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Lot #126
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Pencil drawing of FDR on a tan 8.5 x 11 sheet, signed in fountain pen in the lower margin, “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Accompanied by a 1932 letter of transmittal from Roosevelt’s private secretary, M. A. LeHand, sending the signed drawing to Carolyn Brown (evidently the artist). In 1923, FDR embarked on an affair with his young secretary, Marguerite A. “Missy” LeHand (1898–1944), that was to last for the remainder of their lives. Though it was scarcely whispered about in the press in the pre-Watergate era, the liaison was an open secret among FDR’s associates and family. Roosevelt’s son, Elliot, later wrote that FDR’s friends “accepted it as a matter of course” and that FDR himself “made no attempts to conceal his feelings about Missy.” Uneven toning and mild handling wear to drawing, no faults affecting the clear, bold signature, otherwise fine condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008