Auction Reports

Robert Siegel Galleries

Auction Info

Auction Name
American Free Franks and Historical Documents
Auction Date
06/22/2021 - 06/22/2021
Sale Number
#1237
Total Lots
186
Sold Lots
182
Lots Sold
97.85%
Unsold Lots
4
Total Sales (USD)
580,489.20
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
271,750.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
382,500.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
322,950.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
459,300.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
126.39%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
86

Abraham Lincoln. as President on mourning envelope addressed by Mary Todd Lincoln

1862 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 70,800.00
183

Famous Artists Letters and Signatures.

USD 4,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 41,300.00
6

John Hancock. President of Continental Congress

1775 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 41,300.00
25

George Washington. "FREE"

1776 USD 7,500.00 - 10,000.00 USD 24,780.00
126

Martha Washington. VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR REPORTED FREE FRANKS OF MARTHA WASHINGTON, AMERICA'S FIRST LADY AND FIRST WIDOW, WHO WAS GRANTED THE FRANKING PRIVILEGE IN APRIL 1800 AFTER HER HUSBAND'S DEATH, BUT USED IT FOR ONLY TWO YEARS BEFORE HER OWN DEATH

1801 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 20,060.00
30

John Adams. autograph letter initialed

1789 USD 7,500.00 - 10,000.00 USD 17,110.00
3

Benjamin Franklin. VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S FREE FRANK.

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 14,160.00
7

John Hancock. President of Continental Congress

1776 USD 4,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 14,160.00
105

Chester A. Arthur. as President

1884 USD 7,500.00 - 10,000.00 USD 10,620.00
133

Sarah Childress Polk. VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY DESIRABLE FREE FRANK OF THE WIDOW SARAH POLK. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

1858 USD 7,500.00 - 10,000.00 USD 10,620.00
27

George Washington. as President

1783 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 10,620.00
29

George Washington. "RICHMOND,

1797 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 10,620.00
112

Woodrow Wilson. as President

1918 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 8,850.00
72

James K. Polk. as President

1848 USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 8,260.00
31

John Adams. FRESH AND VERY FINE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK, MAILED TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE END OF HIS PRESIDENCY.

1799 USD 4,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 7,670.00
26

George Washington. FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FREE FRANK AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO HENRY KNOX AT WEST POINT.

1783 USD 4,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 7,375.00
87

Abraham Lincoln. as President

186? USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 6,785.00
32

John Adams. VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE FREE FRANK OF JOHN ADAMS AS EX-PRESIDENT.

USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 6,785.00
88

Abraham Lincoln. as President

1864 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 6,490.00
33

John Adams. VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK, MAILED TEN YEARS AFTER HIS PRESIDENCY.

1811 USD 4,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 6,195.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.
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