A diverse collection of rare manuscripts and autographs will be available at RR Auction house in Boston. The lots, which will be available starting March 12, feature an array of American political signatures, handwritten letters from authors and artists, and portraits of historical figures. This auction is sure to be of interest to a range of collectors, from those interested in American history to sports fans. Anyone unable to attend the auction in person can place absentee bets online at iCollector.com.
America's founding fathers are remembered through various bits of handwriting that have been passed down through the years. A bit of writing from prominent revolutionary thinker John Hancock featuring his signature, dated 1776, is a truly fascinating relic from the year of America's birth (lot #202). That was the year that Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, an act he did with such bravura that his name became an eponym for the act of signing. This lot comes matted and framed accompanied by a portrait of the influential American thinker.
Hancock's signature is joined in this auction by those of fellow revolutionaries Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. A framed-and-matted copy of ship's papers signed by both Jefferson and Madison brings together two of the most important men in American history (lot #7). This lot is joined by portraits of both political leaders and engraved name plaques.
A glimpse behind the Great Gatsby
The most valuable lot that will be available at this auction is a collection of two handwritten letters and a poem from F. Scott Fitzgerald (lot #515). All three are addressed to his friend Tom Lineaweaver. Fitzgerald achieved fame and fortune after publishing The Great Gatsby in 1925. As a result, he gained a reputation for his indulgent behavior, often throwing lavish parties with abundant alcohol. These letters to his Princeton friend make frequent reference to the socialite lifestyle Fitzgerald was leading at the time. In one letter he apologizes for his drunken behavior while in the other he details how his comments at a dinner party upset some of the guests. The poem was seemingly intended for Lineaweaver's wedding day, as it retells his courtship of his wife Eleanor. These items provide a fantastic look into the private life of one of America's most important authors.
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