Sale Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:00 AM PDT
Welcome to our Auction 91 – an extraordinary offering of material that left an indelible mark in history and popular culture.
Highlighting the offering is working manuscript of what the Library of Congress ranks as the number one nonfiction work in their “Books that Shaped America” – the “Big Book” Alcoholics Anonymous.
A few of the other highlights from the sale:
- Historic engrossed copy of the 13th Amendment (outlawing slavery) signed by Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, Vice President Hannibal Hamlin and over 109 members of the 38th*
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart handwritten manuscript of part of his Serenade in D major for orchestra “Andretter”.*
- Albert Einstein letter sharing his view on God and how it relates to his Theory of Relativity.*
- George Washington Revolutionary War-dated handwritten letter evoking a moment for which he is most known, “…the Pennsylvania Troops have crossed the Delaware.”*
- Harry Truman handwritten letter written to confidant and his former Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, graphically comparing the press to prostitutes.*
- Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron’s” World War I aircraft fabric with Insignia Cross.
- Actual Stalag 17 prisoner-made contraband crystal radio – the inspiration for the key plot device for the Stalag 17 Broadway play and subsequent feature film.
- Apple Computer’s first trade sign (ca. late 1976) and Steve Wozniak’s pre-1978 toolbox – both from an early Apple employee.
* These and other select items are available to preview for three days Thursday, May 18th through Saturday, May 20th at QuestRoyal Fine Art, LLC, 903 Park Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10075.
In addition, we are offering over 20 vintage lots related to Playboy Magazine, including original Hugh Hefner cartoon art entitled “Man is she stacked” (published in the first issue of Playboy), Hefner’s “little black book” from his Chicago office, two original LeRoy Nieman paintings and Alberto Vargas painting – all commissioned and published by the magazine. Also never-before-offered letters to Playboy’s first Executive Editor Ray Russell, from such luminaries as Ian Fleming (discussing three James Bond titles), Orson Welles (discussing Touch of Evil), Lenny Bruce and Roald Dahl.
It is our hope that you enjoy perusing this historic and unique offering.