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Articles - September - 2014 Issue

Huge Sale of Paper and Ephemera Related to Famous People, Major Events, Concludes Sept. 9-10 at Alexander Historical Auctions

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A massive auction of collectible works on paper and ephemeral items will be held at Alexander Historical Auctions on September 9 and 10. Online bidding has already opened, so there is no need to wait until the closing day to place your bids. This is an enormous auction, with 1,568 lots up for sale. Most pertain to personalities you will immediately recognize.

 

Where to begin describing this auction is an enormous challenge. How do you describe an auction with material from Mother Theresa and Adolph Hitler? Other than disproving the old adage that opposites attract, this infinite gap displays just how wide the selection of material there is to be found. There are other killers here, even if comparatively small – Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Mark Chapman, James Earl Ray, John Dillinger, the James Gang. If this is depressing, there are others who were equally heroic figures – Martin Luther King, John and Robert Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong. Some will bring differing reactions depending on your own viewpoint, or mixed reactions, people we have trouble deciding whether we like – Douglas MacArthur, Ronald Reagan, William Clinton, Donald Trump, Charles Lindbergh, Eva Peron, Mikhail Gorbachev, George W. Bush. Some make us feel a bit creepy, even if they don't fall into the first rank of bad people – Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, James Hoffa, Spiro Agnew, James Buchanan, Lester Maddox.

 

Other people we find represented are not so much heroes and villains as they are celebrities. Sports brings us personalities such as Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Jim Thorpe, Arnold Palmer. From film come greats like Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Grace Kelly. Music offers Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Liberace, Louis Armstrong, Pete Seeger, Leonard Bernstein. Artists can be found, such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Marc Chagall. Naturally enough, some writers also make their way to paper, including Ernest Hemingway, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Peter Benchley, Eugene O'Neill, James Thurber, Ray Bradbury. From Science we find Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Watson and Crick, from politics a whole host of famous people, including Ulysses Grant, Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, William Jennings Bryan, Golda Meir, Benito Mussolini, Anwar Sadat, Ho Chi Min, “Che” Guevara, Leonid Brezhnev, Emperor Hirohito.

 

We have only touched on the personalities represented in this sale. There are many more. Many items pertain more to events than specific people. There is all sorts of political propaganda. Some items pertain to the slave trade, and some offensive items pertaining to African-Americans whites once thought humorous are found. There is a great deal of material related to wars, America's Civil War and the Second World War in particular. The latter brings us items related to the allies and their heroic struggle against one of the greatest evils ever known to man. It also reveals items related to those who perpetrated such unspeakable evil. Hitler, Goring, Himmler and the like are to be found among the lots. As horrible as it is, this part of history must not be forgotten. Its horrors must be told, yet one cannot help but look at pictures and documents from these monsters and wonder how could such things ever be? It is a question we ask, but answers don't come easily.

 

Here are just a few of the items you will find in this huge auction.

 

Lot 165. An amazingly detailed map prepared for the Allies' D-Day landing in France in 1944. Not only does it map out the various beaches where the landings would occur, but provides detailed information about German guns, radar, fortifications, lookouts, and such along the stretch of coast. Alexander notes, “It is frankly amazing the amount of information that was gathered from locals and resistance members in order to prepare the map and annex.” Estimated $8,000 - $12,000.

 

Lot 167. D-Day bombing plans, the map shows “Omaha” and “Utah” beaches, along with German artillery locations, their firing range, and the Allies' planned targets. Estimated $4,000 - $6,000.

 

Lot 1. The awarding of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to German Field Marshal Kesselring in 1939. The cross was personally presented to Kesselring by Hitler, who has signed this document. Kesselring led German air forces during the invasion of Poland that year, and Hitler was undoubtedly very pleased with the successful performance. The award was made the same day as German forces conducted a victory parade through the streets of Poland. Kesselring would be sentenced to death after the war for atrocities his troops committed in Italy, but this was later commuted and Kesselring freed. Estimated $30,000 - $40,000.

