Our June 30, 2021 sale scorched the auctioneer’s gavel, and singed the company
The 93-degree weather outside our Wilton, Connecticut offices was cool compared
to the sweltering action taking place within the auction room last week on June
30th. Our 328-lot sale attracted more than 5,200 bidders who registered on three
auction platforms and our newly revamped website. Over 2,300 absentee bids were
executed on behalf of buyers from 54 countries, where collectors from the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Monaco, Hungary,
Switzerland, and Austria continue to be among our most devoted clientele. Over
94% of auction items sold at premium prices, frequently exceeding high estimates.
The strongest auction returns were from the Science, Sports, Presidential, and
A black and white photograph of Hawking, measuring 8.5″ x 7.25″, [Cambridge], dated Ca. 1970s. Signed “S.W. Hawking” in blue ink. A remarkably rare signature by the famed theoretical astrophysicist. A letter of provenance from the original owner accompanying the photograph explains how the signature was procured.
LOT No. 323 -- (Estimate: $50,000 - $55,000)
Humble Einstein 1 of 2 Known Letters to U. S. President “I am but a grain of dust in the development of the Human Spirit” World Class ALSBID NOW
1p, measuring 8.625″ x 10.875″, Berlin, dated May 6, 1929. An autograph letter signed “A. Einstein”, addressed to President Herbert Hoover. Written in German, the letter is a remarkable self-assessment following his 50th birthday. Letters by Einstein to the President of the United States are absolute rarities. We can only point to one other – the famous 1939 letter Einstein sent Roosevelt about the Atom Bomb. A humbled Einstein writes to thank Hoover for his telegraph, regarding the “Einstein Jubilee Celebration”.