Rare and fascinating archives of material pertaining to Albert Einstein and Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s wife Elizabeth, plus others, will come up for bid in an online-only auction of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st by University Archives, at 10:30 am Eastern. Bidders can view all 249 lots now, and register to bid, at www.UniversityArchives.com. Online bidding is being facilitated by Invaluable.com. The auction is packed with important and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most important names in all of history.


The archives are in the spotlight due to their rarity, importance and high estimates. The Einstein archive comprises letters and telegrams (14 pieces in all) written by Albert and his wife Elsa, to their friend, the Danish journalist Karen Stampe Bendix (1881-1963). The Elizabeth Custer archive – over 600 manuscript pages – is a newly discovered, unpublished and museum-quality trove of about 87 pages of letters and drafts by Mrs. Custer, as the custodian of the legacy of her famous military husband. Other lots in the sale pertain to John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and many others. For more info, click here.



The Benefit Shop Foundation’s next Red Carpet Auction will be held Wednesday, February 21st

The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc., based in Mount Kisco, New York, is a 501 © (3) not-for-profit corporation, operating to raise funds for other local charities. Monthly auctions are held at 185 Kisco Avenue (Suite 201) in Mount Kisco (as well as online), with occasional specialty sales of single-owner collections. The merchandise is donated out of estates in upscale Westchester County and beyond. The estate gets a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and charities get the money. It’s a unique concept; no other auction house in the country operates as a not-for-profit, specifically to benefit other not-for-profits.

Once a month, The Benefit Shop Foundation holds a Red Carpet Auction – an A-Z, soup-to-nuts selection of merchandise in many categories. “We’ve sold a vintage poster for $23,000 and we’ve sold books for a dollar,” said Pam Stone, owner of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We sell pretty much everything that’s donated.” The next Red Carpet Auction will be held on Wednesday, February 21st, at 10 am Eastern. It’s packed with wonderful items, and everything has a starting bid of $1. The firm also holds online-only sales throughout the month. These are called Top Shelf, Odds & Ends and Penny Candy auctions. Click here to find out more.



Signed jewelry, important diamond pieces, watches at Fortuna’s back-to-back auctions, Feb. 22nd & 23rd

Fortuna, the fine jewelry auction house based in New York City, is preparing for a big two-day auction event on Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd, online and in the Fortuna showroom at 608 Fifth Avenue, overlooking Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, starting at 1 pm Eastern time both days. The Thursday, February 22nd auction will be a Fine Jewels Sale, offering a fine selection of signed and estate jewelry from every era. Items will range from an Art Deco Cartier diamond and sapphire bracelet to a 17.13-carat oval cut diamond ring, plus many one-of-a-kind pieces to satisfy any collector.

The Friday auction, called Fortuna Galleria, will feature a wide spectrum of treasures at inviting reserves, from Victorian Navette rings to retro bracelets and contemporary design pieces from Cartier, Roberto Coin, and Aletto Brothers, to name a few. Also included in this sale is a finely crafted Tiffany & Co. platinum cluster set of earrings, consisting entirely of colorless pear-shaped diamonds; a host of popular fine watches, such as a DeWitt Academia Grande Date diamond watch; a lovely pair of Patek Philippe Neptune diamond ladies’ watches; a Bulgari Parentesi diamond watch; and many other fine pieces. For more info, click here.