News | January 30, 2024

Presidents' Autographs, Artifacts, and Memorabilia to Auction for Presidents' Day

RR Auction

American Presidents Signature Collection, complete from George Washington to John F. Kennedy

RR Auction will feature a collection of 600 unique items in its upcoming February Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction which pays homage to Presidents' Day.

Notable among them is a one-page John Adams letter from September 24, 1812, written during the War of 1812. Additionally, a rare 1808 presidential autograph letter by Thomas Jefferson seeks to unite the nation with "the Western road," marking a key accomplishment of his administration.

A Civil War-dated two-page signed letter by U.S. Grant, addressed to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, provides a detailed casualty report just two months before Lee's surrender. Also, a 1961 edition of Why England Slept, presented by President John F. Kennedy to his former press secretary, will go under the hammer.

Additionally, the auction will feature the American Presidents Signature Collection. This spans the first 35 Presidents of the United States of America, beginning with George Washington and concluding with John F. Kennedy.

Other highlights include rare original timbers and wood relics from the White House such as doorway moldings with multi-layered paint, and a doorway corner rosette molding from the White House interior, removed during Truman's renovation by Knipp & Co. A swatch from the bloodstained head bandage from Abraham Lincoln's assassination will also go to sale, obtained by Henry S. Safford, a War Department employee and tenant at William Petersen's boarding house where Lincoln was transported and ultimately passed away on April 14, 1865.

Other notable items in the sale include checks signed by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, an autographed Beatles program, and a document signed by Babe Ruth.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction by RR Auction is underway and will conclude on February 14.