Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Pioneering Caxton work leads the way for an impressive diverse selection

20 September 2021

Three very different lots brought six-figure bids at a Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale – and they were not the only ones to reach such impressive heights.

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A present from Isaac Newton at Bonhams

20 September 2021

Presentation copies and private press books were a key feature of a Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale.

British and Irish book auctions: September 21-October 1, 2021

20 September 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Saleroom with a view on Forster

13 September 2021

Author’s works were well represented in London auction that included a £24,000 surprise

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Gandhi’s digits make five figures

13 September 2021

One of the more unusual lots that I have encountered in recent times is a piece of card bearing the only known example of Mahatma Gandhi’s fingerprints.

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Rome and India emerge in London

13 September 2021

Highlights of Chiswick Auctions earlier this summer

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Travel to Stonehenge via Skye

06 September 2021

Many of the lots in a June 16 sale of books, maps and pictures held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) in Carlisle came from the collections of the late Dr George Kozikowski of Skye, a microbiologist, archaeologist and antiquarian of Polish descent.

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Comics fulfil auction promise

06 September 2021

Collection now up for sale was owned by soldier killed in Korea but kept safe by his brother

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Buyer’s Noble intention pays off

06 September 2021

Having secured his prize for a notably higher than estimate sum, the buyer of a ‘Fireball XLV’ artwork told Malcolm Phillips of Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) that very few artworks by its creator, Mike Noble, ever come to auction.

British and Irish book auctions: September 7-23, 2021

06 September 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Rare copy of important work by proto-feminist bid to 10-times estimate

30 August 2021

A recent sale in New York was led at $65,000 (£47,100) by a disbound but rare example of the work of Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-95).

British and Irish book auctions: August 31-September 19

30 August 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Rare and costly Ptolemaic prize discovered in Turin

30 August 2021

Estimated at €50,000 but sold for €405,000 (£346,275) in a sale held in Turin by was a 1482 edition of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia.

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From boy wizard to cat in a hat

30 August 2021

New York sale maintains run of high JK Rowling prices while Dr Seuss surfaces also in UK

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First book-form edition of Middlemarch sets record at Doyle

30 August 2021

George Eliot’s much-admired novel 'Middlemarch…' made its first appearance in a parts issue in 1871.

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Private press sector comes to the fore in Gloucestershire auction

23 August 2021

Morris works and Sangorski & Sutcliffe bindings stand out in single-owner collection

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Expert shows cutting-edge skills

23 August 2021

In terms of improvement on expectations, the most successful lot at a Ketterer Kunst (25% buyer’s premium) sales earlier this year comprised early 19th century paper-cuts.

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Records of doomed North Pole balloon expedition sold at Swedish sale

23 August 2021

Two unpublished diaries sold in Sweden related to Salomon August Andrée’s ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon.

British and Irish book auctions: August 24-September 11, 2021

23 August 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.