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When Obama signs a bill he doesn’t always use his own hand

on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

When Obama signs a bill he doesn’t always use his own hand
Just because the president signs legislation into law, doesn’t mean the president actually signs the legislation.

'American Pie' lyrics sell for $1.2 million

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

By Todd Leopold, CNN

(CNN) That's some rich "American Pie."

The lyrics to the famed Don McLean song sold for $1.2 million Tuesday morning at an auction held by Christie's.

The Greatest Sale Of George Washington Historical Documents Ever Conducted

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by Nathan Raab

The Greatest Sale Of George Washington Historical Documents Ever Conducted
Would you pay $1,250 to be the proud owner of George Washington’s original daily prayer book?  How about his Last Will and Testament?  Would that be worth $1,400 to you?   There are also Washington documents for $30.  Seem too good to be true?  It is not, but to cash in you would need to have been bidding in 1891.

Strange But True Tale of How Biggest Nazi Archive Wound Up in Colorado

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Path to Boulder Paved by Shady Deals and Holocaust Denial, written by Uriel Heilman

Strange But True Tale of How Biggest Nazi Archive Wound Up in Colorado
BOULDER, COLORADO — (JTA) — The yellowing document is crumbling and fading, but the smooth signature on its cover is as legible as it is chilling: Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who served as a Hitler deputy from 1933 to 1941.

Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents

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

By Harriet Alexander

Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents
In popular imagination the Vatican is, away from the hallowed halls, a place of dark corridors, skulduggery and shady secrets.

On Sunday the Pope’s press secretary appeared to give weight to the Hollywood image, with the remarkable announcement that the Vatican had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo, which were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago.

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.

Frida Kahlo Love Letters Sell for $137,000 at Doyle NY

on Thursday, 16 April 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Frida Kahlo Love Letters Sell for $137,000 at Doyle NY
April 15, 2015 Auction Featured 25 Unpublished Love Letters Written by Frida Kahlo to Spanish Artist Jose Bartoli Between 1946-1949

Frida Kahlo Biographer Hayden Herrera Has Written an Essay Profiling the Letters and Their Significance.

When Do Official Documents Belong to the Public?

on Monday, 30 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by ​ELIZABETH YALE

When Do Official Documents Belong to the Public?
Hillary Clinton is hardly the first government officer to try to keep her correspondence private. The fight over her emails echoes battles that stretch back to the inception of government archives.

Queen Victoria's Highland adventures manuscript on show in Edinburgh

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Queen Victoria's Highland adventures manuscript on show in Edinburgh
A gilded manuscript based on a book by Queen Victoria which detailed time she spent in the Highlands and north east is going on show in Scotland.

Rescuing the priceless manuscripts of Timbuktu

on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

For centuries, Timbuktu was a center of learning, home to a university and a vast collection of manuscripts containing priceless written records of Islamic and African history. When, a few years ago, jihadists invaded the city and set about to destroy its cultural treasures, one man organized a mission to smuggle out most of the manuscripts. Jeffrey Brown reports from Mali.

€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.
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