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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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Herman Melville Autograph Letter Signed516 - Herman Melville Autograph Letter Signed
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Choice ALS signed "H. Melville," one page, 5 x 8, December 4, 1857. Letter to a gentleman written from Boston. In full: "Your note is...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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A. A. Milne (2) Autograph Letters Signed517 - A. A. Milne (2) Autograph Letters Signed
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Two ALSs, signed "Blue" and "A. A Milne," three pages in total, dated July 2, 1920, and November 27, 1942. Both letters are addr...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Thomas Pynchon Document Signed518 - Thomas Pynchon Document Signed
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DS, one page, 8.5 x 13, March 10, 1967. Rider to an agreement between Thomas Pynchon and the Italian publisher Valentino Bompiani & C., concerni...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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O. Henry Autograph Letter Signed519 - O. Henry Autograph Letter Signed
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Sought-after ALS in pencil, signed O. H., one page, 8 x 10, no date. Letter to R. H. Davis of Munsey's Magazine, in full: "Will yo
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Frederick Rolfe Autograph Letter Signed520 - Frederick Rolfe Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Corvo, four pages, 8 x 10.5, June 15, 1891. A lengthy and revealing letter to English poet Charles Kains Jackson, which
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Hans Christian Andersen: Helen Stratton Original Illustrations521 - Hans Christian Andersen: Helen Stratton Original Illustrations
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Very appealing set of three original ink illustrations by British illustrator Helen Stratton for a publication of Hans Christian Andersen's fair...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Isaac Asimov Signed Photograph522 - Isaac Asimov Signed Photograph
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Glossy 8 x 10 photo of the great science fiction author, signed in blue felt tip, "Isaac Asimov." In fine condition.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Edgar Rice Burroughs Typed Letter Signed523 - Edgar Rice Burroughs Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, February 13, 1939. Letter to Jean B. Richard, in full: "In reply to your letter of February 9, I ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Truman Capote Signature524 - Truman Capote Signature
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Vintage ballpoint signature, "T. Capote, on an off-white 5 x 2.5 card, annotated in another hand with the date of July 17, 1970. In fine con
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Joseph Conrad Autograph Letter Signed525 - Joseph Conrad Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS from Joseph Conrad, penned on an off-white 5 x 3.25 card, May 14, 1923. Brief and gracious letter to Mrs. Merritt, in full: "Many thanks fo...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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James Fenimore Cooper Autograph Document Signed526 - James Fenimore Cooper Autograph Document Signed
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ADS, signed J. Fenimore Cooper, one page, 7.75 x 1.75, November 6, 1841. Pay order issued to the "Cashier of the Banks of Otsego C
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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James Fenimore Cooper Signed Check527 - James Fenimore Cooper Signed Check
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Otsego County Bank check, 6 x 2.25, filled out and signed by Cooper, "J. Fenimore Cooper," payable to Self for $40, May 7, 1851. In fine c...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Alexandre Dumas, pere Autograph Letter Signed528 - Alexandre Dumas, pere Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Al. Dumas, one page, 10 x 4.75, November 19, 1847. Letter to French opera manager and publisher Louis-D
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Alexandre Dumas, pere Autograph Letter Signed529 - Alexandre Dumas, pere Autograph Letter Signed
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Untranslated ALS in French, signed Al. Dumas, one page, 5.5 x 7.25, Comedie Francaise letterhead, no date. In fine condition, with
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Autograph Letter Signed530 - Ralph Waldo Emerson Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed R. W. Emerson, one page, 4.75 x 7.25, November 20, 1855. Letter to "Mr. Cross," written from Concord, in full: "I will
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Eugene Field (2) Autograph Letters Signed531 - Eugene Field (2) Autograph Letters Signed
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Two ALSs, each one page, 5 x 7.75, 1890 and 1894. Both to his friend "Warren" in London. The first, in full: "I thank you for your ki...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Elizabeth Gaskell Autograph Letter Signed532 - Elizabeth Gaskell Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed "E. C. Gaskell," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, August 28, 1855. Written from Lindeth Tower in Silverdale, near L...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Gone With the Wind: Stephens Mitchell533 - Gone With the Wind: Stephens Mitchell
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Interesting TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, Margaret Mitchell Marsh Estate letterhead, June 6, 1963. Letter to Lee C. Deighton, the president of the Macmi
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Thomas Hardy Letter Signed534 - Thomas Hardy Letter Signed
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LS signed T. Hardy, one page, 4.5 x 7, Max Gate, Dorchester letterhead, November 29, 1900. The letter reads, in full: "In answer t
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Langston Hughes Signed Book535 - Langston Hughes Signed Book
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Signed book: Simple Speaks His Mind. Second printing. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1950. Softcover, 5.5 x 8, 231 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first f
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Washington Irving Signature536 - Washington Irving Signature
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Vintage ink signature, "Washington Irving, Sunnyside, June 9th 1857, on an off-white 4.5 x 2.25 sheet. In fine condition. Accompanied by a c
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Stephen King Autograph Letter Signed537 - Stephen King Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, penned on the reverse of a 5.5 x 3.5 postal cover with a stamped Mount St. Helens cachet, July 24, 1989. In full: "Dear Samuel The new b
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John le Carré Autograph Letter Signed538 - John le Carré Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, May 26, 1993. Letter describing some of his favorite authors, in part: "At school, to begin with, K...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Jack London Signed Check539 - Jack London Signed Check
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Central Bank of Oakland check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Jack London, payable to Walter S. Mackay & Co. for $89.10, December 30, 1904...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Luigi Pirandello Signed Photograph540 - Luigi Pirandello Signed Photograph
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Uncommon vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo, signed across the top in fountain pen. In very good to fine condition, with light silvering to
