Presidential documents command top dollar

CHICAGO —More than 16 U.S. President signed documents were among some 750+ lots that went to the auction block in a July 2nd auction conducted by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago.

A framed document signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as his

Claiming top lot at Direct Auction Galleries July 2 sale was this framed document from July of 1913, by then President James Madison and James Monroe, who was the Secretary of State, which sold for $1,250. (Photo courtesy Direct Auction Galleries)

Claiming top lot at Direct Auction Galleries July 2 sale was this framed document from July of 1913, by then President James Madison and James Monroe, who was the Secretary of State, which sold for $1,250. (Photo courtesy Direct Auction Galleries)

Secretary of State went for $1,250. A document signed by Calvin Coolidge, “Silent Cal,” went quietly for $350. A land grant document signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as his Secretary of State and a letter signed by James Monroe did not reach their reserve price.

Other results: A Grover Cleveland letter in his own hand sold for $700. A James Monroe signed document on vellum went for $500. A presidential pardon signed by John Tyler had a high bid of $500. An autographed letter by FDR sold for $800. A thousand dollars was the price for a document signed by Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren. A hand-written letter by John Quincy Adams was sold for $1,100.

Other U.S. President results: William McKinley document, $600; Ulysses S. Grant letter, $1,050; Teddy Roosevelt letter, $500; Woodrow Wilson document, $600; Harry S. Truman letter, $700; James Buchanan document, $650; Chester A. Arthur document, $700.

Other items: a Horner-like 54″ diameter fine round table with lion faces and 6 leaves sold

An antique cherub clock poised on a marble base, by Ovington Brothers of New York, measuring 17″ tall and 16″ wide, sold for $400. (Photo courtesy Direct Auction Galleries)

An antique cherub clock poised on a marble base, by Ovington Brothers of New York, measuring 17″ tall and 16″ wide, sold for $400. (Photo courtesy Direct Auction Galleries)

for $3,400. A 26″ tall Miller slag glass table lamp with tree and windmill designs on a 17″diameter shade sold for $600. A 23½ ″ tall Miller slag glass panel lamp with 18″ diameter shade was won for $325. A 17″ tall and 16″ wide antique cherub clock on a marble base by Ovington Brothers, New York, sold for $400. An oil on board 11″x16″ landscape with palm trees by Albert E. Backus sold for $2,100. A 14″x27″ painting signed H. Kalberer titled “Munchen, 1874” had a winning bid of $1,000. Two oil on board paintings of nudes signed A. (Anton) Kozakiewicz, one measuring 13½”x10″, the other 13″x11″ of a seated nude, each sold for $650. A 14K antique white gold ring with approximately 1.5 carat diamond center went out the door for $2,200.

All prices are stated without a buyer’s premium.

Direct Auction Galleries is a Chicago auction house founded in 1962 that specializes in estate liquidations and consignments of fine antiques, jewelry, coins, and collectibles. For more information about Direct Auction Galleries and future auctions www.directauction.com/

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