Alexander Autographs

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2015-06-26 11:13:26

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Alexander Autographs is a leading auctioneer of historic autographs, based in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

They have been operating continuously since 1991.

Expertise and services

Operating in competition with the likes of Christie’s and Heritage Auction Galleries, Alexander Autographs have built an excellent reputation as a reliable and professional auction house.

With a global customer base and a wide range of unique and historic autographs, manuscripts and other collectibles on sale, the company is one of the premier small auction houses in the market.

Alexander’s specialise in a number of areas of autograph collecting, focusing primarily on signatures of American celebrities or figures of note.

Their specialist categories include Colonial Era and Revolutionary War, Americana, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Military Leaders, Authors and Writers, Astronauts, Sports and many others.

The company holds several auctions per year, with bids being accepted from the floor, over the phone and in real-time via the internet.

Alexander’s are also members of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association, the Manuscript Society, the Ephemera Society, and the Universal Autograph Collectors Club.

Notable sales

Alexander’s have undertaken a number of high value and controversial sales.

2005

In October, the auction house sold a gold Rolex wristwatch formerly belonging to US President, John F Kennedy.

The watch was in fact a present from Marilyn Monroe, bearing the inscription, “Jack, with love as always, from Marilyn, May 29 1962”.

It is, of course, an oft-repeated theory that Monroe and Kennedy conducted a clandestine affair. This watch, gifted to the President in the wake of Monroe’s infamous ‘Happy Birthday’ performance, only adds fuel to that fire.

Symbolic of the mythology surrounding these two famous figures, the watch sold for $120,000 to an anonymous East Coast collector.

2006

In February, Alexander’s withdrew the sale of a letter purporting to be from Ronald Reagan, amid much controversy. The letter was allegedly written in Reagan’s later years while suffering from Alzheimer’s, and made reference to the disease.

However, it was later revealed to be a fake when the forger came forward to confess. It was removed from auction.

2008

In November, Alexander's auctioned the recordings of the legal team defending Jack Ruby – the killer of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald – which sold for $9,000.

In addition, the flying suit of Paul Tibbets, a World War II pilot, was offered for sale. The suit was worn by Tibbets aboard the Enola Gay, the plane used to drop the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This had an estimate of $150,000-200,000.

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