Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction: Featuring Pop Culture

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RR Auction's December Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts more than 900 lots, highlighted by a multitude of important historical letters and a robust selection of material from popular culture. Highlights of the sale include a signed Abraham Lincoln carte-de-visite, checks from George Washington and Donald Trump, a Charles Dickens autograph quote from A Christmas Carol, rare artifacts recovered from the USS Arizona after Pearl Harbor, unique mixed-media artwork by Bob Dylan, a Christmas card from Al Capone, and rare oversized 'outtake' prints from the Beatles' famous Abbey Road shoot. 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 December 2018.
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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George Washington1 - George Washington
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Rare Bank of Alexandria check, 6.75 x 2.25, filled out and signed by Washington, “Go: Washington,” payable to Abraham Herner for $25, October 6, 1797.
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Estimates : 60,000.00 - 70,000.00
 
 
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George Washington2 - George Washington
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LS signed “Go: Washington,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 9, October 10, 1783. Letter to Lieutenant Colonel William Stephens Smith, who had been appoint
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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John Adams3 - John Adams
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Exceptional LS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, February 20, 1818. Letter addressed to "Le Ray de chaumont Esquire," James Donatien le Ray de Chaum...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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John Adams4 - John Adams
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ALS, one page, 7.5 x 9.75, September 25, 1785. Letter to “Mr. Boylston,” written from "Grosvenor Square, Westminster." In part: “I receive...
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Jefferson5 - Thomas Jefferson
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Exceptional manuscript written in the hand of Thomas Jefferson, unsigned, one page, 7.75 x 10, August 31, 1790. Secretary of State Jefferson inventori
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison6 - Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
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Partly-printed DS, signed "Th: Jefferson" as president and "James Madison" as secretary of state, one page, 12.75 x 15, March 28...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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James Madison7 - James Madison
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 12.75 x 7.75, October 20, 1815. President Madison grants Joseph Cookson "assignee of James Coo...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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James Monroe8 - James Monroe
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LS as secretary of state, signed “Jas. Monroe,” one page both sides, 8 x 13, July 2, 1816. Letter to the Chevalier de Onis, in full: "I have to...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Monroe9 - James Monroe
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LS as secretary of state, signed "Jas. Monroe," one page, 7.75 x 9, November 13, 1812. Letter authorizing the release of captured sailors....
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Monroe10 - James Monroe
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ALS signed “Ja's Monroe,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, May 13, 1792. Letter to influential political economist Tench Coxe, in full: "A...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James Monroe11 - James Monroe
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.25 x 8.5, March 4, 1819. President Monroe appoints Cadwalader Ringgold as “a Midshipman in the Nav
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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John Quincy Adams12 - John Quincy Adams
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Bank of the Metropolis check, 6.5 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Adams, "J. Q. Adams," payable to M. A. Giusta for $474.28, November 2, 1...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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John Quincy Adams13 - John Quincy Adams
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ALS, one page both sides, 7.25 x 8.75, August 14, 1811. Letter to Oliver Wolcott, written from St. Petersburg while serving as US minister to Russia.
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Quincy Adams14 - John Quincy Adams
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ALS as president signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, January 31, 1826. Marked “Private” along the top, a letter written from Washington and a
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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John Quincy Adams15 - John Quincy Adams
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Free franked mailing envelope, 5.75 x 3, addressed in another hand to "Wm. E. Johnson, Esq., Utica, New York" and franked in the upper rig...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Andrew Jackson16 - Andrew Jackson
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LS as president, one page both sides, 8 x 10, April 12, 1835. Letter to Messrs. Samuel Hart, W. J. Luper, Henry Horn, F. Flower, and T. M. Troutman. I
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Andrew Jackson17 - Andrew Jackson
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ALS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, January 6, 1819. Letter to Mayor Milo Mason, Deputy Quartermaster General of the Southern Department in Nashville, Tenness
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Andrew Jackson18 - Andrew Jackson
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Third-person ALS as president, signed within the text, "The President," one page both sides, 5 x 8, no date but circa early 1831. Letter a...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Martin Van Buren19 - Martin Van Buren
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ALS signed “M. Van Buren,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, October 21, 1841. Written from Kinderhook, New York, a letter to Thomas W. Gilman, in par
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Martin Van Buren20 - Martin Van Buren
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 11 x 14.75, July 23, 1838. Scallop-top ship's pass issued to "the F...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Martin Van Buren21 - Martin Van Buren
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ALS signed “M. Van Buren,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, August 14, 1843. Written from Saratoga Springs, a letter to Henry Simpson of Philadelphia
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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John Tyler22 - John Tyler
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AMS, one page, 6.5 x 8, August 18, 1856. On the subject of envy, Tyler quotes from Shakespeare and delves back to Ancient Greece. In full: "The...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Tyler23 - John Tyler
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ALS, one page both sides, 7.5 x 9.5, March 28, 1854. Letter to Colonel John Rutherford of Richmond, Virginia. Nearly a decade removed from his preside
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Zachary Taylor24 - Zachary Taylor
