RESULTS | Valuable Books & Manuscripts including Cartography, London, 15 July 2015

London

VALUABLE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS INCLUDING CARTOGRAPHY

 London, 15 July 2015, Sale #10455

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

 

134 lots sold

Total: £5,892,000 /$9,220,980 /€8,360,748

74% sold by lot

182 lots offered

£1 = $1.565 / £1 = €1.419

87% sold by value

Lot

Description

Estimate (£)

Price Realized

Buyer

20

The ‘GOSPELS OF QUEEN THEUTBERGA’ in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Lotharingia, perhaps Metz, c.825–850 (before 835?)].

1,000,000-1,500,000

£1,986,500

$3,108,873

€2,818,844

Metropolitan Museum of Art

49

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE MEDAL awarded in 1909 to Auguste Beernaert (1829-1912) for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbritration. 23 carat gold, 66mm diameter.

30,000-50,000

£422,500

$661,213

€599,528

Private

179

NEWTON, Sir Isaac (1643-1727). Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Edited by Edmond Halley (1656-1743).

100,000-150,000

£278,500

$435,853

€395,192

Private American

24

MAGNA CARTA AND STATUTES, LAW TRACTS, AND REGISTER OF WRITS, in Latin and Anglo-Norman French, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [England, perhaps London, c.1300].

50,000-80,000

£170,500

$266,833

€241,940

Private

106

FRITH, Francis (1822-1898). Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: A Series of Twenty Photographic Views. Text by Sophia Poole and Reginald Stuart Poole. London, Glasgow and Edinburgh: William Mackenzie [c.1858-1860].

80,000-120,000

£152,500

$238,663

€216,398

UK Trade

47

A SILVER-GILT MOUNTED ARAB JAMBIYA DAGGER, presented to T.E. Lawrence after his triumph at Aqaba by Sherif Nasir. Ornately-tooled hilt and scabbard, curved blade. 30cm long.

60,000-90,000

£122,500

$191,713

€173,828

Anonymous

167

PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778). [Opera, an extensive composite set in contemporary editions.] Rome: G.B. Piranesi [and others], 1756-before 1778.

60,000-90,000

£110,500

$172,933

€156,800

Bernard Shapero Rare Books Ltd

26

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Metz, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [eastern France, probably Metz or Troyes, c.1465-70].

80,000-120,000

£104,500

$163,543

€148,286

Sims Reed Ltd

176

DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.

50,000-80,000

£92,500

$144,763

€131,258

Private American

30

PLUTARCH, Life of Camillus, in the Latin translation of OGNIBENE DA LONIGO for GIANFRANCESCO GONZAGA (c.1395-1444), ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [northern Italy, probably Mantua, c.1470s].

25,000-35,000

£80,500

$125,983

€114,230

Private

Margaret Ford, International Head of Books and Manuscripts, and Thomas Venning, Head of Books and Manuscripts, London:  “A millennium of books in a single sale brought a room full of international buyers to bid on the exceptional 9th-century manuscript Gospels of Queen Theutberga to Darwin's ‘On the Origin of Species’. The strong bidding for Lawrence of Arabia's dagger was a fitting, if coincidental, memorial to Omar Sharif days after his death. This auction brings to an end a highly successful season of sales of Books and Manuscripts at Christie's, characterised by strong sell-through rates and record prices across all categories.”

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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, third-party financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

             

 

 

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