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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 25, June 18, 2000, Article 2

BASS SALE RESULTS 

   George Kolbe notes the following highlights from the recently 
   concluded sales of the Bass library: 

   * $38,500 for a large paper set of W. Elliot Woodward's eight 
      "Semi-Annual" Auction Catalogues, apparently Woodward's 
       own (last sold at auction in 1968 for $55!) 

   * $13,200 for S. H. Chapman's 1921 Henderson Auction Sale 
      with plates, the highest price ever paid for an American coin 
      auction catalogue (the last copy sold, in the 1994 Bowers & 
      Merena sale, brought $3,530) 

   * $29,700 for a Superb Leatherbound Set of The Numismatist, 
      1888-1952, including the first ANA President's run of the early 
       volumes (from our June 1990 John W. Adams auction where 
       it brought $33,000) 

   * $25,300 for the two Photographic Albums Depicting Colonel 
      Green's Collection of United States Eagles and Half Eagles 
      (first sale at auction) 

   * $11,550 for Paul Fouts' first six volumes of The Numismatist 
      (in a subsequent Bass sale, the remainder of the set, 1894 to 
      1969, brought $3,520) 

   * $7,700 for a Deluxe Leatherbound Copy of Newcomb's 1925 
      The United States Cents of the Years 1801-1802-1803 (the 
      highest price ever paid at auction - the 1994 Bowers & 
      Merena sale copy brought $4,620, and a second Bass copy 
      sold for $6,600) 

   * $9,900 for Charles Bushnell's Annotated Copy of the 1851 
      Auction of the Lewis Roper Coin Collection (the last priced 
      and  named copy brought $1,925) 

   * $13,750 for J. N. T. Levick's Annotated 1881 Andrews' 
      Varieties of U. S. Cents, 1816-57 (the 1994 Bowers & 
      Merena sale copy  brought $5,060) 

   * $20,900 for A. M. Hart's 1851 Work on American Colonial 
      Paper  Money with the rare "Historical Chart" (the only copy 
      sold at auction in the modern era - it last brought $140 in the 
      1971 Katen sale of the Fuld Library) 

   * $11,550 for Thian's 1880 Register of the Confederate Debt, 
      one of only five copies known (this same copy brought $8,525 
      at the September 1995 Bowers & Merena sale) 

   George adds the following notes: "Re Dick Johnson:  Chris 
   Schenkel was a fascinating conversationalist AND a numismatic 
   bibliophile, and Malcolm Forbes bought the complete series of 
   King Farouk art sale catalogues (including the coin sale) in a 
   Kolbe/Spink New York sale years back. 

   Re Doug Owens: The original manuscript for McKay's book on 
   colonial currency brought $1,210 in Bass 4 (estimated at $500)." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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