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LS signed “Z. Taylor Col., 1st Regt. U.S. Infy., Comdg.,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, December 12, 1834. Letter to Adjutant General Roger Jones,
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Millard Fillmore25 - Millard Fillmore
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ALS, one page, 5 x 7.75, August 29, 1856. Letter to “Haven.” In full: “I have yours of the 26 and herewith return the letters of Robt. K. Taylor of Te
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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James Buchanan26 - James Buchanan
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ALS as senator, one page, 8 x 10, January 31, 1835. Letter to Charles B. Penrose, the Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, marked "Strictly Confi...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Buchanan27 - James Buchanan
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LS, one page, 7.75 x 10, May 11, 1828. Written from Washington, a letter to General John W. Cuningham, in full: “I need not inform you that I called u
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James Buchanan28 - James Buchanan
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ALS, two pages both sides, 4.5 x 7, August 3, 1855. Letter to Dr. Samuel A. Houston of the 6th Auditor's Office in Washington, written from Lond...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James Buchanan29 - James Buchanan
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ALS, one page, 7.75 x 10, May 22, 1852. Letter to the Hon. James Campbell, a noted attorney who later served as Postmaster General under Pierce. In pa
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James Buchanan30 - James Buchanan
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ALS as a Pennsylvania congressman, one page, 8 x 10, March 15, 1828. Written from Washington, D.C., a letter to John G. Kammer, concerning collection
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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James Buchanan31 - James Buchanan
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ALS as secretary of state, one page, 8 x 10, July 1, 1848. Written from Washington, a letter to John Ritter, C. H. Hunter, John C. Meyers, and other m
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln32 - Abraham Lincoln
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Beautiful original 7 x 9.5 bronze plaque featuring the iconic profile of Abraham Lincoln by sculptor Victor David Brenner, using the same portrait of
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10)33 - Abraham Lincoln (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10)
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Superlative and exceedingly rare 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait showing President Abraham Lincoln seated in a three-quarter-length pose, holding his
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Estimates : 80,000.00 - 100,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln34 - Abraham Lincoln
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Extraordinary partly-printed DS as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 20 x 15.75, January 22, 1862. Unusual document marked "Duplicate,&...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Andrew Johnson35 - Andrew Johnson
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Handwritten manuscript in pencil by Andrew Johnson, unsigned, one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, no date but circa 1874. The manuscript, likely written
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant36 - U. S. Grant
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, August 9, 1884. Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of The Century Magazine. In full: &q...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant37 - U. S. Grant
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ALS as president, one page both sides, 5.5 x 9, Executive Mansion letterhead, May 31, 1873. Letter to his sister, Mrs. Mary Cramer, concerning the imm
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant38 - U. S. Grant
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75, February 8, 1885. Letter to "Hon. S. J. Randall, Chairman of Committee on Appropriations.&...
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant39 - U. S. Grant
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Crisp ink signature, "U. S. Grant, Lt. Gen. U.S.A.,” on an off-white 3.25 x 2 card. In fine condition, with a postal mark touching his last nam...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant40 - U. S. Grant
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Handwritten letter from Commanding General U. S. Grant, unsigned, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, Head Quarters Armies of the United
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Andrew Johnson and U. S. Grant41 - Andrew Johnson and U. S. Grant
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Civil War–dated manuscript DS as president, signed "Andrew Johnson," one page, 8.25 x 13.5, April 24, 1865; with cover letter by U. S. Gra...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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James A. Garfield42 - James A. Garfield
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Magnificent 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet portrait of General James A. Garfield in a distinguished head-and-shoulders pose, signed in the lower border in black i
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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James A. Garfield43 - James A. Garfield
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LS signed “J. A. Garfield,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, December 13, 1877. Letter to Dr. John Peter Robison in Cleveland, in part: "We have con...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Benjamin Harrison44 - Benjamin Harrison
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TLS signed “Benj. Harrison,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 8, personal letterhead, November 11, 1896. Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt45 - Theodore Roosevelt
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Metropolitan letterhead, July 18, 1917. Letter to Rev. Samuel M. Crothers, a Unitarian minister and popular essayist. In full
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt46 - Theodore Roosevelt
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Exceptional vintage matte-finish 9.25 x 12.5 bust-length portrait of Roosevelt by the Pach Brothers Studio of New York, signed boldly on the studio ma
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt47 - Theodore Roosevelt
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TLS, one page, 7.75 x 9.5, The Outlook letterhead, November 9, 1911. Marked “Private & Confidential,” a letter to Edwin Van Valkenburg, publishe...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt48 - Theodore Roosevelt
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Civil Service Commission letterhead, February 13, 1891. Letter to William Potts, in full: “I do not think I can
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt49 - Theodore Roosevelt
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ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 7.5, Sagamore Hill letterhead, October 15, 1916. Letter to Sir Rennell Rudd, in part: "Of cours...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt50 - Theodore Roosevelt
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TLS, one page, 6.5 x 7.5, personal letterhead, January 15, 1915. Letter to E. A. Van Valkenberg of the Philadelphia North American, in full: "Y...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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