Franklin D. Roosevelt Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:58:30

Franklin D. Roosevelt collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the 32nd President of the United States.

Brief history/biography

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882 and died on April 12th, 1945.

Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945, and was also the only President to be elected for more than two terms.

Types of memorabilia


Signature House in Upland, California sold Roosevelt's Moroccan leather briefcase for $15,000 in October of 2009.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois sold Roosevelt's pocket watch for $15,000 in December of 2006.


Christie's in New York sold an oil portrait of Roosevelt (circa 1935) by artist Frank O. Salisbury for $76,375 in February of 2001.


Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Franklin D. Roosevelt's and Eleanor Roosevent's signed handprints and palmistry readings (circa 1937) for $12,000 in December of 2008, as well as various signed documents and signatures of Roosevelt and his Cabinet, the Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court for $15,000.

They also sold Roosevelt's signed "D-Day Prayer" for $13,000 in June of 2008, 40 of Roosevelt's signed letters for $12,500, and an autograph letter which Roosevelt signed as New York Governor (circa 1932) for $16,000 in June of 2008.

Signature House in Upland, California sold Roosevelt's will as well as various other documents related to his estate and the Warm Springs Foundation for $30,000 in August of 2003.

Alexander Autographs, Inc. in Cos Cob, Connecticut sold the "ultimate World War II FDR letter" which was written on White House letterhead (circa 1943) for $11,000 in October of 2005.

Sotheby's in New York sold Roosevelt's first wartime White House Christmas book which contained various speeches, messages and messages (circa 1941/2) for $27,600 in November of 2005.

Items sold by Christies include:

  • an autographed letter signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" with a signed and inscribed copy of Ludwig for $20,000 in February of 2009
  • a signed typed letter by Roosevelt to John A. Roosevelt (circa 1943) on White House stationery as well as in an original White House envelope for $49,350 in February of 2001
  • two signed and typed letters by Roosevelt to Major General Frank R. McCoy (circa 1941-1942) on White House stationery for $37,600 in March of 2002
  • Roosevelt's veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act of 1935 for $30,550 in February of 2001
  • a signed and typed document of Roosevelt's last will and testament (circa 1923) for $25,850 in March of 2002

Quinn's & Waverly Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia sold Roosevelt's "D-Day Prayer" (circa 1944) for $13,500 in March of 2008.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold 47 of Roosevelt's signed checks for $20,000 in June of 2008.


RM Auctions in Auburn, Indiana sold a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster which was once owned by Roosevelt for $38,000 in June of 2008, and a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria Coupe which was once owned by Roosevelt for $18,500 in July of 2010.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once signed, owned or used by Roosevelt while he was President of the United States is considered to be valuable, but not necessarily the most rare. Memorabilia that was signed by Roosevelt also drives up the value of the item, as well as letters and/or personal messages that were written on a White House letterhead.

There are only 100 signed copies of Roosevelt's "D-Day Prayer."

Restoration of one of Roosevelt's personal letters or documents is not recommended.

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