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Items Signed or Inscribed by Lincoln, Einstein, Lenin, Newton are in University Archives May 26 Sale

An autograph album from 1862 containing the signature of Abraham Lincoln and 226 members of his administration and Congress, a manuscript penned by Sir Isaac Newton with mathematical notes and calculations relating to Book III of his iconic scientific work Principia, and a one-page typed letter from 1919 signed by Vladimir Lenin as Chairman of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Defense Council are a few expected star lots in University Archives’ online-only auction of rare autographs, manuscripts, artwork and comic art slated for May 26th.

The auction, packed with a little more than 400 lots, has a start time of 10:30 am Eastern time. The catalog is up for viewing and bidding now, on the revamped University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com), as well as the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. It’s just the third auction that will be conducted from University Archives’ new, 6,000-square-foot facilities in Wilton, Conn.

“Our May auction includes all of the items collectors have come to expect from the presidential, world leaders and science categories, with the addition of fun and unusual items encompassing comic art, entertainment, aviation/space, sports, music and criminalia,” said John Reznikoff, the president and founder of University Archives. “We have you covered if you’re in the market for a great George Washington signed document or a Paul Stanley signed and stage-played guitar.”

Major categories include presidential (Washington to Obama); science (Einstein, Newton, Edison, etc.); world leaders (Lenin, Trotsky, Horatio Nelson, etc.); art (comic art, Maurice Sendak, Charles Schulz, Warhol, etc.); space / aviation (Lindbergh, Russian cosmonauts, Neil Armstrong, the Enola Gay, etc.); religion (Methodism, John and Samuel Wesley, Mormons, Quakers, etc.); African American (MLK Jr., Rosa Parks, etc.); and early American (Rev War, John Hancock, etc.).

The Victorian autograph album compiled by Pennsylvania Congressman William M. Davis contains 226 signatures of Lincoln administration officials and members of the 37th U.S. Congress, including President Abraham Lincoln himself as well as seven of his eight cabinet members (Hamlin, Seward, Chase, Bates, Welles, Cameron and Smith), and the autographs of about 217 statesmen, including the future president, Andrew Johnson (est. 12,000-$14,000).

For more information about University Archives and the online-only Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Artwork & Comic Art slated for Wednesday, May 26th please visit www.universityarchives.com.

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