RESULTS: Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

London

Sold:

£2,358,175

$3,756,573

€2,2,763,781

Lots Sold: 61 

Lots Offered: 88

Sold by Lot: 69%

Sold by £: 77%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.593/€1.172

 

Lot 

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

9

ISIDORE OF SEVILLE (d. 636), Etymologiae, Books I-XI i (of XX) with the correspondence between Isidore and Braulio, in Latin

100,000 - 150,000

£421,250

$671,051
€493,705

UK Trade

54

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (2nd century). Cosmographia. Ulm: 1482.

90,000 - 120,000

£217,250

$346,079
€254,617

European Trade

16

LITERARY SAMMELBAND, MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER

200,000 - 300,000

£205,250

$326,963
€240,553

State Library of Berlin

84

SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

WORLD RECORD PRICE AT AUCTION FOR THIS WORK

30,000 - 50,000

£157,250

$250,499
€184,297

Private

65

APPLE-1 -- Personal Computer

100,000 - 150,000

£133,250

$212,267
€156,169

Marco Boglione

59

'ENIGMA' -- Cipher Machine

30,000 - 50,000

£67,250

$107,129
€78,817

Private

66

GEILER VON KAISERSBERG (1445-1510). Navicula, sive Speculum fatuorum, bound for Grolier

60,000 - 90,000

£67,250

$107,129
€78,817

UK Trade

56

SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum, in German: Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten mit figuren und pildnussen. Nuremberg: 1493

50,000 - 80,000

£58,850

$93,748
€68,972

European Private

13

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Tournai, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

30,000 - 50,000

£46,850

$74,632
€54,908

Asian Private

38

BONAVENTURA (Saint, 1221-1274; attributed to). Meditationes vitae Christi. Augsburg: 1468

22,000 - 32,000

£43,250

$68,897
€50,689

Private

  

Comment: Margaret Ford, Head of Books and Manuscripts, Christie’s London: “The auction offered a diverse range of books and manuscripts from the 10th to the 20th centuries, and we saw strong results throughout with a broad range of bidding from trade and private clients, as well as institutions. The category continues to welcome new collectors at each sale, and today we saw bidding from new collectors from Europe, the US and Asia.

Notable prices were realised for lots sourced from private collections, and 15th century printed books performed particularly well. We also offered an Apple 1 computer for the first time at a major international auction, and we are thrilled with the global interest and enthusiasm that we saw leading up to the sale, and with the price realised by this rare and exceptional piece of computing history.” 

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