Original letters and manuscripts created by Alexander Hamilton, the ”Founding Father without a father,” will be put up for auction January 18, 2017, at Sotheby’s, the auction house in New York City.
The subject of the Broadway smash musical Hamilton wrote copiously during his lifetime, as the show describes, and many examples of his writings have survived.
And you will need plenty of $10 bills to buy them. According to Sotheby’s, “The material in the auction includes highly personal documents, such as love letters exchanged between Hamilton and his wife Eliza, as well as the condolence letter, sealed with black wax, his father-in-law, Phillip Skyler [sic], sent to his daughter after Hamilton was killed in the duel with Burr (estimate $15/20,000). However, his public career is also well represented with notes he wrote for one of Washington’s annual addresses to Congress (estimate $15/25,000) as well as legal papers from his private practice, among many others documents. Perhaps the most poignant relic in the sale is a lock of Hamilton’s hair with a letter of presentation from his wife Eliza (estimate $15/25,000).”