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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.

Margaret Thatcher's red prime ministerial box sells for £242,500

on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Margaret Thatcher's red prime ministerial box sells for £242,500
Margaret Thatcher's red prime ministerial dispatch box has sold at auction in London for £242,500.

The blue velvet wedding dress she wore in 1951 sold for £25,000.

They are among 150 items belonging to the late PM being auctioned at Christie's, with bids from as far away as the US, Australia and South Korea.

Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Brings $1.76 Million at Auction

on Friday, 11 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Rock legend's iconic 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet was expected to fetch $400,000 at RM Sotheby sale

Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Brings $1.76 Million at Auction
Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for $1.76 million Thursday night at RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" car auction in New York. The iconic vehicle – a pearl-white 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet decked out with a kaleidoscopic Flower Power paint job – was expected to bring between $400,000 and $600,000, CNN reports.

Scholar finds rare New Testament manuscript on eBay priced at $99

on Saturday, 21 November 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Dante D'Orazio

Scholar finds rare New Testament manuscript on eBay priced at $99
While you're scouring eBay for Christmas presents, there are scholars and collectors out there who are keeping an eye out for one-of-a-kind finds. Back in January, Geoffrey Smith, an assistant professor of early Christianity at the University of Texas, came across one such item: a 1,700-year-old papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John. The starting price? $99, no reserve.

Lincoln autographed manuscript, quoting his second inaugural address, brings $2,213,000 at auction

on Sunday, 08 November 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Lincoln autographed manuscript, quoting his second inaugural address, brings $2,213,000 at auction
Signed just weeks before his assassination, ""With malice toward none; with charity for all"; signed for 10-year-old Linton J. Usher, son of Lincoln's Secretary of the Interior, John Palmer Usher; passed down in the Usher family until today

Charles Dickens' notes solve the mystery of unidentified Victorian authors

on Sunday, 26 July 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Charles Dickens' notes solve the mystery of unidentified Victorian authors
It is a discovery that could solve some of the biggest mysteries of Victorian literature.

Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNESMAY 20, 2015

Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography
LOS ANGELES — Yet another unfinished work by Orson Welles, that master of the incomplete, is about to surface.

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

Chairman Mao letter to Clement Attlee fetches £605,000

on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Chairman Mao letter to Clement Attlee fetches £605,000
A 1937 letter from Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong to then-Labour Party leader Clement Attlee has sold at auction for £605,000 ($918,000).

An Intern Saved a Museum by Finding This Revolutionary War Treasure in the Attic

on Friday, 11 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

The obvious lesson: never throw anything away

An Intern Saved a Museum by Finding This Revolutionary War Treasure in the Attic
Once in a very long while, a rare book or manuscript discovery is so remarkable that it makes national headlines.  In 1988, for instance, an anonymous Massachusetts collector recovered an 1827 first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane from a roadside barn. Many will also recall the 1989 story of the man who found an original broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden inside a picture frame that he bought at a Pennsylvania flea market for $4 (and later sold at Sotheby’s for $2.4 million). 

Ringo Starr possessions fetch $9.2m at auction

on Sunday, 06 December 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Ringo Starr possessions fetch $9.2m at auction
An auction of more than 1,300 clothes, instruments, pieces of jewellery and other items owned by Ringo Starr has raised a total of $9.2m (£6.1m).

Soon, digitalised unpublished version of Nehru's handwritten autography

on Saturday, 14 November 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Vinod Khanal | TNN

Soon, digitalised unpublished version of Nehru's handwritten autography
ALLAHABAD: People across the globe would soon be able to read the unpublished handwritten autography of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru titled 'In and out of Prison'.

Court Stops Sell-Off of Franz Kafka Manuscripts, Awards Portfolio Worth Millions to Israel Library

on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

written by Amah-Rose Abrams

Court Stops Sell-Off of Franz Kafka Manuscripts, Awards Portfolio Worth Millions to Israel Library
After a long and—cough—Kafkaesque legal battle, a rare collection of author Franz Kafka's manuscripts, worth millions, have been awarded to Israel National Library by a court in Tel Aviv.
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