Sunday, July 10, 2011

Auction Report: Recent Sales

Some pretty big sellers this week as the Arcana Collection sales finish up and Sotheby's sells some impressive manuscripts.

- Sotheby's London's 5 July Western Manuscripts and Miniatures sale saw 115 of 129 lots sell, for a total of £2,500,925. The surprise top seller was a tenth-century manuscript from Tours, which spent some time in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps; it had been estimated at £40,000-60,000, but sold for £313,250. The eleventh-century Tours missal fetched £133,250. Full results here.

- The third selection of the Arcana Collection, sold at Christie's London on 6 July. Of the 29 lots, 25 sold, for a total of £6,107,500. The Imhof Prayerbook was the top lot (as expected), fetching £1,609,250. The Galeazzo Maria Sforza Book of Hours also did well, making £1,217,250.

- Full results for Bloomsbury's Bibliophile sale (7 July) are here.

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