2020 is a year for society to refine online living. We have had 3 sales this year with one being our normal auction with lots of activity in the room, another with 8 people in the room all social distancing and a third auction which has been online only. All three auctions were successful.
The February auction was full of interesting books and ephemera but not many were high priced. The highest selling price was $8600 for a repaired copy of a first edition of Ulysses. Other notable items sold included a set of Bean’s Official History of Australia in WW1 all in the original boxes $1080, a 1681 book on childbirth $1090, a rare fore edge painting $720, a 1779 map of the South Pacific $1440. a 1697 book bound in pigskin – a large folio $720 as well as numerous rare ephemeral items. In this sale we sold $78,570 worth of books to 120 customers.
The March auction sale contained a number of books from the estate of Jeremy Long and included many books on the Aboriginal people as well as books on White man’s exploration of Australia. These books all sold with many bringing high prices. There were good copies of Giles, Warburton, Carnegie as well as Baldwin Spencer titles. Among other highlights were a 1790 very good coloured copy of Surgeon General John White’s Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales which sold for $14,400. For the same price was an 1831 copy of the first 19 issues of the Sydney Herald – the forerunner of the Sydney Morning Herald. Another Sydney item was a collection of photographs of the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This sold for $15,900. Another collection of photographs of NSW from the first half of the twentieth century sold for $2760. A book with 2 letters between Elioth Gruner and Norman Lindsay sold for $1920. Another letter from Banjo Patterson with a reference for a relative sold for $3360. As usual the ephemera and Parliamentary Papers sold very well. In this sale we sold $124,827 worth of books to 133 customers
The April sale was a small collection of Parliamentary Papers from the estate of Alan Ives. Alan has left many of these papers and we will be selling them for some years to come. The sale results were $29,560 with 67 customers.
We have many further sales planned with more items from the estates of Alan Ives and Doug McKenzie. The amazing collection of books, mostly juvenile, from Dorothy Randall will be sold gradually over the next year or so. Dorothy is 80 years old and started collecting these as a 12 year old.
The first Australian to win a gold medal at swimming in the Olympics was Fred Lane who won the 200 meters in the 1900 Paris Olympics. We are selling some of his estate which does include some wonderful sporting ephemera. Sadly his house was burnt down and his 2 Olympic gold medals and most of his souvenirs were destroyed. Fred later was a printer and printed many bookplates for the literati of Sydney. Fred was a personal friend of Norman Lindsay and this collection contains a few things signed by Lindsay.
We have many more items and despite Covid 19 changing our lives and creating death and suffering we will have our auctions as normal. If you wish to consign items please let us know by sending an email email@example.com or phoning Paul on 0452 228 982