RESULTS: The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow

New York

The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow  

 New York, 9-10 April 2013, Sale #2706

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

312 lots sold

Total: $15,842,125/£10,297,381/€12,040,015

   89% sold by lot

351 lots offered

£0.65= $1 / € 0.77=$1

 93% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), [La Tauromaquia] Treinta y tres Estampas, que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros.], oblong half broadsheets, [probably Rafael Esteve for the artist, 1816]

400,000 - 600,000






Goya y Lucientes, Francisco (1746-1828). [Los Caprichos. Madrid: possibly printed by Rafael Esteve for the artist, 1799.]Quarter broadsheets

150,000 - 200,000






Luca di Borgo Sansepulcro Pacioli (circa 1445-1517). Divina proportione. Ed. Antonio Capella. -De l'architectura. - [Piero della Francesca (1410-92).] Libellus quinque corporum regularium, woodcuts, 1509

200,000 - 300,000






Pirqnesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-78). Invenzioni Capric di Carceri. Rome: Giovanni Bouchard, [c. 1758-60 (Robison's 1st ed. 3rd issue)].

180,000 - 250,000






Otto Dix (1891-1969), Der Krieg (Karsch 70-119), etchings with drypoint and aquatint in five volumes, 1924

250,000 - 350,000






Apollonius Pergaeus (fl. 2nd half 3rd century BC). Opera. Edited and translated from the Greek into Latin by Giambattista Memmo. Venice: Bernardino Bindoni for Giambattista Memmo, 1537.

100,000 - 150,000




European Trade


Isidorus Hispalensis (ca 560-636). Etymologiae. [Augsburg:] Günther Zainer, 19 November 1472.

120,000 - 180,000




US Private


Colonna, Francesco (1433-1527). Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, ubi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse docet. Atque obiter plurima scitu sane quam digna commemorate. Venice: Aldus Manutius for Leonardus Crassus, December 1499.

200,000 - 300,000




European Private


Horae, Hore Marie Virginis secundum usum Sarum. Printed on vellum, circa 1512

300,000 - 400,000




US Private


[Holbein, Hans, the younger (1497-1543)] -- Les simulachres & historiees faces de la mort. Lyon: Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel [for Jean and François Frellon], 1538.

150,000 - 200,000






Thomas Lecky, Head of the Books and Manuscripts Department, New York, said: “The sale of the first two parts of The Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow confirmed its status as one of the most prestigious American collections ever formed. Exceptional results were realized throughout the two-day sale, ranging from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books from the Middle Ages to books and prints of the 20th century masters. The third part will be offered in June and the fourth and final part will be offered in October.”

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Next Sale:  Paris, 29 April 2013, Importants Livres Anciens, Livres d'Artistes et Manuscrits

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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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