David Fanning submitted this report on the June 3 Kolbe & Fanning numismatic literature sale.
On Thursday, June 3, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held the second sale of the Stack Family Numismatic Library, featuring many important and useful works on U.S., foreign and ancient numismatics.
Nearly 200 bidders participated in the sale, including bidders from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. The sale brought over $140,000, slightly over the pre-sale estimated value. Some highlights include:
Lot 390, the Coin Galleries set of Stack’s catalogues, brought $21,000 on a $10,000 estimate
Lot 517, a nearly complete set of Numismatic Notes and Monographs, brought $4500 on a $4000 estimate
Lot 399, the Stack’s office copy of the Brobston fixed price list of United States half cents, identifying many purchasers from this important list, brought $3200 on a $1000 estimate
Lot 389, a daybook and ledger used by the Stack Family to record the sales from their early years, including their first auction, brought $3000 on a $2500 estimate
Lot 266, a bound volume of rare George A. Leavitt sales, brought $2700 on a $500 estimate
Lot 642, a beautifully bound first edition copy of Dalton and Hamer’s important work on Conder tokens, brought $1750 on a $1000 estimate.
The catalogue and prices realized list for this sale can be found on the Kolbe & Fanning website at www.numislit.com. This was the first sale conducted by the new joint venture between George F. Kolbe and David F. Fanning, who combined their respective numismatic literature businesses earlier this year.
The firm’s next auctions will be the September 12 sale of select antiquarian items from the Anders Frösell library and the September 16 sale of the library devoted to ancient coins, art and antiquities formed by Robert J. Myers.
On November 18, the firm will be conducting a further mail-bid sale, for which consignments are still being accepted.
On January 8, 2011, Kolbe & Fanning will be holding a public auction at the Waldorf-‐Astoria hotel in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. Select consignments of important numismatic works are currently being solicited for this sale.
Queries may be directed to David F. Fanning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 414-0855, or to George F. Kolbe at email@example.com or (909) 338-6527.
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