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CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold a 382-lot sale of the collection of Robin and Kathryn Smiley, the co-publishers and editors of Firsts: The Book Collector’s Magazine, on Thursday, August 17, starting at 10 am Central time. The Smiley collection features modern firsts of literature, mystery and detective fiction, and western literature, with a special emphasis on books into film. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota Estate Auction will hold a two-day sale on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Headlining this more than 1,500-lot auction will be a Wang Yeting porcelain plaque and a Georg Jensen tea set, along with works from many noteworthy artists. It also features a lifetime collection of 17th- to 19th-century Chinese Export snuff bottles and a lifetime collection of early American pottery.
CHICAGO – Until Tuesday, July 26, Hindman presents Summer Reading: 20th-Century Literature and Biography from a Private Collection, featuring first editions of many of the most loved works by some of the most iconic authors of the 20th century. With strong offerings in fiction and biography, this private collection offers something for all readers, including everything from classics to fantasy to politics, and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK — Books and manuscripts had a standout winter-spring season at Swann Galleries. “As a company whose origins are as a book auction house, it is reaffirming to see this growth, over 25%, in our book department over the last year. Even more exciting is that the results reflect not only strength in our established departments but also great momentum in our latest specialized sale, Focus on Women,” said President Nicholas D. Lowry. The top auctions of the season included two record-breakers in their respective categories: Printed & Manuscript African Americana and Early Printed Books. Both sales recorded their highest totals in history at the house: African Americana earned $1,378,838 on March 30, and the timed online auction of Early Printed Books closed on May 4 at $1,326,560. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.
LICHFIELD, U.K. – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the British first edition of the first Harry Potter book, has become a Holy Grail for collectors of a certain age. On Monday, July 10 – mere weeks before the fictional boy wizard marks his July 31 birthday, which he shares with author J.K. Rowling – the rare book performed magic again, this time at auction in England. An ex-library copy purchased for the equivalent of 38 cents sold for a hammer price of around $13,500. An American bidder participating via thesaleroom.com came away victorious.
CHICAGO – First editions of each of Jane Austen’s major novels led Hindman’s May 11 Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts auction. The five books, including Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, realized more than $300,000. Overall, the auction totaled more than $1.1 million and was more than 94 percent sold.
BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries‘ June 1 Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror auction topped $500,000. The auction featured more than 400 lots of books from the three genres named in the title, including signed and inscribed copies of major works by Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein.