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Our first auction of 2021 is led by leaders: icons of the Civil Rights movement, political powerhouses, and social activists that brought about positive change. Highlights include remarkable letters by Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X; multiple Abraham Lincoln documents; a significant signature from Barack Obama; and several Nelson Mandela autographs. Other top lots include an important F. Scott Fitzgerald letter about This Side of Paradise, a first edition of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, a rare Al Capone Document, a fully signed example of Nirvana's breakthrough 'Nevermind' album, and an exceedingly rare check signed twice by Nikola Tesla. 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 January 2021.
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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Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed1 - Clara Barton Autograph Letter Signed
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Civil War-dated ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, January 8, 1865. Letter to General Benjamin F. Butler, about a surgeon, "a Nativ...
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Brown Autograph Letter Signed2 - John Brown Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Your Affectionate Unworthy Father, John Brown, one page, 8 x 12.5, July 27, 1853. Written from Akron, Ohio, a letter to
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Estimate : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Civil Rights: 1965 Voting Rights Act Archive3 - Civil Rights: 1965 Voting Rights Act Archive
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Three items associated with the Voting Rights Act of 1965: a 10-page official publication entitled "Public Law 89-110, 89th Congress, S. 1564, ...
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Frederick Douglass Autograph Letter Signed4 - Frederick Douglass Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Fred'k Douglass, one page, 5 x 8, March 31, 1877. Letter to attorney and pioneering civil rights activist Albion Tourge
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Estimate : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Otto Frank Typed Letter Signed5 - Otto Frank Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 5.75 x 8.25, personal letterhead, November 3, 1979. Letter to Livros de Brasil, publishers of a Portuguese translation of The Diary of
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Estimate : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Mohandas Gandhi (2) Magazines6 - Mohandas Gandhi (2) Magazines
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Two original issues of Time Magazine featuring Mohandas Gandhi on the cover: an issue of Time from January 5, 1931 (Vol. XVII, No. 1), 8.5 x 11.5, 48
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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J. Edgar Hoover Document Signed8 - J. Edgar Hoover Document Signed
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DS, signed J.E.H., four pages, 8 x 7, December 13, 1951. Official United States Government office memorandum from FBI Director J.
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Estimate : 500.00 - 600.00
 
 
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J. Edgar Hoover Document Signed9 - J. Edgar Hoover Document Signed
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DS, signed J.E.H., five pages, 8 x 10.5, January 8, 1952. Official United States Government office memorandum from FBI Director J.
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Estimate : 500.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Typed Letter Signed10 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Martin, two pages, 7 x 10.5, personal letterhead, December 20, 1960. Letter to entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., in full: "
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Estimate : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Malcolm X Typed Letter Signed11 - Malcolm X Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Malcolm X, four pages, 8.5 x 11, March 25, 1959. Letter to his prophet and teacher Elijah Muhammad, touching on deeply
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Estimate : 40,000.00 - 60,000.00
 
 
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Malcolm X Signed 1964 Organization of Afro-American Unity Membership Card12 - Malcolm X Signed 1964 Organization of Afro-American Unity Membership Card
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Exceedingly rare Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) membership card issued to Earl Grant, 4 x 2.25, dated June 1964, signed below in ballpoint
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Estimate : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Malcolm X (3) Publications13 - Malcolm X (3) Publications
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Three publications about Malcolm X: an issue of Ebony magazine from June 1969 with a cover story on "The Legacy of My Husband Malcolm X" b...
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Malcolm X Funeral Program14 - Malcolm X Funeral Program
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Extremely rare original program from the funeral of Malcolm X on February 27, 1965, twelve pages, 5 x 7.5, with the front cover reading: "In Me...
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Estimate : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Malcolm X Assassination NY Times Newspaper15 - Malcolm X Assassination NY Times Newspaper
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Complete issue of the New York Times 'Late City Edition' from Monday, February 22, 1965, 15.5 x 23, 42 pages, with the banner headline: &quo...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Malcolm X Newspaper: Mr. Muhammad Speaks (Vol. 1, No. 1)16 - Malcolm X Newspaper: Mr. Muhammad Speaks (Vol. 1, No. 1)
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Excessively rare first issue of the newspaper Mr. Muhammad Speaks (Volume 1, Number 1, May 1960), founded by Malcolm X for The Nation of Islam, 16 pag
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Estimate : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Typed Letter Signed20 - Nelson Mandela Typed Letter Signed
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Highly desirable TLS as president signed N. Mandela, one page, 8.25 x 11.75, Office of the President letterhead, November 29, 1997
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Estimate : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Multi-Signed Stamp Booklet21 - Nelson Mandela Multi-Signed Stamp Booklet
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Impressive official South African Post Office stamp booklet entitled "The many faces of Nelson Mandela," 7.25 x 3.75, signed on the front ...
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Signed Commemorative Cover22 - Nelson Mandela Signed Commemorative Cover
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Commemorative cover, 7.5 x 4, with an attractive cachet honoring the presidential inauguration of Mandela on May 10, 1994, signed in black felt tip,...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Signed Photograph23 - Nelson Mandela Signed Photograph
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Exceptional glossy 16.5 x 12 photo of Nelson Mandela posing in his Robben Island jail cell, affixed to its original cardstock mount, signed on the mou
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Signed Book Page24 - Nelson Mandela Signed Book Page
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Title page removed from an Abacus edition of Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, 5 x 7.75, signed and inscribed in black felt t
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Estimate : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Nelson Mandela Signed Ballot25 - Nelson Mandela Signed Ballot
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Uncommon color 6.75 x 12 ballot for the 1994 Republic of South Africa general elections, signed in the upper border in black felt tip, "N. Mand...
