“Very seldom do you see anything from Howard Hughes at auction other than an occasional business note or a signed photo from a publicity event,” said Brian Chanes, head of acquisitions and consignor relations at Profiles in History. “This accountant was really entrenched—a Hughes insider, and that’s why this collection is so unique.”
The sale will consist of 104 lots spanning Hughes’s life. The most notable lot is a set of 55 hand-written love letters, bedside notes, and postcards Katherine Hepburn wrote to Hughes (ca. 1937–1938, est. $12,000–15,000). Mostly written on Hepburn’s personal stationery, Chanes, who transcribed each note, called the letters “juicy,” because they recount many intimate details of the couple’s relationship.