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Fine Autograph and Artifact Auction Catalog Up for Viewing Until May 11th

iCollector.com is presenting online viewing of the May 11th, 2016 auction from RR Auction. This auction catalog has an astounding selection of over 800 lots available for viewing. Included are important autographs, manuscripts, documents, items of historical significance, and artifacts for all serious collectors. Headquartered in Boston’s North End, RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted source for rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. Since its inception in 1980, RR has achieved countless record-setting prices in over 425 successful sales, including Truman Capote’s hand-notated manuscript for Breakfast at Tiffany’s for over $300,000, President Kennedy’s 1963 convertible for $318,000, and a pair of Bonnie and Clyde’s guns for over $500,000. Internationally known and frequently featured in all media outlets—with appearances on NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the London Times—RR Auction prides itself on selling authentic material, thoroughly examined by in-house experts and third-party authenticators, to uphold the guarantee of authenticity. With a stunning full-color print catalog and a massive online presence, RR Auction continues to achieve record prices for clients around the world.

A historically significant letter penned by Thomas Jefferson is up on the auction block at Lot 11. This is a letter from 1793 to New York Governor George Clinton. The letter concerns the Iroquois who are a Native American group that had previously aligned themselves with the British during the Revolutionary War. The full text of this letter is available in the online description and it is a fascinating read and insight into history of the time. Bidding will commence on auction day and the estimate is $35,000 to $40,000.

Lot 244 presents a remarkable working paper representing notes from Albert Einstein and written likely circa 1938 or earlier. It is apparently notes for a paper he wrote entitled “On a Generalization of Kaluza’s Theory of Electricity” and details part of Einstein’s attempt to construct a unified theory of electromagnetism, gravitation, and quantum mechanics. Estimated in value at over $50,000 this is a significant and rare document for collectors. Photos of the actual document as well as a full and detailed description is online for inspection on iCollector.com.

The most valuable document in this catalog is an incredible piece from Adam Smith at Lot 262. This is a letter to the 1st Earl of Shelburne regarding the health of his son Thomas. Adam Smith was a Scottish moral professor and a respected pioneer of political economy (1723–1790) whose magnum opus, The Wealth of Nations, is considered the first modern work of economics. This rare document is estimated in value from $60,000 to $70,000. A full text of the letter is available, along with two photos, in the online catalog.

All documents are available in the online catalog with full descriptions and images. Interested bidders can contact RR Auctions to place absentee bids prior to auction day. The live auction will take place on May 11th, 2016. RR Auctions is pleased to offer services to answer any questions about the documents and artifacts in this sale, as well as discuss future consignments.
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