About Lion Heart Autographs

History of Lion Heart Autographs

David H. Lowenherz, owner of Lion Heart Autographs, was first introduced to the world of autograph collecting through his father, Max. In 1978, at the age of 27, David opened Lion Heart Autographs and from the start he set out to make his business international in scope. Focusing on American and European material, the business grew from a one-man operation into one of the premier historical manuscript dealerships in the United States, specializing in art, history, literature, music, and science.

Lion Heart (a translation of David’s surname) combines David’s love of rare collectibles and scholarship with his business philosophy: Quality, Service, Value and Integrity. For more than three decades David has assisted hundreds of Lion Heart’s satisfied customers to build their collections; some even refer to him as their “personal curator.”

David's personal collection of Robert Frost signed books, letters and manuscripts, one of the finest in private hands, was exhibited in 1999 at the Grolier Club on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Frost’s birth. The richly illustrated, limited edition catalogue Robert Frost: The David H. Lowenherz Collection – Letters, Manuscripts, and Inscribed Books can be purchased directly from Lion Heart Autographs. Click here to order your copy today.

In 2000, David began a series of books that brought together famous and important letters organized by theme. The first book, The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time, published by Crown, a division of Random House, received enormous attention and praise since its January 2002 release and went, almost immediately, into a second, third, and then a fourth printing. It was also published in Israel, Italy, Japan and Korea, and selections from this book were used in the first "Sex and the City" movie. Click here to purchase The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time directly at amazon.com or bn.com.

In conjunction with the release of his book, David lectured to a sold out audience at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, appeared on the BBC’s World Service, was  interviewed 12 times, coast-to-coast, on Canadian radio, and on many U.S. radio stations including WNYC’s The Next Big Thing. He continued to speak on the subject of love letters and autograph collecting while completing his second book of the series, The 50 Greatest Letters from America’s Wars, published by Crown in December 2002. Click here to purchase the 50 Greatest Letters from America's Wars directly at amazon.com or bn.com.

David was joined by Heather Wightman in 1999 and Michel Sauvage in 2002.

 

Our Staff

David Lowenherz, owner of Lion Heart Autographs, is a graduate of The Horace Mann School and Bennington College. He is a member of the Universal Autograph Collector’s Club (UACC); the Grolier Club; a trustee of the Manuscript Society; and co-founder, first president, and current treasurer of PADA (Professional Autograph Dealer’s Association). A full-time autograph dealer since 1978, David has published forty-four catalogues that have themselves become collectibles. In addition to appraisals for Carnegie Hall, The New York Times and the estates of many famous individuals including Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, and Martha Graham, Lion Heart has completed hundreds of authentications ranging from the debunking of a fraudulent signature by Christopher Columbus to the discovery of unidentified original compositions by Richard Wagner and George Gershwin.

 

             Heather Wightman, Lion Heart's researcher and writer, is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned her Master’s degree in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. Her master’s thesis, for which she conducted archival research at the Morgan Library, the Grolier Club and the New York Public Library Rare Books Division, is entitled New York Public Library De Ricci ms. 60: The Production, Provenance and Use of a Late Medieval Book of Hours. In addition to her experience cataloguing a large collection donated to the New York Public Library’s Manuscript Division, Heather worked in journalism and public relations before joining Lion Heart Autographs in 1999.

 

Michel Sauvage, office manager, is a native New Yorker born of French parents, and educated at the Lyçée Français de New York and Richmond College of the City University of New York. The son of a prominent journalist and theater critic for the Paris daily Le Figaro, Michel has his own collection of autographs, which has at its core documents written to his father by friends Langston Hughes, George Grosz and Salvador Dalí. Prior to joining Lion Heart Autographs in 2002, Michel was a music recording engineer for more than twenty years, working in New York City recording studios as well as in Los Angeles, France, Senegal, Jamaica and St. Thomas. He has also worked as an escort-interpreter for the U.S. State Department, accompanying foreign dignitaries on 30-day tours of the United States.

 

*Lion Heart's staff is fluent in English, French and German*

*Wir sprechen Deutsch*

*Nous parlons Français*

Our Research Facilities

Lion Heart Autographs' office is located at 216 East 45th Street, Suite 1100 in New York City, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station.

Each autograph offered for sale is carefully authenticated and evaluated using the more than 900 research books located in Lion Heart’s New York City library.

Our spacious office houses a large reference library comprised of biographies, monographs and specialized encyclopedias, as well as facsimiles from the outstanding collections of Bovet, Fillon, Geigy, Koch, Morrison, and many others.

These resources are consulted on a regular basis to insure that each and every document is properly researched in order to warrant Lion Heart’s unconditional guarantee of authenticity. The location of our midtown office allows us to conduct, when necessary, research at the Grolier Club, Morgan Library, New York Public Library, New York University, and many other New York City research libraries.

A judicious use of the resources available on the internet rounds out our ability to research all the autographs that pass through our doors. You can rely on Lion Heart Autographs for the accuracy of its descriptions and feel confident about your purchases. Our attention to detail will enhance your enjoyment of autograph collecting and ensure your investment.

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