Swann Auction Galleries

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Fine Books & Autographs
Sale #2628

Our March 2 Fine Books & Autographs sale will feature an outstanding selection of presidential autographs, including clipped signatures and signed letters by George Washington. More than three items are signed by George Washington including an autograph letter from 1790 in which he discusses the character of prospective buyers of the land he intends to sell, a payroll for the Potomac Company, signed in 1785 when he was the company’s president, and two letters from the Revolutionary War. Additional presidential material includes an autograph endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln in which he grants freedom to a group of captured Confederates, a selection of items signed by William Henry Harrison, collections of White House cards, visiting cards, checks, and franking signatures.

Bidders will have the opportunity to explore material from visionaries, including a signed and inscribed photograph of Walt Disney speaking to a leprechaun from his film Darby O’Gill and the Little People, a selection of autographed letters signed by Paul Gauguin and Joan Miró, and several complete archives of letters by Pierre Auguste Renoir and Thomas Hart Benton.

We are pleased to offer a copy of a book about the long-running television show American Bandstand signed by Dick Clark and over 100 musicians and performers who appeared on the program. Aficionados of classical music can find the autograph musical quotation of a version of the “Happy Birthday” song signed by Toscanini, or an autograph letter signed by Richard Wagner.

Among the writers is an autograph statement signed by Hart Crane describing what is to be done with his remains after his death, a letter signed by Ernest Hemingway describing the summer that inspired his essay “The Dangerous Summer” as “the best time I ever had”, and a collection of autograph letters signed by Charles Beaudelaire and George Sand.

The auction offers other areas of interest including a signature by Babe Ruth on a small card, as well as a check signed by Jackie Robinson. There are also outstanding examples from royals, inventors, and scientists.


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Swann Auction Galleries