AP: Lion Heart Autographs Wins Rare Photo of Harriet Tubman for Smithsonian, Library of Congress
(April 3, 2017) — An album with a rare photograph of abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been acquired by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian’s African–American history museum. The album was sold at auction in New York for $161,000, far exceeding presale estimates, on Thursday. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the library announced the purchase Friday... Swann Galleries said the album sold for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $31,000 auctioneer fee. The album had an estimated sale price of $20,000 to $30,000. The winning bid was made by phone by Lion Heart Autographs, a Manhattan-based dealer. Read More
AP: Album with rare 1860s Harriet Tubman photo sells for $161K
NEW YORK (AP) — An album containing a rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman was sold Thursday at a New York City auction for $161,000 — far exceeding presale estimates. Swann Galleries said the circa late 1860s image and other items in the album sold for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $31,000 auctioneer fee. The album had an estimated sale price of $20,000 to $30,000. The winning bid was made by phone by Lion Heart Autographs, a Manhattan-based dealer. Read more
Antiques and the Arts Weekly: New York Antiquarian Book Fair Reigns As Best In World
NEW YORK CITY – Everyone agrees. The collectors, the institutions and, always known for their blunt honesty, the dealers who sell there – all share the same opinion. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair, put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), is the finest book fair that the world has to offer. More than 200 domestic and international exhibitors convened at the Park Avenue Armory March 9-12 to offer their finest examples of rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, autographs, maps, art and photography. Read more
The Village Voice: Shooting Quail: A Dispatch from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair
NEW YORK (March 15, 2017) -- "...Every booth had something to covet, but million dollar books make me nervous. I was more comfortable with the behemoth hidden on a bottom display case shelf at Lion Heart Autographs. 41 folios of musical manuscript written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The trove also included over 500 photographs of the two maestros priced at $225.000. I didn't necessarily want to touch it, but was content enough to know the thing existed..."Read More
Sept. 12 newspaper page signed by 5 presidents nets $11,000
NEW YORK (AP) — A front page of The New York Times from Sept. 12, 2001, showing the burning World Trade Center and autographed by five U.S. presidents sold for $11,000 on Wednesday at an auction of presidential papers.
The page was signed by Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush when they were attending a national day of remembrance and prayer event for Sept. 11 victims at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., days after the attacks. Its headline above a photograph of the burning twin towers says: "U.S. Attacked: Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers and Hit Pentagon in Day of Terror." Continue reading...
Fox News Interviews David Lowenherz, President of Lion Heart Autographs, About Presidential Autographs
Those distressed by the endless election can take refuge in history. Lion Heart Autographs, an auction house, will put presidential memorabilia, vintage autographs and manuscripts on the auction block with flair on Wednesday. The many items include a lengthy and moving fragment from the first draft of George Washington’s inauguration address, an 1864 telegram sent by Ulysses S. Grant, a typewritten letter from Theodore Roosevelt and notes in John F. Kennedy’s hand addressing his campaign slogan, “The New Frontier.”
“The auction provides a history lesson that illuminates the exuberance and activism of those who influenced and fashioned our national politics and pays tribute to our founding fathers,” organizers advise, calling the selection “a tribute to the democratic ideals of the United States.”
Well, that’s refreshing. Find information at LionheartAutographs.com. Bidding gets underway at 1 p.m. EST at Invaluable.com.
MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman Highlights
Upcoming Lion Heart Autographs Auction in New York
New York, New York – (OCTOBER 18, 2016) – Lion Heart Autographs, one of the country’s most widely recognized and respected dealers of historical autographs and manuscripts specializing in art, history, literature, music and science, has announced more remarkable documents to be auctioned at the upcoming “Presidential Letters & Speeches Plus Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts” auction to take place Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST on www.invaluable.com.
In addition to the remarkable presidential documents and letters that are included in the auction are items that played an important role in pop culture, our country and the arts. Highlights include an archive of 13 letters written to a young fan by MAD Magazine publisher Bill Gaines. MAD Magazine was founded in 1952 and was a widely imitated publication that affected satirical media and the popular cultural landscape of the 20th century. At its peak, readership reached two million. Continue reading...
In Good Taste Blog:
The Secret to Collecting Presidential Autographs
Oct. 19, 2016 -- During this time of heated debates, political controversies, and an all-around sense of anxiety among the U.S. electorate, some of us might feel the urge to explore historic, fascinating presidential artifacts. Others may even feel inspired to start or add to an autograph collection, and honor those who have once dealt with the pressures and expectations that come with their very important role.
“There are autographs, and there are autographs,” says David Lowenherz, president of Lion Heart Autographs. For Lowenherz, who started his business as a dealer in 1977, the latter are autographs of great historical importance - not by Hollywood or sports figures, but by those who have greatly influenced and transformed art, history, literature, music, and science all over the globe. Continue reading...
Time: Washington's Inaugural Address Draft Could Sell for $150,000
Daily Mail: Important documents of past presidents going to auction
New York Times: George Washington Inaugural Speech at Auction
AP: Important documents of past presidents going to auction
Oct. 12, 2016 11:32 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — John F. Kennedy's scribbled notes for a 1960 campaign speech and a fragment of George Washington's draft of his first inaugural address are among presidential documents going to auction.
