Autograph letters signed by Washington and Einstein will headline University Archives Nov. 2 auction

The 452-lot auction contains material from multiple collecting categories and has a brand-new start time of 11 am Eastern. About one-fourth of the lots will be highly collectible slabbed items. Internet bidding is on several platforms.
By: University Archives
George Washington boldly signed letter from 1777.
George Washington boldly signed letter from 1777.
WILTON, Conn. - Oct. 18, 2022 - PRLog -- A 1777 battle letter signed by then-Continental Army Commander-in-Chief George Washington in New Jersey, a sword that was affixed to JFK's catafalque guarding his coffin in the East Room of the White House, and an autograph letter signed by Albert Einstein in which he dispels competition to his Theory of Relativity are a few of the expected star lots in University Archives' online-only auction scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd, at 11 am Eastern time.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. All 452 lots are up for viewing and bidding now (on the University Archives website ( plus, and Phone and absentee bids will be taken, but there's no live gallery bidding.

"We want everyone to know of our brand-new start time of 11 am Eastern time," began John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives.  He continued, "At over 450 lots, Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books presents an exciting opportunity to acquire superb historical documents, relics, photographs, artwork, and ephemera, all at attractive price points."

Reznikoff said 117 of the lots will be highly collectible slabbed items, either graded or certified by PSA/DNA or CAG. "U.S. Presidential/First Ladies, Science, International/World Leaders, and slabbed pieces are sure to dominate bidder interest," he said. "Items from the Aviation/Space, Music, Art, and Early American collecting categories should also see lots of keen bidder action."

George Washington's boldly signed letter was written at Continental Army winter headquarters in Morristown, N.J., on Feb. 20, 1777. Washington had recently achieved victories at the battles of Princeton and Trenton, and he reported to Brigadier General Alexander McDougall that he did "not apprehend you will be in any danger of an Attack in your quarter for some time yet, as the Enemy from their late Motions are drawing this way." The letter should bring $30,000-$40,000.

The Hilborn-Hamberger, Inc. ceremonial sword mounted on John F. Kennedy's catafalque while it was displayed in the East Room of the White House in November and December 1963 carries an estimate of $28,000-$35,000. The sword, with its elaborately etched 31-inch blade, white shark skin and brass wire-wrapped grip, is a striking example of military craftsmanship and a poignant reminder of how Jackie Kennedy memorialized her slain husband.

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