Strong bidding resulted in a 94% sell-through rate of our recent Autographs auction, with 209 sold lots out of the 222 lots offered. The sale’s top lot was a five-page autograph letter signed by the artist Egon Schiele, in which he talks about military interference in his art. The letter went for a record-breaking $33,800.
Egon Schiele, five-page Autograph Letter Signed, indignant at military interference in his art, October 1918. Sold March 19, 2015 for $33,800.
A run of presidential material was offered, including a reading copy of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, an unsigned typescript with holograph annotations which followed up the top lot going for $17,500.
John F. Kennedy, unsigned Typescript with Holograph Annotations, a reading copy of the speech that launched his 1960 Presidential campaign, September 1960. Sold March 19, 2015 for $17,500.
A photograph signed by Ronald Reagan, on which he inscribed, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” set a new auction record for a Reagan autograph at $16,250.
Ronald Reagan, color Photograph Signed and Inscribed, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” Sold March 19, 2015 for $16,250.
In addition to the presidential material, scientists and inventors were equally represented with two autograph letters signed by Alexander Graham Bell on his attempt to extract the bullet from President Garfield going for $10,625, and a signed and dated Albert Einstein photograph from 1954 brought $13,750.
Albert Einstein, Photograph dated and Signed, 1954. Sold March 19, 2015 for $13,750.
Alexander Graham Bell, two Autograph Letters Signed, on his attempt to extract the bullet from President Garfield, 1881. Sold March 19, 2015 for $10,625.