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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.

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.

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.

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.
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