Bloomsbury Auctions Sets World Records

May 20, 2008

NEW YORK—Both its 20th Century Prints sale, held in New York on May 7th, and Important Books and Manuscripts 25th Anniversary sale held in London on May 15th were remarkably successful for Bloomsbury Auctions, and two new world records were set. Auction catalog preview and Internet bidding were offered by

In New York a pristine silkscreen of Roy Lichenstein’s Sweet Dreams Baby sold for $138,000 and in London an autograph letter written by Albert Einstein to Philosopher Eric Gutkind, in which he dismissed the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as “pretty Childish”, sold for $404,000, 25 times the pre-sale estimate and four times the previous world record for a similar work by Einstein.

This is again the proof that rare and significant material continues to create excitement around the world and presents real value opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

Bloomsbury’s Masterworks of 20th Century Russian Literature and Illustration will be held in New York on May 21st and will provide similar opportunities for enthusiasts. This sale includes extremely rare and unique material from renowned writers, poets and artists from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Particular highlights include a presentation copy of the first book by Anton Chekhov, printed by the author in 1884, and inscribed to a close friend Mariya Vladimirovna Kiseleva (estimated at $30,000 - $40,000) together with other remarkable books from Gorky, Tolstoï and Anna Akhmatova.

To preview the cully illustrated catalogs, with prices realized, visit

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