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Auction results: March, feat. Military

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Karl Marx letter 1879 RR Auction

Auction results: March, feat. Military

Another monthly auction is in the record book, and we’re pleased with the results we achieved for our consignors. Bidders were drawn to our stellar assortment of Rare and Remarkable autographs, documents and manuscripts. Here are the auction results.

The top sales success story was an extremely rare handwritten and signed letter from Karl Marx, shown above, written in English in 1879. Marx letters are extraordinarily rare and virtually nonexistent outside of institutions; in more than 40 years of business, this is the only one we have ever encountered. It sold for $53,509.

In fact, there were several fine ALS lots that garnered five-digit results. A rare Leo Tolstoy letter in Russian – the first we’ve offered in 8 years – earned $21,450; artist Claude Monet’s multi-page letter, in French, to his wife went for $21,128; Nobel Prize-winner and quantum physics pioneer Wolfgang Pauli letter to a colleague garnered $14,700; and French political philosopher and “man of letters” Montequieu had his letter sell for $10,267.

There was also a significant cache of writing by Jean-Paul Sartre for his autobiography, in which he incredibly imagines “the late Jean-Paul Sartre as it would be revealed to the academics of the 21st century, by his works, his correspondence and the testimony of his contemporaries.” That lot sold for $12,105.

Politics, music, US presidents, literature and more categories were represented in the March auction. Our Military feature did well, with items like a “Horrors of War” card set, haunting photos after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WWII bomber jackets and much more.

bomber jacket WWII USAAF 8th Air Force B-10 Flight Jacket with painted decorations RR Auction
WWII USAAF 8th Air Force B-10 Flight Jacket with painted decorations. Sold by RR Auction for $3,407.

Top 10 items sold

Karl Marx — ALS, sold for $53,509.23

Mohandas Gandhi — Signed Photo, sold for $41,806.80

Leo Tolstoy — ALS, sold for $21,450.98

Claude Monet — ALS, sold for $21,128.80

John F. Kennedy — Book, sold for $15,926.23

Wolfgang Pauli — ALS, sold for $14,700.00

Jean-Paul Sartre — Handwritten Manuscripts, sold for $12,105.45

Beatles — Promo Card, sold for $11,025.00

Montesquieu — ALS, sold for $10,267.95

Revolutionary War: British Navy — DS, sold for $8,581.13


Photo of Mohandas Gandhi walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya. Sold by RR Auction for $41,806.

See all auction results here.

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