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1901 Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain Signed Tribute Dinner Menu
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
1901 dinner menu for a banquet honoring New York Governor Benjamin B. Odell Jr. has been signed along the interior by five attendees including Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. The fold-over menu (11 x 14 inches, folded) features a single interior printed sheet that is titled "Dinner to his Excellence Benjamin B. Odell Jr. - Governor of the State of New York by the Lotos Club, Saturday Evening March 23, 1901." Below the title is a portrait photo of Odell as well as the menu for the evening. Five black fountain pen signatures appear along the border areas of the interior sheet including Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Odell and two other unidentified individuals (signatures illegible). All of the signatures contrast exceptionally well against the cream colored sheet and grade "7/8" overall. Roosevelt was Vice President at the time of this banquet; however, he ascended to the Presidency just six months later following the assassination of William McKinley. Twain, in addition to his vast literary outpouring, was one of the day's most sought after dinner speakers and it was in that capacity that he attended the banquet. Included with the menu is a a copy of the speech Twain delivered that evening in which he proposed amassing a police force comprised completely of authors. The blue covers are slightly toned; however, the interior menu page remains in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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