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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

Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10am EST |
New York
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Letters, Books and Ephemera Were Offered on November 25, 2013 (Lots 267-283)

  • Letters, Books and Ephemera Were Offered on November 25, 2013 (Lots 267-283)
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  • Mayor of New York from 1978 - 1989

Image removed.Doyle 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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