RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts

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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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Thomas Dorr Autograph Letter Signed216 - Thomas Dorr Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed T. W. Dorr, one page, 8 x 10, February 1, 1840. Written from Providence, a letter to former governor John Brown Francis
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Frederick Douglass Document Signed217 - Frederick Douglass Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, signed Fred'k Douglass, eleven pages, 7.75 x 12.5, March 7, 1882. Indenture of trust between Morris Goldstein and J
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Albert Einstein 1928 Josetti Cigarette #1 PSA EX+ 5.5218 - Albert Einstein 1928 Josetti Cigarette #1 PSA EX+ 5.5
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Graded by PSA EX+ 5.5. An appealing card depicting the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, featuring a classic color portrait of Albert Einstein on the fro
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Willem Einthoven Autograph Letter Signed219 - Willem Einthoven Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in German, signed W. Einthoven, one page, 5.5 x 3.5, January 15, 1910. Letter to his colleague Paul Hertz, a German physicist
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Elizabeth, Queen Mother Signed Christmas Card220 - Elizabeth, Queen Mother Signed Christmas Card
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Desirable Royal Christmas card from 1961 with an embossed crown on the front, measuring 13.5 x 8.25 open, with the inside bearing an affixed image of
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Elizabeth, Queen Mother Signed Christmas Card221 - Elizabeth, Queen Mother Signed Christmas Card
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Christmas card from 1969 featuring an embossed royal crown on the front, measuring 14.75 x 9.25 open, with a lovely portrait of the Queen Mother affix
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Everest Multi-Signed Book222 - Everest Multi-Signed Book
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Signed book: The Ascent of Everest. Limited 40th anniversary edition, numbered 87/500. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1993. Hardcover with slipcase...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Louis Finkelstein Typed Letter Signed223 - Louis Finkelstein Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America letterhead, August 31, 1939. Letter C. B. Epworth, in full: "I have your l...
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Hamilton Fish Signed Check224 - Hamilton Fish Signed Check
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Personal check, 7 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Fish, "Hamilton Fish," payable to the Geo. C. Flint Co. for $30.25, June 26, 1889. In f...
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Otto Frank Signed Booklet225 - Otto Frank Signed Booklet
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Informational booklet about the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam, 36 pages, 8.25 x 5.25, signed and inscribed inside the front cover in black ballpo
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French Presidents Archive226 - French Presidents Archive
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Archive of 12 items related to four French presidents from the mid-19th and early 20th century, consisting of letters, documents, calling cards, and p
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Albert Gallatin Document Signed227 - Albert Gallatin Document Signed
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DS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 17, 1810. Treasury Department circular concerning the valuation of the Russian Ruble, in part: "The valuati...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Signed Photograph228 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg Signed Photograph
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Semi-glossy 6 x 9 paperstock photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, signed and inscribed in the lower border in black ink, "To Ocean's, Best wishes,...
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Stephen Girard Document Signed229 - Stephen Girard Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, one page, 7.5 x 2.75, April 8, 1808. Promissory note issued by Joseph Donath & Co., which reads: "Sixty days after date we p...
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Peter Carl Goldmark Signed Photograph230 - Peter Carl Goldmark Signed Photograph
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Glossy 5 x 7 photo of the gramophone record pioneer, signed in blue ballpoint by Peter Carl Goldmark. In fine condition, with a vertical crease to rig
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Mikhail Gorbachev Signed Photograph231 - Mikhail Gorbachev Signed Photograph
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Color glossy 10 x 7.75 photo of Mikhail Gorbachev embracing Ronald Reagan, signed in blue felt tip, "M. Gorbachev." In very fine condition.
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Grand Duchess Olga Autograph Letter Signed232 - Grand Duchess Olga Autograph Letter Signed
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Scarce ALS in French, signed "Olga," one page both sides, 7 x 4.5, embossed royal letterhead, April 13, 1880. Letter to "Chere Comtes...
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Wilfred T. Grenfell Signed Books with Sketches233 - Wilfred T. Grenfell Signed Books with Sketches
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Two signed books, both later printing hardcovers: Tales of the Labrador and Northern Neighbors, both signed on the first free end page in ink, "...
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Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau Letter Signed234 - Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau Letter Signed
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LS in French, signed L. B. Guyton, one page, 7.25 x 9.25, October 29, 1804. Untranslated letter referencing the "Soci t[x=
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Otto von Habsburg Typed Letter Signed235 - Otto von Habsburg Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Otto von Osterreich, one page, 8.25 x 11.75, personal letterhead, November 11, 1960. Letter to Professor Gottfried Diet
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Harley-Davidson: Walter C. Davidson Document Signed236 - Harley-Davidson: Walter C. Davidson Document Signed
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DS, signed Walter C. Davidson, one page both sides, 8.5 x 14, March 31, 1959. Agreement between the Harley-Davidson Motor Company
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Odd Hassel Typed Letter Signed237 - Odd Hassel Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in German, signed O. Hassel, one page, 8.75 x 11.5, personal letterhead, September 7, 1931. Letter to chemist Kazimierz Fajans
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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Signed Cover238 - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Signed Cover
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Commemorative cover with a cachet and inlaid medallion honoring the 25th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, 8 x 4.5, signed in black ba
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J. Edgar Hoover Signed Photograph239 - J. Edgar Hoover Signed Photograph
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Vintage color glossy 6.5 x 8 photo of the famed FBI director by the Autrey Studio of Hollywood, affixed to the original 8 x 10 mount, signed and inscr
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Julian Huxley Autograph Letter Signed240 - Julian Huxley Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed J. S. Huxley, one page both sides, 4.75 x 7.5, King's College letterhead, March 28, 1929. Letter to "Lapage," in part:
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Samuel Insull Document Signed241 - Samuel Insull Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 10.75 x 8.75, March 16, 1906. Stock certificate for one hundred shares of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Traction Co
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Israeli Nobel Peace Prize Winners (3) Signed Photographs242 - Israeli Nobel Peace Prize Winners (3) Signed Photographs
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Three photos of Israeli leaders who won the Nobel Peace Prize, ranging in size from 3.5 x 5 to 4 x 6, individually signed in ink by the subjects: Mena
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Helen Keller Typed Letter Signed243 - Helen Keller Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 5.25 x 4.25, Arcan Ridge letterhead, April 24, [1962 annotated on the reverse]. Letter of thanks for Easter gifts, in full: "Tha...
