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Letter including drawing of turbulent lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud sold at at Christie’s01 February 2021
Sold for €160,000 (£144,145) was a letter sent by Félix Régamy to his brother Frédéric including a drawing of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in England.
Your 13 steps to riches01 February 2021
First edition of Napoleon Hill’s 'Think and Grow Rich' sells at auction
Heinemann first edition of 'Present Laughter' by Noel Coward sold at Toovey's auction01 February 2021
Signed by the author and all members of the cast, the stage manager and the props manager, a 1943, Heinemann first of 'Present Laughter' was one of two Noel Coward plays that made up a lot sold for £1600 via thesaleroom.com in a Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) auction.
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?01 February 2021
Signed and inscribed Marilyn Monroe photo to 'Joe' poses an auction puzzler
Five stand-out lots from 600 in South Cerney01 February 2021
Running to 600 lots, a sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included a great many maps and prints alongside books.
All steamed up for a rail treat25 January 2021
Dealership offers items from the excellent Sir William McAlpine collection at Forum Auctions
Princely pick in Chicago25 January 2021
A 1640, first English language edition of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, in a translation by Edward Dacres, was bid to $38,000 (£29,010) in a US sale.
British and Irish book auctions: January 26-February 7, 202125 January 2021
Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions
Books and works on paper: Middle East volume set enthrals bidders18 January 2021
Nineteenth century travel accounts by European visitors are sold in London auction
Hugs and kisses, Christopher Robin18 January 2021
Mounted in an autograph book that was compiled from 1937 onwards by Miss Joyce Cartmell, a sketch of Christopher Robin was a highlight of a Yorkshire sale.
Very earliest Christmas Carol sold in Philadelphia18 January 2021
There were, inevitably, a few copies of Charles Dickens’ much-loved tale, 'A Christmas Carol', on offer at auction as the big day approached.
Noteworthy Dickens and Austen delight in NY18 January 2021
Two of the best-selling literary lots in a New York sale were copies of Jane Austen novels.
British and Irish book auctions: January 20-February 5, 202118 January 2021
Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.
Books and works on paper: Rugby School gives auction a try11 January 2021
Controversial school sale of library books and manuscripts includes an Irish/Latin surprise
Monstrous German auction over four days11 January 2021
Presenting, as always, huge numbers of lots – some 2800 this time, an auction held by Reiss & Sohn (19% buyer’s premium) produced some notable prices.
Single-owner books bring 007 heaven11 January 2021
A significant collection of Ian Fleming’s books, typescripts and assorted autograph material raised close on £1m at Sotheby’s.
British and Irish book auctions: January 12-30, 202111 January 2021
Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.
‘Greatest logician since Leibniz or Aristotle’04 January 2021
Among the successful lots in a History of Science & Technology sale held by Bonhams Los Angeles (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a group of five signed and inscribed offprints from periodical publications of papers and other work by the logician, mathematician and analytic philosopher, Kurt Gödel.
First of famous Christopher Marlowe tragedy04 January 2021
A 1633 first edition of Christopher Marlowe’s 'The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta' was a highlight at Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).
British and Irish book auctions: January 5-28, 202104 January 2021
Our regular listing of British and Irish book and works on paper sales.