The story of the human experience is told by our surviving material culture. The Leland Little Auctions Historical Department illustrates this collective narrative with important objects from all over the world, from a 16th century illuminated Koran to an Apollo 12 lunar module plate. In so doing, we regularly bring museum-quality artifacts to those individuals and institutions who will make sure these treasures survive for generations to come.


Rob Golan

Rob Golan

Rare Coins & Historical Director, AAA, ISA AM

Rob has been professionally cataloguing rare coins and historical objects for nearly 30 years. He joined Leland Little's team as a seasoned contract writer and researcher in 2005, becoming a full-time director in 2015. Rob is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association.

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An Insider's Look: My Bondage and My Freedom

"I shall place this book in the hands of the only child spared me, bidding him to strive and emulate its noble example." - Dr. James McCune Smith in his introduction to My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass


A Moment With Emily Kerrigan

Over the years I have become very good at getting out of things I don't want to do. And if ever there was something I didn't want to do, this was surely it: to deal with the mother of a dead novelist and, worst of all, to have to read a manuscript that she said was 'great.' - Walker Percy


An Insider's Look: A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia

First person impressions of life on Roanoke Island, between 1585 and 1586, by two, ultimately, very influential Englishmen.


Special Feature with Rob Golan

A Scholarly Collection of 19th Century American Military Longarms


The Discovery of the Venus de Milo in Print

What would be the use of describing it [The Venus de Milo]? Can we? A single glance makes her better known than all our words...


Musical Instruments in the Memorial Weekend Auction

"Rob and I have both been passionate about music, both as listeners as well as musicians." - Leland Little


An Insider's Look: Faces of the Civil War

Capturing life in the face of death, these documentary photographs show individual soldiers forever changed by the American Civil War.


A Revolution in Sound

Portable and Affordable Mechanical Music, A Revolution in Sound


The Science of Shadows

Measuring the Days with Shadow and Light


An Insider's Look: Inspired by the European Grand Tour

Back from your European getaway and longing for some of its beauty at home? We get it. Feeling inspired by our own travels and the tradition of the Grand Tour, we have curated this timeless selection of continental art, furniture, and decorative accessories from our End of Summer Estate Auction.


Exquisitely Beautiful Specimens of the Ambrotype

Our Rare Coins & Historical Director, Rob Golan, is proud to present a remarkable quarter-plate ambrotype of two young Confederate cavalrymen from Louisiana. This rare ambrotype, along with other ambrotypes and tintypes, was offered in our June Estate Auction.


Historical Archive Documenting the Final Weeks of Ulysses S. Grant

I have fought a Good Fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7 KJV


Five Things: What The Emancipation Proclamation, Organized Philanthropy, The Chicago Fire, & Suffrage Have In Common


On The Hunt

The world turns, the millennia pass, and the hunter becomes the hunted. But possibly not until the hunter is long-extinct and thoroughly fossilized. Robert E. Wilke, who spends his leisure time at the bottom of the ocean, hunting for Megalodon teeth, has reason to be glad for that reliable passage of time.


The Collection of Art Historian and Designer Sterling Boyd

A great eye is rarely confined to a single category. For Sterling Boyd, the synthesis of his extensive knowledge and impeccable style was a personal collection of art and antiques that brought together beauty and history.


A Window Onto An American Dynasty

As the record-breaking viewership of the current season of Netflix’s The Crown tells us, we are endlessly fascinated by what goes on behind the closed doors of the world’s royals.


Landing on the Moon...on Earth