EJ’s to auction rare signed photos of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee,
a signed letter from Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata & more
GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 8, 2018) – Nearly 40 historical signed, photos, letters, documents and first printing vintage concert posters from the E. Lund estate collection will hit the auction block on Saturday, May 19 at EJ’s Auction & Consignment, 5880 W. Bell Road, in Glendale on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road.
The notable pieces represent a fraction of E. Lund’s lifetime collection. The advertising and promotions executive is a history buff who began collecting concert posters as a teenager while growing up near San Francisco.
“I started collecting local artists and then turned to sources that could help me find and purchase psychedelic rock concert posters that were first printings only with letters of authenticity,” Lund said. “I’ve kept them protected in a large trunk for nearly five decades and they are in impeccable condition.”
Soon after, he became interested in collecting historical photos and documents relating to politics, literature, entertainment and sports.
“I spent a decade living and working in Mexico City, but I didn’t have a television for seven of those years, so I had family and friends mail me books about the Civil War and other historical topics,” he said. “I also read biographies and I made a point of researching the people whose signatures I wanted to collect.”
Lund said he was very particular about the signed photos and documents he purchased.
“I took my time researching the signatures, provenance and my sources in order to make sure each piece was authentic. The stronger the historical figure, the more careful you have to be about the source,” he said, adding that he would only collect pieces with clean, bold signatures.
He also spent considerable time framing his collectibles in order to enliven the photos and signatures.
Online bidding is already heating up for some of the rare historical documents, including signed photos of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George Armstrong Custer and a signed letter from Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata with his photo. The letter, dated October 10, 1916, offers a glimpse into a dispute over weapons.
“It took me many years to find a signature for General Zapata that was in such great condition,” Lund said. “While polite in tone, Zapata issued a strong warning to the recipient that he knew they took his weapons, and that everything would be fine so long as they returned them.”
Erik Hoyer, owner and auctioneer of EJ’s Auction & Consignment, said he is most impressed with how Lund kept his collection in pristine condition for so many decades.
“All of the pieces going up for auction on May 19 include certificates of authenticity and other details relating to provenance,” Hoyer said. “These are museum-quality pieces that are rarely seen in public. Whether you plan to bid on them or not, if you love history, you’ll want to come see them in person during our free preview.”
The May 19 auction also includes items from other estates, including four original, limited edition, signed and numbered lithographs by Salvador Dali from his Ivanhoe European suite series, including Wilfred of Ivanhoe, King Richard, Overseer and Rowena. This collection is significant because Dali only painted these four characters based on the famous novel by Sir Walter Scott. In addition, the four pieces are from the same set with matching numbers.
The auction will also include nearly a dozen Peter Max mixed media pieces.
A free public preview takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 16, 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Collectors also can preview items and bid online. EJ’s will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 with the auction starting at 10 a.m.
For details, visit www.ejsauction.com or call (623) 878-2003.
Sue Kern-Fleischer, (602) 810-1404, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Hoyer, EJ’s Auction & Consignment, (623) 878-2003