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The Princeton Packet
Memorabilia dealers share their fascination with a life of letters
“Everything we know about human history is usually derived from some sort of document,” says James Camner of La Scala Autographs. “All the great libraries have came from collectors. The British Library began as a collection of books from the last king to govern the American Colonies, George III. Thomas Jefferson’s library formed the nucleus of the Library of Congress.
…Collecting letters is actually less costly than collecting works of art, the Camners point out. A letter that contains a drawing by Picasso might cost $3,000 to $4,000, while a drawing you buy from an art dealer would be many times that.
“If you’re interested in collecting, start with something you love,” says Connie Camner.”