Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Revolutionary War

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- Over 1,100 lots are up for auction on RR''s revolutionary new website! With a section featuring America''s patriot leaders to honor Independence Day, this July auction boasts a wealth of historic documents and manuscripts. Highlights include a handwritten letter by Thomas Jefferson to war hero John Stark; documents signed by Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Benedict Arnold; and a huge selection of rare Declaration signers, including George Taylor, John Rutledge, John Hancock, Samuel Chase, and Lyman Hall. Other top lots include significant letters by Paul Gauguin and Henry David Thoreau, remarkable Albert Einstein autographs, and important music memorabilia. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in July 2021.

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Superlative ALS as president, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.75 x 8, August 19, 1805. Handwritten letter from Monticello to General John Stark, in full: "I have lately learnt through the channel of the newspapers, and learnt with great pleasure, that you are still in life, & enjoy health & spirits. The victories of Bennington, the first link in that chain of successes whi…

Sold For: $68,750 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Important ALS in French, signed “P. Gauguin,” three pages on two sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, no date but likely circa May-June 1882. Fascinating handwritten letter to his friend and mentor Camille Pissarro, commenting on many fellow painters and discussing his own future as an artist. In part (translated): "The masters or the greats, as you call them, painted pictures; in that statement ther…

Sold For: $50,503 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Led Zeppelin III album (UK pressing) signed on the reverse in ballpoint by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. The signatures date to around the time of the album's release. In fine condition, with the gloss on the back cover lightly sanded off to aid in ink adhesion. The record is included. With tracks like 'Immigrant Song,' 'Since I've Been Loving You…

Sold For: $35,373 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Career soldier (1738-1775) who served as a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, most famous for leading the unsuccessful 1775 invasion of Quebec, where he was killed in action. Extremely rare Revolutionary War-dated ALS signed “R. M.,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, [docketed July 21, 1775 on the reverse]. Handwritten letter to Continental Congressman James Duan…

Sold For: $27,453 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Rare collection of 13 handwritten letters sent by Howard Hughes to his girlfriend, silent screen star Billie Dove, consisting of 19 total pages, ranging in size from 5.5 x 4.75 to 7 x 9.25, none dated but circa 1929 to 1932, with four signed as “Howard,” and the balance signed either as “Yes” or “B.” The majority of the letters are written in pencil, with Hughe…

Sold For: $23,686 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.25 x 9.25, March 10, 1775. Addressed from Mount Vernon, a handwritten letter to Edward Snickers, in full: "I have receiv'd your Letter of the 6th Inst't Inclos'g rec't for the delivery of Colo. Mercers wheat, as also an acct of what is due to you for Hauling it to my Mill, & Threshing it out, by which you make a Balle of For…

Sold For: $23,153 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Manuscript DS, one page both sides, 7.75 x 12.75, June 17, 1799. A fine example of Revere’s signature, accomplished on the second page of a petition of Jonas Clarke Minot of Boston, the guardian of “Sarah Drowne of said Boston a Minor,” who is selling real estate in “Cornhill near the market” inherited by Drowne from her grandfather. Revere, who like her grandfather …

Sold For: $21,875 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

ALS in German, signed “Einstein,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 10.75, September 19, 1932. Written from his summer house in Caputh, a letter to "De Haus," in full (translated): "I thank you greatly for the letters from both of you. The happier I am to be able to pass the time so cheerfully and closely with your wife, the more it makes me sorry that you had just gone away. Ehrenfest make…

Sold For: $20,660 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “Henry D. Thoreau,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, February 8, 1850. Handwritten letter to Charles Northend, written from Concord. In full: "I am informed by Mr. Emerson that you invite me through him to read a lecture on Cape Cod before your Lyceum on Monday the 18th. I will do so if you do not inform me of a different arrangement before that time. P.S. The illegibility of my MSSs…

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Incredible color semi-glossy 11 x 14 close-up photo of Elvis as he was pictured on the September 1956 front cover of TV Guide, signed and inscribed on the original 'TV Guide Cover Portrait' mat in black ballpoint, "To Mr. Ed Sullivan, My sincere thanks to a great guy, Thanks, Elvis Presley.” Attractively matted and framed to an overall size of 23.5 x 27. In fine condition. After su…

Sold For: $19,445 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Monthly copy of The Beatles Book from October 1963, No. 3, 22 pages, 6 x 8.25, with the front cover depicting the Beatles playing in a swimming pool, signed in ballpoint by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. In fine condition, with corner creasing and light handling wear. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, which states that the signatures were ob…

Sold For: $18,250 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

British art designer (born 1945) best known for designing the Rolling Stones' logo as a student in 1970. Original artwork of the iconic Rolling Stones 'tongue and lips' logo accomplished in gouache and pencil by John Pasche on a 31.5 x 31.5 sheet, signed below in pencil by the artist, "John Pasche." In fine condition. An exceptional, oversized painting of one of the most iconic, instan…

