Edwin Dawes lifetime collection of magic memorabilia to appear at Potter and Potter Feb. 24

Adelaide Herrmann and Company, The Flight of the Favorite, which sold for $48,000 ($57,600 with buyer’s premium) at Potter & Potter.

CHICAGO —  Edwin A. Dawes (1925-2023) was a noted English biochemist who spent his career at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, where he founded its department of biochemistry. But in his after hours, Dawes and his wife Amy were avid magicians, performing as Professor Bluffman and Madame Patrice. Dawes was also a prolific writer on the history of magic, authoring the authoritative works Great Illusionists and The Encyclopedia of Magic.

Amy predeceased Edwin in 2014, and now, with his passing at age 97, the first sale of his lifetime collection comes to market at Potter & Potter, with 448 lots crossing the block on Saturday, February 24. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

According to Gabe Fajuri, president at Potter & Potter Auctions, “There is no one in the magic collecting community whose name, accomplishments, and reputation commands more respect than Eddie Dawes. Perhaps more than anyone in the twentieth century, he has contributed to a wider scholarly knowledge of magic history through his writing and scholarship. I’m honored — thrilled, actually — to offer rarities from his collection at Potter & Potter. This is the first of several sales we will conduct from Eddie’s archives, and therefore the tip of the proverbial iceberg.”

Two lots share the top estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The first is a book printed in 1663 London and represents the sixth edition ‘with many additions.’ Hocus Pocus Junior. The Anatomy of Legerdemain. Or, The Art of Juggling set forth in proper Colours features 32 unnumbered leaves, a woodcut frontispiece, and woodcuts in the text. This is only one of two known examples of this exact edition. Dr. Dawes purchased it at a Sotheby’s auction in 1979.

Known as the ‘Queen of Magic,’ Adelaide Herrmann (1853-1932) began her career as the performing assistant to her husband, Alexander (1834-1896), popularly known as ‘Professor Herrmann’ or ‘Herrmann the Great.’ When he passed unexpectedly, Adelaide continued the act and performed into her seventies, finally retiring in 1928. This stone-lithograph poster dating to circa 1905 shows her solo act, billed then as The Flight of the Favorite. In this illusion, a Geisha character in one cabinet vanishes, only to reappear in a similar box some distance away. According to Potter & Potter’s experts, this is the only known example of this poster. It, too, is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

American William Ellsworth Robinson (1861-1918) spent his entire magic career performing as Chung Ling Soo, Chinese Conjurer. He met an untimely demise as part of a bullet-catch trick that went awry. Chung Ling Soo. Chinese Conjurer is a circa-1910 three-sheet stone-litho poster from his heyday and is the first such example ever handled or seen by Potter & Potter’s magic experts. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

One of the earliest works in English on magic tricks, the copy of  The Discovery of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot (1538-1599) that appears in the sale was printed in London in 1665 as a third edition. It has an estimate of $7,000-$9,000. And an autographed headshot of Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz, 1874-1926) brings up the spirit of the late conjurer for an affordable $1,500-$2,500.

Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co. Silver Circus Lion in Wagon leads our five auction highlights

Silver circus lion and parade wagon by Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., which hammered for $8,000 and sold for $10,240 with buyer’s premium at Hill Auction Gallery.

Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co. Silver Circus Lion in Wagon, $10,240

SUNRISE, Fla. – Gene Moore (1910-1998) came from humble beginnings in Alabama to become one of the defining architects of the Tiffany & Co. brand image — not as a jewelry designer, but as the man who put a public face on the firm through decades of window displays at its flagship New York store. The public came to see Tiffany through his incredible ‘window dressings,’ which were a key marketing element that captivated passersby and helped cement Tiffany as the pinnacle of luxury and taste.

During his time working with Tiffany, Moore also created a line of decorated silver figures drawn from the American traveling circus milieu. Though circuses have generally fallen out of favor, they were central in pre- and postwar American popular culture; a day at the circus was a must for most American families.

Moore’s designs are whimsical and were intended to be collected serially upon each item’s release. What appears to be a single-owner collection of 17 Moore figures came to market November 30 at Hill Auction Gallery. Most were in good but shelf-worn condition, clearly from years of loving handling, and nearly all sold within or above estimate.

The top lot was a silver circus lion and its accompanying circus parade wagon. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, it hammered for a stunning $8,000 ($10,240 with buyer’s premium), illustrating that though circuses may have gone out of style, collectibles associated with them that bear the Tiffany & Co. mark have not.

