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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2008 Issue

Many Autographed Documents from David Schulson

Schulson135

The latest autographs from David Schulson.


By Michael Stillman

We recently received Catalogue 135 from David Schulson Autographs. Offered are autographs from a diverse group of well-known personalities - artists, musicians, actors, political leaders, scientists, physicians, humanitarians, and others. Some are just signatures with perhaps a short inscription, often on a photograph. Others are longer documents or letters which provide some insight to the thoughts of the noted person. There is a good mix of Europeans and Americans represented, along with a few Asians. Here are a few of the signed items available in this latest catalogue from David Schulson.

Item 9 is a sheet of paper with four signatures from Nobel Prize winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr. Bohr was one of the major contributors to the theory of the structure of the atom and quantum mechanics. But, why would someone sign his name four times on a sheet of paper, one on top of the next? The answer is simple. Bohr was testing out a new fountain pen. Priced at $1,800.

From four signatures we go to three drawings. On a page from a screenplay, famed actor Marlon Brando has drawn three faces. While the drawings are not signed, they come with a letter of authenticity from Brando's assistant and one-time girlfriend Pat Quinn. Item 11. $1,500.

Item 41 is another drawing from a giant of film, and in this case, a very familiar image. It is the famed profile self-portrait of Alfred Hitchcock. Anyone who has ever seen a rerun of his classic 1960s television series will instantly recognize the Hitchcock profile. This drawing is signed by the master. $1,375.

"The Sargasso Sea is one of the unexplored mysteries of the world. Though discovered as soon as North America no one has ever yet explained its unfathomable depths for the weed is so thick that niether [sic] stream nor sail can find its way to the center..." Indeed, the Sargasso Sea is a large dead area in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by swift moving currents, but calm and inhospitable to most life, save for the thick seaweed floating on the surface. The quoted text comes from a school essay by a 13-year-old boy in 1899, and you might think with such interests he would grow up to be a famous naval commander. Wrong. The young writer was none other than George S. Patton, Old Blood and Guts himself, brilliant and independent-minded U.S. Army General from World War II. The essay is boldly signed by Patton (would he do it any other way) and contains several corrections made in ink by his teacher. I'm not sure Patton appreciated being corrected. Item 69. $3,850.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Edward Hopper & His Contemporaries:<br>Making a Modern American Art<br>June 30, 2022
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Railroad,</i> etching, 1922. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Sheet of Studies with Men in Hats and a Saloon Keeper,</i> pen, ink & pencil, circa 1900-05. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Night Shadows,</i> etching, 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Edward Hopper & His Contemporaries:<br>Making a Modern American Art<br>June 30, 2022
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> John Marin, <i>Woolworth Building, No. 2,</i> etching & drypoint, 1913. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Charles Demuth, <i>Tulips,</i> watercolor & pencil, 1924. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Under Control,</i> gouache, ink & wash, circa 1907-10. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JESSE JAMES. Autograph Letter Signed on the attack at his home which maimed his mother and killed his nephew Archie, 6 pp, March 23, 1875. THE MOST IMPORTANT JESSE JAMES LETTER EXTANT. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> THE LETTER THAT ARRIVED TOO LATE: An important letter from Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant across the battlefield at Cold Harbor, June 6, 1864. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> DAVY CROCKETT. Autograph Letter Signed on his political philosophy and his dispute with Andrew Jackson, "at home Weakley County," August 18, 1831. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> GEORGE WASHINGTON. Letter Signed to Colonel Richard Gridley, the first engineer of the American Army, Morris Town, January 9, 1777. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> SCOTT FITZGERALD. <i>Tender is the Night.</i> FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED to H.A. Swanseid. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS. <i>Tarzan of the Apes.</i> FIRST EDITION. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> J.R.R. TOLKIEN. <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.</i> FIRST EDITION. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NATHANAEL WEST. <i>The Day of the Locust.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed to director Richard Wallace in the year of publication. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> FRANCIS PICABIA. Archive of 17 Autograph Letters signed to Jennie Thiersch on art and life, 1948-1951. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JOHN HANCOCK. Autograph Letter Signed to his wife Dolly from the Continental Congress, 4 pp, Philadelphia, March 10-11, 1777. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NIGHTGOWN WORN BY CHARLOTTE CARDEZA DURING THE TITANIC DISASTER AND RESCUE. $40,000 to $60,000

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