The Lion Heart Autographs also is offering the front page of The New York Times from Sept. 12, 2001, autographed by five U.S. presidents — Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — who were attending a national day of remembrance and prayer for 9/11 victims at the National Cathedral in Washington. Continue reading...
Just Luxe: Rare Auction to Offer Signed Artifacts Dating From the Spanish Empire to George W. Bush's Presidency
Calling all history buffs! New York autograph and manuscript dealer Lion Heart Autographs is holding quite the sale on June 15. They are auctioning a collection of rare historical artifacts they are calling “Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present.” The collection offers a piece of the original silver-colored cloth from the fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis, which had been signed by Charles Lindberg just days after his historic trans-Atlantic solo flight. It’s considered extremely rare as no other examples signed by Lindbergh when he landed in Paris are known to exist. Continue Reading...
Rare historical artifact from Charles A. Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis goes to the auction block
NEW YORK, NY.-Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music, and science, announces its current, extraordinary sale on www.invaluable.com: “Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present.” In an unprecedented opportunity for collectors and museums, Lion Heart Autographs will offer a piece of the original silver-colored cloth from the fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, just days after the historic trans-Atlantic solo flight that instantly catapulted the young American pilot to lasting worldwide fame and recognition. The section of cloth, signed “Charles A. Lindbergh,” is of extraordinary rarity because no other examples signed by Lindbergh when he landed in Paris are known. Tens of thousands of spectators waited for “Lucky Lindy” to touch down at Le Bourget airfield outside Paris and as the crowd stormed the plane some tore off pieces as souvenirs. Continue reading...
Extravaganzi: Rare Historical Artifact from Charles A. Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis Goes Under The Hammer
June 2, 2016 -- Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music, and science, announces its current, extraordinary sale on www.invaluable.com: “Five Centuries of Autographs: Ferdinand & Isabella (1492) to the Present.” In an unprecedented opportunity for collectors and museums, Lion Heart Autographs will offer a piece of the original silver-colored cloth from the fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles A. Lindbergh. Continue reading...
Antiques and Ireland: SIGNED FUSELAGE CLOTH BY CHARLES LINDBERGH AT AUCTION
June 1, 2016 -- A piece of the original silver-colored cloth from the fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, just days after the historic trans-Atlantic solo flight that instantly catapulted the young American pilot to lasting worldwide fame and recognition, comes up at an online sale by Lion Heart Autographs on June 15. The section of cloth, signed “Charles A. Lindbergh,” is of extraordinary rarity because no other examples signed by Lindbergh when he landed in Paris are known. It is estimated at $15,000-20,000. Continue reading...
Daily Mail: Note boasts rare signatures of Napoleon, Josephine
February 9, 2016 — Full signatures from a pair of notorious lovebirds — Napoleon and Josephine — lend an otherwise routine 19th-century French marriage contract a rare prestige among other love notes on display at a high-end jewelry and antique showcase in Florida. Read the entire Daily Mail story!
Lion Heart Autographs Presents Rare Marriage Contract Signed by History’s Most Celebrated Romantic Couple: NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE
January 21, 2016 -- Lion Heart Autographs has announced an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the finest marriage document ever signed by Napoleon and Josephine. This rare Valentine’s Day opportunity celebrates history’s most romantic and often controversial couple – Napoleon & Josephine. Lion Heart’s rare and evocative marriage contract is not only signed by the historic couple, but by other French notables, including six of Napoleon’s original eighteen marshals (the highest military rank during the Empire). The Valentine’s Day presentation of such a unique, historical document marks the first time Lion Heart Autographs has offered it for sale; it is one of only a handful known to exist in private hands. Lion Heart Autographs will display the document at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center fromFebruary 10-16, 2016, where it will be offered for $20,000.
See a short interview with France' AFP news agency here.
Rare Marriage Contract Signed by Napoleon for Sale—Just in Time for Valentine’s!
January 20, 2016 -- A New York autographs dealer is offering a rare memento for last minute Valentine’s Day gift buyers who happen to have a few grand to spare and a Napoleon fetish. Read the complete story in The Observer.
New York Post Features Lion Heart's Marriage Contract Signed By Napoleon and Josephine
January 19, 2016 -- Lion Heart Autographs Presents Rare Marriage Contract Signed by History’s Most Celebrated Romantic Couple: Napoleon & Josephine. Read the whole story here.
Lion Heart Autographs Announces the Sale of Large and Important Archives
December 2, 2015 -- In just the past few months, Lion Heart has sold private collections or archives in the five- and six-figure dollar range. They include the working files of a prominent U.S. biographer, a collection of play scripts annotated by one of America's major Broadway lyricists of the 20th century and the entire remaining yet completely unknown "Nachlass" of Theodor Reik to the U.S. Library of Congress. Reik was a beloved student of Sigmund Freud and a major figure in the history of psychoanalysis.
Lion Heart Autographs' 2nd Live Auction a Titanic Success!
