NEW YORK- MARCH 25, 2013
– Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II
on May 30th. A selection of the letters and manuscripts will be on display at Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, April 8th to April 16th from 11am to 6pm. The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part I was a blockbuster sale with a letter by Vincent van Gogh selling for $336,000 and a Thomas Jefferson letter selling for $300,000. Part II promises to be even bigger.At Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery the letters on display will include letters from George Washington, one in which he looks to hire Negro slaves as laborers, pictured left. An emotional letter by Thomas Jefferson, to a Mrs. Katharine Duane Morgan, pictured below, in which he states, “I did what I could, and now acquiesce cheerfully in the law of nature which, by unfitting us for action, warns us to retire and leave to the generation of the day the direction of it’s own affairs.” There will also be a collection of Dwight D. Eisenhower letters to his wife Maime chronicling World War II. Eisenhower writes about everything from how he hates the Germans to his reaction to seeing the concentration camps.
Other highlights on display include a letter from Ernest Hemingway to a Mr. James thanking him for his work on Old Man and the Sea; an original signed patent application drawing by Thomas Edison of his light bulb; a Karl Marx letter in English to John Swinton; a letter from Charles Darwin to an Italian scientist regarding research on chimpanzee skulls; two leather bound albums of photographs from the second and third time that Hitler and Mussolini met face to face, and many many others.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional announcements and highlights of the upcoming auction, The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II.