Sunday, July 20, 2008

Auction Report: Sotheby's

The Sotheby's London sale of English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations went off on 17 July as scheduled. Here's how our highlights fared (prices include premiums):

- The Spilsbury autopsy cards made 17,500 GBP.

- The first edition of Wordsworth's An Evening Walk (1793) did beat its estimate, fetching 34,850 GBP.

- The damaged first edition of Gulliver's Travels (1726) also did better than expected, selling for 43,250 GBP.

- It was the Beatrix Potter artwork which stole the show: one piece sold for 289,500 GBP [Update: this is a record price for a book illustration at auction], another for 121,250.

- The Finnegan's Wake typescripts and the collection of household accounts and other items from the court of Nell Gwynn failed to sell.

1 comment:

peacay said...

I wonder what the bids were placed for Finnegans Wake (no apostrophe...everyone gets that wrong! -- it's part of the book punning)? 100k-150k Pounds Sterling must be considered a big ask I would have thought. I hope somewhere like the Rosenbach Museum (etc.) can do some backroom dealing to ensure it goes to a decent home.