Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Letter including drawing of turbulent lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud sold at at Christie’s

01 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.

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Your 13 steps to riches

01 February 2021

First edition of Napoleon Hill’s 'Think and Grow Rich' sells at auction

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Heinemann first edition of 'Present Laughter' by Noel Coward sold at Toovey's auction

01 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.

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Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

01 February 2021

Signed and inscribed Marilyn Monroe photo to 'Joe' poses an auction puzzler

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Five stand-out lots from 600 in South Cerney

01 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.

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All steamed up for a rail treat

25 January 2021

Dealership offers items from the excellent Sir William McAlpine collection at Forum Auctions

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Princely pick in Chicago

25 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, 2021

25 January 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Books and works on paper: Middle East volume set enthrals bidders

18 January 2021

Nineteenth century travel accounts by European visitors are sold in London auction

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Hugs and kisses, Christopher Robin

18 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.

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Very earliest Christmas Carol sold in Philadelphia

18 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.

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Noteworthy Dickens and Austen delight in NY

18 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, 2021

18 January 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Books and works on paper: Rugby School gives auction a try

11 January 2021

Controversial school sale of library books and manuscripts includes an Irish/Latin surprise

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Monstrous German auction over four days

11 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.

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Single-owner books bring 007 heaven

11 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, 2021

11 January 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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‘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.

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First of famous Christopher Marlowe tragedy

04 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, 2021

04 January 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book and works on paper sales.