Sold For: $17,690 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Magnificent oversized vintage matte-finish 15.5 x 19.5 close-up portrait of Hepburn captured circa 1956 by War and Peace cinematographer Jack Cardiff, beautifully signed and inscribed in fountain by Hepburn to the film's director King Vidor, "For my King, with love and and love, Audrey.” Attractively archivally double-matted and framed to an overall size of 26 x 30. In very fine conditi…

Sold For: $17,500 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Important scientific manuscript written in the hand of Albert Einstein in German, unsigned, one page, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1929. A draft variant of a page of scientific equations written by Albert Einstein, annotated on the reverse in pencil in another hand: "Apparently a study for 'Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie.'" Amidst a series of equations, he writes a few lines in German (tran…

Sold For: $15,946 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Superlative collection of over 200 signatures of classic Hollywood actors and actresses, with the majority contained within a group of four vintage autograph albums, each 6.25 x 4.75, and the balance consisting of numerous loose formats such as photographs (ranging in size from 3.5 x 3.5 to 8 x 10), slips, sheets, and programs. Highlights include: Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lorre, John…

Sold For: $13,949 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Vellum manuscript DS, signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 15.25 x 13, July 14, 1788. As president of Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council, Franklin grants to John Lear a "certain Tract of Land called 'Trevose' situate on Laurel Run in Buffaloe Township…containing two hundred and seventy three acres." Boldly signed in the left margin by Benjamin Franklin, and countersigned …

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ALS as president, one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, December 23, 1922. Handwritten letter to his sister Abigail, in full: "Enclosed find a little Christmas gift, a token of a brother's loving regard. I shall think of you at Xmas time, and I shall have a real regret that I can not celebrate in the atmosphere of home and amid the surroundings of family and friends. My love and good wishe…

Sold For: $13,288 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution who distinguished himself at Saratoga (1741-1801). One of Washington's most skilled and able generals, he turned traitor in an infamous plot to turn over the fortress at West Point to the British. Exceedingly rare Revolutionary War-dated ADS, signed "B. Arnold Col.," one page, 7.5 x 9.25, January 19, 1776. Document addressed …

Sold For: $12,604 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

ALS signed “Th: Jefferson, Atty for Genl. Thad. Kosciuszko,” one page, 7.75 x 4.75, June 29, 1811. Handwritten letter to "The Cashier of the Bank of Pennsylvania," in which Jefferson, acting as the attorney for Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, redirects the payment of dividends to satisfy debts. In full: "Be pleased to have paiment made to John Barnes or order of all dividen…

Sold For: $12,573 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Sought-after color 7.5 x 11.25 foil etch reproduction of a John Berkey painting entitled 'One Giant Leap,' which depicts Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon, with Buzz Aldrin, the Lunar Module Eagle, the Earth, and small images of the rocket launch, orbiting Command Module Columbia, and the American flag visible in the background. The foil etch is affixed to the original 10…

Sold For: $11,794 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

ALS as president, signed “J. Adams,” one page, 8 x 10, January 22, 1798. Handwritten from Philadelphia to his cousin, Dr. Cotton Tufts, in full: "Inclosed is a Letter from Mr. Webster, which I shall be much obliged if you will answer, thro me. The great cold at Braintree, of which my Father died in 1761 as I believe, but of which as I have no Record here I am not positive, is the obje…

Sold For: $11,364 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

British army officer, politician, and dramatist (1722-1792) best known for his role in the American Revolution, where he surrendered his army of 5,000 men to American troops on October 17, 1777. Rare Revolutionary War-dated LS signed “J. Burgoyne Lt. Genl.,” 7.25 x 8.75, March 20, 1778. Letter to Captain Hew Dalrymple, commander of the frigate Juno. In full: "My Aid de Camp returned ye…

Sold For: $11,344 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Partly-printed DS as president, signed “G:o Washington,” one page, 12.5 x 15.5, December 9, 1794. Three-language ship's papers issued to "Charles Mustard of Massachusetts State, master or commander of the Schooner called the Arethusa…lying at present in the port of Bath, bound for Jamaica and laden with Boards, Shingles, Pork & Fish." Signed in the center by President Washingt…

Sold For: $11,229 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details

Extraordinary DS written in the hand of John Quincy Adams and signed by his father, “John Adams,” one page, 7.5 x 4.5, March 29, 1802. Promissory note penned by John Quincy Adams and signed by John Adams, in full: "Quincy, 29 March 1802. For value received, I promise to pay Mr. Thomas Thaxter jun'r or order eleven hundred and twenty five dollars and fifty cents, in twelve months f…

Sold For: $10,980 (w/BP) Auction #612 - July 14, 2021 View Details