Marquis de Sade, Frank Sinatra

Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ty Cobb,

Mohandas Ghandi, Thomas Edison

Clark Gable And Many Others

’81 Unpublished Handwritten Love Letters From
One of the Most Tragic And Compelling Romances in History
Between Russian Tsar Alexander II and his Princess Yurievskaya
A Series of Love Letters and Photographs of the
Legendary Spy Mata Hari
All In The New Selection From
The Property of a Distinguished
American Private Collector Part II
That Will Be On Display At Douglas Elliman’s
Madison Avenue Gallery

The Exhibit Will Run May 3rd to May 7th
The Auction is May 30th

NEW YORK- April , 2013- Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that the letters and manuscripts from The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector Part II will return to Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery for a second run between May 3rd and May 7th. The collection is set to be auctioned on May 30th. 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. Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery is located at 980 Madison Avenue, open from 11am to 6pm.

At Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue Gallery the letters on display will include, a letter from the Marquis de Sade in which he invites his lawyer for dinner to meet a “pretty Parisian” amid his financial upheavals; a letter from Mata Hari discussing her affair with a Russian spy; a Frank Sinatra letter from the filming of The Pride and the Passion in which he writes to Hollywood gossip columnist Jimmie Starr, glowing with pride about his first producer credit on the 1956 western Johnny Concho; A Billie Holiday letter in which she begs syndicated columnist Walter Winchell to make a retraction in a damaging story about her drunkenness; a Louis Armstrong letter to an admiring fellow jazz trumpet; a Ty Cobb letter on his plans for his book on baseball fundamentals; a letter from Mohandas Ghandi in which just out of jail, he prays for world peace; a complete letter archive of Tsar Alexander II, who was a liberator of the serfs and major economic reformer for Russia; a Thomas Edison handwritten laboratory notebook with eight hand drawn sketches; a Clark Gable in which he writes to estranged father about his budding acting career, all these and many many more.

Other items include The Bastille Archive, a 75 year record of the French prison and symbol of the repressive French Crown, The Schlick Archive which is 56 letters written by nine of the greatest scientific figures of the 20th Century including Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell all to Moritz Schlick, who was a German physicist and philosopher. There will also be additional letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Claude Monet, Alfred Nobel, George Gershwin, John Adams, Andrew Jackson and others.

If you missed the first exhibition in April, several highlights, including the John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe letters will also be returning to the display.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure on Syfy, which takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit