At Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale

Fine Books and Manuscripts
12 Jun 2018
New York

On June 12, Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale will offer over 280 lots across a variety of subjects spanning five centuries, and features an autographed passport photograph of Albert Einstein (estimate: $8,000-12,000). Appearing on the market for the first time, this striking photo of Einstein is a retained portrait taken for his US citizenship application, "Declaration of Intention". In 1935, the Einsteins, having lived in Princeton since 1933, decided to become US citizens. To do so, they had to apply while living abroad and chose Bermuda. They were met by the governor and were offered two luxury hotels, which Einstein turned down on sight. Instead, he chose the modest Roseacre Guest House operated by Mary and Ludwig Johnson. Einstein and other members of the Einstein party stayed at the Guest House and Einstein gave the granddaughter of the Guest House this signed and dated photograph. Einstein returned to the USA on June 3, 1935. He became a US citizen in 1940.

Further highlights include a rare autograph leaf of Beethoven's Emperor's Concerto, the first of the great 19th century romantic concertos and his most frequently performed (estimate: $250,000-350,000); the first printing of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar from the first folio, one of Shakespeare's greatest and most popular plays (estimate: $50,000-70,000); a rare autograph musical manuscript leaf from musician and artist John Cage's revolutionary Concert for Piano and Orchestra (estimate: $10,000-15,000).


For further information and images call Sung-Hee Kim on +1 917-206-1692, or email sunghee.kim@bonhams.com.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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