Alexander Hamilton’s Letters Fetch $2.6 Million at Auction


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Letters, manuscripts and other documents by Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, have fetched a staggering US$2.6 million at Sotheby’s, ahead of initial estimates. According to the auction house, all 77 lots were sold, exceeding the $1.4 million to $2.1 million estimate.

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According to Seth Kaller, a rare manuscript dealer who bought approximately 20 lots, the hit musical generated a lot of public interest in American history, and “brought some new collectors in.”

Indeed, among the lots, the only known letter that Hamilton received from his son Philip sold for three times its high estimate at a record $40,000. Kaller said that the manuscript will be available for public viewing at the New-York Historical Society.

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Other rare lots sold include a 1777 document, which sold for $212,500, detailing Hamilton’s appointment as aide-de-camp to George Washington.

The auction is a timely one, as the historical figure enjoys a posthumous popularity surge, given the enthusiastic reception of Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” with exceptional advance box office sales.

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