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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 23, June 10, 2007, Article 4

KOLBE SALE 103 RESULTS ANNOUNCED

George Kolbe forwarded the following write-up on the results of 
his recent sale: 

"On June 7, 2007 George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books 
conducted their 103rd auction of rare and out of print numismatic 
literature, featuring the second part of the Alan M. Meghrig 
Library and a large selection of classic 19th and early 20th 
century American coin auction catalogues, many from the library 
of John J. Ford, Jr. 85% of the 770 lots in the sale were sold, 
bringing a total of nearly $76,000. A few printed catalogues are 
still available and can be ordered by sending $15.00 to Kolbe at 
P. O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325.

"Some of the sale highlights included: one of only six sets of 
superb color photographs depicting the magnificent Clifford-Kagin 
collection of Pioneer & Territorial Gold Coins, which sold for 
$8,625 on a $6,500 estimate (all sale prices cited include the 15% 
buyer premium); an annotated copy of Miller & Ryder’s 1920 “State 
Coinages of New England,” which included correspondence between 
Howard Kurth and John Richardson, was hotly sought after, eventually 
bringing $2,070 on a $500 estimate; original 1875 and 1878 editions 
of Crosby’s “Early Coins of America” sold for $920 and $1,265 
respectively; 

F. C. C. Boyd’s annotated copies of four of Barney Bluestone’s 
Grinnell paper money sales received multiple bids over their 
individual estimates of $100 to $150, and each sold for $475; the 
first thirteen hard-bound George Frederick Kolbe auction sale 
catalogues generally sold well, with the first February 28, 1976 
sale bringing $1,265; a unique working copy of Walter Breen’s 
“Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents,” heavily annotated in 
ink, realized $3,737; a complete, very fine set of Wayte Raymond’s 
“Coin Collector’s Journal” sold for $1,610; runs of Chapman brother, 
Barney Bluestone, Thomas Elder, Ed. Frossard, and M. H. Bolender 
auction sales generally brought good prices, and an extensive run 
of Lyman Low auction sale catalogues were hotly contested for, 
some bringing multiples of estimate."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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