Skip to main content

Much anticipated Distinguished Collector Part IV auction set for July 11

Following the success of Parts I, II and II of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector auction, Profiles in History will bring the 112-lot Part IV of this series to market July 11.

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s renowned auction house, Profiles in History, has set July 11, 2014 (11 a.m. PST) to present the highly anticipated The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector IV, the next auction of the series. Following the immensely successful Parts I, II, and III, the newest auction will represent a wide array of single lots, meticulously compiled groups and comprehensive archives.

“Our previous ‘Distinguished’ auctions have had enormous success, with sales results exceeding $11.5 million, “stated Joe Maddalena, president and CEO, of Profiles in History. “We have carefully assembled one our most comprehensive offerings, an amazing embodiment of tangible historical artifacts that are certain to capture the attention, and certainly the curiosity, of collectors worldwide.”

Autographed letter of John Adams

Autographed letter of John Quincy Adams

Among the 112 lots offered in the Profiles in History auction, worldwide buyers will have the occasion to possess such historical pieces as:

• Autographed letter signed by John Quincy Adams. While serving as a member of the US House of Representatives, Adams comments on the current war between Great Britain and China––a conflict with elements similar to those of the American Revolutionary War. Within, he invokes the hallowed words of the Declaration of Independence as he sides with the Chinese. “… all men are created equal… If the Lecturer has failed in showing the application of these principles to the vitals of the present issue between Great Britain and China… ” (est. $5,000-$8,000)

• One of the key highlights of the auction will be the Thomas Jefferson address signed as President to the Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, 1806. The highly important manuscript signed (“Th: Jefferson”) of his Address entitled “My Friends & Children Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation” – a sterling example of Jefferson’s great eloquence following treaty negotiations for greater definition of the boundaries for the Cherokee Indians. Jefferson lauds the Cherokees on their accomplishments but sternly advises against further warring. Stressing peace and harmony, Jefferson’s words transcend time. ( est. $150,000 -$250,000)

• An extraordinary archive featuring an array of Ernest Hemingway letters capturing some turbulent moments in his life insinuating that his debauchery would lead to his divorce from Martha Gellhorn. A significant collection of eight letters that reaches into the personal tumult of an iconic American writer who so influenced the world of literature. A literary genius, Hemingway was fraught with an array of personal problems that can be seen in the present archive, documents and a publication. (est. $12,000-$18,000)

• Samuel Langhorne Clemen’s (Mark Twain) handwritten autographed letter explaining in great detail the origination of his “Mark Twain” pseudonym. “…..but to state in a word, I took the name from the leadsman’s cry: it mean’s 2 fathoms, 12 feet….” (est. $5,000 - $7,000)

• Highly important typed letter signed from Orville Wright (“Wilbur and Orville Wright per O. Wright”) to Carl Dienstbach, a New York City musician and the U.S. correspondent for the German journal “Illustrierte Aeronautische Mitteilungen,” on “Wright Cycle Company, 1127 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio” letterhead stationery, with Orville’s handwritten postscript added at the end of the letter. “…A good deal of doubt exist in Europe as to whether there is any truth in the reports that have been made concerning our flights of 1903 and 1904….” (est. $15,000 -$25,000)

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit