Caren Collection: New York Highlights

New York has a rich history marked by cultural influences, milestones and legacies. On September 15th Swann will auction off the document that launched New York as an English colony, which has been called "New York State's Birth Certificate." This lot, number 227 in the Eric C. Caren Collection auction, is King Charles II's signed letter authorizing Edmund Andros to take possession of New York from the Dutch, addressed to Heneage Finch, Keeper of the Great Seal and titled "Warrant for sealing Major Andros his Commission & taking poss'on of New York yielded by ye Dutch by ye late peace." 
Charles II, King of England,
letter signed to Heneage Finch,
Windsor Castle, England, July 1674.
Estimate $100,000 to $150,000.

Other New York lots in this auction include a partial broadside printed in New York in 1693, a doctor's bill for two years of services to George Washington's family and slaves just prior to his presidency, and an archive of Thomas Edison's early work including his experimental notes from the first days of the Pearl Street Station, the first commercial power plant. 

12 items in a folder.
Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

For more, see the full catalogue, which includes printed, manuscript and photographic documentation of great events from American history and beyond, including posters, pamphlets, books, maps, newspapers, and broadsides from the 16th through 20th centuries. 

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