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Newton, Descartes and Izaak Walton were among those who reached new price levels, but there is no doubting that the day belonged to Shakespeare. Sold to an unnamed bidder for $5.52m (£3.73m), plus 17/15/10 per cent premium, was one of the finest copies of the 1623 First Folio remaining in private hands. A fine and complete copy in an early binding (the frontispiece is shown here), it once belonged to Mary Dryden, a niece of the poet.