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The Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller

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Dr. Lawrence E. Miller, an orthopedic surgeon and psychiatrist for more than 60 years, began collecting autographs in 1960 by writing to “the people that changed the world.” In his quest for confirmation of political perspectives and historical relevance, Dr. Miller sought out and personally met many US presidents, foreign heads of state, and other famous dignitaries who gladly signed his books. As his collection grew over the decades, he shared his long-time passion for reading and studying history with his family and friends. Dr. Miller routinely spoke to his four children and eleven grandchildren of the rich history and majesty of America as a way to ensure the passage of a legacy that highlighted his thirst for learning.

RR Auction will offer hundreds of items from Dr. Miller's vast collection in 2020, culminating in a specially curated sale in May. The auction will be highlighted by books signed by presidents including George Washington; documents by signers of the Declaration of Independence; a wealth of Supreme Court justices; and leading figures of world history such as Oliver Cromwell, Mohandas Gandhi, and Deng Xiaoping. Extraordinary in depth and breadth, Dr. Miller's stands as one of the finest private collections we have had the privilege to offer.