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Lot 215: Shel Silverstein archive of over 500 pages, his life and career as a multi-faceted artist

University Archives

May 8, 2018
Wilton, CT, US

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Silverstein Shel

A remarkable archive depicting Shel Silverstein’s life and career as a multi-faceted artist

 

This fascinating and diverse archive of material sheds light on Silverstein’s career during his 30s and 40s, when he was a regular resident of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansions, traveling the world and drawing cartoons for Playboy; writing songs for Johnny Cash, Helen Reddy, and Dr. Hook; and writing and illustrating books of poetry for children.

 

A stupendous Shel Silverstein archive comprised of 500+ pages of manuscript, typed, and printed materials including published and unpublished sketches, poems, lyrics, sheet music, and ideas, business and fan letters to Silverstein, contracts, royalty statements, copies of two of his books, and two record albums, circa 1962-1980. Most materials are in very good condition. Correspondence and drafts have expected folds and some tears. Many items are in protective sleeves, and the two books are in excellent condition. Transcripts or excerpts include unchanged spelling mistakes.

 

Some highlights of the collection include a handful of possibly unpublished Shel Silverstein poems, fables, and drawings! See below for an itemized description of these highlights; the remaining items in this enormous archive are afterwards cataloged by type.

 

Highlights

1. Autograph poem unsigned, half page, 8.5” x 11”. Inscribed “Sally” with telephone number, “One Mint / Julip”, and half-length drawing of a thin man verso. Lightly soiled. Inscribed “When a young man’s heart is gay - / Young and fully as rose in may / Then it’s time for 1-2-3 / Happy-as-a-man can-be- / oh-oh yours and mine / Vintage love and vintage wine”.

 

2. 1p autograph manuscript signed “Shel Silverstein”. 8.5” x 13”. On lined yellow paper from a pad with serrated edge on top. Original 3” high drawing, in the left ruled margin, of a partial left profile of a woman’s head, signed above the drawing by Silverstein. Fine condition. Entitled “Fables”. In full: “(1) Runner – gets older – becomes fast walker / – ‘in walking fastness doesn’t count (2) Man was carrying block of ice / Freezing to death /’Come in and get warm’ / ‘I can’t my ice would melt by your fire / Then leave your ice outside / ‘I can’t, some one might steal it’ (3) They gave him a certificate when he was born / And he kept it in his dresser / they gave him a certificate to drive a car / And he kept it in his wallet / they gave him a certificate when he got out of / the army and his wife put it / In the envelope next to with their marrige certif / vaccination certificate and / They have him a certificate when he graduated / school and he put it in a frame at work / They gave him seven certificates and at work / he put them on his wall / He…” Skipping a few lines, Silverstein has then penned “‘i’ ed” and “onions”, and then “Richmond Va” and “ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWYZ”, leaving out letters “IOU” and “X.”

 

3. 2p autograph and typed poems, each unsigned, 8.5” x 11”, with two small drawings on same side. Two diagonal folds. Fine condition. The first is an autograph poem in bottom margin. In full: A fellow whi A student while learning McLuder McLLaughter . Was Aroused by a co Minesters daughter / Who was cunning and winsome and wicky wise / With hands wet and sticken With O my eyes / Are as for the daughter the water he taughter.” The typed poem reads in full: “there was a young man from la gronch / who developed a skinch on his skronch / but he shouted withpride / as he pushed it aside / ‘MM Im delighted / im delighted it iwasnt my zonch / there was an od spinster from Grooling / who stretched on a gram papered spooling / when informed of her plight she retorted all f right / but it seems such a waste of his schooling./ there was a young freloow named tucker / who was known as a terrible mucker / but he met a young laduy with past rather shady / and a bucker named rucker and durucker / an abbey from eastern dundaugh / was accosted accosting a caugh / im delighted it wasn’t my zonch.”

Typed manuscript unsigned verso. In full, “this is thd e saga of vwsco da vaga grandee and a don of o;d spain who d screwed every kid from seville to Madrid and then startrd all over again ,,,,,,,oh hot as a mangoe h e danced the fandangoe heigh de ho and away we go with a qone two three gfour who are for here we go roungfd the mulberry bush so early in the morning then up stood brave horatio the captain of the gate to every man yup upon his feet death cometh soon or late and how can man die better themn facing fearful odds in the ashes of his fathers and the temople of his gods now who will stand at my f right hand and hold the bridg with me then up stoon glutiyus maximus fo persian blood was he ho I will stand ath thy right hand and hold the bridge with thee thtn thn th eh up stood phyluss / one two hth hehhhynnynnynnynnyidididididid iddd dd ths is the saga of vasco da vaga grandes and a don of old spain she screwed every kid from Seville to Madrid and then started all over again,……. Who will stand at my right a hand and hold the bridge with me now that that’s settled dsauid freddy we can c get back to work and maybe get something done so here we go round the mulberry bush so early in the morning this the saga of a likkle bou namex fred who had no head and was al ways fgoing around looking for his head so ione day this little boum walked into a cigar store and asked fir a pack of Marlboros ad the g guy sauid unto him I”.

