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Articles - March - 2015 Issue

A busy month for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury with 6 relevant sales

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Bloomsbury has six sales in March that will be archived into the Rare Book Transaction History

As winter gives way to spring, and the pace picks up for things in the northern hemisphere, so too does the auction game for works on paper. For Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, no less than eighteen auctions are scheduled for the month of March. Of these, six are potentially relevant to you, readers of the Rare Book Monthly, and they include over 1800 lots all told.

For collectors of photography, March 5th and 6th see two separate sales on the docket. 19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection is the first auction and contains 213 lots. Photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ansel Adams are only a small sample of the names available. The following day, March 6th, Photo Opportunities takes place with 245 lots for sale, 207 of which are contemporary photographs, and the other thirty-eight being books. This sale is focused on the 20th century and has modest estimates.

On March 12th, The Bibliophile Sale takes place and is the first of two book sales. Featuring 483 lots with estimates topping out at £3,000-4,000, the auction contains a wide variety of price-accessible material for collectors such as an illustrated copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells signed by the artist Edmund Dulac. (lot 190, est. £3,000-4,000) or Arts et Métiers Graphiques, a graphic design book on book design and production (lot 115, est. £1,500-2,000). One week later on March 19th, Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts brings 169 lots to market featuring high profile items like lot 115, a first edition in English of the first complete translation of Euclid’s The Elements of Geometrie (est. £20,000-30,000), or lot 80, a large illuminated Ottaman Qur’ran from 1776 (est. £12,000-18,000).

Immediately following Continental, English & Middle Estern Books and Manuscripts, a sale of Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters is scheduled for March 20th. With 292 lots, the autographed material shines with examples from Charles Dickens (lot 35, est. £3,000-5,000), Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles (lot 47, est. £2,000-3,000), and Houdini (lot 227, est. £2,000-4,000) among the highlights. 

Wrapping up the month for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury is their 445-lot sale Modern & Contemporary Prints on March 26th. A significant amount of famous and significant artists have their works included in the auction, including Lill Tschudi, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Marcel Dunchamps, David Hockney, and Banksy. This is a can’t miss sale for collectors of modern prints.

 

Details for all six sales are as follows:

19th and 20th Century Photographs from a Private Collection

2 p.m. GMT Thursday March 5, 2015

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Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

Photo Opportunities

2 p.m. GMT Friday March 6, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

The Bibliophile Sale

11 a.m. GMT Thursday March 12, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on LiveAuctioneers

Bloomsbury Godalming

Baverstock House

93 High Street

Godalming

Surrey

GU7 1AL

 

Continental, English & Middle Eastern Books and Manuscripts

2 p.m. GMT Thursday March 19, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Link to online bidding on Invaluable.com

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

 

Autographs, Memorabilia and Vintage Posters

10 a.m. Wednesday March 25, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Donnington Priory

Oxford Road

Donnington

Newbury

Berkshire

RG14 2JE

 

Modern & Contemporary Prints

10 a.m. Thursday March 26, 2015

Link to Dreweatts & Bloomsbury catalog

Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury House

24 Maddox Street

London

W1S 1PP

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