Items signed by Mao Zedong, Jefferson, Einstein will be sold online Dec. 14th by University Archives

The 383-lot Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction, starting at 11 am Eastern time, contains material from multiple collecting categories. Items are up for viewing now on multiple online bidding platforms and the University Archives website.
By: University Archives
Russian book signed by Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
Russian book signed by Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
WILTON, Conn. - Nov. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- A special presentation copy of the book Tenth Anniversary of the People's Republic of China signed by Mao Zedong, an autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson from Monticello in which he mentions Napoleon Bonaparte, and a Mathew Brady carte de visite of George A. Custer, boldly signed by the ill-fated commander, are a few of the expected highlights in University Archives' online auction slated for Wednesday, December 14th at 11 am Eastern time.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. All 383 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.

"Our December sale is especially strong in U.S. Presidential, Science/Space, Militaria, Early American, and International/World Leaders," said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. "The sheer variety and scope, from Civil Rights and Judaica to literature, art and music, guarantees that there is something for everyone, especially holiday gift-givers."

Mr. Reznikoff added, "If buyers pay with cleared funds by December 16th, their items will be shipped by December 21st and will hopefully arrive by Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa."

Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong signed a special presentation copy of a Russian book celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the People's Republic of China in October 1959, dedicated to Soviet Civil War hero Marshal Semyon Budenny. Mao autographs are extremely rare and intensely coveted by collectors. This book carries an estimate of $80,000-$100,000.

The two-page Jefferson autograph letter signed and dated October 11, 1812 describes how Napoleon's "capricious passions and commercial ignorance" threatened American access to some European ports, but that America's enemies, Britain and France, were fighting each other, and so, "the English armies…although our enemies, are really fighting our battles." (est. $35,000-$45,000).

The Mathew Brady sepia-colored albumen carte de visite depicting George A. Custer, undated but circa 1865-1866, is one of the best combinations of bold signature and assertive pose that University Archives has ever offered. It's PSA/DNA slabbed and graded Mint 9 and should finish at $20,000-$30,000. The photo is signed verso, "Sincerely your / friend / GA Custer / B Maj Genl / USA."

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