John Reznikoff, CEO and founder of University Archives, an auction house specializing in historical manuscripts, autographs, and rare books, has been in business for over 40 years. In that time, he has examined, cataloged, appraised, purchased, and sold hundreds of thousands of documents related to American, European, and world history. His expertise in handwriting authentication has brought him to the Library of Congress, and to the offices of many branches of law enforcement, including the FBI. He is as equally comfortable on the set of the History Channel’s "Pawn Stars" as he is at international book fairs in Brooklyn, Boston, Manhattan, California, and London.
Reznikoff's reputation as a handwriting expert in the autograph industry is unparalleled. In addition to serving as an authenticator and questioned document examiner, he is also a respected collector, dealer, and auctioneer. He is the only expert to opine for both accepted third-party authentication services PSA and JSA. John is frequently asked to evaluate the authenticity of items by Christie’s, Sotheby’s, RR Auction, and largest rare book dealer in the world, Bauman Rare Books. CBS News called John’s expertise “the best in the world."
John Reznikoff was sought out for his expertise as a major collector and dealer of presidential memorabilia when he was interviewed for a July 2018 "New York Times" article by Jennifer Schuessler entitled “Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes for Dallas Are Found, Starting a Quiet Tug of War.”
Reznikoff was asked to give an auction estimate for Jackie’s hand-inscribed packing list for her trip to Texas in November 1963. The notes on White House stationery contained an eerie reference to the “Pink & Navy Chanel Suit” and came with an unbroken chain of custody from Providencia Paredes, Jackie’s personal assistant.
When assigning his $75,000 auction estimate, Reznikoff considered several variables, including the author, date, provenance, and current market trends, as well as the symbolism and popular appeal of such an item. Reznikoff is quoted as saying: “It’s a really sexy document… It has everything: her poise, her planning, her status as a fashion icon and, of course, the dark side.”31 March 2021