A Look Inside the Catalogue: Autographs

At Auction November 8

Complete Catalogue Coming Soon


Preview some of the items that will be available in our November 2018 catalogue of Autographs:


Artists, Authors & Musicians


Illustrated birthday card by artist Jacob Lawrence, inscribed "happy birthday Jake & Gwen."

Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.


Illustrated note in French by artist Joan Miró to Monroe Wheeler, Director of Exhibitions & Publications at MoMA, 1959.

Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed, to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Mark Twain, autograph letter signed, explaining that the target of his new book is Mary Baker Eddy, not followers of Christian Science, 1902.


Charles Dickens, autograph letter signed, accepting a birthday party invitation in the voice of a Martin Chuzzlewit character, 1843. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.


Gustav Mahler, autograph letter signed, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.




Half-length portrait by Vivienne of Winston Churchill, signed by Churchill, 1950s.

Winston S. Churchill, photograph portrait signed, 1950s. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.


Autograph Letter Signed Sam Houston to Gideon Welles, praising his view on foreign policy, Washington, 1852.

Samuel Houston, autograph letter signed, to Gideon Welles, suggesting an “America first” foreign policy, taking inspiration from Andrew Jackson, 1852. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.



Civil War


autograph letter signed by robert e. lee

Robert E. Lee, autograph letter signed, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting troop morale, 1861. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.



Additional Highlights


typed letter signed C.G. Jung, 1948.

Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed, to a colleague, stating that he employed the “association method” at a time when he “felt insecure and understood little about dreams,” 1948. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.


silver print of an image showing the first flight of the Wright Flyer I in 1903 with Orville Wright piloting and Wilbur running alongside.

Orville Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.




For more information on the sale, contact Specialist Marco Tomaschett in the Autographs department.

Consign with Swann