4. 1p autograph note unsigned, 14” x 8.5”. On lined yellow paper. In dark pencil, Shel Silverstein has written: “– Tree – Full Page / (Me-We) – Full Page / Pull Child Apart / Getting It All Together.” Fine condition. “Tree” undoubtedly refers to “The Giving Tree,” Shel Silverstein’s classic illustrated story. “Me-We” may refer to Silverstein’s poem, “Us.” It begins, “Me and him / Him and me / We're always together / As you can see…” To the right of the notes, Silverstein has drawn the head of a man, an oval shape, 2” x 2.25”.


Other content, organized by type, includes:

 

Sketches

Approximately 25 pages with sketches by Silverstein, mostly of heads, but also including two of Lafcadio, “The Lion Who Shot Back” from Silverstein’s 1963 book of that title.

 

Drafts and Proofs

Approximately 165 pages of handwritten, typed, and printed poems, random thoughts, lyrics, rhymes, and drafts, many of which are unpublished. These wonderful drafts and thoughts include:

 

1. A full handwritten draft of Silverstein’s popular song and poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” with several revisions, which first appeared on his 1972 album Freakin’ at the Freakers Ball and then in his 1974 poetry compilation Where the Sidewalk Ends.

 

2. A full handwritten manuscript of “Deaf Donald” without the illustrations that appeared in A Light in the Attic (1981).

 

3. “Patience” about the interrogation of the sophisticated criminal mind,” which includes the lines, “And you’ll get your information, if you treat the situation / With the utmost trepidation and restraint / You must exercise Patience / And a kick in the spine.”

 

4. Idea: “Flower is beautiful / Man Loved Flower / Flower dies / Man Lonely / Notices that the flower pot is beautiful too”.

 

5. Draft: “The John Gold Older & Became / The whore got older & became a Pimp / And the Pimp got older And the Pimp became a John / And the Whore Got Old & Rich & Became a John / The John got smart & Became a Pimp / The Pimp went broke & Became a Whore.”

 

6. Idea: “Man walking toward a state of understanding–or peace–they tell him he can’t go there– He walks–they cut his legs off–he pulls–they cut off hands  he crawls–arms & legs–he’ll think about it– They cut off head, and he was there”.

 

7. Lyric on Chicago Playboy Mansion stationery: “Lemme hear those same sweet words I heard just about a minute ago / [insert: you were sayin just / Say em easy nice and slow / So–I know–that I aint dreaming / Same sweet smile that you were smiling before”.

 

8. Note: “Oddly– Trying to score dope here is like trying to score a hot pastrami sandwich in Cairo. And the quality is far below Bay area standards.”

 

9. Draft lyrics of “Sweetest of All,” written by Silverstein and recorded by Dr. Hook in 1978. “Mermaid”: “When you walk on clouds be careful / When you walk on clouds beware / And never look beneath your feet / To see what is down below / to see what’s under there”.

 

10. Draft: “When Mister Bott met Ms. McGrath / As gentlemen meet ladies / They talked a while of this and that / And makin’ love and babies”.

 

11. Draft: “The Face is Familiar”: “The voice is familiar / But I don’t place the rasp / The arms are arms I’ve felt before / But I don’t recall the grasp / There’s bit of madness in his words / the laugh’s a bit more shrill / I say I wont but something in those eyes say ‘Yes you will’”.

 

12. Draft: “All I Really Need”: “All I really need is you / But if y’ got gold I’ll take that too / Some fancy gowns won’t make me blue / But all I really need is you / And a big fur coat to keep me warm / Horse & carriage won’t do no harm / Sailin boat with a 12 man crew / But all I really need is you / And a lovely house with a mortgage paid / 16 butlers and a maid / Saphire diamonds big and blue / But all I really need is you”.

 

13. Draft: “But theres always bound to be / someone who’ll do the job for free / So when things go wrong in romance or in crime / it’s the amateur competition every time / Or suppose he’s out to murder someone / To earn his bit of pay / He finds someone’s already killed him / in a blind and hateful rage / A non commercial rage / A silly, stupid, senseless, sinful / Amateurish rage”.

