Items signed by Washington, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe, others are in University Archives Nov. 11 sale

By: University Archives
Photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed.
Photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed.
WESTPORT, Conn. - Oct. 27, 2020 - PRLog -- A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed "to Joe" (possibly Joe DiMaggio), a one-page letter written in 1796 and signed by George Washington on the eve of his retirement, and 25 lots relating to Napoleon Bonaparte (mostly from an important single-owner collection) are all part of University Archives' next online-only auction slated for Wednesday, November 11th. The auction will begin at 10:30 am Eastern time.

The full catalog, showing all 289 lots, is up for bidding and viewing now, at the newly revamped University Archives website (, as well as the online platforms, and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The sale contains rare and highly collectible items from multiple specialty categories.

These include presidential (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, JFK, both Adams, FDR and Teddy Roosevelt, others); early American (Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and others); Civil War (Jefferson Davis, J.E.B. Stuart, Jackson, McClellan, Pickett, others); foreign (Napoleon, Oliver Cromwell, others); and Supreme Court (John Marshall, Roger Taney, Warren Burger, others). Space collectibles will also be offered (Apollo XI and XV, Neil Armstrong, cosmonauts, etc.).

"Nearly 300 lots of rare and outstanding pieces will cross the block, representing the very best of Kennedyiana, Napoleoniana and the Jack Kerouac estate, as well as exceptional items from the early American, presidential and Civil War categories," said John Reznikoff, the president of University Archives. "The November sale is not to be missed. We hope everyone can join us."

The sultry black and white photo of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, signed and inscribed by her as "To Joe / Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe" is significant, not only because of its unusually large size (11 inches by 14 inches), but also because it may have been dedicated to Monroe's second husband, Joe DiMaggio. The photo has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

For more information about University Archives and the Wednesday, November 11th online-only Rare Books, Manuscripts & Relics Auction, please log on to

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