General Autograph News

Did Bach’s wife write his finest works?

on Saturday, 25 October 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

by Hannah Furness

JS Bach and his wife, Anna Magdalena - Photo: Alamy

Martin Jarvis, professor of music at Charles Darwin University in Australia, claims some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best-loved works were actually written by his wife.

President Harding’s steamy love letters with Carrie Phillips to go on display

on Saturday, 05 July 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By Michael E. Ruane

On Christmas Eve, 1910, future president Warren G. Harding got out a photograph of himself, and on the back wrote an impassioned love note to his mistress.

Samuel Beckett manuscript of first published novel to go on display

on Monday, 09 June 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

Nobel laureate's notebooks that cost Reading University almost £1m at auction will be on show for just one day

Photograph: Jane Bown for the Guardian

Six cheap dark blue notebooks, sacred relics to admirers of Samuel Beckett, will go on display this week for the first time since an English university paid almost £1m for them at auction.

In an Era of Squiggles, You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Handwriting Analyst

on Friday, 28 March 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By TYLER KEPNER

In an Era of Squiggles, You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Handwriting Analyst
The walls of the steakhouse at Yankee Stadium are decorated with signatures of past Yankee greats. David Robertson, the team’s young closer, marvels at the fact that he can read the names.

Historians unravel mystery of cryptic Lincoln note

on Saturday, 08 March 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

Historians believe they’ve unraveled the mystery of a cryptic note Lincoln penned that doesn’t identify the recipient by name and has a section clipped out.

Lost Albert Einstein Manuscript Reveals Alternative Big Bang Theory

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By Hannah Osborne

Albert Einstein once suggested an alternative theory to the Big Bang in a previously undiscovered manuscript.

Jane Austen fragment found: but what's behind it?

on Monday, 03 February 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

by Alison Flood

Scrap of paper, transcribing part of a sermon by her brother, shows imprint of other writing on its reverse, which scholars are investigating

Springsteen's Handwritten 'Born To Run' Lyrics Fetch $197,000 At Auction

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

Handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 hit “Born to Run” sold today at Sotheby’s in New York for $197,000.

Taylor Swift May Be Right About the Death of the Autograph

on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By Alice Robb

But some people now want their selfies signed

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Stone lyrics set new world record at Sotheby’s

on Wednesday, 25 June 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

Bob Dylan’s lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone sold for $2m on June 24

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Stone lyrics set new world record at Sotheby’s
Bob Dylan's original autograph lyrics for Like a Rolling Stone have sold for $2m at Sotheby's New York - a new world record for a pop music manuscript.

John Lennon manuscripts, drawings sell for $2.9 million at auction

on Wednesday, 04 June 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

John Lennon manuscripts, drawings sell for $2.9 million at auction
(Reuters) - Original manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9 million on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate, Sotheby's auction house said.

Shaken and stirred: letters reveal Ian Fleming's tempestuous first love

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

In letters from early 1930s to Edith Morpurgo, Fleming writes: 'I would like to hurt you because you have earned it'

Shaken and stirred: letters reveal Ian Fleming's tempestuous first love
It might sound more Fifty Shades of Grey than 007, but a series of letters by a young Ian Fleming to his Austrian lover see the man who would go on to create James Bond detailing how he would like "to hurt you because you have earned it and in order to tame you like a little wild animal".

Working Draft of Orson Welles’s Script for ‘Citizen Kane’ to Be Auctioned

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By ALLAN KOZINN

Orson Welles’s personal copy of an early script for “Citizen Kane” will be offered for auction at Sotheby’s in London on March 6.

The Lost Art of the Condolence Letter

on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By SAUL AUSTERLITZ

I write because I desperately need to communicate, and because I know that ultimately, I cannot. I write to remember, and to be remembered.

On View | Long Live “The Little Prince”

on Thursday, 23 January 2014. Posted in General Autograph News

By ADRIENNE GAFFNEY

On View | Long Live “The Little Prince”
The little-known New York roots of a French classic are unearthed in “The Little Prince: A New York Story,” a Morgan Library exhibition that explores the origins of the deceptively profound children’s book.
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