Ambrose Gardner English Quarter Repeating Table Clock, $71,500

Late 17th- or early 18th-century English quarter repeating table clock signed by Ambrose Gardner, which hammered for $55,000 and sold for $71,500 with buyer’s premium at Hindman.
Late 17th- or early 18th-century English quarter repeating table clock signed by Ambrose Gardner, which hammered for $55,000 and sold for $71,500 with buyer’s premium at Hindman.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Very few English Golden Age clocks signed by Ambrose Gardner are recorded. However, his name is well-known as he worked for many years as an apprentice in the household of the ‘father of English clockmaking,’ Thomas Tompion.

A member of the Goldsmiths’ Company, who was perhaps hired for his skills as an engraver, Gardner was the foreman at Tompion’s workshop on Water Lane off Fleet Street in London. Elements of Tompion clocks stamped with the initials ‘AG’ are thought to have been his work.

The only two clocks fully signed by Gardner have appeared for sale in the past decade. Both are high-status ebony veneered table clocks with quarter repeating movements dated to around 1700. They include many details identified as ‘Tompion’ features to both the cases and movements, and may have been made under his supervision. Whether or not Gardner branched out on his own around the turn of the 18th century is a matter of speculation.

The example offered by Bonhams in London in 2015 was signed to the backplate only. Although now missing its repeat work, the deluxe complication that meant the clock would once have chimed the hours and quarters on the pull of a cord, it sold at £20,000 (roughly $25,100).

The similar clock that appeared for sale at Hindman in Palm Beach on December 7 was in better condition, with the repeating mechanism still intact. It was fully signed by Ambrose Gardner to both the dial (above the numeral XII) and to the back plate and was consigned from the estate of Joanna Hoffman, whose father John Hoffman had been a member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association. The best of several clocks from this source in the sale, it soared well above its estimate of $15,000-$25,000, hammering for $55,000 and selling for $71,500 with buyer’s premium.

Alain Prost’s Race-Worn Helmet from the Infamous Formula One 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, $88,400

Alain Prost’s Formula One race-worn 1984 Dallas Grand Prix helmet, which hammered for £55,000 and sold for £70,400 ($88,400) with buyer’s premium at Bonhams.
Alain Prost’s Formula One race-worn 1984 Dallas Grand Prix helmet, which hammered for £55,000 and sold for £70,400 ($88,400) with buyer’s premium at Bonhams.

GUILDFORD, U.K. – As Formula One fans readied for the final grand prix of the season, Bonhams’ Abu Dubai Auction Online sale on November 30 included plenty of car racing memorabilia. Leading the lineup was the helmet the four-time drivers’ champion Alain Prost wore at the infamous Dallas Grand Prix at Fair Park in Texas on July 8, 1984.

Prost, driving for Maclaren, was among those who tried (and failed) to have the race stopped. Instead, driving in intense heat on a disintegrating track surface repaired with quick-drying cement, the rate of attrition was brutal. Of the 26 drivers who started the race, only eight made it to the checkered flag, with some of them three laps behind winner Keke Rosberg.

Prost himself had led the race with 10 laps to go, but was forced to retire after hitting a wall and breaking a wheel rim. He had given his helmet to a McLaren employee who worked closely with many of its drivers during his 25 year-tenure. As a fine memento of one of the most memorable races of the 1980s F1 era, it was estimated at £10,000-£12,000 but hammered for £55,000 and sold for £70,400 ($88,400). The 1984 edition was the only running of the Dallas Grand Prix.

1585 First Edition Book on Virginia’s Roanoke Colony, Written by English Settlers, $15,125

1585 first edition of ‘A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,’ which hammered for $12,500 and sold for $15,125 with buyer’s premium at Leland Little.
1585 first edition of ‘A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,’ which hammered for $12,500 and sold for $15,125 with buyer’s premium at Leland Little.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – In 1585, English colonists Thomas Hariot and John White recorded their first impressions of life on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina. Hariot published A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, with White composing a suite of watercolors illustrating the region’s flora and fauna and also its native peoples.

The efforts of both men came to the attention of Belgian engraver Theodor de Bry, who published an edition that combined Hariot’s text and engravings based on White’s original watercolors. De Bry chose to portray Roanoke as a garden of Eden and likened its native inhabitants to the ancient Britons and Scots. Printed in English, Latin, French and German, it proved hugely influential in encouraging European settlement of the vast lands that would become British North America.

A first edition copy in Latin printed in Frankfurt in 1590 was offered for sale at Leland Little on December 1. Deemed ‘a very good copy with all plates and map,’ it had been expertly conserved and bound in leather-covered boards by Don Etherington, director of the Book Conservation Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding. It was estimated at $20,000-$30,000 but it sold short of that range, hammering for $12,500 and selling for $15,125 with buyer’s premium.

