General Autograph News

Meet Tim Lynch, the All-Star autograph chaser turned Yankees draft pick

on Friday, 08 July 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

By Ken Rosenthal

Meet Tim Lynch, the All-Star autograph chaser turned Yankees draft pick
Tim Lynch spent his childhood hunting down the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Lorenzo Cain for autographs. As of this week, he's playing in the New York Yankees organization.

Pelé's World Cup trophy sells for £395,000 at auction

on Thursday, 09 June 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

By Daniel Etchells

Pelé's World Cup trophy sells for £395,000 at auction
A special replica Jules Rimet trophy presented to Pelé has fetched £395,000 ($571,000/€505,000) at an auction of the Brazilian football legend’s personal memorabilia in London.

If you need an expert on Elvis Presley’s autograph, head to Amherst

on Sunday, 22 May 2016. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News

If you need an expert on Elvis Presley’s autograph, head to Amherst
Rich Consola of Amherst saw Elvis Presley in concert twice at Memorial Auditorium, in 1957 and in 1976.
That was it.
And yet “The King” has been Consola’s focus for decades.
“I’ve studied Elvis Presley’s autograph every day of my life for the past 25 years,” Consola said.

Muhammad Ali US passport to make $35,000?

on Thursday, 05 May 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

Muhammad Ali was given the US passport as a replacement in 1972 (written by Paul Fraser Collectibles)

Muhammad Ali US passport to make $35,000?
A US passport Muhammad Ali used between 1972 and 1974 could make $25,000-35,000 at Bonhams on June 8.

Ali was issued with the replacement passport at the American consulate in Dublin on July 19, 1972.

U.S. Returns Historical Documents, Stolen From Russia In Chaotic '90s

on Saturday, 05 March 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

by Corey Flintoff

U.S. Returns Historical Documents, Stolen From Russia In Chaotic '90s
The United States and Russia haven't been cooperating much in these days of heightened tensions, but the U.S. Embassy in Moscow this week returned 28 valuable historical documents to Russia.

'Godfather' Author Mario Puzo's Archives Headed to Auction

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

February sale features novel storyboards, letters to Marlon Brando and director Francis Ford Coppola

'Godfather' Author Mario Puzo's Archives Headed to Auction
UPDATE: Puzo's archive sold for $625,000 at auction. 

A massive, 45-box archive originating from the estate of The Godfather author-screenwriter Mario Puzo is headed to auction in February. The treasure trove of material includes thousands of pages, drafts, notes and varying versions of both the novel manuscript and film screenplay, the latter co-written with director Francis Ford Coppola.   

Your Signed Harry Potter Book's Fake, Probably, J.K. Rowling Warns

on Friday, 05 February 2016. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

Your Signed Harry Potter Book's Fake, Probably, J.K. Rowling Warns
Say it ain't so, Jo! In a series of tweets on Friday, J.K. Rowling revealed that your beloved, signed Harry Potter book's fake, probably. Rare book dealers may see an uptick in business as Potterheads scramble to verify their copies in the wake of this news.

Beethoven composition discovered in Greenwich

on Sunday, 20 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Robert Marchant

Beethoven composition discovered in Greenwich
Brendan Ryan noticed it right away.

A professional appraiser, he recently visited the home of a Greenwich woman who was looking to sell some belongings, when his eyes lit on a yellowing sheet of music behind glass, stippled with notes.

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

on Monday, 20 June 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

By PERRI KLASS, M.D.

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age
Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old-fashioned handwriting?

There is a tendency to dismiss handwriting as a nonessential skill, even though researchers have warned that learning to write may be the key to, well, learning to write.

Charles Darwin letter returned to Smithsonian over 30 years after theft

on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

by Alan Yuhas

Charles Darwin letter returned to Smithsonian over 30 years after theft
The 1875 letter, part of correspondence between British scientist and Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, was stolen by an employee in mid-1970s, FBI said

These Iconic American Documents Are Up for Sale

on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

by Claire Zillman

These Iconic American Documents Are Up for Sale
They’re expected to fetch millions.
Can you put a price on history? Sotheby’s is going to try.

Muhammad Ali's Rumble in the Jungle trunks to auction

on Wednesday, 04 May 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

Muhammad Ali wore the trunks in his 1974 Rumble in the Jungle bout against Foreman (written by Paul Fraser Collectibles)

Muhammad Ali's Rumble in the Jungle trunks to auction
The trunks Muhammad Ali wore in his 1974 Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman will sell at Grey Flannel Auctions.

They're offered with an opening bid of $30,250.

Albert Einstein's notebook and Dead Sea Scrolls fragments among historic manuscripts struggling to find buyer

on Tuesday, 01 March 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

The value of the collection amassed by the Aristophil group has been estimated at hundreds of millions of euros

Albert Einstein's notebook and Dead Sea Scrolls fragments among historic manuscripts struggling to find buyer
Featuring fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, sheet music signed by Mozart and Albert Einstein’s notebook, it is certainly an eclectic collection.

James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Spectre car sold for £2.4m

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in General Autograph News

James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Spectre car sold for £2.4m
An Aston Martin sports car from the James Bond film Spectre has sold at auction for £2,434,500.

The DB10, one of only two "show cars" from the 10 made specially for the film, smashed its reserve price of £1m.

New York Businessman Leon Black Buys Bomberg Talmud for $9.3 Million

on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

A number of medieval Hebrew texts from the Valmadonna Trust Library were sold at Sotheby’s on Tuesday.
By Jonathan Zalman
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