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Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10am

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Including Property From

Estate of Alfred J. Seaman
Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl
Estate of Jack Adelman
Estate of John Klebanoff
Estate of Leslie and Jane Katz
Estate of Pat Passlof
Estate of Susan Erpf Van De Bovenkamp
Estate of the Honorable Edward I. Koch
Private Collection, Washington DC
Property Formerly from the Estate of Theoni Aldredge
Property from the Estate of a Long Island Collector
Property of a New York Collector
Property of a New York Lady
Property of a Titled English Lady
Property of Pat Koch Thaler, sister of Edward Koch
The Estate of Baron Pierre DeMenasce
The Leo Lerman and Gray Foy Collection
The Spanierman Gallery, LLC


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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT REAGAN TOPS DOYLE NEW YORK'S SALE OF EPHEMERA FROM THE ESTATE OF THE HON. EDWARD I. KOCH

Letters, Books and Ephemera Were Offered on November 25, 2013 (Lots 267-283)

Furniture, Decorations and Art Were Offered on November 18, 2013

Mayor of New York from 1978 - 1989


Mayor Edward I. KochDoyle New York is honored to auction property from the Estate of The Honorable Edward I. Koch (1924-2013). Born in the Bronx, “Ed” Koch served in the New York City Council from 1969-1973 and the United States House of Representatives from 1973-1977, and was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1978-1989. A self-described “liberal with sanity,” he often greeted passers-by with his trademark slogan, "How'm I doin'?" Following his years in public service, he became a respected political commentator on television and radio, newspaper columnist and popular reviewer of movies and restaurants. He wrote books, taught at New York University, and even appeared on the television court show, The People’s Court, for two seasons.

LETTERS, BOOKS & EPHEMERA / November 25, 2013 / Lots 267 - 284
On November 25, 2013, Doyle New York auctioned 18 lots of letters, books and ephemera from the Estate of the Hon. Edward I. Koch. With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones, and on the Internet, the sale of property from the Estate of the Hon. Edward I. Koch totaled $23,844, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $3,310-5,290. All 18 of the lots sold.

The top lot was a letter to Mayor Koch from U.S. President Ronald Reagan dated 1992 that sold to a Long Island buyer for $3,750, approximately ten times its estimate of $300-500. Offered together with a leaf from a book inscribed from Reagan to Koch in 1991 and a Christmas card, the letter refers to a Koch-authored article on the fall of communism. States President Reagan, "I firmly believe our policy of peace through strength played an important role in recent world events. I must admit I was surprised by the speed with which things have been happening, but I never doubted communism would eventually fail. In fact, it never really worked."

The second highest price achieved was for a hand-written letter to Mayor Koch from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that fetched $2,813 from a Manhattan buyer, also approximately ten times its estimate of $200-300. Written in 1991 on Mrs. Onassis’s 1040 Fifth Avenue stationery, she thanks Koch for “such a joyous time. I don't think we ever stopped laughing. Your love of life is contagious and you sent everyone home feeling a happiness and insouciance that does not happen everyday in dear old N.Y.C." and signs it “Jackie.”

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.


Furniture, Decorations and Artwork from the Mayor’s Greenwich Village home were auctioned on November 18, 2013.  More

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Lot 268
REAGAN, RONALD
Typed letter signed and one inscription from Reagan to Koch
. [Los Angeles:] 21 January 1992. Typed letter signed "Ron" on Reagan's post-presidency embossed stationery and one leaf from a book inscribed from Reagan to Koch in 1991; and one Christmas card. The letter fine; the leaf roughly removed.
A fine association between the former president and New York's former mayor. The letter regards a Koch authored article on the fall of communism: "I firmly believe our policy of peace through strength played an important role in recent world events. I must admit I was surprised by the speed with which things have been happening, but I never doubted communism would eventually fail. In fact, it never really worked."


C Estate of the Honorable Edward I. Koch
Sold For $3,750
Lot 267
KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE
Autograph letter signed to Ed Koch
. New York: 12 July 1991. 1 page letter in ink signed "Jackie" on her "1040 Fifth Avenue" stationery. 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. Usual fold, else fine.
A charming, hand-written letter gleefully thanking Koch for "such a joyous time. I don't think we ever stopped laughing. Your love of life is contagious and you sent everyone home feeling a happiness and insouciance that does not happen everyday in dear old N.Y.C."


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Sold For $2,813
Lot 284
[TRUMAN, HARRY]
Framed copy of Truman letter recognizing the newly established state of Israel
. The letter dated 14 May 1948, here in photocopied form and housed in a black frame. Frame 13 x 11 inches.
By report, Koch proudly displayed this letter in his office.


