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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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Robert Oppenheimer Signed Program165 - Robert Oppenheimer Signed Program
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Program for an Achievement Award Dinner held by the Pyramid Club Inc., in honor of Doctor J. Robert Oppenheimer on October 21, 1954, in Philadelphia,
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Georgios Papanikolaou Archive (16 Letters)166 - Georgios Papanikolaou Archive (16 Letters)
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Archive of sixteen letters from Dr. George Papanicolaou to veterinarian, dog breeder, and eugenicist Leon Whitney, comprising thirteen TLSs and three
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Estimates : 7,500.00 - 8,500.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed167 - Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed L. Pasteur, one page, 4.5 x 3.5, January 28, 1885. Important letter about his research on a rabies vaccine,
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Max Planck Autograph Quotation Signed168 - Max Planck Autograph Quotation Signed
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AQS in German, one page, October 21, 1927. Planck writes an aphorism and signs with his initials, Bleibe dir selber treu, M. P."
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Lazzaro Spallanzani Autograph Letter Signed169 - Lazzaro Spallanzani Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in Italian, one page both sides, 7.5 x 10, June 29, 1783. Untranslated letter mentioning an "Edition di Enciclopedia Metodica di Padova.&qu...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Nikola Tesla Twice-Signed Check170 - Nikola Tesla Twice-Signed Check
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Exceedingly rare twice-signed counter check drawn on Chase National Bank, 8.25 x 3.5, filled out and signed by Tesla, "Dr. Nikola Tesla," ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Carl Jung Typed Letter Signed171 - Carl Jung Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed "C. G. Jung," one page, 8.25 x 5.75, personal letterhead, April 1, 1954. Letter to medieval art historian Summer Crosby, in ful...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Pope Clement VII Letter Signed172 - Pope Clement VII Letter Signed
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LS in Italian as papal vice-chancellor, signed "Vr. Giu. Vice Cancell.," one page, 8.5 x 11.5, Florence, May 11, 1522. Letter to Paolo Vet...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill Typed Letter Signed173 - Winston Churchill Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Yours sinc'ly, Winston S. Churchill, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, Hyde Park Gate letterhead, August 4, 1950. Letter to editor a
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill Signature174 - Winston Churchill Signature
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Ink signature and inscription, "To Stephen from, Winston S. Churchill, 1951, on an off-white 5 x 7.5 book page. In very good condition, with
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill Autograph Note Signed175 - Winston Churchill Autograph Note Signed
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ANS signed WC, penned in bold red ink on an off-white 4.5 x 1.25 slip, dated October 10 [1919]. In full: "Sir James Stevenson, Ple
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Tomas Masaryk Signed Photograph176 - Tomas Masaryk Signed Photograph
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Vintage matte-finish 6 x 8.25 photo of Masaryk by noted Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol, affixed to its original 6.5 x 10.5 mount, signed on the
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Chaim Weizmann Typed Letter Signed177 - Chaim Weizmann Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in Hebrew, one page, 5 x 7, The Jewish Agency for Palestine letterhead, March 4, 1945. Letter to noted artist Mordechai Ardon-Bronstein, in part (
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Germaine of Foix Document Signed178 - Germaine of Foix Document Signed
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Very rare manuscript DS in Spanish, signed "La Reyna [The Queen],"one page, 8.5 x 12, September 22, 1519. Untranslated document issued at ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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King James I Document Signed179 - King James I Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, signed James R, one page, 7.75 x 12, November 21, 1590. As King James VI of Scotland, he writes to Lord Gray, order
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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King Philip II of Spain Document Signed180 - King Philip II of Spain Document Signed
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Manuscript DS in Spanish, signed Yo el Rey, one page, 8.25 x 11.75, May 21, 1578. Untranslated document issued to a prince. Mounte
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition: Shackleton, Worsley, and Stenhouse Signatures181 - Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition: Shackleton, Worsley, and Stenhouse Signatures
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Ink signatures from three members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Ernest Shackleton ("E. H. Shackleton"), Frank Worsley ("...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Robert Falcon Scott Typed Letter Signed182 - Robert Falcon Scott Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed R. Scott, one page, 7.75 x 9.5, British Arctic Expedition letterhead, no date. Letter to Mr. Benson, in part: "I wish I
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Henry M. Stanley Autograph Letter Signed183 - Henry M. Stanley Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 4.75 x 7, 2 Richmond Terrace letterhead, April 27, 1899. Letter to R. S. Warren Bell, who was editor of The Captain, an English '...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody Signed Travel Brochure184 - William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody Signed Travel Brochure
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Scarce travel brochure entitled 'The Cody Road into Yellowstone Park,' 14 pages, 4 x 9, signed and inscribed on the colorful front cover in ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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David Crockett Signed Free Frank185 - David Crockett Signed Free Frank
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Rare hand-addressed and free-franked envelope panel, 5.25 x 2.75, addressed by Crockett to his publisher, "Messrs. E. L. Cary & A. Hart, Ph...