 

14. Draft: “Daughter of the Devil”: “I say get thee behind me Satan / I’m gonna run & hide / I see your chariot waitin / But I just aint gonna ride / Get thee behind me Satan / I’m gonna run & hide / I know your daughters waitin / And she must be satisfied / Get thee behind me Get thee behind me / And don’t remind me bout the long ago / the way that woman felt so long ago / Get thee behind me / believe she can’t find me cause she wants my soul / She’s the daughter of the devil and she’s reachin for my soul”.

 

15. Idea: “If they gave a sleeping medal I would pin it to the front of my pajamas”.

 

16. Story: “Once there was a man who’s head was filled with light bulbs just like everybody else, only all his light bulbs were all burned out except one and that one was as dull as the others for he was afraid to turn in on. And then he met a woman and she shone her light upon him. Turn your light on me she whispered and he felt lover for her but he said, ‘Listen, I only have one light left / so please don’t ask me to burn it if you don’t really want to see it.’ / ‘turn it on’ she said / so he turned it on. / And she gloried in the light of it / and danced in the shadows of it / And bathed in the warmth of it / And then one day she said / ‘that light is too bright and it is the wrong shade and its heat burns me and its glare blinds me / And its shadows frighten me goodbye’ / And she went away / And his light burned for a while and then dimmed and then went out / later on the woman came back and said ‘I’m sorry’ / and the man said nothing / I’m really sorry she said / Ok he said / will you forgive me she said but he could not see her because his light had gone out”.

 

17. Lyrics draft: “You gotta be bad if you want good lovin’ / You gotta be wrong if it’s gonna go right / If you want her to cling you better start shoving / You gotta be bad bad to get good lovin’ tonight / You gotta be tough if you want her tender / you gotta be fought if you want things smoothe / If you want her true you gotta be a liar, & rogue & a pretender / If you want her gentle you gotta be crude”.

 

18. Page proofs for a collection of poems, some of which appear in A Light in the Attic (1981).

 

19. “List of Starred Poems-Shel Silverstein,” 6 pp.

 

20. Lyrics to songs, 9 pp. photocopy, including “Come In Outa the Sun,” “Marathon Florida Marathon,” and “Tidal Wave Wanda.”

 

21. Some of the drafts are written on scraps of paper or anything else that was handy, such as this piece on the back of a wine list: “I’m get-in drunk and this is my last dime / outside the window I can hear the rain” and this one on a Nashville business card: “Don’t wait for Me / I might be gone a long long time / I might find something that will hold my eye / Don’t wait for me.”

 

Correspondence

Approximately 160 pages of various business and personal correspondence, including several empty envelopes, largely to Silverstein, 1962-1980, including:

 

1. Richard H. Larsh to Jack J. Kessie, October 24, 1966, Pacific Stars and Stripes, San Francisco, California: “Incidentally, with the buildup of circulation in Vietnam, we have been re-running some of Shel’s stuff done originally when he was here during the Korea War. As you probably suspect, GI humor hasn’t changed since the time of the Continental Army, and Shel’s 12-14 year-old stuff still sparkles and scores with today’s GI.”

 

2. Andrew Rubin to Shel Silverstein, March 28, 1969, Forest Hills, New York: Lafcadio was a very good book and I enjoyed it very much. The most exsiting part and the funniest part was when Lafcadio ate up the hunter and all that was left was his gun and in a few weeks Lafcadio was a sharpshooter. I would like to ask you a few question. Where did you get the idea of Lafcadio? How long did it take to write this wonderful book?”

 

3. Uitgeverij Kosmos to Zita Kremnitzer, January 21, 1975, Amsterdam: “As we want to consider the possibilities of a Dutch edition of your publication WHERE THE SIDEWALK END by Shel Silverstein, we should like to know whether the rights for our country are still free.”

 

4. Dan McKinnon to Shel Silverstein, September 23, 1975, San Diego, California: “How about a song for Brush Arbor, Shel. We sent you albums and have been bugging you. A guy as creative as you, ought to be able to come up with a good group song. How about it?”

 

Brush Arbor began as a Country Christian band in 1971 and began appearing in concert tours with Country music stars. In 1974, they won the Academy of Country Music Award for Group of the Year. The band continued to play Country and Gospel music together until 1999.

