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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 18, May 1, 2022, Article 2

KOLBE & FANNING SYD MARTIN LIBRARY RESULTS

Here's a press release with impressive results from yesterday's Kolbe & Fanning sale of the Syd Martin numismatic library. -Editor

On Saturday, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers sold at auction the outstanding numismatic library formed by ANS President Syd Martin in what proved to be an exciting and memorable event. Prices across the board were generally very strong, and a number of record prices were realized for individual items. Some particularly notable results include the following (prices here quoted do not include the 20% premium):

  Annotated Breen cover Annotated Breen slipcase
  Annotated Breen sample page 1 Annotated Breen sample page 2

Lot 64: Walter Breen's personal, annotated copy of his 1988 Complete Encyclopedia, estimated at $5,000, opened to bidders watching the live online sale for an amazing $30,000, before a few additional bids drove the price up to $37,500 hammer

  Breen Miller Breen Miller cover

Lot 270: Breen's extraordinarily annotated copy of Miller & Ryder on the state copper coinages, described as one of the true gems of the Syd Martin Library, sold for $27,500

  Breen Crosby box Breen Crosby cover
  Breen Crosby sample page 1 Breen Crosby plate

Lot 138: continuing the interest in Breen-annotated volumes, the copy of Crosby's Early Coins of America annotated by him had three bidders active above the $10,000 mark before closing at $14,000

  K-F Martin sale Lot 264 Mehl's Numismatic Monthly

Lot 264: an exquisitely bound complete set of Mehl's Numismatic Monthly was the subject of a fierce bidding war between two determined collectors before closing at $14,000

  Colonial Newsletter

Lot 131: another beautifully bound set, this time of The Colonial Newsletter, also received heavy bidding and brought $10,000

  Ewing Ewing title page

Lot 168: Charles Bushnell's copy of George Ewing's 1724 Defence of the Conduct of the People of Ireland, one of the most important and rarest of the attacks on the William Wood coinage, sold for $10,000

More than ten lots closed at $10,000 or higher, with enormous interest shown in the Breen material, rare publications on colonial coins, exceptional bindings, and archival materials. Many items estimated in the hundreds brought prices in the thousands, and the sell rate was well over 90%. It was a truly memorable occasion, and a testimony to the care with which Syd Martin had developed his library over the years. He cared deeply for his books, and it was gratifying to see that this respect was shared by many others.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the sale and who helped make it happen. A full prices realized list will be posted to the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com. Our next sale is tentatively scheduled for August—more on that later!

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
KOLBE & FANNING SYD MARTIN LIBRARY SALE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n14a02.html)
KOLBE & FANNING SYD MARTIN LIBRARY SELECTIONS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n15a02.html)
MORE SYD MARTIN LIBRARY SELECTIONS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n16a02.html)
SOME MORE SYD MARTIN LIBRARY SELECTIONS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n17a02.html)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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