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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Nobel Prize in Chemistry (11) Signed Items266 - Nobel Prize in Chemistry (11) Signed Items
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Group of eleven items signed by winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, ranging in size from 2 x 3 to 8.5 x 11, including: Glenn Seaborg (SP and comm
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Nobel Prize in Physics (10) Signed Photographs267 - Nobel Prize in Physics (10) Signed Photographs
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Group of ten photos signed by winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, ranging in size from 3.25 x 5 to 6.5 x 9, including: Emilio Segr , Carl D
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Lee Harvey Oswald Limited Edition Photograph268 - Lee Harvey Oswald Limited Edition Photograph
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Limited edition 10 x 8 silver gelatin print of Lee Harvey Oswald's mug shots taken in Dallas, Texas, on November 23, 1963, following his arrest ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Lee Harvey Oswald Limited Edition Photograph269 - Lee Harvey Oswald Limited Edition Photograph
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Limited edition semi-glossy 8 x 10 silver gelatin photograph of Oswald, on leave from the USMC, holding a rifle and smiling on the side of a rural roa
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Lee Harvey Oswald: Maurice 'Nick' McDonald270 - Lee Harvey Oswald: Maurice 'Nick' McDonald
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Two items signed by the officer who apprehended Lee Harvey Oswald: a twice-signed typescript entitled "The Arrest and Capture of Lee Harvey Osw...
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Rosa Parks Signed Book271 - Rosa Parks Signed Book
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Signed book: Quiet Strength. First edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 6.75, 93 pages. Sig
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Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall Signed Covers272 - Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall Signed Covers
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Two commemorative covers signed by the Civil Rights Movement activists: one honoring Caesars Palace and Joe Louis Station, signed in black felt tip by
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Flinders Petrie Autograph Letter Signed273 - Flinders Petrie Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed W. M. Flinders Petrie, one page, 4.5 x 7, July 1, 1892. Letter to "Mr. Gibson," in part: "Thanks for your kind letter &a...
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Henri Poincare Autograph Letter Signed274 - Henri Poincare Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, no date. Untranslated letter regarding a conference in Zurich and referencing the Swedish mathematician G
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Siméon Denis Poisson Autograph Letter Signed275 - Siméon Denis Poisson Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Poisson, one page both sides, 8 x 10, Universit de France letterhead, June 21, 1825. Letter to the
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Prince Charles Signed Christmas Card276 - Prince Charles Signed Christmas Card
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Christmas card from 1971 imprinted with the Prince of Wales s feathers, measuring 9 x 7 open, featuring an affixed color photo of Charles in
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Joseph Louis Proust Autograph Letter Signed277 - Joseph Louis Proust Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Proust, one page, 3.75 x 7, no date. Untranslated letter to a professor of botany. In fine condition, with l
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Joseph Pulitzer and Family (3) Documents Signed278 - Joseph Pulitzer and Family (3) Documents Signed
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Collection of three DSs by Pulitzer and his sons, 15.25 x 8, dated 1885-1915, all being stock certificates for The Press Publishing Company, retaining
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Melvin Purvis Autograph Letter Signed279 - Melvin Purvis Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in pencil, signed Melvin, one page, 7.5 x 5.25, March 7, 1939. A Western Union telegram addressed to Felix Goudelock, in full:
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card280 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card
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Royal Christmas and New Year's card from 1955, with a gilt-embossed crown on the front, measuring 14 x 8 open, featuring a charming photo of Que...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card281 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card
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Royal Christmas card from 1958, measuring 18.25 x 7.75 open, featuring a color 7 x 5 print of Sebastiano Ricci's work 'The Holy Family,'...
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card282 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card
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Royal Christmas and New Year's card from 1952, with a gilt-embossed crown on the front, measuring 13.5 x 8.5 open, featuring a charming photo of...
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card283 - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card
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Royal Christmas card from 1953, measures 16 x 10 unfolded, featuring a color family portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children
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Queen Victoria Autograph Letter Signed284 - Queen Victoria Autograph Letter Signed
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Third-person ALS, signed within the text The Queen, one page, 4.25 x 5.25, no date. In full: "The Queen hastens to thank the Lord
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Jean Rostand Autograph Letter Signed285 - Jean Rostand Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, one page, 8.25 x 10.75, June 10, 1937. Untranslated letter mentioning a toad. In fine condition, with light creasing.
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Bertrand Russell Signature286 - Bertrand Russell Signature
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Bold ink signature, "Bertrand Russell, on an off-white 3.75 x 2.24 card. In fine condition.
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Carl Sagan Signed Cover287 - Carl Sagan Signed Cover
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Commemorative cover with a stamped cachet honoring the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-36, signed in ink by astronomer Carl Sagan and astronaut Jef
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George Schultz Signed Photograph288 - George Schultz Signed Photograph
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Large color satin-finish 13.5 x 10 photo of Schultz in a suit and tie, signed and inscribed in gold ink to the conservative media mogul, "For R...
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Johann Spurzheim Autograph Letter Signed289 - Johann Spurzheim Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Spurzheim, one page, 4.75 x 7.75, no date. Letter to a gentleman, in part: "Many thanks for the details you were so kin
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton Signature290 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton Signature
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Fountain pen signature, "Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Born November 12th 1815, Johnstown, Fulton Co., New York, on an off-white 8.75 x 5
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Lucy Stone Autograph Letter Signed291 - Lucy Stone Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS, one page, 6.5 x 8.75, September 16, 1851. Letter to "Mr. Stone," in part: "A Woman's Rights Convention will be held in Worce...
