A four-page personal handwritten letter from John Jay Audubon to Gideon B. Smith, dated May 18, 1843, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society.
A single-page letter from Marie Antoinette written in French on Oct. 2, 1784, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society.
A letter written in French from Napoleon Bonaparte on Sept. 17, 1878, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society.
A letter written by Karl Marx on April 14, 1874, to P.H. King inquiring about the title and price of a book bearing Marx's signature, taken from the Wilbur Collection at the University of Vermont Library.
Three inaugural address delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, 1941 and 1945. Each contains hand-written notes and corrections from Roosevelt, and were the "original reading copy." They were taken from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the National Archives.
A Baltimore City property receipt dated June 1, 1861, signed by Abraham Lincoln, granting land to Private John Larn, a former member of the Maryland Militia who served in the War of 1812. It was taken by the Maryland Historical Society and recovered by a city police officer who arrested the suspects in July last year.
Source: Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times