October 1, 2015 -- Our second "no buyer's premium" auction held on September 30th was a remarkable success. The enormous, worldwide media coverage of our three "Titanic" artifacts netted over 2,500 separate news stories including The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, National Geographic, Huffington Post, CBS This Morning, the BBC, and Reuters, among others. The archive of convicted CIA Soviet double agent Aldrich Ames was covered in depth not only in the U.S., but Russia as well. Here are some auction results:
Menu from the last lunch on the "Titanic," $88,000 (est. 50/70,000); weighing chair ticket from the "Titanic's" first class Turkish Baths $11,000 (est. 7500/10000); letter from one "Titanic" survivor to another, $7,500 (est. 4000/6000); Washington free frank, $7500 (est. 4500/5500); Braxton Bragg signed CDV, $2,000 (est. 800/1000); Jacqueline du Pre SP, $4,750 (est. 1250/1500); Schoenberg signed book, $6,000 (est. 1800/2500).
Titanic Menu Auctioned by Lion Heart Autographs for $88,000
September 30, 2015 -- Read the entire story on Yahoo
National Geographic Highlights Titanic Artifacts in Our Upcoming Auction
Video Tells the Gripping Story of the Survivors of the Titanic's Infamous Lifeboat No 1
Lion Heart Autographs Announces First Auction on Invaluable.com
May 1, 2015 -- We are proud to announce that today Lion Heart Autographs becomes America’s FIRST dealer specializing in art, history, literature, music, and science autographs to join one of the world’s premier online auction platforms, Invaluable.com. Invaluable will host Lion Heart’s inaugural sale of 100 autographs, LIVE on the internet, beginning at 12 noon on May 15, 2015.
Unlike any other auction in decades, there will be NO BUYER’S PREMIUM. The hammer price is the final price, and that fact alone will save every successful bidder 15-30%!
In the coming days, we will send you details about our sale, but in the meantime, we invite you to visit any of the sites listed above where you can easily find our auction, peruse the lots, register, place absentee bids immediately, and then bid LIVE during the online auction beginning at 12 p.m. on May 15.
Additionally, we are giving a $100 credit to the 50th, 75th and 100th bidders to register for our auction on Invaluable.com, usable for any purchase made at our first auction. Without any advance publicity, many bidders from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Israel, England, and France have already registered and submitted bids.
Moving forward, we will be conducting Internet auctions while continuing to offer autographs though our website, send monthly email blasts, make individualized offers to clients, participate in selected shows, act as the exclusive agent for large collections, and provide appraisals.
Please email or call us with any questions you have about registration or anything else concerning our upcoming sale.
We look forward to teaming up with Invaluable.comand you as we begin this exciting new stage of our business!
Associated Press Features Lincoln Letter Being Sold by Lion Heart Autographs:
"Historians unravel mystery of cryptic Lincoln note"
March 8, 2014 -- Read the fascinating story of this cryptic Abraham Lincoln letter here.
David Lowenherz Named Autograph Expert for Auctionata
Lion Heart Autographs is proud to announce that David Lowenherz has been selected as the world expert in autographs for Auctionata, a new online auction house with a global audience of buyers of art, antiques, and collectibles.
Read David’s bio and his story about discovering a musical manuscript in the hand of Richard Wagner on Auctionata’s website.
Lion Heart Autographs Joins Amazon’s New Collectibles Division
Lion Heart Autographs has been selected to join Amazon.com’s newly launched Collectibles Division. This new venture allows us to bring our inventory of outstanding autographs to the largest retailer on the internet. In selecting dealers to participate in the Collectibles Division, Amazon sought out reputable autograph dealers such as Lion Heart Autographs. View our new Amazon listings here.
Lion Heart Autographs Sells Einstein Manuscripts in Excess of $1.2 Million
April 17, 2012 -- Eclipsing the auction price of $1,050,000 achieved in 1987 for Einstein’s manuscript on the Theory of Relativity and $500,000 for the Einstein/Besso Manuscript, sold in 2002, Lion Heart Autographs sold on April 14, 2012, to an American collector for more than $1,200,000, over 110 pages of hitherto unknown Einstein manuscripts spanning a wide range of scientific subjects.
This is the third Einstein archive brokered by Lion Heart Autographs – previous sales were the Einstein/Straus Archive of letters and manuscripts and correspondence between Einstein and another collaborator, Nathan Rosen.
In addition to these archives, Lion Heart Autographs has also sold the papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and George Walker; a unique archive about the Statue of Liberty; and a multi-million dollar collection of 300 letters by French artists including multiple examples of Gauguin, Cezanne, van Gogh, 40 letters by Renoir, and 125 letters by Claude Monet.
Selling such archives by private treaty allows clients to be represented discreetly and without the public exposure associated with auctions. It also provides the owner complete control as a customized price and sales strategy is formulated to increase value. Additionally, this method maximizes the purchasing power of prospective customers as there is no buyer’s fee – only a negotiated commission paid for by the seller.
Whether it’s a single item or an archive, American or foreign, scientific, historical, literary, musical, or artistic, Lion Heart Autographs is pleased to represent you in the sale of significant material.
Of course, we also buy autographs to add to our stock.