Persian Terracotta Figure, 1st Millennium BCE, $30,720

Persian terracotta figure dating to the 1st millennium BCE, which hammered for $24,000 and sold for $30,720 with buyer’s premium at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery.
Persian terracotta figure dating to the 1st millennium BCE, which hammered for $24,000 and sold for $30,720 with buyer’s premium at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery.

WINDSOR, Conn. – This terracotta figure is typical of the highly stylized pottery models honoring a fertility or mother goddess made in Persia in the first millennium BCE. They are sometimes called Amlash culture figures, a reference to the small village in the north of modern-day Iran where excavations uncovered similar fragmentary pieces. This example, standing slightly more than 12in (30cm) high, is depicted nude with voluptuous hips and buttocks, thick tapering legs, curving arms and a disc-shaped face. It wears a three-tiered crown with concentric circles incised as decorative elements over the shoulders.

The figure was offered sale at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery on October 21 as part of the estate of Dina Recanati (1928-2021), an Israeli artist who lived in New York City and Tel Aviv. The very best figures of this type can bring six-figure sums, so the estimate of $1,000-$2,000 was modest. It attracted plenty of admirers before hammering at $24,000 and selling for $30,720 with buyer’s premium.

‘One Hundred Chrysanthemums’ leads our five lots to watch

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BOSTON – The late 19th-century Japanese artist Keika Hasegawa remains something of an enigma. Little has been published regarding her dates of birth and death, her training, her wider oeuvre or her processes as a printmaker. Most museums record only that the artist was “active circa 1893-1905.” However, one of Keika’s works is very well known – her three-volume book of woodcuts depicting chrysanthemums, the official flower of Japan.

One Hundred Chrysanthemums was printed in 1893. The flower had been the focus of centuries of Japanese cultivation and by the late 19th century, hundreds of new varieties had been created, some with super-sized blooms. Demonstrating great powers of observation, Keika gave at least a page to each one, and in the second volume sometimes depicts a flower across two pages.

Given their decorative qualities, many copies of One Hundred Chrysanthemums have been broken up over the years to create sets of framed botanical prints. However, the full three intact volumes published by Yamada Naosaburo will be offered at Bonhams Skinner in Boston as part of the firm’s Asian Works of Art auction that runs online until Tuesday, October 17. It is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This wooden spoon worked with a recumbent fox is thought to have been carved by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) while he was living in Tahiti. When last sold by Christie’s New York in 2016, the work was to be included in the Paul Gauguin catalogue raisonne, and it goes to auction with a letter dated 2013 from the Wildenstein Institute.

Attempting to reject “the influence of civilization” in his art and abandoning any effort to be a family man, Gauguin first traveled to French Polynesia in 1891. His claims to have discovered some kind of erotic idyll there are perhaps referenced in this spoon. The fox is a symbol of lasciviousness, and Gauguin himself referred to the fox as “the Indian symbol of perversity.”

The carved wooden spoon will appear at CRN Auctions on Sunday, October 1 with an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.
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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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CLINTONDALE, N.Y. — It is the trilogy of fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier that made the 1970s the Golden Age of heavyweight boxing. Perhaps the least-known of the three contests is the second Super Fight II, fought at Madison Square Garden in January 1974 in between the Fight of the Century in 1971 and the Thrilla in Manila in 1975.

By a unanimous decision, Ali went on to avenge his loss to Frazier three years earlier (his first professional defeat) though Smokin’ Joe and many of his supporters still contend that he was robbed by the judges’ decision.

This original red, black and yellow cardboard poster for the contest, known as Fight II, The Big Fight Everyone Is Waiting To See, is properly marked Litho’d by Passantino Printing Co. of New York City at the lower right. It has an estimate of $300-$500 and is part of the Estate Fine Art and Antique Online Auction at Kensington Estate Auction on Monday, October 2.
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Warhol and Haring, signed two-dollar bills, sold for $4,500 at Wright.
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Having enjoyed a triumph with its September 10 sale from the collection of the late Marie-Claude Lalique, Lion and Unicorn is preparing to deliver round two on Sunday, October 8.

Among the offerings in the 305-lot sale is a circa-1895 preparatory drawing of a design for a pen and inkwell by René Lalique, Marie-Claude’s grandfather. In the mid-1890s, René was best-known as a jewelry designer, and was years away from shifting his focus to glass. The graphite, India ink and gouache on BFK Rives brown paper captures him in the act of thinking through the details of a potential new product.

It is one of four René Lalique original drawings in the October 8 sale, and it carries the highest estimate, at $3,000-$5,000. The previous Lion and Unicorn auction from Marie-Claude Lalique’s collection also included four original René Lalique drawings. All four offered on September 10 hammered within or slightly above their estimates.
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BERKELEY, Calif. – The world of book-publishing is fraught, perilous, and comes with no guarantees of best-sellers or riches. But every now and again, a publisher knows in their bones that they have spotted a great new literary talent, and they push all their chips into the center of the table, certain of victory.

