NEW YORK, NY.- Profiles in History
, run by Joe Maddalena, announced today they will move forward with plans to exhibit highlights from their upcoming auction, The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector in New York City. The exhibit will now take place at Douglas Elliman
's Madison Avenue Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue (between 76thand 77th Streets) from December 3rd - December 9th. There will be a special press preview Monday, December 3, 11 AM - 2 PM. The collection, which can only be compared to the collections of Philip D. Sang and Malcolm Forbes, will be open to the public for viewing from 11AM - 6PM daily. Profiles in History had originally planned to display this collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum, however, the museum suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy and had to cancel.
Part 1 of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector will include 300 of the most important letters and manuscripts of the collection with total sale estimates in excess of $8,000,000. The entire collection has over 3,000 items and will be sold over the next two years. The first auction will be on December 18th.
A major highlight at Douglas Elliman's Madison Avenue Gallery will be an extraordinary handwritten letter by Vincent van Gogh. The great post-Impressionist painter writes to his dear friends, Monsieur and Madame Ginoux, of his failing mental and physical health with remarkable clarity and self-awareness. Less than seven months before his tragic death, van Gogh writes with great introspection: Disease exists to remind us we are not made of wood ..." This letter is pictured above and is expected to fetch between $200,000 - $300,000.
Other important documents to be featured include: several George Washington manuscripts, including his letter on world peace; Charles Dickens writing on William Makepeace Thackeray; a Thomas Paine manuscript on a multitude of subjects; Martin Gay writing about his eyewitness account of the Battle of Bunker Hill; A very rare Emily Dickinson letter; John Lennon writing to Eric Clapton about forming a band; Paul Revere writing on war fears and frustrations; An entire archive of King George IIIhandwritten correspondence and letters by Marilyn Monroe, Sigmund Freud, Einstein,Carl Jung, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.