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Hamilton letters and manuscripts being auctioned by Sotheby's

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Joan Marcus

Alexander Hamilton is still having a moment. Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster hip-hop musical Hamilton, the original Treasury Secretary is experiencing a historical revival — and in January, New York auction house Sotheby’s will sell an archive of Hamilton papers.

“Alexander Hamilton: An Important Archive of Letters and Manuscripts” contains everything from Hamilton-penned drafts for George Washington speeches to love letters between Hamilton and his beloved wife Eliza Schuyler. This sale is the first of its kind, and contains hundreds of documents passed down through Hamilton’s descendants over centuries.

“It’s highly unusual, but highly gratifying, when popular American culture is informed so directly by our historical past,” Sotheby’s specialist Selby Kiffer said in a statement.

Sotheby’s experts are still categorizing the entire archive, however; more details will be released in coming weeks, ahead of the Jan. 18 auction. 

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