr. Paul Federn, January 2, 1
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud104 - Sigmund Freud
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ALS signed “Freud,” one page both sides, 9 x 11.25, personal letterhead, November 5, 1935. Letter to Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, about the Nobel Pri
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Estimates : 25,000.00 - 35,000.00
 
 
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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel105 - 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 : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Peter Kropotkin106 - Peter Kropotkin
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Russian geographer, zoologist, and political theorist (1842–1921) best known for his advocacy of anarchist communism. ALS signed “P. Kropotkin,” three
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Robert Malthus107 - Thomas Robert Malthus
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English scholar influential in the fields of political economy and demography (1766–1834). ALS signed “T. Robt. Malthus,” one page both sides, 7.25 x
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Henri de Saint-Simon108 - Henri de Saint-Simon
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French early socialist theorist (1760–1825) whose thought influenced the development of the philosophy of science, discipline of sociology, positivism
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Pope Benedict XVI109 - Pope Benedict XVI
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Rare German-language ordination card for Joseph Ratzinger, 2.75 x 4.25, showing an image of the young priest above with dates of his ordination below,
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Pope John XXIII110 - Pope John XXIII
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Desirable glossy 6 x 8 full-length photo of Pope John XXIII blessing a row of men at a Roman hospital, affixed to the original 9.25 x 12.5 presentatio
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Pope Pius XII111 - Pope Pius XII
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Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (1876-1958), he served as pope from 1939 until his death. TLS in Italian, signed “E. Card. Pacelli,” one
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Edmund Burke112 - Edmund Burke
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Statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher (1729–1797) who, after relocating from Ireland to England, served for many years in the
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Fidel Castro113 - Fidel Castro
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Notable pair of ALSs in Spanish, both signed "F.," no date, both 6 x 6.5, both addressed to Generals Arnaldo Ochoa and Polo Cintra Frí...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Hua Guofeng114 - Hua Guofeng
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Premier of the People's Republic of China (1921–2008) who served from 1976-1980; he was eventually outmaneuvered by Deng Xiaoping, who forced Hu...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Li Peng115 - Li Peng
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Political leader (born 1928) who served as premier of the People's Republic of China from 1987 through 1998, best known for declaring martial la...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Tomas Masaryk116 - Tomas Masaryk
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Founder and first President of Czechoslovakia (1850–1937). ALS signed “T. G. Masaryk,” one page both sides, 6.75 x 8.25, December 27, 1931. Letter to
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich117 - John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich
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British politician (1718–1792) who held a number of important positions, but remains best known as the namesake of the sandwich. ALS signed “Sandwich,
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Joseph Stalin118 - Joseph Stalin
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Exceedingly rare ALS in Cyrililc, one page, 5.25 x 7.75, February 5, 1939. Letter to his thirteen-year-old daughter Svetlana, facetiously couched as a
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Estimates : 50,000.00 - 60,000.00
 
 
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Eva Peron119 - Eva Peron
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Attractive matte-finish 8.25 x 10.75 photo of a painting of Peron with a large flower on her lapel, affixed to a 12.5 x 16.5 mount, calligraphically i
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Josef Stalin: Svetlana Alliluyeva120 - Josef Stalin: Svetlana Alliluyeva
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Color 4.5 x 6.5 magazine photo of Svetlana Alliluyeva posing with her son Iosif in the mid-1950s, matted to a slightly larger size, signed on the mat
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Leon Trotsky121 - Leon Trotsky
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TLS in French, signed “Votre, L. Trotsky,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11.5, October 31, 1929. Letter to his lawyer Gerard Rosenthal about the Trotskis
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Wu Xueqian122 - Wu Xueqian
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Chinese politician (1921–2008) who served as the foreign minister and vice premier of the People's Republic of China. Glossy 9.25 x 7 German pr...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Xu Shichang123 - Xu Shichang
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President of the Republic of China in Beijing from 1918–1922, who was the only permanent president of the Beiyang government to be a civilian (1855–19
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Zhao Ziyang124 - Zhao Ziyang
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High-ranking politician in the People's Republic of China (1919–2005) instrumental in implementing free-market reforms. Scarce glossy 9.5 x 7 Ge...
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King Francis I125 - King Francis I
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King of France (born 1494) who reigned from 1515 until his death in 1547. Known as the 'Father and Restorer of Letters,' the cultured and we...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II126 - Queen Elizabeth II
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Marvelous matte-finish 9.25 x 11.75 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II wearing her glimmering crown jewels by Royal Court photographer Dorothy Wilding, af
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Queen Christina127 - Queen Christina
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ALS in French, unsigned, one page both sides, 7.25 x 11.5, no date but circa 1688. Queen Christina's draft for a letter to King Louis XIV. In pa...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II128 - Queen Elizabeth II
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Unusual oversized glossy 20 x 10.75 photo of Queen Elizabeth II at the official launch of the British oil tanker S.S. 'British Admiral,' aff...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II129 - Queen Elizabeth II
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Handsome matte-finish 7.5 x 7.75 photo of the British royal family taken from their 1959 Christmas and New Year's card, signed in the lower bord...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip130 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
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Uncommon Royal Christmas and New Year's card from 1958, with a gilt-embossed crown on the front, measuring 18.25 x 7.75 open, featuring a color ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Zaifeng, Prince Chun131 - Zaifeng, Prince Chun
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Manchu prince and regent of the late Qing dynasty (1883–1951) who was the father of Puyi, the last emperor of China. Bold ink signature in Chinese of
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Titanic132 - Titanic
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Exceedingly rare color poster for the White Star Line, 39 x 29, of the company's two newest and biggest ships, the Titanic and Olympic, circa ea...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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David Crockett133 - David Crockett
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ALS, one page both sides, 8 x 10, May 3, 1830. Written from Maysville, Kentucky, a letter to Michael Sprigg of Maryland, who served with Crockett in t
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Estimates : 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
 