 

5. Elementary Students at Bahia Vista School to Shel Silverstein, September 1975, San Rafael, California: “Dear Uncle Shelby, We like you and we really like your stories. We are school kids at Bahia Vista School in Room 8. We would like you to come and visit us since you live so close. We read Lafcadio, Where the Sidewalk Ends, & A Giraff and a Half and they were good. Lafcadio was probably our favorite. We have ordered 2 more of your books so we can read more. We even had marshmallows for a treat one day.”

 

6. Jennifer Doran, Missy Dunphy, and Midori Evans to Shel Silverstein, ca. 1976-1978, Acton, Massachusetts: “We are three third graders from Gates School Acton, Mass. We really like your books the Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Our favorite poems are Boa constrictor, Home made boat, Warning and and Farmer And the queen. You could come to lunch any time you want to and have grilled cheese. Because, we have the best food in the county. You can’t come on Thursday because we have half a day. Let us know if you can come?”

 

7. Jeanne Voisard to Shel Silverstein, January 1978, Eagle River, Wisconsin:

“dear sir i am writing this poem to you

which for a long time thoughts have been coming.

i’d send you a stew or a cockatoo

to send your curiosity humming

but alas i’m a poor, hard working girl

who hasn’t a penny to spare

so without further upwhirl my intent i’ll unfurl

your intrigue i hope to ensnare.

this year i moved north to a cabin of wood

away from city strife

oh please don’t let me be misunderstood

it’s not that i hate that life,

but for years i’ve dreamt of being alone

in a quiet place to write

so here i sit a complete unknown

telling you of my plight.

what i am actually requesting

is that one day while you’re resting

you spare me some indication

of how to pursue a poetic vocation?

i’ve been writing a lot and really enjoy it,

could you perhaps tell me how to employ it?

i’ve really enjoyed the books you’ve written,

with Pearly Sweetcake i was quite smitten.

and though in your book the Sidewalk does end

my sixth graders beg to hear it again.

i guess i’m looking for that “piece” you lost

and though in the trash this may be tossed

i’m banking you’ll ... for full description contact University Archives

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Buyer's Premium. The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a total of a 25% Buyer's premium (we charge 20% and Invaluable, eBay and AuctionZip charge an additional 5%) will be added to the hammer price on all individual lots sold in live Auctions (the "Buyer's Live Premium"). Delivery of purchased items will not be made unless and until full payment has been received by University Archives, i.e., Paypal, check or credit card funds have fully cleared. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, signed by University Archives, payment in full is due within seven (7) calendar days of the invoice date. University Archives is required to charge the appropriate sales tax for items won if you reside in the following states: (CT, CA) unless the purchaser possesses a sales tax exemption number. University Archives' Buyer's Premium does not include any fees assessed by third-party internet bidding platforms. Please refer to the internet bidding platform's terms and conditions for any additional premium charged.


Payment. Subject to fulfillment of all of the Conditions of Sale set forth herein, upon the sooner of (1) the passing of title to the offered lot pursuant to these Conditions of Sale, or (2) possession of the offered lot by the Bidder, Bidder thereupon (a) assumes full risk and responsibility (including without limitation, liability for or damage to frames or glass covering prints, paintings, photos, or other works), and (b) will immediately pay the full purchase price or such part as University Archives may require.

Payment is due upon presentment of an invoice, following the end of auction. University Archives reserves the right to void an invoice if payment in full is not received within seven (7) calendar days of the of the invoice date. In cases of nonpayment, University Archives' election to void a sale does not relieve the Bidder from their obligation to pay University Archives its fees (seller's and Buyer's Premium) on the lot and any other damages pertaining to the lot.

We accept credit cards for payment for any winning online bidders at all sales. We require credit card information to bid. If payment is not made within 7 calendar days of the date of the invoice, we will charge the buyer's credit card on file on the 8th calendar day.

All payments for sales are strictly in U.S. dollars via Paypal, credit cards, personal checks, cashier checks, bank money orders and wire transfers, and are subject to all reporting requirements.

All deliveries are subject to good funds; funds being received in University Archives' account before delivery of the Purchases; and all payments are subject to a clearing period. University Archives reserves the right to determine if a check constitutes "good funds": checks drawn on a U.S. bank are subject to a ten (10) calendar day hold, and ten (10) business days when drawn on an international bank.

In the event that a Bidder's payment is dishonored upon presentment(s), Bidder shall pay the maximum statutory processing fee set by applicable state law. If Bidder attempts to pay via check and the financial institution denies the transfer from Bidder's bank account, or the payment cannot be completed using the selected funding source, Bidder agrees to complete payment.

