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Auction Name
Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Selections from the Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman - bidstart 12/4
Auction Date
12/16/2020 - 12/16/2020
Sale Number
#N10485
Total Lots
269
Sold Lots
180
Lots Sold
66.91%
Unsold Lots
89
Total Sales (USD)
3,054,122.00
Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
1,908,200.00
High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD)
2,777,000.00
Low Estimate of All Lots (USD)
2,703,500.00
High Estimate of All Lots (USD)
3,911,100.00
Total Sales as a % of High Est.
78.09%

Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
136 Ruth, George Herman ("Babe")

1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth PSA Mint 9

USD 300,000.00 - 500,000.00 USD 528,200.00
206 Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay

The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, written in favour of the new Constitution, as agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787.

1788 USD 170,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD 226,800.00
98

A nearly complete set of the publications of the Limited Editions Club, 1929–1979

1929–1979 USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 163,800.00
42 Darwin, Charles

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

1859 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 151,200.00
112 Smith, Adam

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

1776 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 151,200.00
145 The New York Yankees

George Burke photo album of the 1931 New York Yankees, signed by 19 members of the team, including 10 future Hall of Famers

USD 125,000.00 - 175,000.00 USD 126,000.00
204 Gould, John

A Monograph of Trochilidae or Family of Humming Birds.

1849-1861 USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00 USD 113,400.00
176 Continental Congress

Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress, held at Philadelphia, September 5, 1774... [Bound with:] Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress, held at Philadelphia, May 10, 1775.

1774; 1775 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 88,200.00
133 Gehrig, Lou

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig PSA Near Mint-Mint 8

USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 69,300.00
26 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. By Mark Twain.

1876 USD 18,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 52,920.00
229 Nebel, Carl

A suite of four highly accomplished watercolors, which served as the models for four lithographs published in his Voyage Pittoresque et Archeologique dans la partie la plus interessante du Mexique.

N.D., but 1829-1834 USD 45,000.00 - 55,000.00 USD 50,400.00
241 Potter, Beatrix

Color drawing of Peter Rabbit, signed and inscribed. December 1929

1929 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 50,400.00
38 Cook, James, John Hawkesworth, & James King

A superb collection of the official accounts of Captain Cook's first, second and third voyages, cumulatively the most important printed record of Pacific exploration

USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 50,400.00
127

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Autographed Ball, 12 June 1939

USD 50,000.00 - 75,000.00 USD 50,400.00
231 Nifo, Agostino

De regnandi peritia ad Carolum .VI. Imper. Caesarem semper augustum.

1523 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 40,320.00
264 Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, uniformly and handsomely bound

USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 40,320.00
258 Alberto Sangorski [illuminator and calligrapher]

Selected Songs from the Plays of William Shakespeare. Colophon in MS: "Was designed, written out, and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski,"

[1920] USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 37,800.00
24 Churchill, Winston

An expandable leather briefcase owned by Churchill in the 1940's

USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 35,280.00
267 Washington, George

Autograph letter signed ("G. Washington"), to Burwell Bassett, offering condolences on the death of his daughter, and discussing news of the engagement of John Custis to Eleanor Calvert

USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 32,760.00
22 Churchill, Winston

Twenty-eight first editions, uniformly and handsomely bound

USD 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 USD 30,240.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph F. Kernan, <i>College Football,</i> oil on canvas, <i>The Saturday Evening Post</i> cover, 1932. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>Golfer Lighting a Cigarette,</i> oil on canvas, c.1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Howard Chandler Christy, <i>In the Field,</i> charcoal & watercolor, published in <i>Scribner’s,</i> 1902. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> N.C. Wyeth, <i>Standish Reading,</i> pen & ink, for <i>The Courtship of Miles Standish,</i> 1920. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Johnanna Stewart Mapes, <i>A Fairy Book,</i> conté crayon, for <i>St. Nicholas Magazine,</i> 1907. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Arnold Lobel, pen & ink, for <i>The Frog & Toad Coloring Book,</i> 1981. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Antonio Lopez, <i>Today’s Fashions,</i> study for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1981. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>“I’ll have to go back to the house…I forgot my rubbers…”</i> pen & ink, original 4-panel <i>Peanuts comic,</i> 1960. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Constantin Alajalov, <i>Family Tree,</i> watercolor and gouache, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
  • <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 20.<br>Mrs S. C. Belnos.</b> <i>The Sundhya or the Daily Prayers of the Brahmins,</i> 1st edition, 1851. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 20.<br>Sir Harry Darell.</b> <i>China, India, Cape of Good Hope and Vicinity,</i> 1st edition, 1852. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 20.<br><i>Scots Magazine,</i></b> 61 volumes, 1739-1800. With important maps of North America. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Ian Fleming.</b> <i>Casino Royale,</i> 1st edition, 1953. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Virginia Woolf.</b> <i>Really and Truly,</i> 1915. Autograph confessions book. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Evelyn Waugh.</b> <i>Vile Bodies,</i> 1st edition, 1930. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>J. R. R. Tolkien.</b> Autograph letter signed on Old English, with corrected typescript. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Lewis Carroll.</b> <i>The Hunting of the Snark,</i> 1st edition, 1876. Presentation copy. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Essex House Press.</b> <i>Poems of William Shakespeare,</i> 1899. One of 450 copies. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Lafcadio Hearn.</b> <i>A Japanese Miscellany,</i> 1st edition, 1901. Presentation copy. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Jules Verne.</b> <i>Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas,</i> 1st UK edition, 1873. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Jan 21.<br>Charles Dickens.</b> <i>The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit,</i> 1st edition, 1844. Original cloth binding. £800 to £1,200.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $125,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $145,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Brown Pelican, Plate 421.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $75,000 to $100,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DE BRY, Johann Theodore, attributed to. Pair of Watercolor studies of Tulips. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> FUERTES, Louis Agassiz. <i>Alaskan Brown Bear.</i> Watercolor and gouache on board. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> HILL, Thomas. <i>Big Trees.</i> Oil on canvas. c. 1903. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Macropodidae or Family of Kangaroos.</i> London: by the author, August 1st 1841-May 1st 1842. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America.</i> London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, [1844]-1850. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> JANSSONIUS, Joannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, orbem maritimum seu omnium marium…</i> Amsterdam: Joannes Janssonius, 1652. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DONCKER, Hendrik. <i>De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Waereld, vertoonende alle de Zee-Kusten van het bekende deel des Aerd-Bodems.</i> Amsterdam: Henrick Doncker, [1658-1665]. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> BURR, David. <i>Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Country.</i> Engraved map with original hand color. Ithaca, NY: Stone & Clark, 1839. $9,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> CURRIER, Nathaniel and IVES, James Merritt. <i>The City of New York.</i> Lithograph with original hand color. New York: Currier & Ives, 1884. $15,000 to $20,000.
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