Charles Henry Webb clearly felt that way about The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches, which he released under his eponymous imprint in 1867. To be fair, it didn’t take a genius to see that it would find an audience. The book was a collection of short stories by the rising author Mark Twain, all of which appeared previously in magazines or newspapers.

C.H. Webb displayed his faith in the writer by gracing the cover of the book – the first credited to Mark Twain – with the stamped gilt image of a leaping frog that was repeated, ungilded, on the back cover. That shiny little decorative flourish would not have been cheap, and would not have been accorded to almost any other novice author.

The Thursday, October 5 PBA Galleries sale Fine Press & Bindings-Illustrated Antiquarian features a first edition, first printing of this coveted book that announced the arrival of Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens. It carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
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First edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs leads library of choices at Schilb, Sept. 24

Detail from lot featuring a first edition copy of ‘The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Schlib Antiquarian Rare Books.

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COLOMBIA, Mo. – A first edition copy of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant will be offered at Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books on Sunday, September 24. Although estimated at $1,500-$3,000, all books in the auction are offered without reserve. Bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.

Grant’s memoirs were to be his last act. The Union Army general wrote the two volumes as he was fighting throat cancer and financial ruin, knowing that the proceeds would ensure his wife a comfortable life after he passed away. He hoped, too, that the contents would answer his critics and make a persuasive case for his actions on the battlefield.

Acclaimed by writers as diverse as Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, it includes many lines that have become famous for their directness and clarity. “The art of war,” said Grant, “is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and keep moving on.”

Grant’s efforts yielded advance sales of 350,000 two-volume sets. The finished product was a lavish affair, with its gilt medallion to the binding and numerous facsimile letters and correspondence bound into the second volume. Grant’s printed signature following the dedication read simply: These volumes are dedicated to the American Soldier and Sailor. US.Grant, New York City, May 23rd, 1885. He died five days later.

Also estimated at $1,500-$3,000 is a first French edition copy of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. The author’s most famous work, since transformed into film, theater and opera, was first printed in Brussels on March 31, 1862 and then in Paris three days later. Such was the praise for the novel that the first authorized English-language version arrived soon afterwards. Translated by Lascelles Wraxall, it was available in the UK and the US by October 1862.

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First edition copy of ‘The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books.
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First edition copy of Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables,’ estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books.
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Coveted first editions dominate Potter & Potter’s Aug. 17 rare books sale

J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit or There and Back Again,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000
J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit or There and Back Again,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000
J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit or There and Back Again,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000

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.

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Sarasota Estate Auction tees up more than 1,500 compelling lots, Aug. 5-6

Cushman Parker illustration of a golfer, estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Sarasota Estate Auction
Cushman Parker illustration of a golfer, estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Sarasota Estate Auction

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.

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Curl up with an iconic first edition from Hindman’s Summer Reading sale, July 26

Assortment of coveted 20th-century books on offer in Hindman’s July 26 auction, various estimates. Image courtesy of Hindman
Assortment of coveted 20th-century books on offer in Hindman’s July 26 auction, various estimates. Image courtesy of Hindman
Assortment of coveted 20th-century books on offer in Hindman’s July 26 auction, various estimates. Courtesy Hindman

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.

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Swann trumpets two standout seasons of books & manuscripts sales

1925 London first edition of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ in an unrestored dust jacket, offered in the March 2 Fine Books & Autographs sale, $30,000. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
1925 London first edition of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ in an unrestored dust jacket, offered in the March 2 Fine Books & Autographs sale, $30,000. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
1925 London first edition of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ in an unrestored dust jacket, offered in the March 2 Fine Books & Autographs sale, $30,000. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

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.

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Harry Potter UK first edition, bought for 38 cents, sells for astonishing price

A copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ the British first edition of the first Harry Potter book, sold for a hammer price of £10,500 (about $13,500) at auction in Lichfield, England on July 10. Image courtesy of Richard Winterton Auctioneers and Antiques Trade Gazette
A copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ the British first edition of the first Harry Potter book, sold for a hammer price of £10,500 (about $13,500) at auction in Lichfield, England on July 10. Image courtesy of Richard Winterton Auctioneers and Antiques Trade Gazette
A copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ the British first edition of the first Harry Potter book, sold for a hammer price of £10,500 (about $13,500) at auction in Lichfield, England on July 10. Image courtesy of Richard Winterton Auctioneers and Antiques Trade Gazette

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.

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Jane Austen first editions found favor at Hindman book sale

First edition of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ $107,100
First edition of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ $107,100
First edition of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ $107,100

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.

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