Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Auction Report: Bonham's

Some of the prices realized at today's Bonham's New York Fine Books and Manuscripts sale (including premiums):

- John Adams' copy of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations went for $36,000; a 1785 J.A. letter also rated a high price, selling for $33,000. The John Quincy Adams letter didn't do quite as well; it went for $600.

- the Franklin & Ross Arctic expedition manuscript diary made $10,200.

- a first edition of William Bligh's account of the Bounty mutiny sold for $13,200.

- an original Charles Schulz Sunday "Peanuts" comic strip fetched $39,000.

- David Roberts' The Holy Land beat the estimates, making $51,000.

- the collection of 34 Thomas Bewick wood blocks sold for $4,800.

- the first edition of Adam Smith's Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations went for $78,000, as did the manuscript draft page from Darwin's Descent of Man.

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