George Kolbe forwarded these notes on last week's sales in New York. -Editor On January 10th, 2009, during the New York International Numismatic Convention, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books offered for sale at public auction the highlights of two outstanding numismatic libraries, both remarkable for their exceptionally fine overall condition. The first one hundred lots, comprising the Twinleaf Library & Other Properties, were devoted to rare American auction sale catalogues and books. All but eight sold, bringing a total of 120% of their estimates.
The second catalogue was comprised of 175 early printed numismatic books and classic titles on Italian coins and medals from the library of Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli of Turin, Italy. 80% of the 175 lots sold, bringing a total of 105% of their estimates.
The total prices realized of both sale catalogues, including the 15% buyer premium, was $525,000. A few copies of either profusely illustrated catalogue may be obtained by sending $25.00 ($35.00 for the pair) to George Frederick Kolbe, P. O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325. Telephone: (909) 338-6527 ; Fax: (909) 338-6980; Email: GFK@numislit.com.
On March 5, 2009, Kolbeís 109th sale will feature Part II of both of the above libraries. The auction will also include classic works on historical medals and ancient numismatics; Du Boisís rare 1846 Pledges of History, the first work on the coin collection at the Philadelphia Mint; numismatic wall art; works on British numismatics; numismatically oriented Acts of Parliament 1695-1883; a little-known 1974 special convention issue of the Red Book; a 1799 Act of Parliament authorizing Matthew Boulton to erect a mint in Russia; and many other notable works on a variety of topics. Printed catalogues are available for $10 or are accessible at no cost at the firmís web site: www.numislit.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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