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Original seven-page typed agreement signed by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward, granting the Theatre Guild of New York the rights to produce Porgy and Bess for the first stage performance in 1935 (est.  $15,000-$20,000).

Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction

University Archives / February 1, 2023


Letters boldly signed by early American historical giants George Washington, John Hancock and Thomas Paine, plus a 1963 Christmas card signed by both JFK and Jackie, and an archive of material signed by Lincoln and Douglas, will all come up for bid in University Archives’ online auction slated for Wednesday, February 1st at 11 am Eastern time. The Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. All 460 lots are up for viewing and bidding now (on the University Archives website: www.UniversityArchives.com), plus LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will be taken, but there’s no live gallery bidding. “Our February auction offers many exceptional buying and collecting opportunities and is especially strong in the U.S. Presidential, Early American, Science and Sports collecting categories, with 25 lots relating to professional baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, soccer and even horse-racing,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “In addition,” Mr. Reznikoff added, “the Aviation/Space, Entertainment, Literature, Art, and Music categories are also abundantly represented. February’s assortment of historical documents, rare books, photographs, relics, ephemera, exonumia, ceramics, apparel and sports memorabilia should start the year off with a bang. Collectors, mark your calendars for this important auction.” For more information, please visit www.universityarchives.com.