If University Archives refers any invoice to an attorney for collection, the Bidder agrees to pay attorney's fees, court costs, and other collection costs incurred by University Archives. If University Archives assigns collection to its house counsel, such attorney's time expended on the matter shall be compensated at a rate comparable to the hourly rate of independent attorneys.

University Archives shall have a lien against the merchandise purchased by the Bidder to secure payment of the Auction invoice. University Archives is further granted a lien and the right to retain possession of any other property of the Bidder then held by University Archives or its affiliates to secure payment of any Auction invoice or any other amounts due University Archives or affiliates from the Bidder. With respect to these lien rights, University Archives shall have all the rights of a secured creditor, including but not limited to the right of sale. In addition, with respect to payment of the Auction invoice(s), the Bidder waives any and all rights of offset he might otherwise have against University Archives and the consignor of the merchandise included on the invoice (the "Consignor"). If a Bidder owes University Archives or its affiliates on any account, University Archives and its affiliates shall have the right to offset such unpaid account by any credit balance due Bidder, and it may secure by possessory lien any unpaid amount by any of the Bidder's property in their possession.

All checks, cashiers checks, bank checks, or money orders are payable to University Archives.

Title shall not pass to the successful Bidder until all invoices are paid in full. It is the responsibility of the Bidder to provide adequate insurance coverage for the items once they have been delivered to a third-party shipper.



Shipping. Bidder is liable for shipping and handling. University Archives is unable to combine purchases from other auctions or affiliates into one package for shipping purposes. Lots won will be shipped in a commercially reasonable time after payment in good funds for the merchandise and the shipping fees is received, except when third-party shipment occurs. Bidder agrees that service and handling charges related to shipping items which are not pre-paid may be charged to a credit card on file with University Archives.

Successful international Bidders shall provide written shipping instructions, including specified Customs declarations, to University Archives for any lots to be delivered outside of the United States. NOTE: Declaration value shall be the item'(s) hammer price and University Archives shall use the correct harmonized code for the lot. Domestic Bidders on lots designated for third-party shipment must designate the common carrier, accept risk of loss, and prepay shipping costs.

University Archives assumes no and disclaims all responsibility and liability for acts or omissions in such packing or shipping by University Archives or other packers and carriers, whether or not recommended by University Archives. University Archives assumes no and disclaims all responsibility and liability for damage to frames, glass or other breakable items. Where University Archives arranges and bills for such services via invoice, University Archives will include an administration charge.



Withdrawal of Lots and Postponement of Auction. University Archives reserves the right to withdraw any lot before or at the time of the Auction, and/or to postpone the Auction of all or any lots or parts thereof, for any reason. University Archives shall not be liable to any Bidder in the event of such withdrawal or postponement under any circumstances. University Archives reserves the right to refuse to accept bids from anyone.

University Archives reserves the right to postpone the Auction or any session thereof for a reasonable period of time for any reason whatsoever, and no Bidder or prospective Bidder shall have any claim as a result thereof, including consequential damages.

Reserves. Lots may be subject to a reserve which is the confidential minimum price below which the lot will not be sold. Consignors may not bid on their own lots or property, unless they pay both a buyer's and seller's commission. University Archives may also execute bids on behalf of a consignor, owner, or the house account to protect the reserve, by entering a bid in response to absentee bids. Under no circumstances will the auctioneer place any bid on behalf of the consignor above the reserve which is never above the low estimate. If a lot does not reach the reserve, it is bought-in. In other words, it remains unsold and is returned to the Consignor. University Archives has the right to sell certain unsold items after the close of the Auction. Such lots shall be considered sold during the Auction and all these Terms and Conditions shall apply to such sales including but not limited to the Buyer's Premium, return rights, and disclaimers.


Estimates. In addition to descriptive information, each item in the Catalog sometimes includes a price range which reflects opinion as to the price expected at auction (the "Estimate Prices"). In other instances, Estimate Prices can be obtained by calling University Archives at (203) 454-0111. The Estimate Prices are based upon various factors including prices recently paid at auction for comparable property, condition, rarity, quality, history and provenance. Estimate Prices are prepared well in advance of the sale and subject to revision. Estimates do not include the Buyer's Premium or sales tax (see under separate heading).

Consigned Property. University Archives offers lots owned by the house as well as consigned items.


