A number of handwritten letters, edits, and historical documents from the Frierdiker Rebbe and Rebbe are being auctioned off by the Appel Auction House, including previously unseen photos claimed to be of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka.
The recent years have seen an explosion of letters and artifacts from the Rebbe and previous Lubavitcher Rebbeim being sold at public Judaica auctions.
An upcoming auction by the Appel Auction House is no exception. Over a dozen lots are filed under the ‘Chabad’ category offering letters, telegraphs, or handwritten edits from the Frierdiker Rebbe or the Rebbe, each a unique piece of Chabad history.
Among the attention-grabbing items are two previously unseen photos that are claimed to be pictures of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, daughter of the Frierdiker Rebbe, and wife of the Rebbe.
The two photos are black and white, one showing a baby girl, and the second showing a girl of approximately two years old. Both seem to have been taken in a professional studio.
Another is a letter from the Frierdiker Rebbe to one of his Chassidim wishing him blessings for the new year. This letter is unique as it was 5 months before the Frierdiker Rebbe passed away, and one can clearly see the Yud of the Frierdiker Rebbe’s name written in ksav ashuri, as was his custom during the last year of his life.
A letter from the Rebbe to the administration of Reshet Ohel Yosef Yitzchak in Eretz Yisroel dated Yud Beis – Yud Gimmel Tammuz 1968. The Rebbe added the word ‘BeChoved’ in his holy handwriting.
A letter of blessing and guidance from the Rebbe how to educate students at Bais Sefer L’Melacha in Kfar Chabad Israel.
A first edition of Pelach HaRimon authored by Rabbi Hillel Paritcher, famed chossid of the Mitteler Rebbe and Tzemach Tzedek.