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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 29, July 19, 2009, Article 10

1972 NUMISMATIC AUCTION CATALOG MICROFILM PROJECT

Speaking of Coin World and numismatic literature on microfilm, Dan Gosling forwarded this item from the January 26, 1972 issue of Coin World (page 51). -Editor


Microfilmed records of auction catalogs dating back to 1733 are currently being made by Sotheby's, numismatic auction house in London, England, according to Dr. A. N. Munby. Dr. Munby is librarian at King's College, Cambridge, and editor-in-chief of the microfilm project. He said, "I would like to see certain collectors able to purchase certain groups of catalogs that will suit their needs. But that would be far in the future.

"We eventually hope to make this financially possible, but there are not sufficient funds at the moment," Dr. Munby concluded.

First catalogs to be microfilmed are dated between 1901 and 1945, numbering about 5,000 catalogs. Catalogs are microfilmed at a reduction of 20 on 16 millimeter film.

Before the microfilm project, the best available set of Sotheby catalogs was reportedly in the British Museum, though it is not entirely complete.


Is anyone aware of the outcome of this project? How many catalogs were filmed? Where are sets of the microfilms today? -Editor




Wayne Homren, Editor

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