Items signed by Neil Armstrong, Newton, Washington, Jefferson will be auctioned online, Sept. 28th

The 415-lot Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction, starting promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time, contains material from multiple collecting categories. The catalog is up for viewing and bidding now, on multiple platforms.

WILTON, Conn. - Hartok -- A large historic pen sketch hand-drawn and signed by Apollo XI astronaut Neil Armstrong, a manuscript fragment in George Washington's hand from the first draft of his first Inaugural Address in 1789, and the Black-Scholes-Merton formula handwritten and signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert C. Merton are just a few of the expected superstar lots in University Archives' online-only auction slated for Wednesday, September 28th, at 10:30 am Eastern time.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books auction features historical material from multiple collecting categories. All 415 lots are up for viewing and bidding now (on the University Archives website:, plus, and Phone and absentee bids will be taken, but there's no live gallery bidding.

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"Our September auction offers collectors, dealers, and institutions the opportunity to acquire outstanding autographed material, relics, photographs and more," said John Reznikoff, president and owner of University Archives.

The large, 21 inch by 15 inch historic pen sketch hand-drawn and signed around 1990 by Neil Armstrong depicts important elements of the Apollo XI moon landing, including the trajectories of the command and lunar modules, plus the dark side of the moon represented by hatch marks. The drawing has been authenticated by Steve Zarelli Space Authentication (est. $90,000-$110,000).

The double-sided manuscript fragment comprising over 60 words in George Washington's hand, from the draft of his First Inaugural Address, was authenticated by 19th century Washington biographer Jared Sparks. The exquisite content relates to the Constitution. The fragment should finish at $60,000-$70,000.

Robert C. Merton (b. 1944) was the co-developer of the Black-Scholes-Merton formula, which revolutionized modern financial trading and earned him the shared 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. He penned the famous formula and signed his name on stationery from Stockholm's Grand Hotel, while in Sweden to accept his Nobel Prize (est. $45,000-$55,000).

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Sir Isaac Newton's 300-plus-word autograph manuscript draft of a religious treatise, believed to have been created around 1698, questions the concept of the Holy Trinity and reprises a 4th century debate concerning whether God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost were separate substances. Newton asks if "God or any part of him was born of the Virgin…" (est. $28,000-$35,000).

University Archives' new offices are located at 88 Danbury Rd. (Suite 2A) in Wilton, Conn. For more information, visit

John Reznikoff

Source: University Archives

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