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Items signed by Reagan, Guthrie and Einstein headline University Archives' Jan. 10th online auction

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The Rare Signed Manuscripts, Books, Photos & Relics auction will start at 10:30 am EST. All 407 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now, on the University Archives website. Online bidding is available on multiple platforms.

WILTON, Conn. - eTradeWire -- A draft of Ronald Reagan's iconic "Win One for the Gipper" speech from 1981 with extensive handwritten notes; a two-page autograph letter signed by legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie to his Army friends discussing "personal experience ballads" that he had just written; and an Albert Einstein signed typed card exploring the physicist's views on human nature are just a few of the highly collectible items up for bid in University Archives' online-only auction on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024.

The Rare Signed Manuscripts, Books, Photos & Relics auction will start promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time. All 407 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now – on the University Archives website: www.UniversityArchives.com – as well as Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted.

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"We're ushering in the New Year with an exciting auction featuring exceptional and desirable material from the U.S. Presidential, Science, Music, Literature & Military collecting categories," remarked John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives, who added, "Early America, International, Aviation/Space, Art, Civil Rights and Sports are also well-represented."

Lot 92 is the draft of President Reagan's "Win one for the Gipper" speech, featuring eight pages of handwritten notes, with additional manuscript revisions to typed pages. Reagan delivered the speech as the Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame on May 17, 1981, just weeks after surviving an assassination attempt. In his acting days, Reagan had portrayed George Gipp, Notre Dame's beloved All American football player. The draft carries an estimate of $15,000-$24,000.

Lot 287 is the two-page autograph letter signed by Woody Guthrie from October 1945, in which he tells his Army friends: "The little vacation has … caused my guitar to play better. I've turned out (12) twelve more personal experience ballads taken from the hottest spots in the war… best of luck in your ventures into the grass roots of folks songs and folk lore." (est. $8,000-$9,000).

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Lot 392 is a handsome Albert Einstein display featuring a typed card in English signed by him. Einstein addressed the card to a former psychiatric social worker who had asked Einstein his thoughts on human nature, citing an anecdote about an enraged six-year-old patient. Einstein's response, in part, "Practice makes a master, Practice makes a hater," bears out his belief that human behavior is a product of nurture rather than nature (est. $6,000-$7,000).

To learn more, visit www.universityarchives.com.

John Reznikoff

Source: University Archives

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