- How could Christies, one of the world's major auction houses, auction Bela's books (or any other major collection) and not notify every miniature book collector (especially MBS members) so as to assure maximum interest? It's beyond me that they would overlook such an obvious source of potential bidders. Do they perhaps prefer to sell principally to book-sellers?
At 12:00 AM 11/6/00 +0100, Angelika Jaeck wrote:
have you heard about two upcoming miniature book auctions?
Both found on the Christies site (just type in miniature book in
- On Nov. 8 the MINIATURE BOOK LIBRARY of Bela Blau, containing
approximately 1,100 volumes is auctioned in Los Angelos, estimate
is 30,000 - 50,000 U.S. dollars for the lot.
on Nov. 17, in London, South Kensington a MINIATURE BOOK OF
HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum
[Bruges, circa 1470s]. 75 x 55mm is on auction for an estimate of
2,000 - 3,000 British pounds. There is a nice photo on Christies
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- Hi miniature book friends!
I wondered why no one on this list mentioned the auction. I only
stumbled on it by chance. Since the collection was not sold, the
wrong people must have been at the auction. 30,000 $ is a lot of
money for the lot, but then, about 27 $ per book isn't so bad.
The Book of Hours that was in the London auction was sold for 5
times the estimate bid (14.688 sterling pounds).
At the Winterstein auction another Book of Hours from the same
period was sold for 43.300,- sterling pounds. What a difference!
I was at a rare book fair in Berlin a few weeks ago. They had
only a few miniature books, most of them out of my price range.
Strangely enough, the most expensive ones (about 1,500 DM) were
the ones sold first.
I bought "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" published by Rosen,
Venice in 1906. It's a nice little book, but quite worn. Well,
what do you expect after nearly 100 years!
Can somebody tell me why Rubaiyat is so popular with miniature
book publishers? I counted at least 23 of them in Bradbury book.
And I think some others have been published in Europe, too.
- I wonder what will happen to the collection now that it didnt sell? Is anyone
interested in putting together a private collective bid for it?
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From: Neale M Albert <nalbert@...>
To: Angelika Jaeck <ajaeck@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: [miniaturebooks] Auctions
> I wonder what will happen to the collection now that it didnt sell? Is
> interested in putting together a private collective bid for it?
> Neale, what do you mean by that? How would you do a collective bid? Is
there some form of a catalog or list available of the collection? Perhaps
Mariana would be willing to sell the books one by one or in lots. Is
somebody in contact with her?
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