Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction on Display until April 13th is presenting online viewing of the April 13th, 2016 Auction from RR Auction. This auction catalog has over 800 lots available for viewing with an incredible array of autographs and artifacts available for bidding through the auctioneer. Included in the selection are autographed pieces from many US Presidents, historical figures, political leaders, royalty, and important people from around the world. RR Auctions is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. They have achieved countless record setting prices in over 425 successful sales and have an international reputation through both media and private collectors.

The very first lot in the catalog is a significant document signed by George Washington. This partly printed document is signed and is of a rare judicial appointment from his first term. As described by the auction catalog: “A rare Washington judicial appointment from his first term, “reposing special trust and confidence in the wisdom, uprightness and learning of Richard Peters of Pennsylvania,” and appointing “him Judge of the District Court in and for Pennsylvania District…” Peters was sworn in by Declaration of Independence signer and, now, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, James Wilson, who attests on the reverse of the appointment: “On the first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two the within named Richard Peters took before me the oath to support the Constitution of the United States and also the Oath of Office required by law.”. This historical document is valued up to $15000 and is available at auction to the highest bidder.

Lot 222 is an amazing letter featuring Albert Einstein and looks to be the most valuable document of the auction. As described in the online catalog: “Extraordinary pair of ALSs in German, each signed “A. Einstein,” totaling three pages, June–July 1913. Both are to his fellow theoretical physicist Dr. Arthur Schidlof, a professor at the Geneva Technical School. The first, one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, June 17, 1913, in full (translated): “Naturally, I too have occupied myself intensely with the question addressed by you, whether the general radiation formula can be obtained by the route currently pursued. But it seemed to me that the improper thermodynamic equilibrium loses its meaning in the case of finite radiation densities. Unfortunately, serious objections must be raised against your way of handling the problem, only two of which I shall point out: 1. It is not permissible to set the radiation density in the gas space equal to zero, even if the gas can be considered ‘black,’ which is always possible to achieve with sufficiently great expansion. 2. You set RT/P8=a (universal constant). This cannot be done even for regular thermodynamic equilibrium. Because at a given T, I can still freely choose the pressure P8 of the reaction mixture. The route chosen by you does not seem feasible to me, but your confidence is contagious. Perhaps it will nonetheless prove possible to work out the case of improper thermodynamic equilibrium even for finite radiation density.” The rest of the description can be found in the online catalog and this will fetch upwards of $80000 to $10000 on the auction block.

The full catalog is showing on up until April 13th, 2016. Interested bidders can contact the auctioneer through the website to discuss being part of the auction and placing bids. RR Auction carefully prepared this incredible catalog and look forward to sharing these treasures with collectors and historians around the world.

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