Thomas Jefferson Collectibles And Memorabilia
Thomas Jefferson Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the 3rd President of the United States. Brief history/biography
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 and died on July 4th, 1826.
Jefferson was the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809 and also the "principal" author of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1777. He was also the author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom in 1777 and the founder of the University of Virginia.
Types of memorabilia
Documents sold by the auction house Christie's include:
- a manuscript which was signed by Jefferson and contained controversial documentation concerning Jefferson's ownership of slaves as well as a summary list of his taxed property (circa 1815) for $253,900 in June of 2004
- an autographed letter written by Jefferson (circa 1809) for $721,000 in May of 2000
- a rare copy of a letter written by Jefferson to a Baptist group in Connecticut which contained evidence of his "personal interpretation" of the Bill of Rights in relation to religion (circa 1802) for $228,000 in June of 2006
- an autographed letter by Jefferson George Hay, U.S. District Attorney in Richmond (circa 1807) concerning equal rights under law and the doctrine of executive privilege for $248,000 in March of 2002
- an autographed letter by Jefferson to the U.S. Minister of France (circa 1788) regarding the French Revolution for $105,000 in October of 2001
- an autographed letter by Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon (circa 1801) for $204,000 in December of 2001
- Jefferson's book titled "Notes on the State of Virginia" (circa 1781) for $229,500 in October of 2002
- one autographed letter by Jefferson to Edward Livingston, the Mayor of New York (circa 1801) for $138,000 in May of 2001
- an autographed letter by Jefferson to James Maury Esq. in London (circa 1812) for $185,500 in December of 2002
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California sold an autographed letter written by Jefferson (circa 1805) to William Jarvis, the U.S. Consul General to Portugal for $100,000 in April of 2010.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold an autographed letter written by Jefferson to his daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph (circa 1809) for $50,787 in April of 2011.
Signature House in Upland, California sold personal letter written by Jefferson to the Governor of New York which references the first Act to authorize a national census in the United States, as well as an original issue of the Columbian Centinel (circa 1790) for $50,000 in December of 2003.
Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a pamphlet by Jefferson titled "Notes on the Establishment of a Money Unit, and of a Coinage for the United States" for $55,000 in October of 2007.
Sotheby's in New York sold a three-page autographed letter by Jefferson to François Barbé de Marbois (circa 1782) for $59,750 in June of 2002.
Christie's in New York sold a portrait of Jefferson by Thomas Sully (1793-1872) for $209,100 in May of 2003.
Christie's in London sold a bottle of a 1787 Bordeaux wine which had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson for £105,000 in 1985, and the bottle is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive bottle of wine in the world.
Guide for collectors
Letters that were written by Jefferson and reference an important event in American history are considered to be extremely rare and valuable, especially if the document contains Jefferson's personal thoughts, opinions and feelings about the event.
Restoration of an authentic Jefferson letter and/or document is not recommended.
For more information on where to find Thomas Jefferson memorabilia, visit www.loriferber.com or www.monticello.org.
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