Books & Manuscripts

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Christie’s International Books and Manuscripts department offers for sale the cream of the world’s printed books, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives, through auction or private sale, based in our four principal sale rooms in New York, London (King Street and South Kensington) and Paris.

Building on an exceptional 2014, when we sold the two most valuable books and manuscripts during the year, the international Books Department’s sales in 2015 have once again included a highly successful sale of comic-book art in Paris (Bande Dessinée, 14 March, €5 929 200), the finest single-owner collections to come to the market, including the libraries of Joel Spitz on 27 May, Anthony Hobson on 10 June and Jean Bonna on 16 June, and the landmark individual lots of the season, most notably the original lyrics for Don McLean’s American Pie, sold in New York on 7 April for $1.2 million, and the extraordinary Gospels of Queen Theutberga, sold in London on 15 July for £1.99 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An active season of private sales included the archives of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company to the British Library and of the Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti (to Yale University). Christie’s Books Department closed the season with 62% market share at auction against our nearest competitors.

UPCOMING SALES FROM THIS DEPARTMENT

Monday, 4 April 2016

Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

New York, Rockefeller Center

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

New York, Rockefeller Center

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Travel, Science and Natural History

London, South Kensington

Friday, 22 April 2016

Livres et manuscrits

Paris

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Bande Dessinée

Paris

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burrus (1882-1959)

London, King Street

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Books & Manuscripts

New York, Rockefeller Center

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Valuable Books and Manuscripts

London, King Street

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