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Sold For $2,375
Lot 277
[POLITICAL FIGURES]
Large group of correspondence items sent to Ed Koch
. Various places and dates, approximately 50 pieces. Includes mostly typed letters signed but also autograph notes from various political figures such as Alphose D'Amato, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Moshe Dayan, Henry Kissinger, Moshe Arens, Shimon Peres, Geraldine Ferraro, Colin Powell, Bob Dole, Janet Reno, Robert Kennedy Jr., and others including a few from authors and entertainment figures Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William F. Buckley Jr., Barbara Walters, Chris Matthews, etc. Folds, creases, some stray marks, well preserved overall.
Of note in this large group is a 2001 letter from Robert Kennedy Jr. on environmental issues written while jailed in San Juan; numerous letters on Israeli and Jewish issues; and a very tense letter from Geraldine Ferraro, who writes "During the campaign of 1984 when my world was falling down around me and you took a couple of gratuitous slaps at me, I don't remember you calling to explain"; etc. A very rich and poignant group of correspondence between Koch and a variety of political personalities.


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Sold For $2,375
Lot 272
THATCHER, MARGARET
Typed letter signed to Ed Koch
. [London:] 9 December 1991. Two page typed letter signed in ink on two sheets of Thatcher's stationery, stapled with a related photocopied document attached. Folds, else fine.
A long letter from Thatcher to Koch regarding anti-Semitism in Croatia and the state of affairs in Yugoslavia.


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Sold For $2,000
Lot 270
CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
Three letters to Ed Koch
. Includes two 1993 letters signed "Hillary" on White House stationery thanking Koch for various notes; a 2000 autograph letter signed in blue felt-tip pen on her personal stationery signed "Hillary" thanking Koch for his support, with original envelope. Fine.


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Sold For $1,500
Lot 269
CLINTON, BILL
Group of nine typed letters to Ed Koch
. Mostly Washington: 1992-2000. Many on White House stationery, includes a few photocopies of Koch's letters to Clinton. Sizes vary. One creased at corner, usual folds, includes autopen signatures.
These letters begin with a campaign letter in which Clinton thanks Koch for his endorsement in the New York Times; later letters mention the Oklahoma City bombings, the "Second Chance" program for non-violent offenders, and his veto of the Republican tax cut in 1999.


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Sold For $1,188
Lot 273
RABIN, YITZHAK
Group of six typed letters signed and one signed card to Ed Koch
. Jerusalem: 1992-94. Mostly one page letters on Rabin's "Prime Minister" stationery, a few with stapled attachments. Folds, else fine.
An interesting group of correspondence on mostly Jewish issues and the relationship between the United States and Israel. Of note is a 1992 letter in which Rabin writes "Be assured we are cooperating with the American authorities in connection with the scandal involving Rami Dotan. As you pointed out, there are those who 'delight in increasing U.S.-Israeli tension,' giving the impression that Israel is foot dragging, or has something to hide. This is not the case."


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Sold For $1,125
Lot 283
[JUDAICA]
Haggadah
. [Jerusalem: Miller, 2006]. Original white leatherette with plastic onlay reading Koch, slipcase; Together with two Judaica works illustrated by Saul Raskin, one with inscriptions to Koch. Dust jackets worn.


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Sold For $1,063
Lot 276
BUSH, GEORGE
Group of nine correspondence from Bush to Ed Koch
. Washington: 1990-2000. Comprising mostly one page typed letters and two cards, variously signed "George" or "George Bush" in ink (three auto-pen or secretarial), the letters on White House or personal stationery, with copies of Koch's letters to Bush; Together with a 2001 letter from George W. Bush to Ed Koch and a typed letter signed from Barbara Bush, both on White House stationery, the first letter thanking Koch for his support. Usual folds, well preserved overall.
An interesting correspondence with much reference to Jewish-American issues, the Middle East, and related topics at the time of the Persian Gulf War. Of note here is a 1992 letter from Bush regarding an inflammatory article about anti-Semitic statements possibly made by Secretary of State James Baker in which Bush writes "As a matter of principle, I don't think it is fair to have a guy attacked like this by some nameless source... Ed, you know I respect you, and I hope you will accept the truth of these statements that come from the heart." Other letters refer to Israel with Bush writing "Nothing has changed in our policy on Jerusalem: we want a united city, never to be divided again..." and that "One can disagree with a particular policy of Israel's without casting doubt upon one's basic commitment to its welfare." In the latest note, penned from a "nervous" George Bush, Sr. to Koch on Iowa Caucus day in January 2000, Bush writes "You're a thoughtful guy. Are you 'thoughtful' enough to vote for my 'boy'?"


