Latest News Articles by Ian McKay
Inspired by Sir Walter Scott05 April 2021
Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites
Battle mags and Dr Who go into action05 April 2021
Publishers’ file copies of the first 199 issues of War Picture Library, pocket-sized and essentially pictorial publications of the years 1958-63, brought a bid of £3250 in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale.
Another Agatha Christie record05 April 2021
First published in the UK as a ‘Collins Crime Club’ title in 1970, an Agatha Christie novel brought a bid of £850 at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium).
British and Irish book auctions: March 30-April 17, 202129 March 2021
Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.
Hangman’s calling card is one of the highlights of a varied sale29 March 2021
Sold online for a far higher than predicted £600 in Norfolk on February 11 was a calling card of William Marwood (1820-83), who for many years was an official hangman.
Handy little guide when you want to find a library book29 March 2021
Offered as part of a sale at Taylors (24% buyer’s premium) of Montrose with an estimate of just £20-30 was a catalogue of the library at Fasque House, or Fasque Castle as it is also known.
From Zanzibar to the South Pole at Bonhams29 March 2021
A travel sale held by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) offered the usual mix of books, pictures, prints and photographs – and to very good effect in doubling the high estimate total.
How to get away with murder22 March 2021
Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics
Mezzotint version of portrait takes 10 times the top estimate at auction22 March 2021
John Faber’s mezzotint version of a portrait by John Vanderbank of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), a celebrated blind scientist and mathematician, was bid to 10 times the high estimate in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) general clear-out sale.
British and Irish book auctions: March 23-April 9, 202122 March 2021
Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions
Map shows heartfelt emotion15 March 2021
Sold at $34,000 (£25,185) apiece, two very different lots headed the bidding in a New York sale of December 17.
Daily life and world history in one15 March 2021
A magnificent copy of Liber chronicarum, or ‘Nuremburg Chronicle’ as it is more familiarly known, made a record $350,000 (£265,150) at Bonhams New York.
Sale explores early America15 March 2021
Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.
New York buyers curious about Dickens15 March 2021
Almost a hundred lots in a New York sale came from the extensive Dickens collections assembled over four decades by Martin Nason.
Huge baths picture makes a big splash15 March 2021
At nearly 7ft high, a fine example of a four-sheet coloured lithograph of the Sutro Baths sold for $10,000 (£7355).
British musical Leppard spotted in Indiana15 March 2021
Though a Bösendorfer grand piano topped bidding at $42,500 (£31,250) in a January 16 sale, the main attractions for many came from a different source.
Books and works on paper: Grimm and wonderful buys15 March 2021
Famous brothers’ fairy tales take top spot in an exceptional selection of children’s works.
Medical pioneer’s library sold at Bonhams New York15 March 2021
Offered at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a first selection from the medical library of James Tate Goodrich (1946-2020).
Vagabonds tramp to Chicago15 March 2021
Sold at a rather higher than expected $1900 (£1440) by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago was a lot offering not one, but two early copies of Rafaele Frianoro’s Il Vagabondo overo Sferza de Bianti, e Vagabondi.
British and Irish book auctions: March 16-30, 202115 March 2021
Our regular listing of UK and Irish book sales.