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Rhode Island: Native American Acts Document186 - Rhode Island: Native American Acts Document
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DS, signed Henry Ward, 22 pages, 7.5 x 12, March 1787. Printed booklet of acts and resolutions passed by the General Assembly of R
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Native American: Wounded Knee Massacre Eyewitness Account Letter187 - Native American: Wounded Knee Massacre Eyewitness Account Letter
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ALS signed W. S. Edgerly, Captain 7th Cavalry, four pages on three sheets, 8 x 10, December 29, 1890. Letter home to his wife, wri
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Texas: David G. Burnet188 - Texas: David G. Burnet
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Uncommon manuscript DS, signed David G. Burnet, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 12.75, November 8, 1834. Written verdi
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Texas: Mirabeau B. Lamar and Anson Jones (2) Documents Signed189 - Texas: Mirabeau B. Lamar and Anson Jones (2) Documents Signed
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Two items: a partly-printed DS signed Mirabeau B. Lamar, one page, 16.5 x 10.75, August 25, 1840, general land office document gra
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Al Capone Document Signed190 - Al Capone Document Signed
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Extraordinary partly-printed signed document, signed twice, Alphonse Capone, one page, 8.75 x 3, November 18, 1926. An interest no
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
 
 
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Charles F. Adams III Autograph Letter Signed191 - Charles F. Adams III Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed C. F. Adams, one page, 5.25 x 8, Adams Building letterhead, January 8, 1902. In full: "I have to acknowledge the receip
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Louis Agassiz Autograph Letter Signed192 - Louis Agassiz Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed L. Agassiz, one page, 5 x 7.5, May 12, 1859. Letter concerning some publications to be sent to the Prince of
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Apple: Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne Signed Manual194 - Apple: Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne Signed Manual
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Brad-bound facsimile of the original Apple-1 operation manual, 8.5 x 11, 12 pages, signed on the front cover in blue felt tip by Apple- co-founders St
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Jules Bache Document Signed195 - Jules Bache Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS, signed J. S. Bache, one page, 10.75 x 7.25, April 29, 1886. Stock certificate issued to Bache for 100 shares in
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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David Ben-Gurion Typed Letter Signed196 - David Ben-Gurion Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in Hebrew, one page, 5.75 x 8, March 30, 1955. Letter to Knesset Member Yitzhak Tabenkin, in part (translated): "Permit me to tell you a nu...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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David Ben-Gurion Autograph Letter Signed197 - David Ben-Gurion Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in Hebrew,, one page, 4.75 x 8.25, March 22, 1971. Letter to the students of Remez School in Tel Aviv, in part: (translated): "When I came ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Joseph Bonaparte Autograph Letter Signed198 - Joseph Bonaparte Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Joseph Cte. de Survilliers, one page, 7.5 x 9.75, July 24, 1816. Untranslated letter written from New York.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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British Prime Ministers (5) Signed Photographs199 - British Prime Ministers (5) Signed Photographs
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Five small photos of British prime ministers, ranging in size from 3.5 x 5.5 to 6 x 4, each signed in ink by the subject. Signers are: Boris Johnson,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Clementine Churchill Typed Letter Signed200 - Clementine Churchill Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Clementine Spencer-Churchill, one page, 6 x 8, personal letterhead, January 26, 1970. Letter to "Mr. Brown," in part: "
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Eldridge Cleaver Handwritten Notes201 - Eldridge Cleaver Handwritten Notes
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Unsigned handwritten notes for a speech by Eldridge Cleaver, one page both sides, 5 x 7, comprising six talking points on the subject of "South...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Colonial Boston Document Signed202 - Colonial Boston Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, signed Edm. Quincy, one page, 7.5 x 9.25, March 29, 1745. An invoice for "6 half Barrels Powder" aboard the "Sloop
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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James B. Conant Signed Photograph203 - James B. Conant Signed Photograph
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Outstanding vintage matte-finish 9.75 x 12.5 photo of the chemist using a slide rule, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to his assistant, "T...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Jay Cooke Signed Check204 - Jay Cooke Signed Check
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Jay Cooke & Company bank check, 8 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Cooke, "Jay Cooke & Co.," payable to "Ourselv...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Peter Cooper Autograph Letter Signed205 - Peter Cooper Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 8 x 9.5, Union Transportation Line letterhead, October 23, 1834. Letter to C. Schrack concerning a business arrangement and incorporati
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Peter Cooper and Cyrus W. Field Signatures206 - Peter Cooper and Cyrus W. Field Signatures
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Ink signatures, "Cyrus W. Field" and "Peter Cooper," on a white 4.5 x 2 slip, trimmed and affixed to a larger album page. In ver...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Jacques Cousteau Signed Book207 - Jacques Cousteau Signed Book
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Signed book: Un Tr sor Englouti [A Sunken Treasure]. Germany: Flammarion, 1971. Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.25 x 10.5, 298 pages. Signed on
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Benjamin Curtis Autograph Letter Signed208 - Benjamin Curtis Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed B. R. Curtis, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, December 29, 1873. Letter to E. W. Stoughton regarding attendin
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Georges Cuvier Document Signed209 - Georges Cuvier Document Signed
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Manuscript DS in French, signed B. G. Cuvier, one page, 8.5 x 13.25, August 22, 1825. Academie Royale des Sciences document commun
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Dalai Lama Signed Photograph210 - Dalai Lama Signed Photograph
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Color glossy 4 x 6 photo of the Dalai Lama in his robes, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition, with a couple of small surface creases.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Lee de Forest Signed Photograph211 - Lee de Forest Signed Photograph
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Vintage glossy 4 x 5 photo of de Forest hard at work, signed in blue ballpoint, "Lee de Forest, Mar 18 57." In very good to fine condition...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed212 - Lee de Forest Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Lee De Forest Laboratories letterhead, June 5, 1941. A letter of recommendation for Verne T. Braman, who worked at De Forest
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Benjamin Dearborn: Lightning Printed Letter213 - 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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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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John DeLorean Signed Check and Ephemera Archive214 - John DeLorean Signed Check and Ephemera Archive
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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, payable to Co...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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DNA: Francis Crick215 - DNA: Francis Crick
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TLS signed Francis Crick, one page, 8.5 x 11, The Salk Institute letterhead, April 20, 1983. Letter to Paul Rifkin, in full: "No,
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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