Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Battle mags and Dr Who go into action

05 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.

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Another Agatha Christie record

05 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, 2021

29 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Hangman’s calling card is one of the highlights of a varied sale

29 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.

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Handy little guide when you want to find a library book

29 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.

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From Zanzibar to the South Pole at Bonhams

29 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.

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How to get away with murder

22 March 2021

Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics

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Mezzotint version of portrait takes 10 times the top estimate at auction

22 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, 2021

22 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Map shows heartfelt emotion

15 March 2021

Sold at $34,000 (£25,185) apiece, two very different lots headed the bidding in a New York sale of December 17.

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Daily life and world history in one

15 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.

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Sale explores early America

15 March 2021

Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.

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New York buyers curious about Dickens

15 March 2021

Almost a hundred lots in a New York sale came from the extensive Dickens collections assembled over four decades by Martin Nason.

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Huge baths picture makes a big splash

15 March 2021

At nearly 7ft high, a fine example of a four-sheet coloured lithograph of the Sutro Baths sold for $10,000 (£7355).

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British musical Leppard spotted in Indiana

15 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.

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Books and works on paper: Grimm and wonderful buys

15 March 2021

Famous brothers’ fairy tales take top spot in an exceptional selection of children’s works.

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Medical pioneer’s library sold at Bonhams New York

15 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).

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Vagabonds tramp to Chicago

15 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, 2021

15 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book sales.