Failure to comply with Terms and Conditions. Failure of the Bidder to comply with any of these Conditions of Sale or the terms of the Registration Form is an event of default. In such event, University Archives may, in addition to any other available remedies specifically including the right to hold the defaulting Bidder liable for the Purchase Price or to charge and collect from the defaulting Bidder's credit or debit accounts as provided for elsewhere herein: (a) cancel the sale, retaining any payment made by the Bidder as damages (the Bidder understands and acknowledges that University Archives will be substantially damaged should such default occur, and that damages under sub-part (a) are necessary to compensate University Archives for such damages); (b) resell the property without reserve at public auction or privately; (c) charge the Bidder interest on the Purchase Price at the rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month or the highest allowable interest rate; (d) take any other action that University Archives, in its sole discretion, deems necessary or appropriate to preserve and protect University Archives' rights and remedies. Should University Archives resell the property, the original defaulting Bidder shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price and all costs and expenses associated there with, including but not limited to warehousing, sales-related expenses, reasonable attorney fees and court costs, commissions, incidental damages and any other charges due hereunder which were not collected or collectable. In the event that such Bidder is the successful Bidder on more than one lot and pays less than the purchase price for the total lots purchased, University Archives shall apply the payment received to such lot or lots that University Archives, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. If University Archives does not exercise such discretion, the lots to which the payment shall be applied will be in descending order from the highest purchase price to the lowest. Any Bidder failing to comply with these Conditions of Sale shall be deemed to have granted University Archives a security interest in, and University Archives may retain as collateral such security for such Bidder's obligations to University Archives, any property in University Archives' possession owned by such Bidder. University Archives shall have the benefit of all rights of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) as adopted by the State of Connecticut.

Warranties. University Archives does not provide any warranties to Bidders, whether expressed or implied, beyond those expressly provided in these Conditions of Sale. All property and lots are sold "as is" and "where is". By way of illustration rather than limitation, neither University Archives nor the Consignor makes any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to merchantability or fitness for intended use, condition of the property (including any condition report), correctness of description, origin, measurement, quality, rarity, importance, exhibition, relevance, attribution, source, provenance, date, authorship, condition, culture, genuineness, value, or period of the property. Additionally, neither University Archives nor the Consignor makes any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to whether the Bidder acquires rights in copyright or other intellectual property (including exhibition or reproduction rights) or whether the property is subject to any limitations or other rights. University Archives does not make any representation or warranty as to title.

All descriptions, photographs, illustrations, and terminology including but not limited to words describing condition (including any condition reports requested by Bidder, see also Terminology), authorship, period, culture, source, origin, measurement, quality, rarity, provenance, importance, exhibition, and relevance, used in the online Auction Catalog, bill of sale, invoice, or anywhere else, represent a good faith effort made by University Archives to fairly represent the lots and property offered for sale as to origin, date, condition, and other information contained therein; they are statements of opinion only. They are not representations or warranties and Bidder agrees and acknowledges that he or she shall not rely on them in determining whether or not to bid or for what price. Price estimates (which are determined well in advance of the Auction and are therefore subject to revision) and condition reports are provided solely as a convenience to Bidders and are not intended nor shall they be relied on by Bidders as statements, representations or warranties of actual value or predictions of final bid prices.

Headings are for convenience only and shall not be used to interpret the substantive sections to which they refer.


Bidders are accorded the opportunity to inspect the lots and to otherwise satisfy themselves as to the nature and sufficiency of each lot prior to bidding, and University Archives urges Bidders to avail themselves accordingly. Bidder is encouraged to examine lots thoroughly online. Bidder may also request condition reports.


All lots sold by University Archives are guaranteed authentic. This guarantee is valid from date of the Auction in which Bidder was awarded the lot (the "Auction Date") until one (1) year after the Auction Date, without exception. We encourage the bidder to seek third party opinions on authenticity within the one year period.

In the event that University Archives is prevented for any reason from delivering any property to Bidder, or Bidder is otherwise dissatisfied with the performance of University Archives, the liability, if any, of University Archives, shall be limited to, and shall not exceed, the amount actually paid for the property by Bidder. In no event shall University Archives be liable for incidental, special, indirect, exemplary or consequential damages of any kind, including but not limited to loss of profits, value of investment or opportunity cost.




Sale of Firearms. University Archives complies with all Federal and State rules and regulations relating to the purchasing, registration and shipping of firearms. A Bidder is required to provide appropriate documents and the payment of associated fees, if any. Bidder is responsible for providing a shipping address that is suitable for the receipt of a firearm.