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John F. Kennedy, Jr Original 'Type 1' Photograph244 - John F. Kennedy, Jr Original 'Type 1' Photograph
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Wonderful original vintage color glossy 5 x 7 photo of John F. Kennedy, Jr., playing with a puppy on the coastal lawn of the Kennedy summerhouse in Hy
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King Edward VIII Signed Photograph245 - King Edward VIII Signed Photograph
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Outstanding vintage matte-finish 4.5 x 6.75 photo of Prince Edward in his military uniform by Vandyk of London, affixed to its original 8.25 x 11.5 st
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King George III Signature246 - King George III Signature
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Ink signature, "George R., on an off-white 7.25 x 2.75 sheet clipped from the top of a royal document. In very good to fine condition, with
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King George IV Signature247 - King George IV Signature
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Ink signature, "George P. R., on an off-white 4.75 x 3 sheet clipped from the close of a vellum document. In very good to fine condition, wi
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King George V Coronation Robe Fragment248 - King George V Coronation Robe Fragment
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Swatch of fabric removed from the royal robe worn by King George V during his coronation at the Delhi Durbar in Coronation Park on December 12, 1911.
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King Victor Emmanuel III Letter Signed249 - King Victor Emmanuel III Letter Signed
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LS in Italian, signed Vittorio Emanuele, one page, 9 x 13, August 2, 1900. Letter of state to the president of Bolivia, announcing
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King William I of Netherlands Document Signed250 - King William I of Netherlands Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS in Dutch, signed Willem, one page, 18.5 x 14.5, January 9, 1829. Untranslated military document concerning the p
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King William IV Signature251 - King William IV Signature
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Large ink signature, "William R," on an off-white 6.5 x 3.5 vellum slip clipped from a military commission. In very good condition, with o...
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Peter Kropotkin Autograph Letter Signed252 - Peter Kropotkin Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed P. Kropotkin, one page, 5 x 7.25, November 21, 1897. Written from Graham House shortly before returning to England from
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Paul Langevin Autograph Letter Signed253 - Paul Langevin Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed P. Langevin, Professeur au College de France, one page, 5.5 x 7, November 28, 1924. Untranslated. In fine co
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Arthur Lee Free Frank254 - Arthur Lee Free Frank
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Free franked address leaf, measuring 9 x 5.75 with a main panel of 5.5 x 3.25, addressed in another hand to "Nathaniel Gilman Esq'r, Comm&#...
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John Lewis Signed Book255 - John Lewis Signed Book
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Signed book: Black Americans in Congress, 1870 1989. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990. Hardcover, 8.75 x 12.25, 164 pa
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John Lewis Signed Photograph256 - John Lewis Signed Photograph
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Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Congressman Lewis in Washington, DC, signed and inscribed in silver ink, "To Shannon Allen, Keep the faith, ...
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Seth Low Typed Letter Signed257 - Seth Low Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.25, Columbia University, President's Room letterhead, June 27, 1898. Letter to "Messrs. Hepper, Gale and Roby," ...
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March on Washington Ephemera258 - March on Washington Ephemera
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Three significant pieces of ephemera associated with the iconic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on August 28, 1963, each one page, 8.5
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Thurgood Marshall Signed Engraving259 - Thurgood Marshall Signed Engraving
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Handsome official engraving of the Washington Monument by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 6 x 8, signed below the vignette in black ballpoint by
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Hudson Maxim Typed Manuscript Signed260 - Hudson Maxim Typed Manuscript Signed
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Typed manuscript for an article entitled "Japanese Conquest of America Now Imminent and Inevitable," seven pages, 8.5 x 11, no date but ci...
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Medical Scientists (11) Signed Items261 - Medical Scientists (11) Signed Items
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Collection of eleven items signed by medical scientists and researchers, predominately consisting of photos ranging in size from 5 x 3 to 8 x 10, incl
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Andrew Mellon Typed Letter Signed262 - Andrew Mellon Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, three pages, 8 x 10.5, Treasury Department letterhead, December 6, 1923. Lengthy letter to attorney Herbert L. Fordham, responding to his complai
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Benito Mussolini Document Signed263 - Benito Mussolini Document Signed
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DS in Italian, signed Mussolini, one page both sides, 9.5 x 14.5, May 30, 1941. Untranslated official military document concerning
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Carrie A. Nation Autograph Letter Signed264 - Carrie A. Nation Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in pencil, signed C. N., one page on the reverse of a color 5.5 x 3.5 postcard of the Public School in Okemah, Oklahoma, Septe
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Florence Nightingale Signature265 - Florence Nightingale Signature
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Ink signature, "Yours ever faithfully, Florence Nightingale, on a 4.25 x 1 sheet, likely clipped from the close of a letter. Matted with an
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