Books & Manuscripts Private Sales

The Books & Manuscripts department works throughout the year to match buyers and sellers who prefer to transact outside the auction calendar: our international team of specialists can both source on request and place printed books, maps, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives by Private Sale.

Bespoke and confidential, Private Sales offer flexibility and the assurance of a fixed price. Specialists based in London, New York and Paris with unrivalled expertise in their fields use Christie’s global network to help shape your collection and broker a sale discreetly at a pace that suits you.

We invite you to contact us for confidential discussions should you wish to buy or sell works by Private Sale.

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Books & Manuscripts Private Sales

A special preview of works available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales service

Notable Private Sales

  • Alain Chartier (c.1386-c.1430)

    Le quadrilogue invectif and other works, including La Belle Dame sans Mercy, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1455-1460 and France, c.1475]

    Sold to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in 2019

  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    The First Folio
    The Munro copy

    Sold in 2017 to a Shakespeare enthusiast, who generously exhibits it on occasion at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

    La Dame de Monte-Carlo & La Courte paille
    Two autograph scores signed, inscribed to Denise Duval, dated July-August 1960 and April 1961

    Sold to the Woodson Research Center of the Fondren Library (Rice University, Houston, TX) in 2020

  • The archive of Stefan Zweig (1881-1942)

    The archive of Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), comprising autograph notebooks, manuscripts and corrected typescripts for novels, novellas, articles, addresses and other works; journals and diaries; correspondence; photographs; and further research material.

    Sold to Universität Salzburg in 2014

  • John Keats (1795-1821)

    Autograph letter signed to Thomas Monkhouse, Hampstead, [21 June 1818]

    Sold to the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in 2018