|King Charles II, authorization for Edmund Andros to take possession of New York from the Dutch, 1674.|
The top lot was King Charles II's letter calling for Edmund Andros to take possession of New York from the Dutch, sometimes called "The Birth Certificate of New York." It sold to Seth Kaller, Inc. of White Plains, NY, a leading Americana dealer, for $120,000. He also won several other important lots, including a Thomas Edison archive ($14,400) and a rare official printing of James Madison's Virginia Resolution ($11,400).
|First Printed Baseball Scorecard, Athletic Club of Philadelphia vs. Atlantic Club of Brooklyn, 1 Oct 1866|
Newspapers were another strength of the sale, which will not be a surprise to anyone who has followed Eric Caren's career. Nine single issues of newspapers brought at least $3,000 each, led by a 1765 issue of the Boston Post-Boy regarding protests against the Stamp Act, which sold for $19,200.
Among the many photographs in the sale, the top lot was a group of 5 cabinet card photographs of the Dalton Gang (four of them in their coffins), $8,400. The top poster in the sale was an early Buffalo Bill piece that brought $6,720.
|Remarks on the Slave Trade, first American broadside printing, Philadelphia, 1789|