Remedies Under no circumstance will University Archives incur liability to a Bidder in excess of the purchase price actually paid. This section sets forth the sole and exclusive remedies of Bidder in conformity with the Warranties and Limitation of Damages provisions of these Conditions of Sale, and is expressly in lieu of any other rights or remedies which might be available to Bidder by law. The Bidder hereby accepts the benefit of the Consignor's warranty of title and any other representations and warranties made by the Consignor for the Bidder's benefit. In the event that Bidder demonstrates in writing, in the sole discretion of University Archives, that there was a breach of the Consignor's warranty of title concerning a lot purchased by Bidder, University Archives shall make demand upon the Consignor to pay to Bidder the Purchase Price (including any premiums, taxes, or other amounts paid or due to University Archives). Should the Consignor not pay the Purchase Price to Bidder within thirty days after such demand, University Archives shall disclose the identity of the Consignor to Bidder and assign to Bidder all of University Archives' rights against the Consignor with respect to such lot or property. Upon such disclosure and assignment, all responsibility and liability, if any, of University Archives with respect to said lot or property shall automatically terminate. University Archives shall be entitled to retain the premiums and other amounts paid to University Archives - this remedy is as to the Consignor only. The rights and remedies provided herein are for the original Bidder only and they may not be assigned or relied upon by any transferee or assignee under any circumstances.

If Bidder wishes to challenge the the authenticity of any item, Bidder must present written evidence that the lot is not authentic as determined by two disinterested, known experts in the field, agreeable to us, within a period of one year from the auction date. If University Archives agrees that the lot is not as represented, Bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be a refund of their purchase price, with no other costs, liabilities or amounts recoverable. If University Archives does not agree with the claim by Bidder, then the Parties shall follow the dispute resolution procedures of these Conditions of Sale.

Any such challenge concerning authenticity must, without any exception, be brought within one (1) year of Bidder's notice to University Archives of Bidder's contention that the lot was not authentic.

If the description of any lot in the Catalog is materially incorrect (e.g., gross cataloging error), the lot is returnable if returned within five (5) calendar days of receipt, and received by University Archives no later than twenty-one (21) calendar days after the Auction Date. The Bidder shall be responsible for the safe return of the lot and shall procure shipping insurance for the full purchase price. This paragraph shall constitute Bidder's sole right with respect to the return of items, and no refunds shall be given for any items not returned to and received by University Archives. All guarantees are applicable only to original purchaser. No returns will be accepted other than on the grounds of authenticity for any item that is described as having major flaws or restoration.

NO RETURN OR REFUND OF ANY AUCTION LOT WILL BE CONSIDERED EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THESE CONDITIONS OF SALE.

These Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the parties together with the terms and conditions contained in the Registration Form. They may not be amended, modified or superseded except in a signed writing executed by all parties. No oral or written statement by anyone employed by University Archives or acting as agent or representative of University Archives may amend, modify, waive or supersede the terms herein unless such amendment, waiver or modification is contained in a writing signed by all parties.

If any section of these Conditions of Sale or any term or provision of any section is held to be invalid, void, or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining sections or terms and provisions of a section shall continue in full force and effect without being impaired or invalidated in any way.

The Parties agree that any agreements between the Parties including but not limited to these Conditions of Sale are entered into in Westport, Connecticut, no matter where Bidder is situated and no matter by what means or where Bidder was informed of the Auction and regardless of whether catalogs, materials, or other communications were received by Bidder in another location.

The Parties agree that these Conditions of Sale, and any other related agreement(s) are governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut, without regard for its conflict of laws principles. The Parties agree that any dispute related to or arising out of these Conditions of Sale, or related to or arising out of any other related agreement(s) shall be submitted to confidential binding arbitration (the "Arbitration") before a single Arbitrator of the American Arbitration Association (the "AAA"). The Parties agree that the Arbitration shall be conducted pursuant to the commercial rules of the AAA. In the event that the Parties cannot agree on the selection of the Arbitrator, then the Arbitrator shall be selected by the AAA. The prevailing Party in the Arbitration shall be entitled to recover all of its related costs, whether before or after the formal institution of the Arbitration, including but not limited to its reasonable attorneys' fees and, if University Archives prevails, the Buyer's Premium as defined in these Conditions of Sale. The Parties agree that Bidder shall have no right to recover consequential or indirect damages, or lost profits damages.

The Parties consent to the enforcement of the decision in the Arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act in either the courts of the State of Connecticut or the United States District Court for the District Westport.

Except as provided in Bidder's Remedies with regard to the Certification of Authenticity, any dispute, claim, cause of action related to or arising out of these Conditions of Sale or any other agreement(s) between the Parties must be brought within one (1) year of the acts, omissions or circumstances giving rise to the alleged claim, without exceptions. This provision is intended as a full, complete and absolute release of any claims after one (1) year of such acts, omissions or circumstances. The Parties agree further that these waiver provisions are intended to be binding on all parties in the event of any dispute, specifically including but not limited to third party claims and cross-actions brought by either University Archives or Bidder. These provisions are consideration for the execution of these Conditions of Sale.

