Tag Archives: rare books

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Potter first edition, $81,250, Heritage Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Potter first edition, $81,250, Heritage Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare, first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 500 original copies, sold for $81,250 at a Rare Books Auction held September 14th by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a first edition copy of History of the […]

Harry Potter First Edition Sets World Record at Heritage Auctions

Harry Potter First Edition Sets World Record at Heritage Auctions

A rare, first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – one of just 500 original copies, of which 300 were destined for British libraries – set a world record when it sold for $81,250 during Heritage Auctions’offering of rare books Sept. 14 in Dallas. Frenzied bidding pushed numerous lots well past their pre-auction estimates, propelling the total […]

Great Collections: September 2017

Great Collections: September 2017

J. Pierpont Morgan Hartford native John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), founder of a banking dynasty still in operation today, was one of the great financial figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Well known for his successes as a banker, railroad tycoon, and steel magnate, he was also an important philanthropist and avid art […]

Sylvester Stallone’s Library Collection of Rare Books Debuts at Heritage Auctions

DALLAS, Texas (Feb. 7, 2017) – Actor, writer and director Sylvester Stallone’s personally-owned library of rare and collectible books will debut in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books auction March 8 in New York. The collection of nearly 45 lots, spanning hundreds of volumes includes rarities such as one of 300 sets of The Complete Writings of […]

Sweetheart of a Sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on February 13 & 14

THOMASTON, ME:   Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ first auction of 2016 on February 13 & 14 will offer 1,200 examples of fine artwork, estate jewelry, antiquities, marine and folk art, Asian antiques, rare books and ephemera, and decorative items that are certain to ignite the passion and desire of collectors. The […]

Heritage Auctions’ April 8-9 Rare Books Signature® Auction

NEW YORK – From the dawn of printing to the edges of the universe, Heritage Auctions’ April 8-9 Rare Books Signature® Auction runs the gamut. The auction will take place, 301 Park Ave, Duke of Windsor Suite, 4th floor. The bookends of the auction take the form of the amazing Charlotte Guillard Collection from the […]

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair Returns for its 40th Year Bringing Together Rare Books and Bibliophiles

WASHINGTON – It’s time to put down your e-readers and experience a bit of history! Have you ever seen a $30,000 book? Or a book that is hundreds of years old?  Now is your chance when the 40th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the nation’s capital from March 6-7, 2015. The Washington Antiquarian […]

To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question

To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question

To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question Collecting Old and Rare Books by James Dawson Why do we collect books or anything else for that matter? Not everyone is a collector, of course, but I’d bet that there have been collectors ever since there have been things to collect. Probably some caveman’s […]