Collectors of autographs and letters, you'll thank me later if you weren't already aware of this auction taking place... One of a Kind Collectibles’ sale this month brings 260 lots of interesting and varied material. Bidding is live now, and as always, One of a Kind’s easy website navigation makes it easy to locate the topics that most interest you.
American manuscript letters stand out. If you collect Jefferson, and more specifically, Monticello, his April 29, 1792 letter to Gouverneur Morris inquiring about the possibility of hiring a former cook in Paris to work at his Virginia home, would be a unique addition. You won't have to look hard to find this one—it's lot 1.
The Republic of Texas lasted a hair less than a decade, so material is evidently limited. This month’s sale includes an opportunity to own a piece of that history. Lot 79 is a personal letter authored and signed by Sam Houston to Sam May Williams on September 1, 1841. Here’s a fun fact: at the time of this letter’s writing, Sam Houston was a former President of Texas. Only five days later, on September 6th, he would be elected to a second term.
But perhaps the Civil War is more your speed? Then Winfield Scott’s 1861 letter to Major General Benjamin Butler ordering him to take control of Ft. Monroe and its volunteers could appeal. As lot 12, you will have competition. As of 1pm Eastern time on November 30, there have already been 9 bids.
While the inscription won’t mean as much to you as it did to “Bob,” aka Robert Mitchum, the man that the photo is inscribed to, a signed glamour shot of Marilyn Monroe is nonetheless highly desirable. At the time of writing, lot 2, which started bidding at $100, already has 19 bids and is currently sitting at $2,225. I’m certain by the time you’re reading this, the bid will be even higher...
Staying with the theme of Marilyn, which do you think is Andy Warhol’s most famous print? It’s debatable, I think—Campbell’s Soup comes to mind first, personally—but I don’t think anyone would disagree that his “Marilyn” is certainly among the most recognizable. Lot 14 is a massive 36” x 36” version, signed by Warhol. You'll find this one under lot 14.
These are but a few of the items already accepting bids in One of a Kind Collectibles’ sale of Rare Autographs, Manuscripts and Books. I highly recommend checking out the online catalog here. Bidding ends on December 17th.