Sigmund Freud Autograph Letter Signed Sells for $25,000 at NateDSanders.com Auction
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One of the most desirable autographs is a Sigmund Freud autograph. Signed books, signed photos, letters signed — they’re all pricey.
These just sold at our auction. Here they are:
Rare Sigmund Freud Autograph Letter Signed on His Jewish Roots & Psychoanalysis — ”…the Freud family is said to sometime have left their hometown of Köln during a period of persecution of Jews…”
Unusually personal and autobiographical Sigmund Freud autograph letter signed, with content on Freud’s Jewish heritage and ancestry, the growth of psychoanalysis and the ”intense type of rejection” of it by psychiatrists, his marriage and children, and his professional writings and honorary degree; in essence, the whole of Freud’s life and career, as told in his own words. The content is especially important and unusual as Freud kept tight control over his autobiography, with this letter likely the most comprehensive detailing of it. He writes to fellow psychoanalyst Dr. Paul Federn, one of Freud’s earliest proteges, with Freud even dryly commenting in the beginning of his letter that his reluctance to answer Federn’s correspondence (by misplacing it) was ”most likely as a consequence of my resistance”. Dated 30 June 1913 upon his personal stationery from his home in Vienna. Sold for $25,000
Sigmund Freud Autograph Letter Signed in English — Freud Writes to His Nephew, the PR expert Edward Bernays, of Publishing a Book: “…The title might be: Scraps of popular Psychoanalysis…”
Sigmund Freud autograph letter signed, composed in English, to his nephew Edward Bernays. Freud was close to his nephew, who is famous in his own right; Bernays is considered the “founder of the PR industry” and was an advocate of benevolent propaganda, using Freud’s psychological techniques to accomplish it. Datelined Vienna, 2 October 1920, Freud writes just as his psychoanalytic institutes were starting to take hold in Europe. In full, “Dear Edward / After my return from Holland I am glad to acknowledge your letter of Aug. 27th telling of the good sale of our translation. I had expected it would mean a piece of good business to you, but I realize from your letters and Felix’s account that it all goes to my profit, and I thank you heartily for this demonstration of kindness and helpfulness. / Now my appetite getting sharpened I propose to you the following arrangement which is likely to fall in with an offer of yours. I would promise to write, let us say: four popular papers a year for a certain review chosen by you and these articles, if successful, could be collected in the shape of a small book after some time. The title might be: Scraps of popular Psychoanalysis, or something alike. They are to be easy yet original. The first I intend to write down I might name: Don’t use [Greek letter psi]A in Polemics. As for the size it will depend on the subject, not too long generally. I will write in German but join an English version, which if not available itself, can guard the translator against serious mistakes. / I hope you will answer what you think of the project and how much it can bring deduction made for the cost of translation or correction etc. Also if the topic I mentioned as a sample seems a good one to you. / With kind love and thanks for your interest. / Your Uncle / freud.” Letter is beautifully presented in a double-sided frame that inserts into a larger frame. The front of the larger frame shows a sketch of Freud and opens to reveal the letter alongside its transcription. Visible portion of letter measures 5″ x 8″, framed to a size of 33.75″ x 18.75″ when displayed open. Fold and light creasing to letter, otherwise near fine. This Sigmund Freud Autograph Letter Signed sold for $11,000.
Sigmund Freud 1936 Autograph Letter Signed With Rare Content Regarding His Ancestry — “…When I was a child, I still knew this grandfather, who lived in Vienna after having lost his fortune…”
Sigmund Freud autograph letter signed with uncommon personal content regarding Freud’s genealogical tree. Dated 21 December 1936 on his personal letterhead of his Vienna home, Freud writes approximately one and half years before leaving with his family to the United Kingdom, after the Nazi party’s annexation of Austria. Freud here writes to Dr. Rudolf Kallir (a musical manuscripts expert and possible relation, given the letter’s content), in detail about his familial lineage, including a distant relative who was a member of the Reichstag. Single page letter measures 9″ x 11.25″. Folds and light uniform toning, else near fine condition. Letter in German is accompanied by full translation, and also Freud’s original envelope in his hand. Sold for $5,000.
Sigmund Freud Autograph on His Autobiography — Rare First ”Offprint” Edition
Sigmund Freud autograph on his first offprint edition of his autobiography, inscribed to fellow psychoanalyst Oskar Pfister. Marked ”Nicht im Handel” (”not for sale”) and ”Sonderdruck” (”offprint”), this work was originally published in Volume IV of ”Die Medizin der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen” (loosely translated to ”Contemporary Medicine Through Autobiographies”), and here constitutes its first separate issue. The series as originally published was designed to show the current state of medicine, as elucidated by the autobiographies of its leading practitioners. In green wrappers, published in Leipzig: Felix Meiner, 1925, in German. Signed and inscribed by Freud on the front wrapper to Pfister, and dated 1925. Pfister pens a gift inscription to the verso page of a photo frontispiece portrait of Freud, and also notates the last page in pencil. Freud and Pfister (a Swiss Protestant Minister) kept up a correspondence from 1909-1939 which was published in both English and German in 1963. Measures 6.25” x 9”. A near fine copy, beautifully housed in a custom clamshell box.
Sold for $4,160: Sigmund Freud Signed Autobiography — Rare First ”Offprint” Edition
We have also sold another Sigmund Freud autograph in a different book. Here is the description and price realized:
Sigmund Freud Autograph in His Book, “Psychoanalytische Studien an Werken der Dichtung und Kunst” — 1924
Sigmund Freud autograph in his book, “Psychoanalytische Studien an Werken der Dichtung und Kunst.” Leipzig: 1924. Hardcover octavo volume signed in ink, “Sigm. Freud / 1929” to front free endpaper. Bound in publisher’s quarter cloth. Rubbing to board edges. Overall toning to interior, excepting endpapers. Very good condition. Sold for $6,275.03.
Also, in the past, we sold just a Sigmund Freud autograph. See below:
Rare Full Sigmund Freud Autograph
Rare full signature of uber-psychologist Sigmund Freud, whose pioneering work influenced the field of psychology for over a century. Clipped signature is signed, “Prof. Sigm. Freud / 26.2.25″ while Freud taught at the University of Vienna and around the time he published his theories on the id, ego and superego. Clipped signature measuring 4.5″ x .75” is glued to a larger album page. Freud’s signature is exceptionally bold, overall in very good condition. Sold for $1,441.20.
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