 
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August Bebel134 - August Bebel
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German politician (1840–1913) who was one of the founders of Germany's oldest political party, the Social Democratic Party. ANS in German, signe...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter135 - Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter
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Significant pairing of TLSs by Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter: TLS signed "M. Begin," one page, 8.25 x 11, Prime Minister of Israel lett...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Joseph Bonanno136 - Joseph Bonanno
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Diary entry written by Joseph Bonanno while incarcerated at a federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky, unsigned, one page, 6 x 9.25, dated "Frida...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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British Prime Ministers137 - British Prime Ministers
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Uncommon FDC, 7.5 x 4.5, with a color cachet honoring Queen Elizabeth II and her Canadian Royal Standard, signed in black or blue ink by Tony Blair, J
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Chiang Kai-shek138 - Chiang Kai-shek
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Matte-finish 3.75 x 5.75 head-and-shoulders photo of Chiang Kai-shek, signed in bold ink in Chinese. Reverse bears a Wu Chung Yee credit stamp. In fin
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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DeWitt Clinton139 - DeWitt Clinton
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American politician (1769–1828) who served as senator and who, as governor of New York, played a major role in the construction of the Erie Canal. ALS
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John DeLorean140 - John DeLorean
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John Z. DeLorean Corporation, Research & Engineering Division business check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by DeLorean, "John Z....
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Roy DeMeo141 - Roy DeMeo
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New York mobster and member of the Gambino crime family (1942-1983). Personal check, 6 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by DeMeo, payable
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Frederick Douglass142 - Frederick Douglass
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Rare ink signature, "Fred'k Douglass,” on an off-white 3 x 1 slip clipped from a document. In fine condition, with a vertical fold to the l...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Elizabeth, Queen Mother143 - Elizabeth, Queen Mother
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Christmas card from 1972 featuring an embossed royal crown on the front, measuring 14.75 x 9 open, with an exceptional seated portrait of the Queen Mo
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Everest: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay144 - Everest: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
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Commemorative cover with a cachet depicting Mount Everest and honoring Nepal, 'The Living Museum of the World,' signed in ink by Edmund Hill...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Ben Ferencz145 - Ben Ferencz
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Romanian-born American lawyer (born 1920) who was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the United States
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John F. Fitzgerald146 - John F. Fitzgerald
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Democratic mayor of Boston nicknamed 'Honey Fitz,' father of Rose Kennedy, and namesake of his grandson John F. Kennedy (1863–1950). Vintage...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Felix Frankfurter147 - Felix Frankfurter
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TLS, one page, 5.75 x 9, Supreme Court of the United States letterhead, January 7, 1946. Letter to Harold R. Shapiro, in full: "I wish much tha...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Indira Gandhi148 - Indira Gandhi
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Two items: a glossy 2.75 x 4.5 head-and-shoulders photo of Gandhi, signed in the lower border in blue ink; and an ink signature, "Indira Gandhi...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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V. V. Giri149 - V. V. Giri
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Fourth president of India (1894–1980) who was the only person to be elected as an independent candidate. Following his full term, Giri was honoured by
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Gold Bullion150 - Gold Bullion
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 10.75 x 4.5, 1851. A "Memorandum of Gold Bullion deposited at the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" ...
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