The Bidder hereby agrees that University Archives shall be entitled to present these Conditions of Sale to a court in any jurisdiction other than set forth in this paragraph as conclusive evidence of the Parties' agreement, and the Parties further agree that the court shall immediately dismiss any action filed in such jurisdiction.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, University Archives may, in its sole discretion, enforce its rights pursuant to these Conditions of Sale in the courts of the State of Connecticut or the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut rather than in an Arbitration related to or arising out of any Auction of an item sold for less than $10,000. This right shall relate to the individual item price, such that University Archives may, in its sole discretion, enforce its rights pursuant to these Conditions of Sale in the courts of the State of Connecticut or the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut rather than in an Arbitration for items that in the aggregate exceed $10,000. The prevailing Party in such a proceeding shall be entitled to recover all of its related costs, whether before or after the formal institution of the proceeding, including but not limited to its reasonable attorneys' fees and, if University Archives prevails, the Buyer's Premium as defined in these Conditions of Sale. This right of enforcement is unique to University Archives, and these Conditions of Sale are a waiver by the Bidder of any right to enforcement or adjudication outside of an Arbitration.


Under no circumstances is any employee, agent or representative of University Archives authorized by University Archives to modify, amend, waive or contradict any of these Conditions of Sale, any term or condition set forth on a registration form, any warranty or limitation or exclusion of warranty, any term or condition in either the Registration Form or these Terms and Conditions regarding payment requirements, including but not limited to due date, manner of payment, and what constitutes payment in full, or any other term or condition contained in any documents issued by University Archives unless such modification, amendment, waiver or contradiction is contained in a writing signed by all parties. Any statements, oral or written, made by employees, agents or representatives of University Archives to Bidder, including statements regarding specific lots, even if such employee, agent or representative represents that such statement is authorized, unless reduced to a writing signed by all parties, are statements of personal opinion only and are not binding on University Archives, and under no circumstances shall be relied upon by Bidder as a statement, representation or warranty of University Archives.




Agreements. Agreements between Bidders and Consignors to effectuate a non-sale of an item at Auction, inhibit bidding on a consigned item to enter into a private sale agreement for said item, or to utilize University Archives' Auction to obtain sales for non-selling consigned items subsequent to the Auction, are strictly prohibited. If a subsequent sale of a previously consigned item occurs in violation of this provision, University Archives reserves the right to charge Bidder the applicable Buyer's Premium and Consignor a Seller's Commission as determined for each auction venue and by the terms of the seller's agreement.

Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions qualifies Bidder as a client who has consented to be contacted by University Archives in the future. In conformity with "do-not-call" regulations promulgated by the Federal or State regulatory agencies, participation by the Bidder is affirmative consent to being contacted at the phone number shown in his application and this consent shall remain in effect until it is revoked in writing. University Archives may from time to time contact Bidder concerning sale, purchase, and auction opportunities available.

Rules of Construction: University Archives presents properties in a number of collectible fields, and as such, specific venues have promulgated supplemental Terms and Conditions. Nothing herein shall be construed to waive the general Conditions of Sale by these additional rules and shall be construed to give force and effect to the rules in their entirety.

SALES TAX

University Archives is required to charge the appropriate sales tax for items won if you reside in the following states: CT & CA.

SHIPPING

We do our own in-house worldwide shipping!
Applicable shipping and handling charges will be added to the invoice. ***PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR SHIPMENT TO BE SENT TO AN ADDRESS OTHER THAN THE ONE YOU HAVE ON FILE WITH INVALUABLE, YOU WILL NEED TO INFORM US OF THIS AS SOON AS PAYMENT IS SUBMITTED FOR YOUR WINNINGS*** Shipping and handling costs are competitive as we maintain discounted contracts with FedEx. If you have any questions, contact University Archives prior to bidding. After payment has been made in full, University Archives will ship your purchase within 5 business days following receipt of full payment for item. We currently ship via FedEx but if your purchase is shipping to a P.O. Box, we ship via USPS. All items are insured. We ship from our offices in Westport, CT. We may opt to use a third party shipper for very fragile, bulky or oversized items. Items requiring third party shipping will be denoted in the item description. Packages shipped internationally will have full value declared on shipping form. International buyers will be responsible for any customs fees incurred.

Please remember that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs from University Archives' offices in Westport, CT to the buyer's door. Please see full Terms and Conditions of Sale.

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