RESULTS: Photobooks

South Kensington – Friday, 21 May 2010
Sale no: 5456 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold: 98

Lots Offered: 136

Sold by Lot: 72%

Sold by £: 85%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.438  /  €1.147






Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




The Americans. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. New York: Grove Press, 1959 [but January 1960].



£43,250 $62,194

US Trade



Concerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself. Richmond, Virginia: by the photographer, 1965.


£39,650 $57,017

UK Trade



Adult Comedy Action Drama. New York, Berlin, and Zurich: Scalo, 1995.


£15,000 $21,570

US Trade


Comment: Sven Becker, Associate Director, Books and Manuscripts said:

“This auction of Photobooks comprised fabulous examples of some of the rarest and most prized titles in the field. Determined bidders chased many of the finest books to new record prices. The top lot by Robert Frank achieved a world record price for this book at auction; the title is now the most valuable mainstream edition published after the war.

I'm delighted to see continued and growing strength in this field, and look forward to our next auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on 2 June.”


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