Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2020 Issue

Now thru Dec. 17: Monticello, the Republic of Texas, and Marilyn Monroe stand out at One of a Kind Collectibles

You could be bidding on any of these items right now

Collectors of autographs and letters, you'll thank me later if you weren't already aware of this auction taking place... One of a Kind Collectibles’ sale this month brings 260 lots of interesting and varied material. Bidding is live now, and as always, One of a Kind’s easy website navigation makes it easy to locate the topics that most interest you.

American manuscript letters stand out. If you collect Jefferson, and more specifically, Monticello, his April 29, 1792 letter to Gouverneur Morris inquiring about the possibility of hiring a former cook in Paris to work at his Virginia home, would be a unique addition. You won't have to look hard to find this one—it's lot 1.

The Republic of Texas lasted a hair less than a decade, so material is evidently limited. This month’s sale includes an opportunity to own a piece of that history. Lot 79 is a personal letter authored and signed by Sam Houston to Sam May Williams on September 1, 1841. Here’s a fun fact: at the time of this letter’s writing, Sam Houston was a former President of Texas. Only five days later, on September 6th, he would be elected to a second term.

But perhaps the Civil War is more your speed? Then Winfield Scott’s 1861 letter to Major General Benjamin Butler ordering him to take control of Ft. Monroe and its volunteers could appeal. As lot 12, you will have competition. As of 1pm Eastern time on November 30, there have already been 9 bids.

While the inscription won’t mean as much to you as it did to “Bob,” aka Robert Mitchum, the man that the photo is inscribed to, a signed glamour shot of Marilyn Monroe is nonetheless highly desirable. At the time of writing, lot 2, which started bidding at $100, already has 19 bids and is currently sitting at $2,225. I’m certain by the time you’re reading this, the bid will be even higher...

Staying with the theme of Marilyn, which do you think is Andy Warhol’s most famous print? It’s debatable, I think—Campbell’s Soup comes to mind first, personally—but I don’t think anyone would disagree that his “Marilyn” is certainly among the most recognizable. Lot 14 is a massive 36” x 36” version, signed by Warhol. You'll find this one under lot 14.

These are but a few of the items already accepting bids in One of a Kind Collectibles’ sale of Rare Autographs, Manuscripts and Books. I highly recommend checking out the online catalog here. Bidding ends on December 17th.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [RUTH, George Herman “Babe” (1895-1948)]. Signed photograph. Circa 1930s. 191 x 248 mm. $1,500 to $2,500.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HARRISON, Benjamin. Document signed (“Benj Harrison”) as governor of Virginia, certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a Black Revolutionary soldier. $6,000 to $9,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: ONE OF THE FIRST PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: FIRST PRINTING OF LINCOLN’S IMMORTAL GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HIGHLY IMPORTANT MORMON ARCHIVE. ALLEY, George. Archive of 23 Autograph Letters Signed by Mormon Convert George Alley to His Brother Joseph Alley. $10,000 to $20,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [AVIATION]. [ARMSTRONG, Neil A.] Aviation Hall of Fame Gold Medal MS64 NGC, Awarded to Neil Armstrong in 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: NEWLY DISCOVERED FIRST PRINTING OF "WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE... " FROM THE ONLY NEWSPAPER ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN LINCOLN’S SECOND INAUGURAL PROCESSION. $4,000 to $8,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: THE MOST IMPORTANT GEORGE WASHINGTON DOCUMENT IN PRIVATE HANDS; GEORGE WASHINGTON’S COMMISSION AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, 1775, ONE OF ONLY TWO ORIGINALS. $150,000 to $250,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: A VERY RARE ACCOUNT OF BLACKBEARD’S DEATH AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIRATE ITEMS EXTANT. $3,000 to $5,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: EDISON, Thomas. Patent for Edison’s Improvements on the Electric-Light, No. 219,628. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent Office], 16 September 1879. $2,000 to $3,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [VIETNAM WAR]. The original pen used by Secretary of State William P. Rogers to sign the Vietnam Peace Agreement, Paris, 27 January 1973. $10,000 to $15,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: SONS OF LIBERTY FOUNDER COLONEL BARRÉ ANNOTATED TITLE-PAGE, “WHICH OUGHT TO ROUSE UP BRITISH ATTENTION”. $4,000 to $6,000.

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