Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Churchill goes into sale battle

17 June 2019

Inscribed by Winston Churchill “…For Mrs Johnston in these great days”, a 1941 (second) edition of 'Into Battle', the first of a number of collections of his wartime speeches to be published, was part of a lot that sold for a higher than predicted £3000 in a Surrey sale.

British and Irish book auctions from June 18-29, 2019

17 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 18-29, 2019.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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Spike Milligan-dedicated work to Harold Wilson sets record at Hansons' auction

17 June 2019

In the dispersal by Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) of the collections of Harold and Mary Wilson, the book section included copies of John Maynard Keynes’ 'General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money' of 1936 and 'A Treatise on Money' of 1933.

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An Egyptian expedition in Los Angeles

17 June 2019

A set of the monumental 'Description de l’Égypte…' in its specially made case was sold last month in a US sale.

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Alfred Russell Wallace's evolution of a work on palm trees

10 June 2019

A Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of May 30 ran to well over 540 lots in all, but it was very early in proceedings that a much, much higher than predicted bid of £26,000 was made on an 1853, presentation first of 'Palm Trees of the Amazon and their uses.

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Greek philosopher gets his house in order

10 June 2019

Early printed books, among them a Bible of 1476, were a notable feature of a recent West Sussex sale.

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Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' makes a very real result at Swann auction

10 June 2019

Sporting a torn and defective but rarely seen dust jacket, a 1911, first American printing of Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' sold for $10,000 (£7750) in a recent New York sale.

British and Irish book auctions: June 11-21, 2019

10 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 11-21, 2019.

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Staying alive by the grace of god

03 June 2019

Pamphlet in later royal binding offers thanksgiving for James I’s survival of Gunpowder Plot.

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Aviation gives a £21,300 sale lift at Dominic Winter

03 June 2019

Part of the flying section of the most recent of the Military, Aviation & Transport History sales that are a regular feature of the calendar at Dominic Winter offered a collection of ephemera related to the earlier years of European civil aviation.

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Book sums up the ‘birth of modern business’

03 June 2019

A book billed as the work that marked the birth of modern business will be the subject of a single-lot auction at Christie’s New York on June 12.

British and Irish book auctions: June 3-15, 2019

03 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 3-15, 2019.

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Ortelius atlas with sea monsters off Iceland is popular feature of auction with global outlook

27 May 2019

Successfully bid to £80,000 among cartographic lots offered in London was a fine coloured copy of Ortelius’ Theatrum… of 1592.

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Two salerooms make cards the real deal at top-deck levels

27 May 2019

Playing cards from two recent provincial sales are featured here – five examples from a 250-lot, single-owner collection offered in Gloucestershire, and a single pack from a Worcestershire sale.

British and Irish book auctions: May 28-June 8, 2019

27 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 28-June 8, 2019.

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Scarce ‘Gentleman’s Recreation’ guide from 1704 is one of several curiosities sold at Hansons

20 May 2019

Discoloured, stained and in a crudely restored old binding, a scarce hunting work of 1704 was sold for a much higher than expected £1400 at a recent Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Simple Houdini poster does the trick at auction

20 May 2019

One of the more successful acts in a recent American magic and conjuring sale involved the appearance among the literary contributions of a doubly inscribed copy of Harry Kellar’s 'A Magician’s Tour' of 1886.