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January 18, 2008

Autograph Auction from Smythe in NY

Normally I would not attempt to cover an autograph auction, but this one was in my catalog pile and it is presented by the noted New York coin, banknote and financial paper auction firm, Smythe. The sale is set for this afternoon and offers up all types of autographs from various areas including: Politics, entertainment, authors, Americana, animation, Hollywood and others.

The sale is highlighted by the Collection of Steven Lee Carson, who has been at this for 50 years. That duration of time really shows in the depth and breadth of the material presented in this sale.

From my personal standoint, lot 314 was the single most interesting item. It's a four page signed letter written by a schoolgirl named Lizze May Austin, which puts forth her emotional perspective of the aftermath of the devastating 1871 Chicago Fire.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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