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Item 589 - Lifetime Collection of Covers Catalog 514 (Dec 2017)

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Estimate: $12,000.00 +
Sold Price: $29,423.28 (includes buyer's premium)


Amazing autograph collection compiled mostly in the 1940s and 1950s by Sigurd Berg of Minneapolis, consisting of over 2,300 items, predominately comprising signed postal covers, but also including a handful of signed cards, photos, and letters. The signers encompass a wide variety of fields and include entertainers, musicians, artists, cartoonists, politicians, military figures, businesspeople, writers, scientists, activists, and more.

A sampling of highlights:

Charles Addams, Marian Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Max Baer, George Balanchine, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Brendan Behan, David Ben-Gurion, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Mary McLeod Bethune, Jussi Bjorling, Harry Blackstone, Ray Bolger, Pappy Boyington, Omar Bradley, Thornton Burgess (2), Richard E. Byrd, Cab Calloway, Carrie Chapman Catt, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Aaron Copland, Salvador Dali, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr, James H. Doolittle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Georges Enesco, Father E. J. Flanagan, Alexander Fleming, Margot Fonteyn, Erle Stanley Gardner, John Glenn, Rube Goldberg, Chester Gould, William F. Halsey, Oscar Hammerstein, Jascha Heifetz, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Hindemith, Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Hoffa, Arthur Honegger, Herbert Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover, Vladimir Horowitz, Boris Karloff, Joseph Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Jerome Kern, Alfred Kinsey, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Fiorello La Guardia, Bert Lahr, Edwin Land, Curtis LeMay, Trygve Lie, Douglas MacArthur, Thomas Mann, Joseph McCarthy, George McManus, Golda Meir, H. L. Mencken, Darius Milhaud, The Mills Brothers, Grandma Moses, Mountbatten of Burma, Audie Murphy, Edward R. Murrow, The Nelsons, Chester Nimitz, Richard Nixon, Eugene Ormandy (2), Maxfield Parrish, George S. Patton, James Cash Penney (2), Cole Porter, Claude Rains, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Syngman Rhee, Grantland Rice, Eddie Rickenbacker, Matthew Ridgway, Robert Ripley, Norman Rockwell, Richard Rodgers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Rubinstein, Bertrand Russell (2), Jonas Salk, Carl Sandburg, Charles Schulz, Wilbur Shaw, Igor Sikorsky, Upton Sinclair, Otto Soglow, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Igor Stravinsky, James Thurber, Arturo Toscanini, Joe Walker, Kurt Weill, Johnny Weissmuller (2), Mae West (2), William Carlos Williams, P. G. Wodehouse, Andrew Wyeth, Chuck Yeager, Sgt. Alvin C. York, and Chic Young.

In overall very good to fine condition. As a whole, the collection is a decidedly impressive assemblage that represents a vast swath of notable figures of the 20th century—from the lesser-known to the luminaries.

Due to the large quantity a few secretarial and/or printed signatures may be included. Interested parties are encouraged to view the collection in person at our offices or call us with specific inquiries, as this collection is sold as is and no returns will be accepted. Due to the size, weight and/or fragility of this item, special care will be taken when shipping this item.  Please contact [email protected] for a quote.

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