The Lion Heart Autographs’ auction consists of artifacts, musical scores, and other rare memorabilia. The auction runs until November 1.
The company owner David Lowenherz said that the featured items are incredibly rare and unheard of in any private collection.
They refer to it as the Lion Heart Autographs’ Fall 2023 auction packed with signed items “across all subject areas.”
Here is a compilation of some of the most valuable items in the auction.
Musical scores from the classic The Wizard of Oz
Actor Ray Bolger’s family put up two printed musical scores from the film. The auction included “Over The Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain” in the catalog. Bolger played the Scarecrow in the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, and previously owned the musical scores.
The website says the musical scores are in overall fine condition. They indicated that the first page of “Over The Rainbow”’s musical sheet is lighter than the others.
“Over The Rainbow” is expected to sell in between $12,000 to $15,000, and “If I Only Had a Brain” for $6,000 to $8,000.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inscriptions for his longtime secretary, Missy LeHand
The United States’ 32nd president Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote on a lithograph that says “For Marguerite LeHand, with love.” Marguerite, known as Missy, became FDR’s longtime private secretary and alleged companion.
Roosevelt dedicated a black and white photograph that shows only his hands to LeHand as well. He wrote “M.A.L. from her amanuensis” with his signature and date.
LeHand worked for Roosevelt in 1920 and saw him through his polio, New York governorship, and into the White House.
Lion Heart Autographs’ website estimates Roosevelt’s writings to amount from $7,500 to $8,000 for the photo of his hands. The lithograph with “For Marguerite LeHand, with love” amounts approximately $8,000 to $9,000.
Harry Houdini’s letter that “covers many subjects”
Hungarian-American escape artist and magician Harry Houdini wrote a letter on his personal stationary. His letter covers a series of subjects that he is addressing to German scientist and parapsychological researcher Karl Von Klinckowstroem. The letter, while covering various subjects, also mentions other interesting personalities.
Lion Heart Autographs posted Houdini’s letter that’s written on one full sheet and a second partial sheet with his signature. It’s folded with paperclip impressions in the upper left corner and file holes in the left margin.
The auction projects the letter’s value to amount from $3,500 to $4,000.
A ‘consummation of peace’ that former King of France Louis XVI created
Then King of France Louis XVI created a document addressing the recipient to attend “Te Deum” to give thanks for a peace treaty. This ended the American revolutionary war and conflicts between Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic.
Lion Heart Autographs included this in their auction, with additional signatures from the French king’s minister of war, Philippe Henri. The document dates back to November 25, 1783.
The autograph company says that this document is “the only letter” they found where Louis XVI refers to the Peace of Paris. The artifact may amount between $2,000 to $2,500.
Claude Monet’s to art dealer George Petit arranging an exhibit of his work
French impressionist painter Claude Monet wrote a letter to Parisian art dealer George Petit in 1998. Monet intended to arrange an exhibit of his work.
Petit showed 60 of Monet’s works later on, dated between June 3 and the end of July in the year 1898.
The letter showed Monet writing with his “characteristic” purple pink.
Lion Heart Autographs placed the item in the auction catalog and estimated sales to amount between $2,400 to $2,600.
Lion Heart Autographs’ auction runs until November 1.
Banner photo via Lion Heart Autographs’ website.