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Estimate : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Nelson and Winnie Mandela Signed Photograph26 - Nelson and Winnie Mandela Signed Photograph
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Color glossy 10 x 7.25 photo of Nelson and Winnie Mandela standing side-by-side with raised fists, not long after the former's release from pris...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Thurgood Marshall 'Negro Discrimination' Legal Complaint27 - Thurgood Marshall 'Negro Discrimination' Legal Complaint
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Important Civil Rights legal complaint submitted by Thurgood Marshall and Robert Lee Carter, 19 mimeographed pages, 8.5 x 14, New York, [1955]. Compla
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Poster28 - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Poster
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Iconic original 14 x 22 poster for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) featuring an image taken by photographer Danny Lyon, with &q...
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Estimate : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Emmett Till (2) Magazines29 - Emmett Till (2) Magazines
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Two original magazines covering the tragic story of the Emmett Till lynching: an issue of Look from January 24, 1956, 10.5 x 13.25, 104 pages, with a
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Raoul Wallenberg Document Signed31 - Raoul Wallenberg Document Signed
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DS in German and Hungarian, quickly signed by Wallenberg with an ink scribble (as he commonly did on documents of this type), one page, 8.25 x 13.25,
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Estimate : 7,500.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Signed34 - Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 7.5 x 11.5, February 23, 1820. Letter to General John Coffee, in part: "I have recd a letter from Mr. James Jackson advising me ...
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Estimate : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Franklin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed35 - Franklin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed
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Lengthy ALS, twelve pages, 5.25 x 8.25, September 8 and 11, 1858. Written from Geneva, Switzerland, a letter to his former private White House secreta
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln Document Signed36 - Abraham Lincoln Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, April 8, 1861. President Lincoln directs the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the Uni...
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Estimate : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln Document Signed37 - Abraham Lincoln Document Signed
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Civil War-dated partly printed DS as president, one page, 17.75 x 12, January 22, 1862. President Lincoln appoints Robert H. Pruyn of New York to be...
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Estimate : 10,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln Copper Bust39 - Abraham Lincoln Copper Bust
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Copper-plated bust of Abraham Lincoln in profile mounted on a wooden 8 x 11 frame, with label on the reverse: "From The Lincoln Home, Springfie...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation Proclamation40 - Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation Proclamation
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Scarce lithographic broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation, 19 x 25.5, with "The original entirely designed and executed with a Pen by Gilm...
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Estimate : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Andrew Johnson Document Signed41 - Andrew Johnson Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8.5 x 11, June 23, 1868. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the ...
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Estimate : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant Oversized Portrait42 - U. S. Grant Oversized Portrait
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Huge original 15 x 17.75 albumen portrait of Ulysses S. Grant in uniform taken by Frederick Gutekunst of Philadelphia after Lincoln's assassinat...
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Estimate : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant Document Signed43 - U. S. Grant Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS as president, signed U. S. Grant, one page, 7.5 x 9, November 12, 1874. President Grant directs the Secretary of
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant Signature44 - U. S. Grant Signature
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Ink signature, "U. S. Grant, on an off-white 2.25 x .75 slip. Matted and framed with an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature to a
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Estimate : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed47 - Theodore Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4 x 6, Sagamore Hill letterhead, November 9, 1898. Letter concerning a photograph, written the day after he ha
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Estimate : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed As President48 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed As President
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ALS as president signed F. D. R., one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, [September 9, 1938]. Letter to "Uncle Fred," his mother
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Estimate : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Print49 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Print
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Impressive 10.5 x 13.5 print of a sketched portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt done by Russian-American artist Jacob H. Perskie for the 1932 preside
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Document Signed50 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Document Signed
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DS, eight pages, 9.75 x 16 (with signed page trimmed to 9.75 x 7), January 19, 1931. As governor of New York, Roosevelt submits to the state legislatu
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Estimate : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Pare Lorentz52 - Franklin D. Roosevelt: Pare Lorentz
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Typed biographical chronology of Franklin D. Roosevelt's life, totaling more than 425 pages, from the papers of documentary filmmaker Pare Loren...
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Estimate : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed53 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, June 9, 1971. Letter to Winston Dabney, Chairman of the Los Alamos Veterans Reunion Committee, in Los
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Estimate : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed54 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, May 12, 1945. Letter to Martin A. Lewis, in full, Your kind message regarding my Proclamati
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Estimate : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Autograph Letter Signed55 - Harry S. Truman Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 6.25 x 8, United States Senate letterhead, November 25, 1944. Letter to "Miss Taggart," in full: "Thanks very, very mu...
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signed Free Frank56 - Harry S. Truman Signed Free Frank
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Scarce authentically signed and postally used free-franked mailing envelope, 6.25 x 4.25, addressed in type to the Hon. and Mrs. David Edelstein in Ne
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed57 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS as president, one page, 8 x 10.5, White House letterhead, October 30, 1947. Letter to Budget Bureau director James Webb. In full: "The Acti...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Hand-Corrected Speech58 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Hand-Corrected Speech
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Hand-corrected partial draft of Dwight D. Eisenhower's last speech from his 1956 re-election campaign, two pages, 8 x 10.5, boasting nearly 50 w...
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed59 - Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed twice, Jacqueline Kennedy, Mrs. John F. Kennedy, one page, 6.5 x 8.5, personal letterhead, February 1, 1960. Letter to
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Estimate : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed60 - Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Jackie, one page both sides, 4.5 x 3.5, White House stationery card, no date. Letter to "Bob," Robert McNamara, Preside
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Estimate : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Jacqueline Kennedy (5) Original Candid Photographs61 - Jacqueline Kennedy (5) Original Candid Photographs
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Amazing collection of five original vintage circa 1945 glossy candid photos, 3.5 x 5.25 and 5.25 x 3.5, portraying the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier
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Estimate : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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