Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Auction Report: Sotheby's

The Sotheby's London Western Manuscripts and Miniatures sale, held today, brought in £908,513. Full results here.

Just 29 of the 40 lots sold: the expected big attractions (the Hours of Anne de Montmorency, a French illuminated manuscript from 1539, and a Hebrew Pentateuch from the 13th century) were not among them.

The top seller was an astronomical calendar from the mid-15th century, which made £253,250 over estimates of just £40,000-60,000. Next came a c. 1465 copy of Petrus de Crescentius' Liber Ruralium Commodorum, which also surpassed expectations (£70,000-90,000) and sold for £223,250. Most of the other lots that sold ended up reasonably close to their estimates, with the exception of a genealogical chronicle roll (London or Westminster, 1461-66) which sold for £25,000 over estimates of just £5,000-7,000.

Tomorrow, the Arcana Sale!

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