Lot #232
Lifetime Collection

An autographic cornucopia of over 20,000 pieces, a roomful of autographs spanning almost 200 years…everything from presidents to soldiers, artists to actors, authors to musicians, and much more
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An autographic cornucopia of over 20,000 pieces, a roomful of autographs spanning almost 200 years…everything from presidents to soldiers, artists to actors, authors to musicians, and much more

An absolutely amazing collection of over 20,000 items which encompasses many fields of autograph collecting, and spans from the 1800s to the mid-to-late 20th century. Collection consists of signed photos, carte-de-visites, signatures, letters (in English and foreign languages), autograph albums, and a smattering of other formats. Much of the collection is housed in three-ring binders and two jam-packed file cabinets. The vast array of notables contained in the collection span from presidents and first ladies, politicians, Nobel Prize winners, Civil War officers, luminaries of stage and screen, authors and poets, composers, musicians, opera and ballet, artists, and many, many more. Collection rates in overall very good to fine condition. Also due to the vast number of items, a few secretarial/and or printed signatures may be included. Due to the enormity of the collection please be advised that extra shipping charges will apply. The sheer overwhelming volume of items precludes a list, and interested parties are strongly advised to view the collection in person at our offices, as this collection is sold as is, and no returns will be accepted. Collections of this size and scope are seldom offered in whole, and with thousands of pieces, there are undoubtedly still many discoveries that lie within.

A small sampling of names includes:

Berenice Abbott Ansel Adams Muhammad Ali Richard Avedon Robert Baden-Powell Nathaniel P. Banks Frederic Bartholdi Katharine Lee Bates Cecil Beaton Sarah Bernhardt Leonard Bernstein Albert Bierstadt James G. Blaine Ray Bolger Gutzon Borglum Margaret Bourke-White Phillips Brooks Blanche Bruce William Jennings Bryan James Buchanan Don Carlos Buell Thornton Burgess Billie Burke John Burroughs Benjamin Butler Enrico Caruso Carrie Chapman Catt Maurice Chevalier Howard Chandler Christy Frances Cleveland Jacqueline Cochran George M. Cohan Calvin Coolidge Allan Roy Dafoe Jack Dempsey Chauncey M. Depew George Dewey John A. Dix Stephen A. Douglas Duke of Wellington Alexandre Dumas (fils) George Eastman Thomas Edison Dwight D. Eisenhower Mamie Doud Eisenhower David Farragut Cyrus W. Field James Montgomery Flagg John C. Fremont William Gillette Louis M. Goldsborough Jay Gould Horace Greeley Richard Haliburton Benjamin Harrison Mary Lind Harrison Rutherford B. Hayes Oliver Wendell Holmes Herbert Hoover O. O. Howard Julia Ward Howe Elbert Hubbard (2) Andrew Johnson Al Jolson Buck Jones Yousef Karsh Helen Keller Rockwell Kent Hank Ketcham Ernie Kovacs Joseph Lister John A. Logan Carole Lombard Henry Wadsworth Longfellow James Russell Lowell Douglas MacArthur William Mahone Horace Mann Jules Massenet W. Somerset Maugham George B. McClellan Wesley Merritt Nelson A. Miles Paul Newman Richard Nixon Georgia O’Keeffe Barney Oldfield Richard Peary John J. Pershing Fitz John Porter Eddie Rickenbacker Hyman Rickover Bill Robinson Richard Rodgers Eleanor Roosevelt William S. Rosecrans Richard Rush John M. Schofield Carl Schurz William Seward George Bernard Shaw William Shockley Daniel Sickles Franz Sigel Alfred E. Smith Edwin Stanton Edward Steichen Thaddeus Stevens William H. Taft Virgil Thomson Alice B. Toklas Robert Toombs Jack Webb Joseph Wheeler Thornton Wilder Oliver Wolcott, Jr RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: April 26 - May 15