Items signed by history's brightest luminaries are in University Archives' online auction, Feb. 16th

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. The full catalog is up for viewing and bidding now, on the University Archives website, plus three online platforms.
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Rev War-dated letter twice signed by Washington.
Rev War-dated letter twice signed by Washington.
WILTON, Conn. - Jan. 31, 2022 - PRLog -- Two letters signed by Albert Einstein (one typed, one handwritten, both in German), a recognizance bond signed by Sir Isaac Newton when he was Warden of the Royal Mint in 1699, and two items signed by Abraham Lincoln (one an autograph album, the other an early legal brief drafted in 1854) are just a few of the expected highlights in University Archives' online-only auction slated for Wednesday, February 16th, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. The catalog, with all 455 lots, is up for viewing and bidding now, on the University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com), plus the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The auction marks nearly a year since University Archives' relocation to a modern new facility in Wilton.

"Our February auction is just a few days shy of George Washington's 290th birthday and the Presidents' Day holiday is certainly appropriate, since our catalog features many outstanding presidential items ranging from Washington to Biden," said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. "Other well-represented collecting categories include Science and Technology, Aviation and Space, Sports, Literature, and the Civil War, to name just a few."

The list of major categories is indeed extensive, to include Science (Einstein, Newton, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, others); Presidents (from Washington to Biden); Sports (Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Larry Bird, others); Aviation & Space (Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Orville Wright, the Enola Gay, the Apollo and Mercury programs, Soviet Cosmonauts, others).

Other categories include Civil War (Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, William T. Sherman, Jefferson and Varina Davis, many generals, others); Early American (John Hancock, Arthur Middleton, others); Literature (Samuel Clemens, Oscar Wilde, E. E. Cummings, Jack Kerouac, others); and World Leaders (Brezhnev, Kim Il Sung, Giuseppe Garibaldi, others).

Both of the Einstein letters carry identical pre-sale estimates of $45,000-$55,000. A typed letter in German signed by Einstein, addressed to close friend Michele Besso, recalls how the two collaborated to formulate the theory of special relativity over 35 years earlier. In it, Einstein compares the process of scientific theorizing to God's creation of the world, both a "pointless luxury" but nevertheless essential to pushing the boundaries of understanding and existence.

For more information about University Archives and the Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Photographs & Books auction on February 16th, visit www.universityarchives.com.

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