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Science at Christie's

London and Online, 26 April – 10 May 2017

In April and May, Christie’s presents Science at Christie's, three exceptional auctions in London and online dedicated to scientific treasures.

The series opens on 26 April with the final installment from fabled library of Italian industrialist Giancarlo Beltrame (1925–2011). Since July 2016, Christie's has offered some of the most important milestones of scientific printing from this collection, with estimates in this sale from just £500.

Over 200 lots will be offered in the Science & Natural History sale on 27 April, featuring a mix of fossils, meteorites, minerals and scientific instruments. With estimates ranging from £300 to £100,000, there is something for every collector.

The series concludes with the Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar, and other Rare Meteorites sale on 3–10 May: a chance to get your hands on something truly out of this world.

Explore highlights

  • Stanislaw Lubieniecki (1623–1675)

    Theatrum cometicum. Amsterdam: Daniel Baccamude for Francis Cuyper, 1666–1668.
    Estimate
    £12,000–18,000
    Lot Offered
    The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part III on 26 April at Christie’s London, King Street

    First Edition. The first part of the work contains a series of 38 substantial reports on sightings of comets that occurred between December 1664 and January 1665. The second part provides a chronology of 415 comet-sightings from the Flood (the first report is dated to 2312 B.C.) to 1665.

  • A Computational Calendar for the calculation of the lunar month and of Easter

    In Italian, manuscript on paper, Northern Italy, 1432.
    Estimate
    £4,000–6,000
    Lot Offered
    The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part III on 26 April at Christie’s London, King Street

    An intriguing insight into the Renaissance fascination with Computus.

  • Yves de Paris (1593–1678)

    Astrologiae nova methodus Francisci Allaei Arabis Christiani. Fatum universi observatum. Disceptatio P. Ivonis Parisini Capuc. 1654.
    Estimate
    £9,000–12,000
    Lot Offered
    The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part III on 26 April at Christie’s London, King Street

    Second edition of this curious astrological work, printed the same year as the first.

  • A large brass astrolabe

    Melchior Tavernier, 1632
    Estimate
    £80,000–100,000
    Lot Offered
    Science & Natural History on 27 April at Christie’s London, South Kensington

  • A three-rotor enigma cipher machine

    Konski & Krueger, c. 1931
    Estimate
    £60,000–90,000
    Lot Offered
    Science & Natural History on 27 April at Christie’s London, South Kensington

  • Extraterrestrial gems in giant Seymchan meteorite slice

    Pallasite – PMG, Magadan District, Russia (62°54’ N, 152°26’ E)
    Estimate
    $80,000–120,000
    Lot offered
    Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar, and other Rare Meteorites, 3–10 May

  • An important Gibeon meteorite — natural abstract sculpture from outer space

    Iron and fine octahedrite. Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia
    Estimate
    $70,000–90,000
    Lot offered
    Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar, and other Rare Meteorites, 3–10 May


Sale information

The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part III

  • Auction

    8 King Street, St. James's
    London SW1Y 6QT

    26 April, 10:30am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    London, King Street
    21 April 9am – 5pm
    22 April 12pm – 5pm
    23 April 12pm – 5pm
    24 April 9am – 4:30pm
    25 April 9am – 8pm

  • Contact

    Sophie Hopkins
    SHopkins@christies.com
    +44 207 752 3144

Science and Natural History

  • Auction

    85 Old Brompton Road
    London SW7 3LD

    27 April, 10:30am

  • Viewing

    London, South Kensington
    22 April 12pm – 5pm
    23 April 12pm – 5pm
    24 April 9am – 7:30pm
    25 April 9am – 5pm
    26 April 9am – 5pm

  • Contact

    James Hyslop
    jhyslop@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7752 3205

Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites