RESULTS: The Arcana Collection: Exceptional Illuminated Manuscripts and Incunabula

London

Sold:

£8,169,800

$12,344,568

€9,795,590

Lots Sold: 40

Lots Offered: 48

Sold by Lot: 83%

Sold by £: 59%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.511/  €1.199

 

Lot 

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

31  

Bartholomaeus Anglicus (by 1203-1272), Le livre des propriétés des choses, in the French translation of Jean Corbechon, Illuminated Manuscript On Vellum

500,000 - 800,000

£1,105,250

$1,670,033
€1,325,195

Advisor

10  

Hieronymus (St., c.342-420). Epistolae. Edited by Adrianus Brielis (d.1472). Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 7 September 1470

800,000 - 1,200,000

£937,250

$1,416,185
€1,123,763

Private

18  

Schedel, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber Chronicarum, in German: Das Buch der Chroniken und Geschichten mit figuren und pildnussen. Translated from Latin by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 23 December 1493

800,000 - 1,200,000

£541,250

$817,829
€648,959

Private

4

Boccaccio, Giovanni (?1313-75). Decamerone. - Hieronymus Squarzaficus (fl. 1475-after 1503). Vita di Boccaccio. Venice: Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, 20 June 1492

220,000 - 280,000

£361,250

$545,849
€433,139

Trade

47  

The Hours of François I, Use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Paris or Tours] 1539-1540

300,000 - 500,000

£337,250

$509,585
€404,363

Trade

5

Colonna, Francesco (1433-1527). Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, in Italian. Venice: Aldus Manutius for Leonardus Crassus, December 1499

220,000 - 260,000

£313,250

$473,321
€375,587

Advisor

16  

Plinius Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis, in Italian. Translated by Cristoforo Landino (1424-1492). Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1476

250,000 - 350,000

£313,250

$473,321
€375,587

Trade

8

Fridolin, Stephan (d.1498). Schatzbehalter der wahren Reichtümer des Heils. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 8 November 1491

120,000 - 160,000

£217,250

$328,265
€260,483

Advisor

27

Simon Bening (1483/84-1561): The Virgin and Child in a garden between the nativity and Christ among the doctors, illuminated triptych on vellum on wooden panels

150,000 - 200,000

£241,250

$364,529
€289,259

Private

36  

Hours and Ferial Psalter, Use of Langres, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Langres or Troyes] 1463, with later additions

200,000 - 300,000

£241,250

$364,529
€289,259

Trade

 

Comment: Margaret Ford, Director, Head of Department: “The Arcana Collection has attracted huge admiration and interest leading up to Part I of the sale. Today’s auction took place in a packed saleroom and realised the highest total for an auction of Books and Manuscripts at Christie’s in London since the landmark Longleat sale in 2002. It is also the first time since that sale that a book has sold here for over £1 million. While the top lot did not find a buyer which had an effect on the sold rate (by value), we saw all but 8 lots find buyers, and the breadth of bidding was illustrated by the fact that the top 10 lots were acquired by 10 different clients. We look forward to Part 2 of the collection on 28 October, which will offer post-1500 printed books and non-Western European manuscripts, including examples from Russia and the Middle East.

 

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