Press Releases tagged with george washington

Letter handwritten and signed by First Lady Martha Washington in 1794, regarding a meeting between "The President" (George) and James Madison (est.  $25,000-$30,000).

Presidents and their First Ladies will command center stage in University Archives' Jan. 17 online-only auction

Released: January 8, 2018

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former United States presidents and their wives will take center stage in University Archives’ online-only auction of autographs, books and relics slated for Wednesday, January 17th, at 10:30 am Eastern time. Bidders can view all lots now, at the University Archives website, at Online bidding is being facilitated by  The sale is packed with 218 lots of important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most important names in all of history. The top lot could well end up being from First...

Letter hand-penned in August 1966 by Jacqueline Kennedy to Luella Hennessy, John Jr.'s nanny, written on hand-painted stationery (est.  $3,000-$3,500).

Letter penned in 1966 by Jackie Kennedy, with hand-colored illustrations on stationery and envelope, will be auctioned Dec. 6th

Released: November 28, 2017

WESTPORT, Conn. – A baseball bat signed by both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson, the life raft from Francis Gary Powers’s downed U-2 spy plane and several pieces of dishware from Ronald and Nancy Reagan will all come up for bid Wednesday, December 6th, in University Archives’ online-only auction, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time.   The 211-lot auction is a fabulous assemblage of autographed documents, rare books, relics and manuscripts. The full catalog can be viewed now, at, with internet bidding facilitated by

Lot 7: George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780.  Sold November 7, 2017 for $40,000.  (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000).

Musical Manuscripts by Jimmy Van Heusen Swing on a Star at Swann

Released: November 10, 2017

Swann Galleries’ auction on Tuesday, November 7 saw fine results for Autographs by important historical figures in a variety of fields, from government to science to music. The total of $662K exceeded the estimate for the sale as a whole by almost $100,000, as lot after lot hammered above estimate. The highlight of the sale was the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection, offering manuscripts by the composer as well as important letters, musical quotations and manuscripts by some of the most influential composers of the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. Of the 76 lots offered from the collection,...

Lot 7: George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780.  Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

Jimmy Van Heusen Musical Autograph Collection Comes to Swann Galleries

Released: October 13, 2017

Swann Galleries’ auction of Autographs will take place on Tuesday, November 7, with rare and illuminating letters, and signed photographs, books and “short snorters” from major world players of the last 200 years. The cornerstone of the sale is the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection of musical manuscripts and autographs, sold to benefit Cazenovia College in New York. Van Heusen was an American composer of popular songs for musical theater, radio, film and television, best known from songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and others. The offering of 76 lots includes not only the original ...

Historic draft of a letter outgoing President George W.  Bush wrote to incoming President Barack Obama in January 2009, then torn up by Bush into four pieces.

Letter written by George W. Bush to Barack Obama, torn to pieces by Bush, will be auctioned Sept. 26

Released: September 18, 2017

WESTPORT, Conn. – Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Davy Crockett will all have one thing in common on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:30 am Eastern time. That’s when all four – and a parade of other past luminaries – will make an appearance in University Archives’ online-only auction of rare autographs, documents, manuscripts, books and relics.   The catalog is already up and ready for viewing, at September 26th is when the auction will go live, on the internet bidding platform The 225-lot auction is packed with important, ...

Lock of Hamilton's hair, and his signature, with a seal and note penned by a descendant in 1868.

Trove of material pertaining to Alexander Hamilton will be exhibited in New York City, Sept. 10

Released: September 8, 2017

NEW YORK CITY – Fans of Hamilton the Broadway musical can dive deeper at an exhibit and lecture this coming Sunday, September 10th, titled Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry That Shaped America. The One Day University event will be held at Loews AMC in Lincoln Square – bringing Hamilton farther uptown on Broadway, at 1998 Broadway at 67th Street. Through words, original artifacts and documents, the epic rivalry that pitted two of the most powerful political figures in American history will be explored, as the men battled over the future of the nation prior to Hamilton’s death in a pis...

Large 19th century oil on canvas painting of a Swiss Alps cottage, housed in the original gold gilt frame.

