University Archives is delighted to announce its upcoming sale on April 14, 2021, when 357 lots will cross the auction block. This sale is particularly strong in the Presidential, Science, Foreign, and African American collecting categories, though Maps, Early American, Literary, Civil War, and World War II are also well-represented. You’ll be able to find just what you’re looking for among our many fabulous autographs, manuscripts, rare books, relics, and historic collectibles.

Paul Gauguin

LOT No. 133 -- (Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000)

Paul Gauguin 3pp ALS to Friend & Mentor Camille Pissarro, Discussing Fellow Artists & Considering his Future as a Full-Time Artist: “I have it in my head that I would become a painter.”



A spectacular 3pp autograph letter in French signed by French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) as “Gauguin” on the bottom of the third page. N.p., n.d. but likely Paris, France sometime in late May or early June 1882.

Albert Einstein

LOT No. 104 -- (Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000)

Einstein TLS, “for God, too, the creation of the world must have been a pointless luxury”


Albert Einstein, typed letter signed, “Albert”, to Michele Besso, in German, 1 p., December 14, 1946, on his personal blind embossed letterhead, Princeton, 8.5” x 11”. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and a copy of the English translation of the letter. Expected mailing folds, very minor toning, else Fine.