Source : JA Stargardt Autographenhandlung

Source Title J.A. Stargardt Autographenhandlung
Description J.A. Stargardt GmbH & Co. KG Xantener Str. 6
Berlin Germany 10707

Contact Number: 49 (30) 8 82 25 42
Fax: 49 (30) 8 82 24 66

Scope of Text J.A. Stargardt was founded as book and music shop by Johann Carl Klage in Berlin in 1830. In 1885, Eugen Mecklenburg the Younger (1859-1925) bought the firm from Stargardt's widow. Mecklenburg's father, Eugen Mecklenburg the Elder (1819-1873), had also traded in books and autographs in Berlin. From 1925, Günther Mecklenburg (1898-1984) ran the firm. He continued the autograph trade, which become part of the firm's name. However, he gave more priority to the organization of auctions. In 1944, the business premises were destroyed and large parts of the firm's evacuated stock lost in East Prussia in 1945. After the war, Günther Mecklenburg reestablished the firm at Eutin in Holstein. From 1946, catalogues were published and, from 1950, auctions of autographs again held. In 1952, the firm's seat was moved to Marburg, which was geographically more central and had the advantage of two big libraries nearby. In the same year, Klaus Mecklenburg (born in 1930) entered the firm followed by his son Wolfgang Mecklenburg (born in 1964) in 1988.Since German reunification, auctions of autographs are again held in Berlin. In the past decades, we have auctioned significant collections of autographs, among others the collections Albrecht (in co-operation with the Erasmushaus, Basle), Ammann, Geigy and Meyer-Cohn. Today, we offer between 1400 and 1600 items in our auctions from all classic fields of collection; the turnover of an auction amounts to about 2 to 3 million Euro.
Total Records in AED 7301
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.
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