University Archives proudly presents its September 30th sale: mark your calendars for a 356-lot extravaganza!

The sale features truly remarkable items from a dizzying array of collecting categories: Kennedyiana, Foreign, Science, Early American, Presidential, Literary, Space / Aviation, and many more.

Mao Zedong SIGNED Presentation Copy of the Tenth Anniversary of the People's Republic of China

LOT No. 25 -- (Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000)

Tenth Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, special presentation copy SIGNED by Mao Zedong in brilliant red ink.


We are thrilled to offer a special presentation copy of a Russian book signed by Chairman Mao Zedong and dedicated to Marshal Semyon Budenny, Soviet Civil War hero and deputy member of the Politburo. Wrapped in white silk binding, printed in Cyrillic, and profusely illustrated, the 588-page book is impressive alone. Yet add in an extremely rare Mao autograph–examples of which have consistently attained $500,000-1,000,000 at auction during the last few years—as well as the context of the book—the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1959– and this signed book should break records.

Sir Isaac Newton Superb Autograph Manuscript

LOT No. 226 -- (Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000)

Important Autograph Manuscript. Ca.1700-1710. In English. 1 folio page, 7.25″ x 12″; Approximately 500 words of text, with textual emendations.



Our September sale also features an intriguing religious manuscript from an unlikely source: Sir Isaac Newton. The manuscript, containing approximately 500 words in Newton’s hand with numerous edits, dates from circa 1700-1710 and could possibly be a portion of his unfinished treatise on the history of the Roman Catholic Church. In this document, Newton takes notes on the “Arian heresy,” an alternative religious doctrine with 4th-century origins which contested the idea of the Holy Trinity. This handwritten draft demonstrates that Newton must be viewed as a philosopher of religion as much as a major contributor of the Scientific Revolution. Newton’s unorthodox religious beliefs influenced his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, first published in 1687. Back in May, we sold a partly printed document signed by Sir Isaac Newton for over $100,000.

John F. Kennedy & The Kennedy Family -- Featuring 80 Lots from the Estate of Father Ronald Hoskins (1949-2020) "Assassinologist"

The September auction features the first installment — nearly 80 lots — of the estate of Father Ronald Hoskins (1949-2020), the noted assassinologist and collector of John F. Kennedy memorabilia. Of the many exceptional items that we handpicked for this sale, two lots stand out. Kennedyiana collectors can find the original police badges and uniform insignia belonging to Dallas Police Officer Nick McDonald, who apprehended suspected presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas Theatre on November 22, 1963, along with the original “little black book” personally owned by Jack Ruby, the night club owner who shot Oswald in the basement of Dallas Police Department headquarters two days later. In addition to the Hoskins estate, an additional consignment brings us a third Kennedyiana item of especial interest: a lot comprised of eight original paintings attributed to young amateur artists John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, with an unbroken chain of custody stretching back to Kennedy’s Senate secretary. The two signed and six unsigned works depict such subjects as figures in historic costume and architectural scenes, and date from 1954, only a year after the couple was married.

Jack Kerouac -- Estate-Certified Art, Books & Relics

This month, literary aficionados will seek out more outstanding items relating to the Written Word. More items from the Jack Kerouac Estate will be offered, ranging from the Beatnik’s personally owned books and papers, to original artwork and other treasured possessions. One such example testifying to Kerouac’s interest in Buddhism is a monumental blue and white porcelain statue of Guanyin measuring nearly 28” high. The statue was retrieved from Kerouac’s last home in St. Petersburg, Florida where it was photo-identified displayed on top of a floor model television.