Other Kerouac items will include his copy of The Yage Letters dedicated to him by Allen Ginsberg in Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Mass., in 1967; early foreign language editions of Kerouac’s most important works; his thumbed-through men’s magazines; paperbacks from his home library; and a photo-identified transistor radio. All books are estate-stamped and sealed.
Also in the literary category is a two-page letter signed in Italian by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, regarding the correspondence of her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who died in a boating accident in Italy more than twenty years earlier; letters, signed books, archives; and even cancelled bullfighting tickets from literary greats like Ernest Hemingway.
Three Bob Dylan signed album covers – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, the artist’s second album Bringing it All Back Home and Blonde on Blonde, all with certificates of authenticity from Dylan’s manager, Jeff Rosen – will headline a music category that also includes five signatures from members of the Rolling Stones.
The art category will be led by Andy Warhol’s personally owned iconic Polaroid camera – aptly named “Big Shot” (est. $6,000-$7,000), together with a Warhol owned pair of antique glasses and a Rubinacci tie; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s signed architectural plans for his last Usonian house, the Duey Wright House in Wausau, Wisc., 1957, 44 ½ inches by 29 ½ inches (est. $8,000-$9,000).
A pristine Apollo XI Insurance Cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, from the Buzz Aldrin Family Space Collection, should realize $6,000-$7,000. Also, a letter written and signed by Catherine II of Russia (Catherine the Great), to her governor in the Ukraine, dated June 10, 1787, in which she demands payment for horses for her procession, has a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$2,400.
More than 40 lots gleaned from the Forbes Collection – the estate of multimillionaire magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) and his sons, will cross the auction block, including a dazzling array of foreign and presidential pieces. One of the highlights is a riveting two-page autograph letter signed by Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, discussing his views on race, lynching, and capital punishment.
For more information about University Archives and the Wednesday, June 24th online-only Rare Books, Manuscripts & Relics Including Forbes & Kerouac auction, visit www.universityarchives.com. Updates are posted frequently. For phone bidding, please call 203-454-0111.