The historic Trotter-Byrd antebellum home in Quitman, Miss., plus its contents of fine antiques, will be sold on-site, June 24th

Released: June 12, 2017

QUITMAN, Miss. – The only antebellum home in Quitman spared by General Sherman during the Civil War (but only because of a connection to George Washington), plus its outstanding contents of fine antiques, will be sold on-site Saturday, June 24th, on the grounds of the home itself, at 419 East Franklin Street. The real estate will come up for bid at 12 noon Central time.   The 5,500-square-foot Greek Revival home – known as the Trotter-Byrd house – is a beautiful and historic gem, built in 1852 and situated on manicured grounds. Its most recent owners were Harry H. Wheat and the late Sa...

Unsigned oil on canvas portrait of George Washington, attributed to Thomas Sully (Br./Am., 1783-1872), 37 inches by 33 inches, framed (est.  $20,000-$30,000).

Oil portrait of Washington attributed to Sully will come up for bid March 25th at Fontaine's

Released: March 7, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and in excellent condition, and a late 18th / early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock that plays a selection of four different tunes on the hour, are expected top lots in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antique & Fine Arts Auction, scheduled for Saturday, March 25th.   The auction will be held in Fontaine’s showroom, located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, beginning promptly at 11 am Eastern time, as well as online, via, Invaluable....

Album with more than 130 Civil War-era signatures, including Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet, and signed by 18 Presidents, 1864-2010.  At auction November 1, 2016.  Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.

Fourteen Presidential Signatures on a Single Page At Swann Galleries’ Fall Autographs Auction

Released: October 11, 2016

On Tuesday, November 1, Swann Auction Galleries will hold a sale of Autographs, with an emphasis on American political signatures in a nod to the upcoming presidential election. A Civil War-era album in the sale, originally signed by dozens of important political and military figures of the period, also contains an astounding page signed by fourteen U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and both Roosevelts. Additional presidential signatures—Bill Clinton, Andrew Johnson and Barack Obama—are on a following spread (Grant signed elsewhere). Other notable signers of the...

The Meredith-Moreau-Pratt portrait miniature of President George Washington, painted in 1801 as a watercolor and executed by Robert Field (est.  $60,000-$80,000).

Important portrait miniatures of George and Martha Washington will be sold at Shannon's Oct. 27 auction

Released: October 11, 2016

MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will offer two famous portraits of President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington at an auction scheduled for Thursday, October 27th. . Prized by collectors from the time they were painted, the portraits disappeared from written accounts in the 1920s. They were only recently rediscovered in a private collection. For the past month Shannon’s has reconstructed their exciting history. After Washington’s death in 1799, Martha Washington commissioned artist Robert Field to paint portrait miniatures of her late husband. Over the ...

Rare tintype pair of Black Soldiers of the 54th Connecticut Civil War troop to be auctioned March 4 to 18 by Witherell's.

Rare tintypes of black Civil War troop going to be auctioned

Released: February 27, 2015

A rare pair of Civil War photos of black soldiers is going to be auctioned March 4 to 18, 2015, by “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and global auctioneer Brian Witherell. The hand-colored tintypes of the 54th Connecticut troop are so rare because the men are seen relaxing instead of posing in the formal line of people taken then. Sitting, standing and leaning against a large cannon that was probably captured from the Confederacy, the men were on garrison duty in Arkansas at the time. A pyramid of cannonballs can be seen in the foreground of one. The tintypes also show the commandi...

This 1792 U.S.  federal bond, signed by George Washington, sold for $265,500 at auction.

Rare and historic 1792 U.S. federal bond, issued to and signed by George Washington in 1792, soars to $265,500

Released: November 22, 2013

 (FORT LEE, N.J.) – Nearly 1,500 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera sold for a combined $637,870 in a two-day, two-session catalog and Internet sale held Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions ( The auction was held on non-consecutive days in two states. The Oct. 19 session was on the final day of the third annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show, held at the Museum of American Financ...

This rare and important 1792 U.S.  Federal bond, signed by George Washington, will be sold at auction in October.

Important 1792 U.S. Federal bond issued to and signed by George Washington will be sold Oct. 19 & 22

Released: August 27, 2013

 (FORT LEE, N.J.) – An important 1792 U.S. Federal bond, issued to and signed by George Washington while he was President, is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Stocks and bonds of any type issued to and signed by Washington are extremely rare. The one being sold is one of just three similar bonds known. The auction will be held on non-consecutive days. The Oct. 19 session will be conducted on the final day of the third annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show, slated for Oct. 17-19 at the Museum of Amer...

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