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Auction results: April, feat. Sci-Fi

Robert Eaton
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US President John F. Kennedy's personal map of Cuba Cuban Missile Crisis RR Auction

JFK’s personal ‘victory map’ of Cuba dominates with $138k achieved

Our April Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction, with Sci-Fi feature, eclipsed expectations. The top item was President John F. Kennedy’s personal “victory map” of Cuba (banner image) used during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The historic artifact achieved a price of $138,798 (all prices shown include Buyer’s Premium).

ALS DS Revolutionary War letter signed George Washington RR Auction
Revolutionary War-dated letter, signed by George Washington. Sold by RR Auction for $36,546.

It was not the only US president-related item to make the Top 10 auction results; two George Washington artifacts ranked – a signed letter which garnered $36,546, and his signature which yielded $8,083. Founding Fathers were strongly represented, with a Thomas Jefferson ALS that sold for $28,843, a Benjamin Franklin ALS which earned $14,822, and a DS of Alexander Hamilton, which sold for $9,782. Items representing Abraham Lincoln, John Hancock, James Garfield and FDR also did well.

Composition written by Giuseppe Verdi. Sold by RR Auction for $10,003.

Classical music composers had solid showings, with auction results including a DS from Frederic Chopin achieving $18,751 and a Giuseppe Verdi AMQS garnering $10,003. Modern music’s top seller was a fully signed, self-titled debut album from the Rolling Stones, which earned $10,003.

Star Wars vintage glossy photo autograph SP Mark Hamill Carrie Fisher Harrison Ford RR Auction
Star Wars vintage glossy photo autographed by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Sold by RR Auction for $8,575.

The top selling item from our first Sci-Fi feature was a signed vintage glossy photo for the first Star Wars film, autographed by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, which achieved $8,575.


Top 10 sales of the month:

John F. Kennedy ‘victory map’ of Cuba: $138,798

George Washington LS: $36,546

Thomas Jefferson ALS: $28,843

Frederic Chopin DS: $18,751

Benjamin Franklin ALS: $14,822

Giuseppe Verdi AMQS: $10,003

Rolling Stones fully signed self-titled debut album: $10,003

Alexander Hamilton DS: $9,782

Star Wars signed photograph: $8,575

George Washington signature: $8,083


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