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€500 Million Ponzi Scheme Suspected at Paris Museum

on Friday, 06 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by Coline Milliard, November 20, 2014

€500 Million Ponzi Scheme Suspected at Paris Museum
The cosily niche books and manuscripts market may be about to be hit by one its biggest scandals in recent years. And Paris's Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, as well as its sister organization the Institut des Lettres et Manuscrits, is in the eye of the storm.

Putting a Price on Simon Kuznets’s Nobel in Economics

on Thursday, 26 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By PATRICIA COHEN

Putting a Price on Simon Kuznets’s Nobel in Economics
James D. Watson’s sold for $4.76 million while the one owned by William Randal Cremer, a member of Parliament and labor activist, fetched just $17,000.

Turing manuscript up for auction in New York

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By AFP

Turing manuscript up for auction in New York
A hidden manuscript written by British mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing at Bletchley Park is to go on auction in New York in April, Bonhams said Tuesday.

The extraordinary document from 1942, when Turing was working to crack the Nazi's Enigma Code, is expected to fetch at least $1 million, the auction house said.

Museo del Prado Acquires Rubens Sketchbook, Rare Manuscripts

on Thursday, 29 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by David LaGaccia, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Museo del Prado Acquires Rubens Sketchbook, Rare Manuscripts
Madrid's Museo del Prado announced Tuesday the acquisition of the Juan Bordes Library, comprising around 600 historical manuscripts that trace the study of the human anatomy in art.

Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?

on Saturday, 24 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by David Seideman

Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?
If you’ve read my other posts, you can tell that I really enjoy attending a good baseball card show to swap stories with other baseball history fans and revel in vintage tobacco and gum cards, But for the past year I have worried that these events are going the way of Sunday double-headers that were routine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Saving Bosnia's past from the ashes

on Saturday, 17 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Guy De Launey, BBC News, Sarajevo

Saving Bosnia's past from the ashes
The interior of Sarajevo's Presidency building would make any historian wince. Not the decor itself - but the charred papers, piled against the walls.

This display of damaged documents stretches away down the ground floor corridors of the building, leaving dark smears on the white paint, leading to a heap of burned books, boxes and manuscripts in a stairwell.

Lee Israel, a Writer Proudest of Her Literary Forgeries, Dies at 75

on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

By MARGALIT FOX

Lee Israel, a Writer Proudest of Her Literary Forgeries, Dies at 75
In a rented storage locker on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the writer Lee Israel kept a cache of antique typewriters: Remingtons and Royals, Adlers and Olympias. Each was tenderly curated, hung with a tag whose carefully lettered names — Edna, Dorothy, Noël, Eugene O’Neill, Hellman, Bogart, Louise Brooks — hinted at the felonious intimacy for which the machines were used.

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

on Thursday, 04 December 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By DENNIS OVERBYE

Albert Einstein writing out an equation relating to the density of the Milky Way at the Carnegie Institute in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1931. Einstein left a scattered collection of letters, notebooks and diaries.
They have been called the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics. Since 1986, the Princeton University Press and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to whom Albert Einstein bequeathed his copyright, have been engaged in a mammoth effort to study some 80,000 documents he left behind.

Scheide Donation Is Largest in University’s History

on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Written by: Anne Levin

William Hurd Scheide, the Princeton philanthropist, bibliophile, and musicologist who died at age 100 last November, has left his collection of some 2,500 rare books and manuscripts to his alma mater, Princeton University. The bequest, announced Monday and valued at nearly $300 million, represents the largest donation in the University’s history.

Magna Carta worth £10m found in council archives

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

By Agency

Magna Carta worth £10m found in council archives
Forgotten version of historical parchment that established principle of rule of law discovered in files of history department of Kent County Council in Maidstone

Fire rages through library in Moscow

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Fire rages through library in Moscow
A fire has destroyed parts of one of Russia's largest public libraries, containing more than 14 million items.

All the Presidents’ Memorabilia

on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By SERGE F. KOVALESKI

All the Presidents’ Memorabilia
Jordan M. Wright’s collection of political memorabilia is unquestionably prodigious.

Consisting of perhaps a million-plus items, amassed over four decades, it includes an assortment of ephemera like a George W. Bush piñata and a portrait of Lincoln made of seed and saplings, but also legions of important historical artifacts, like a George Washington picture flag from his swearing in and a purse with a Warren G. Harding logo that was used to attract newly enfranchised female voters.

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets. written by Dan Vergano, National Geographic

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius
The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.

Judge to finally rule in bitter legal dispute between Martin Luther King Jr's sons and daughter over sale of his Nobel Peace Prize and Bible which Obama used at his 2012 inauguration

on Monday, 12 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Judge to finally rule in bitter legal dispute between Martin Luther King Jr's sons and daughter over sale of his Nobel Peace Prize and Bible which Obama used at his 2012 inauguration
  • Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King plan to sell their father's Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize to a private buyer  
  • Their sister Bernice refused to hand over the items and opposes the sale
  • Last March, she handed them to a court and they remained in a safe
  • A judge will pass verdict or send the case to trial on Tuesday
  • The Bible was last seen at Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2013 

Letters unravel mystery of the death of Oscar Wilde’s wife

on Friday, 02 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Grandson of Irish dramatist has unearthed medical evidence in private family letters which points to likely cause of death

Letters unravel mystery of the death of Oscar Wilde’s wife
The sudden death of the wife of Oscar Wilde at the tender age of 40 has long been a mystery. In the 116 years since she met her tragic end, speculative theories have ranged from spinal damage following a fall down stairs to syphilis caught from her husband. Now the mystery may have been solved.
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