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Sold For $1,063
Lot 274
CARTER, JIMMY
Group of sixteen letters to Congressman Ed Koch
. Mostly Washington: 1976-77. Mostly typed letters variously signed in ink or autopen "Jimmy" or "Jimmy Carter" on White House or Carter's personal stationery. Usual folds, a few creases or marks, one letter with stains, contains auto-pen signatures; Together with two inauguration invitations.
This early correspondence between Carter and the then New York Congressman includes four letters from December 1976/January 1977 preceding Carter's presidency in which he thanks Koch for recommendations for his administration. Once president, the two would discuss more pressing matters, as Carter writes in 1977 "If wasteful spending is to be curtailed, necessary programs financed, and the budget balanced by FY 1981, the Congress will have to assist me in eliminating needless and counterproductive projects". Another letter regards human rights in Northern Ireland while another hope for "a lasting peace in the Middle East ... Working together, we can see our goals become realities."


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Sold For $1,000
Lot 281
PARKINSON, NORMAN
Color photograph depicting Ed Koch with performers
, inscribed in lower margin Thank you Mr. Mayor/Norman Parkinson. 9 x 13.5 inches. In apparently fine condition but unexamined out of frame.


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Sold For $750
Lot 282
[KOCH, EDWARD]
Group of medals and accessories owned by Ed Koch
, comprising four gold-tone medals with blue and gold ribbons, each inscribed "1978-Ordo Eduardi I. Koch-1989-Pro Virtue Et Valore"; two keychains; a Swiss army knife; a replica coin and money clip; a group of first day covers and stamps; a Seiko digital watch.


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Sold For $688
Lot 271
GIULIANI, RUDY
Typed note to Ed Koch
. New York: 16 December 1994. 1 page typed note signed "Rudy" on Giuliani's mayoral stationery. The note thanking Koch for sending him some writings and looking forward to seeing him soon. Fine; Together with KOCH, EDWARD. Giuliani, Nasty Man. New York: [Barricade Books, 1999]. Inscribed by Koch on the title "To Pat and Alvin." Original wrappers. Fine.
Famous political foes in the no holds barred arena of New York politics, Koch authored Nasty Man at the time Giuliani was contemplating running for Senate. Undoubtedly, this is not the "published writing" that Giuliani thanks Koch for in the note!


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Sold For $625
Lot 278
O'CONNOR, CARDINAL JOSEPH
Group of approximately forty-eight letters from O'Connor to Koch
. New York: circa 1990-99. The letters mostly typed and signed in ink, each on the Cardinal's stationery, includes several photocopies of Koch's letters to O'Connor. Sizes vary. Usual folds, some items stapled, well preserved overall; Together with His Eminence and Hizzoner. Connecticut: The Easton Press, [1989]. First edition, signed by both Koch and O'Connor. Full leatherette gilt. A fine copy from the mayor's library.
This archive of correspondence comprises mostly short and cordial but often times colorful letters between the Cardinal the former Mayor with subjects ranging from O'Connor thanking Koch for numerous dinners, events, gifts, etc. In a 1990 letter O'Connor writes: "I warned your enemies time after time during the campaign that they would be much safer if you were re-elected!" and in 1992 "You are indeed a friend ... I have decided that, however, that if you reigned for twelve years of Mayor of New York, I will not do it any longer as the Archbishop of New York." In 1989, O'Connor and Koch co-authored His Eminence and Hizzoner, a fine signed copy is included here. This charming correspondence of a long friendship continues long into Koch's post mayoral years, ending only upon the death of O'Connor in 2000.


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Sold For $594
Lot 275
[VICE PRESIDENTS]
Group of letters from Vice Presidents to Ed Koch
. Comprising an autograph note from Dick Cheney ("the pacemaker-defibrillator is working fine"); two typed letters from Al Gore (one with manuscript postscript "Ed, you're a great friend!!); two pre-mayoral 1977 typed letters from Walter Mondale ("It's always a pleasure to extend congratulations to a winner, but in your case it's a special honor."); and an autograph note and two typed letters from Dan Quayle ("Our special relationship with Israel must be preserved"). Several on Vice Presidential stationery, the balance on personal stationery, includes most original mailing envelopes and some copies of Koch's letters. Fine, contains one autopen signature.


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Sold For $563
Lot 279
KOCH, EDWARD
Group of three volumes authored by Koch
. Includes: Murder at City Hall, 1995, inscribed by Koch, cloth in dust jacket; Murder on 34th Street, 1997, cloth in dust jacket; and Murder on Broadway, 1996, cloth in dust jacket. First editions. Creases to one jacket, else fine copies from Koch's library.


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Sold For $250
Lot 280
[KOCH, EDWARD]
Large framed CBS News poster "Don't Let Anyone Tell You What They Said ... Hear them Say It!"
, depicting Koch with one other. Approximately 45 x 60 inches. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.


C Estate of the Honorable Edward I. Koch
Sold For $125