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Roosevelt memorabilia sold at auction

August 8, 1997

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) _ A book by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt fetched $5,500 at an auction _ believed to be a record for FDR memorabilia, the auctioneer said.

``All of it exceeded the high estimates,″ said Jay Werbalowsky, who owns the JMW auction house.

With corrections written in the margins, FDR sent ``On Our Way,″ a book of his early presidential accomplishments, to ``my very dear Uncle Frederick Adrian Delano.″

Roosevelt boasts in his inscription, ``this is one of a few rag paper copies!″

The book was bought by institution that was not identified.

A book of poems by Robert Browning purported to be on Eleanor Roosevelt’s nightstand when she died sold for $600.

And a photo of a young, gangly congressman named Lyndon Johnson signed, ``For my chief, From one who loves him and all he stands for″ sold to a collector for $1,800.

The bits of memorabilia from the former first couple were auctioned as part of the estate of William Stickle, the former photographer of the Roosevelt Library.

Stickle went to work for the library in Hyde Park, N.Y., after FDR’s death, amassing the collection _ the bulk of which were old books, prints and photos unrelated to the Roosevelts _ over 30 years.

The collection also includes a half-dozen books signed by Mrs. Roosevelt, as well as the Browning poems.

``Very intriguing, absolutely!″ said Anne Jordan, curator of FDR’s homestead.

Stickle, 79, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The sale will help pay for Stickle’s expenses at an assisted-living home, said Lisa Fisher, his lawyer.

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