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Robert Stroud Autograph Letter Signed292 - Robert Stroud Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Bob, Robert Stroud #594, one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, September 3, 1952. Letter written from Alcatraz, with great bir
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Charles Sumner Autograph Quote Signed293 - Charles Sumner Autograph Quote Signed
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AQS on an off-white 4.5 x 5 sheet, which reads, in full: "Equality of rights is the first of rights. Charles Sumner, At Mr. De Vries', 14th...
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Supreme Court (5) Signed Engravings294 - Supreme Court (5) Signed Engravings
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Five official engravings of Washington landmarks by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 8 x 6, each signed below the vignette in ink by a different
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Supreme Court (10) Signed Covers295 - Supreme Court (10) Signed Covers
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Ten commemorative covers signed in ink by Supreme Court justices, including: William H. Rehnquist, Anthony Kennedy (2), Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Po
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Takahira Kogoro Signature296 - Takahira Kogoro Signature
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Ink signature, "B. Takahira, Portsmouth, 18/8/05, on an off-white 4 x 5.25 sheet of Hotel Wentworth stationery. In very good to fine conditi
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Texas: A. C. Horton and Elisha M. Pease (2) Documents Signed297 - Texas: A. C. Horton and Elisha M. Pease (2) Documents Signed
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Two State of Texas land grant documents: a partly-printed vellum DS signed A. C. Horton, one page, 15 x 13.25, July 28, 1846, issu
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Texas: Mirabeau B. Lamar298 - Texas: Mirabeau B. Lamar
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Partly-printed vellum DS, signed Mirabeau B. Lamar, one page, 14.75 x 12.75, August 13, 1841. A general land office document grant
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Titanic: Dean and Shuman Signed Letters299 - Titanic: Dean and Shuman Signed Letters
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Two letters from Titanic survivors Millvina Dean and Eleanor Shuman: an ALS signed "Millvina," one page, 5 x 7.5, Titanic Ship of Dreams l...
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Titanic: Millvina Dean300 - Titanic: Millvina Dean
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Glossy 10 x 8 photo of the iceberg purportedly responsible for the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912, signed in black fel
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James Monroe Trotter Document Signed301 - James Monroe Trotter Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS, signed Jas. M. Trotter, three pages, 8 x 13, May 4, 1887. Deed of release from Caleb C. Willard to J. Roberts F
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USS Constitution Wooden Box302 - USS Constitution Wooden Box
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Very attractive display box constructed of wood removed from the hull of the USS Constitution during the frigate's historic 1927 restoration, me...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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James Lawrence Autograph Letter Signed303 - James Lawrence Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Jas. Lawrence, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.25, September 6, 1810. Written from "Brooklline," a letter
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Civil War: John H. Ruoff Journal304 - Civil War: John H. Ruoff Journal
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Civil War soldier John H. Ruoff's journal from his time with the 99th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from July 26, 1861 November 15, 1862, 3
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Robert E. Lee Signed Check305 - Robert E. Lee Signed Check
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Bank of Commerce check, 6.75 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Lee, "R. E. Lee, On Apl. Fort Hamilton Capt. Engrs.," payable to Daniel Sever...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Joseph E. Johnston Autograph Letter Signed306 - Joseph E. Johnston Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed J. E. Johnston, Lt. Col. 1st Cav., one page, 7.75 x 9.75, October 6, 1855. Letter to Col. Craig, written from Fort Leav
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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James Longstreet Autograph Letter Signed307 - James Longstreet Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed James Longstreet, Paymaster, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 28, 1861. Letter to Major R. B. Reynolds, in part: "Your favo
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Nathaniel Lyon Autograph Letter Signed308 - Nathaniel Lyon Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed N. Lyon, Capt. 2nd Inf'y Com'g Post, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, October 3, 1856. Letter to "Col. H. K. Craig, Chief of Ordn
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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George B. McClellan Signed Photograph309 - George B. McClellan Signed Photograph
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Outstanding 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of McClellan in uniform in a three-quarter-length pose by renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gard
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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J. E. B. Stuart Autograph Letter Signed and Saber Hanger Patent Model310 - J. E. B. Stuart Autograph Letter Signed and Saber Hanger Patent Model
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Remarkable archive associated with Stuart's invention of a saber hanger, including an ALS encouraging purchase of his device for state troops an...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Leslie Groves (2) Handwritten Draft Letters311 - Leslie Groves (2) Handwritten Draft Letters
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Two handwritten drafts of letters in pencil by Groves, one signed L. R. G., on opposite sides of a single 7.25 x 10.5 sheet of per
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Montgomery of Alamein Signed Photograph312 - Montgomery of Alamein Signed Photograph
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Exquisite vintage glossy 8 x 6 photo of Montgomery surveying the African desert from atop a tank, signed in fountain pen, "Montgomery of Alamei...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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George S. Patton Document Signed313 - George S. Patton Document Signed
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DS, signed George S. Patton, Jr., one page, 8 x 3.25, May 5, 1914. Document issued from Fort Riley, Kansas, in part: "Received of
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Napoleon Document Signed314 - Napoleon Document Signed
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Rare DS in French, signed Napole, one page, 13.25 x 19.25, December 5, 1811. Document providing safe passage for an American ship
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon Autograph Letter Signed315 - Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed "C. G. Gordon," one page both sides, 8 x 12.75, July 17, 1863. Written from Quinsan during his campaign against the Taipings, G...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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