 

Lot 147. A signed photograph of Hitler, taken during a 1931 interview with a correspondent from the New York Evening Post. The future Fuhrer is shown from the waste up in profile view, wearing a dark business suit, his hands clasped together. It is chilling. Estimated $2,000 - $3,000.

 

Lot 440. The summer uniform and boots worn by U.S. General Robert C. Richardson, Jr., in Hawaii and likely at the Japanese surrender ceremonies in Tokyo on September 2, 1945. Richardson commanded U. S. forces in the Pacific. Estimated $2,000 - $3,000.

 

Lot 164. A collection of material from the estate of Gen. Richardson. It includes such items a certificate testifying to Gen. Richardson's presence at the formal surrender of Japan, photos of the surrender ceremony, the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, MacArthur with Hirohito, Tokyo Rose, along with a very rare card bearing an image of the Japanese naval flag, and Richardson's diary of events leading up to the surrender, which shows infighting among officers, including a claim by MacArthur that Eisenhower did not support the Army. Estimated $4,000 - $5,000.

 

Lot 347. Two general's stars, given by Gen. George Patton to Gen. Geoffrey Keyes. Gen. Keyes had served as Patton's chief of staff, and when he was promoted to Lieutenant General, Patton sent him two of his own silver stars. Estimated $3,000 - $4,000.

 

Lot 456. A hand-decorated jacket belonging to a flier from the 40th Bombardment Group, 315th Bomber Wing, Squadron 25 (S. Hamilton). The group flew supply missions over the “Hump,” part of the Himalaya Mountains. Hamilton has sewn on various patches representing bases where he was stationed, and various other events and logos. One has an image of a tailgunner saying “Hi.” That was likely Hamilton's position. Estimated $2,500 - $3,500.

 

Lot 494. A Luftwaffe helmet, captured by a black soldier in Normandie. Sgt. Strong's race is revealed by the notations he has painted on the helmet, including his membership in the 333rd Field Artillery Group, a black unit. Strong has painted the names of several locales where they fought along with allied insignias. Estimated $1,500 - $2,000.

 

Lot 220. A Vichy France poster, captioned (in French), “With de Gaulle there, you will get nothing, ladies and gentlemen.” A leaky boat bearing the name “Rule Britannia” is seen approaching a Vichy French battleship and brave French sailor. On the boat Churchill extends a fishing line to the French sailor, with the lure being an image of de Gaulle. Next to Churchill sits a stereotypical Jew with a bag of money, adding some anti-Semitism to the poster for good measure. Estimated $300 - $400.

 

Lot 1357. A one-of-a-kind hand-painted poster promoting the Beatles' appearance in Australia in 1964. It is believed to be the only existing poster of any kind, hand-painted or printed, from the band's only tour of Australia. They appeared in four cities, with this poster specifically promoting their June 12th appearance in Adelaide. Estimated $4,000 - $6,000.

 

Lot 1439. A collection of signatures (separate) of the four stars of what may still be the funniest TV series ever produced – the Honeymooners. It aired as a separate series for only one season – 1955-56, though it was a recurring skit on Jackie Gleason's show. The signatures are that of Gleason, and co-stars Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph. It includes a picture of the four leaning out of Ralph Kramden's (Gleason) bus. Estimated $100-$150.

 

Lot 1024. A photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy as you've never seen her. She is dressed in a riding outfit and is being thrown, head first, over a fence by the horse she was riding. One guesses the horse did not care to jump. She was photographed by her photographer, Marshall Hawkins, whose timing was perfect, perhaps because he was waiting to take a shot of her jump. Estimated $1,000 - $1,500.

 

Lot 1040. A collection of Lincoln assassination relics, matted for display. There is a reward poster, a picture of Lincoln, a picture of the hanging, a chip of wood from the gallows, and three strands of Lincoln's hair. Estimated $300 - $400.

 

You will find a complete catalogue of Alexander Historical Auctions' Summer 2014 Auction at the following link: auctions.alexautographs.com/asp/searchresults.asp?st=U

 

A tab near the top right of the page (“Register to Bid”) takes you to instructions on how to place a bid.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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