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Mario Puzo Signed Check and Letter541 - Mario Puzo Signed Check and Letter
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Two items: an uncommon William Morris Agency check, made payable to Mario Puzo for $180, October 13, 1959, endorsed on the reverse in ballpoint, &qu...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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The Rock Bottom Remainders Multi-Signed Shirt542 - The Rock Bottom Remainders Multi-Signed Shirt
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Large white t-shirt for the rock charity supergroup The Rock Bottom Remainders, with the front featuring a caricature of the full band, which is signe
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Dr. Seuss Signed Print543 - Dr. Seuss Signed Print
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Color 5.5 x 8.5 print of the Cat in the Hat, signed and inscribed in red ink, "One cat for Gary Lorenz, with Best Wishes from Dr. Seuss." ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Dr. Seuss Signed Print544 - Dr. Seuss Signed Print
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Color 5.25 x 8.5 print of the Cat in the Hat, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "Hi Same! Dr. Seuss." In fine condition, with a ligh...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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George Bernard Shaw Signed Photograph545 - George Bernard Shaw Signed Photograph
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Choice vintage matte-finish 3.25 x 5.25 postcard photo of George Bernard Shaw leaning against a coastal railing, signed in black ink, "G. Berna...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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George Bernard Shaw Autograph Letter Signed546 - George Bernard Shaw Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed G. Bernard Shaw, one page, 3.5 x 4.5, personal letterhead, October 18, 1920. Letter to Norman MacDermott of Hampstead's
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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George Bernard Shaw Hand-Addressed Postcard Photograph547 - George Bernard Shaw Hand-Addressed Postcard Photograph
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Hand-addressed postcard photo of himself, 3.25 x 5.25, addressed on the reverse by Shaw to "Miss Fairchild, Tyting Corner, Longdown, Guildford,...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Laurence Sterne Signature548 - Laurence Sterne Signature
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Rare ink signature, "L. Sterne, penned at the top of the opening 3.5 x 6 page of his classic novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Alfred Lord Tennyson Signature549 - Alfred Lord Tennyson Signature
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Bold ink signature, "A. Tennyson, on an off-white 4 x 3 slip. In fine condition, with a light central vertical fold, and old tape to the edg
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Alfred Lord Tennyson Signed Check550 - Alfred Lord Tennyson Signed Check
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Wilts & Dorset Bank check, 7.25 x 4.5, filled out and signed by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "A. Tennyson," payable to Charles Heard for 20,...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Kurt Vonnegut Signed Book551 - Kurt Vonnegut Signed Book
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Signed book: Bluebeard. Limited first edition. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1987. Leatherbound hardcover, 6 x 8.25, 300 pages. Signed on the
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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H. G. Wells Signature552 - H. G. Wells Signature
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Ink signature, "I hope you'll be brief & explicit. Yours very truly, H .G. Wells, on an off-white 4.5 x 2 slip. In fine condition. Acc...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Tennessee Williams Signed Check553 - Tennessee Williams Signed Check
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Crisp personal check, 8.5 x 3.5, filled out in type and signed by Tennessee Williams, payable to writer and partner Robert Carroll for $242.74, June 1
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Tennessee Williams Typed Letter Signed554 - Tennessee Williams Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Tom, one page, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1980. Letter to Jim Adams, in full: "You're an understanding person so I'm s
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Emile Zola Autograph Letter Signed555 - Emile Zola Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, July 6, 1866. In full (translated): "I was out in the countryside and a bit late in thanking you for the ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Emile Zola Autograph Letter Signed556 - Emile Zola Autograph Letter Signed
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Untranslated ALS in French, 4 x 5.25, June 14, 1891. Written from Paris, a letter to an unnamed friend concerning tickets to an orchestral concert. In
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Enrico Caruso Signed Menu557 - Enrico Caruso Signed Menu
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Impressive souvenir menu print for the Lotos Club's dinner honoring Enrico Caruso on February 5, 1916, 18 x 12.5, prominently signed in pencil b...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Edward Elgar Autograph Letter Signed558 - Edward Elgar Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 6.5, personal letterhead, December 25, 1921. Letter to "Dr. Phillips," apologizing for an...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Franz Liszt Autograph Letter Signed559 - Franz Liszt Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed F. Liszt, 5.25 x 8, March 18, 1854. Lengthy letter to a friend, in part (translated): "I am very distressed
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Edward A. MacDowell Autograph Letter Signed560 - Edward A. MacDowell Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed E. A. MacDowell, one page, 5.5 x 6, personal letterhead, May 16, 1896. Letter to "Miss Edwards," in full: "Can you not
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Ignace J. Paderewski Autograph Musical Quotation Signed561 - Ignace J. Paderewski Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
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AMQS on a 7.75 x 5 sheet of Warner's Hotel stationery, signed below in fountain pen, "I. J. Paderewski, 20/IX 1904." Paderewski pens f...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Sergei Rachmaninoff Autograph Letter Signed562 - Sergei Rachmaninoff Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, no date. Letter to "my dear young friends," in full: "My message to you is: Remember Ge...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Anton Rubinstein Autograph Musical Quotation Signed563 - Anton Rubinstein Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
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AMQS on an off-white 6 x 4 album page, boldly signed below in ink, "Ant. Rubinstein, London, 5th July 1881." Rubinstein intricately pens f...
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Estimates : 750.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Richard Wagner Autograph Letter Signed564 - Richard Wagner Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in German, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, June 23, 1877. A boldly penned, untranslated letter by the revered composer. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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John Coltrane Signed Album565 - John Coltrane Signed Album
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Ballads album by John Coltrane, signed and inscribed on the inner gatefold in ballpoint, "To Jim, John Coltrane," as well as by the other ...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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