Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Bountiful bibliophile works bring demand at Sotheby's

19 October 2020

One of two book sales held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) presented a single-owner collection billed as The Library of Greek Bibliophile.

British and Irish book auctions: October 20-November 8, 2020

19 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

Logical work proves popular

19 October 2020

Highly influential three-volume set on maths takes a record £90,000 sum in London

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Map handy for a London visit

12 October 2020

It was not in the best of conditions, but an unusual cartographic lot in an August 6 sale at Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle sold at £420.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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Cookery is a recipe for success

12 October 2020

Collection of hotelier, broadcaster and food writer includes many early works.

British and Irish book auctions, October 13-31, 2020

12 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Big hitters strike auction highs

05 October 2020

In almost pristine condition, and with its redeemable coupon still attached, this promotional card bearing an image of a very young and slim Joe DiMaggio sold for $200,000 (£149,255) at Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas on August 29-30.

British and Irish book auctions, October 6-17, 2020

05 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Names to note in Norfolk sale

05 October 2020

Jane Austen was among the names to note in a recent Norfolk sale, with the day’s top bid securing a four-volume, 1818 first of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion.

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Dinosaur hunter Dorset style

05 October 2020

Letter highlights early fossil fan Mary Anning who is soon to be the subject of a film.

British and Irish book auctions, September 29-October 10, 2020

28 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 29-October 10, 2020.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Top quality works…and Trump

28 September 2020

Future president’s 'How to Get Rich' is a curious feature of a bumper summer sales week

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Monypenny and Mary Queen of Scots make a lively sale

28 September 2020

Bid to £1.35m at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) this summer, as part of a ‘Classic Week’ evening sale of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts of all ages, was a lavishly illustrated Book of Hours attributed to the Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates.

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Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand

21 September 2020

Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

British and Irish book auctions: September 22-October 9, 2020

21 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 22-October 9, 2020.

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Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale

21 September 2020

Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).

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Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France

21 September 2020

Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.

British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 2020

14 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.

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Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's

14 September 2020

Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance