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Fall 2015 Season Highlights

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    Autographs

    October 22, 2015 

     

    This October auction will offer a strong selection of presidential autographs, many from the Forbes collection. One of of the most remarkable presidential items is an autograph poem signed by John Quincy Adams, inscribed in an album kept by his niece. The album also includes an inscription signed by her grandfather, John Adams. This sale will also include items signed by world leaders, scientists, astronauts, artists, and businessmen, as well as an unusually large group of autographs by musicians.  

     

     

     

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    Lot 123: Autograph poem by John Quincy Adams from an autograph album containing over 40 items kept by Abby S. Smith, with an inscription signed by her grandfather, John Adams,

    1822-28. Sold for $12,500. 

     

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    "To fill thy page, beloved maid

      Before me, Fancy's visions flit. 

    Three damsels offer me their aid,

    Affection, Vanity, and Wit. 

    Perplex'd, like Paris, lo! I stand, 

         Which to prefer, and which refuse. 

    How I dread the task, with mortal hand

    Between three Goodesses to choose!"

     

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    The musical autograph offerings include a carte-de-visite photograph, pictured below, signed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and autograph letters, one signed by Richard Wagner and another by Edvard Grieg. 

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    Lot 302: Photograph signed and inscribed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to librettist Paul Collin, 1888. Sold for $11,700.

     

    Translated from French: "To my colleague whose / condescension I greatly appreciate: / Mr. Paul Collin / P. Tchaikovsky / 17 March 88."

     

     

    Among the items from world leaders is a letter from Mohandas K. Gandhi to Dr. John Haynes Holmes, pacifist and co-founder of the NAACP, in which he denies having claimed that India should build an army headed by an American general. In the letter Gandhi says "no country in the world needs an army for its defence." 

     

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    Lot 70: Letter signed by Mohandas K Gandhi to Dr. John Haynes Homes, expressing surprise at the accusation of having stated that an independent India should form a military commanded by an American general, 1940. Sold for $10,625. 

     

    Another noteworthy item is a catalogue from Egon Schiele's second exhibition of paintings with the Wiener Kunstschau; on a plate in the catalogue, Schiele has corrected the caption below a reproduction of his Levitation, including his name and title in holograph. 

     

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    Lot 384: Katalog der Wiener Kunstschau signed and inscribed by Egon Schiele, 1916.

    Sold for $8,125. 

     


     

    To consign your autographs with Swann,

    contact Autographs Specialist Marco Tomaschett.

     

     

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