Tag Archive for: Mark Twain

An education in back-to-school-themed collectibles

Selling well above its high estimate, this oil on board by Amos Sewell, titled ‘Back to School,’ achieved $90,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Selling well above its high estimate, this oil-on-board by Amos Sewell, titled ‘Back to School,’ achieved $90,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Goodbye swimsuits, hello backpacks. The arrival of the end of August and the Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of summer as schools ready to reopen. There’s no better time to look at classic children’s books that have become fixtures of school classrooms and libraries and delighted families at home.

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Inscribed Book Club Edition of Stephen King’s ‘The Dead Zone,’ est. $300-$400

Modern and contemporary classic books offered at Potter & Potter, July 21

Inscribed Book Club Edition of Stephen King’s ‘The Dead Zone,’ est. $300-$400

Inscribed Book Club Edition of Stephen King’s ‘The Dead Zone,’ est. $300-$400

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold a Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale on Thursday, July 21, starting at 10 am Central time. The online-only auction includes a full range of titles and authors spanning numerous centuries and categories, collections of hard-boiled fiction and modern literature, and signed volumes by noted authors. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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First American edition, first state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ $21,600

Works by Ethan Allen, Mark Twain were bestsellers at Potter & Potter sale

L-R: First American edition, first state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ $21,600; Ethan Allen’s 1779 memoir, $78,000; May 1965 copy of Ebony magazine signed and inscribed by Dr. Martin Luther King, $13,200

L-R: First American edition, first state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ $21,600; Ethan Allen’s 1779 memoir, $78,000; May 1965 copy of Ebony magazine signed and inscribed by Dr. Martin Luther King, $13,200

CHICAGO – Potter and Potter‘s 620-lot Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana sale, held on February 26, was a best seller in all regards, with classics by Mark Twain and Arthur Conan Doyle performing markedly well.

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Signed volume from the personal library of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, est. $1,000-$2,000

Book from Mark Twain’s library enlivens Turner’s March 5 sale

Signed volume from the personal library of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, est. $1,000-$2,000

Signed volume from the personal library of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, est. $1,000-$2,000

SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Books & Manuscripts, Part 2 on Saturday, March 5. The sale features more than 205 lots of antique or vintage books, including first editions, documents, maps, engravings, lithographs, postcard albums and signed lots. Most are from the collection and estate of Holbrook T. Mitchell of Northern California. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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First edition, early state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

1st edition Huckleberry Finn featured at Potter & Potter, Feb. 26

First edition, early state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

First edition, early state copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will present Fine Books & Manuscripts, Including Americana, a sale of more than 600 lots, on Saturday, February 26 starting at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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First and limited edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, $27,720

Joyce, Twain, Mucha and more triumphed at Freeman’s, Sept. 23

First and limited edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, $27,720

First and limited edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, $27,720

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its September 23 auction, a 140-lot sale that achieved a 95% sell-through rate and underscores Freeman’s strength in presenting material across a wide range of disciplines and time periods.

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Collection of five Christmas books by Charles Dickens, $28,000

Dickens & Twain set world records at Potter & Potter Aug. 28

Collection of five Christmas books by Charles Dickens, $28,000

Collection of five Christmas books by Charles Dickens, $28,000

CHICAGO – Potter and Potter‘s spectacular August 28 Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale was the company’s highest-grossing auction to date. After a day of spirited bidding, 107 lots realized between $1,000-4,999; 22 lots realized between $5,000-9,999; and 16 lots broke the five digit mark.

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Stormfield, the final dwelling of author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, has been listed at $4.2 million. Photo by Bernadette Queenan, provided by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Stormfield, Mark Twain’s final home, listed for $4.2M

Stormfield, the final dwelling of author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, has been listed at $4.2 million. Photo by Bernadette Queenan, provided by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Stormfield, the final dwelling of author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, has been listed at $4.2 million. Photo by Bernadette Queenan, provided by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

REDDING, Conn. – Samuel Langhorne Clemens was fascinated by thoughts of adventure as a boy, dreams that he later wrote about when he took on the pen name “Mark Twain,” which is a steamboat slang term for 12 feet of water. Later in his life, he moved to Connecticut to be closer to his publisher, and he eventually purchased a stunning estate outside of Redding that he called Stormfield – named after his last published story during his life, Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven. He was only able to live there for two years before he died in 1910.  It is now on the market, listed at $4.2 million.

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Bruneau to auction New England estate art and antiques, June 17

Monumental bronze Art Nouveau three-basin fountain, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

Monumental bronze Art Nouveau three-basin fountain, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction featuring more than 300 lots, mostly pulled from prominent estates throughout New England, is planned for June 17 at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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