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Among the many rare, important and exciting autographs we have handled in 40 years of business:

  • Franz Schubert autograph manuscript of eight songs
  • Beethoven’s autograph sketches with drafts for the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, opus 73, known as the Emperor Concerto and an ALS asking a favor for a lady and discussing his Sonata in F. Major, Opus 17
  • A questionnaire in Voltaire’s hand with Frederick the Great’s autograph replies
  • A collection of 300 artists letters, many illustrated, including Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Degas
  • Albert Einstein manuscripts including his formulas for the Special Theory of Relativity (E=mc2) and the General Theory of Relativity as well as hundreds of pages of scientific manuscript

Einstein autograph

  • Autographs written by every president of the United States including autograph letters of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy
  • Napoleon proclaiming his coronation as Emperor of France
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. letter referring to his “I Have a Dream” speech
  • One of only six known letters written by Sigmund Freud to his mother as well as his last will and testament complete with a Freudian slip (He wrote “guilt edged” instead of “gilt edged!”)
  • A highly important archive of Alfred Dreyfus material relating to his arrest and trial
  • Antoine Saint-Exupery’s heavily annotated typescript of his masterpiece, Le Petit Prince
  • An unpublished love letter from Felix Mendelssohn to his new bride, one of only two extant letters from Felix to Cécile and the only one in private hands
  • A letter signed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1583 about “Important affairs which pertain to the defense and propagation of true religion”
Queen Elizabeth autograph
  • A complete autograph musical manuscript of Hoagy Carmichael’s masterpiece Stardust
  • A menu from the last luncheon served aboard the Titanic and other ephemera from the Titanic
  • Several marriage contracts signed by Napoleon and Josephine and a historic Napoleon letter about his return to France from Elba
  • An autograph letter signed by Jane Austen to her biographer about her “eccentric tastes” in “Heroes & Heroines”
  • A diminutive Lewis Carroll letter measuring just 2 by 3 inches and conveying Christmas greetings to a little friend
  • A Wilkie Collins letter about The Moonstone, the first English-language “locked room” detective novel
  • Signed photographs of Stephen Crane, Buffalo Bill Cody, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Robert Goddard, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Johannes Brahms, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Giuseppe Verdi, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Frost
  • George Washington’s hand drawn survey map of the western edge of his property near Mount Vernon, as well as a fragment from his handwritten draft of his first inaugural address, and an unpublished letter written on Christmas Day 1785 to “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, thanking him for his gift of trees
George Washington autograph
  • A rare Oliver Cromwell ALS written shortly after Charles I’s beheading
  • A document signed by Ben Franklin granting land to an American Revolution veteran
  • An Ernest Hemingway letter about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein
  • Thomas Jefferson’s last letter to Thomas Paine
  • A document protesting the destruction of Diego Rivera’s mural at Rockefeller Center, signed by him, Frida Kahlo and 80 other artists
  • A letter written by John F. Kennedy about “The historic space flight of our first astronaut, Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. …a truly significant event in America’s history”
  • An 1860 autograph letter signed by Abraham Lincoln to the head of the Pennsylvania Republican Committee
  • A letter describing the autopsy of Lincoln’s brain by the attending surgeon
  • Holograph additions for Arthur Schopenhauer’s most famous work, The World as Will and Representation
  • An autograph musical quotation from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4
  • Harvey Milk’s last two passports
  • An autograph letter signed by Oscar Wilde mentioning his masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • An extremely rare announcement of the formation of the Rothschild Bank signed by Mayer A. Rothschild and his sons
  • Important musical manuscripts of George Gershwin
  • A four-page handwritten letter by Jacqueline Kennedy about the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy