Rare Book Monthly

Articles - March - 2007 Issue

Auction House Perspective: Who is the new book collector?

Gammon

Dr. Martin Gammon: the broader perspective


So where is the new book, manuscript and ephemera collector? By definition it is wherever the auction houses are looking for them. Their business depends on their unearthing great collections to sell and great collectors to buy them. Dealers can wait for a buyer to show up, auction houses can not. Even as they are completing one sale someone in the room is thinking about the next: 51 days 21 hours, 14 minutes and counting. Let's get to work.

The question then is "Where is the new book collector?" This is what three auction house representatives have to say. The links in blue are their views. The links in green are their backgrounds. I now let them speak for themselves.

Doug Johns of Johns' Western Gallery:
Where is the new book collector?
for high speed, or for dial-ups.
- Background
for high speed ,or for dial-ups.

George Fox of PBA Galleries
Where is the new collector?
for high speed, or for dial-ups .
- Background
for high speed, or for dial-ups.

Dr. Martin Gammon of Bonhams & Butterfields
Where is the new collector?
for high speed, or for dial-ups.
- Background
for high speed, or for dial-ups. .

Finally here is a link to comment if you would like to share your thoughts about this form. Click here to post your comments on the message boards. The goal is to shorten the gap between dealer, auction house and collector. Your views are appreciated. My thanks to these gentlemen who have trusted us to do this accurately.

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