Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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A very worthwhile exercise in auction value

12 April 2021

Manuscript demonstrating young lady’s educational achievements sells for £35,000

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Why the Defiance should be remembered as well as the Alamo

12 April 2021

The story of the fall of the Alamo is familiar to many, even if only from a famous film version

British and Irish book auctions: April 13-23, 2021

12 April 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Riddle of the jacket on Childers’ work

12 April 2021

Lack of a dust jacket is not always crucial to a high price, as Erskine Childers’ much-loved The Riddle of the Sands of 1903 shows.

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Renaissance herbal without equal

12 April 2021

The binding is an early 20th century one, and the very last leaf has been supplied as an autograph facsimile, but on March 17 the 1578 first English edition of Rembert Dodoens’ A Nievve Herball, or Historie of Plants shown here was bid to £3000.

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Battle mags and Dr Who go into action

05 April 2021

Publishers’ file copies of the first 199 issues of War Picture Library, pocket-sized and essentially pictorial publications of the years 1958-63, brought a bid of £3250 in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale.

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Another Agatha Christie record

05 April 2021

First published in the UK as a ‘Collins Crime Club’ title in 1970, an Agatha Christie novel brought a bid of £850 at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: March 30-April 17, 2021

29 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Hangman’s calling card is one of the highlights of a varied sale

29 March 2021

Sold online for a far higher than predicted £600 in Norfolk on February 11 was a calling card of William Marwood (1820-83), who for many years was an official hangman.

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Handy little guide when you want to find a library book

29 March 2021

Offered as part of a sale at Taylors (24% buyer’s premium) of Montrose with an estimate of just £20-30 was a catalogue of the library at Fasque House, or Fasque Castle as it is also known.

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From Zanzibar to the South Pole at Bonhams

29 March 2021

A travel sale held by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) offered the usual mix of books, pictures, prints and photographs – and to very good effect in doubling the high estimate total.

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How to get away with murder

22 March 2021

Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics

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Mezzotint version of portrait takes 10 times the top estimate at auction

22 March 2021

John Faber’s mezzotint version of a portrait by John Vanderbank of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), a celebrated blind scientist and mathematician, was bid to 10 times the high estimate in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) general clear-out sale.

British and Irish book auctions: March 23-April 9, 2021

22 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Map shows heartfelt emotion

15 March 2021

Sold at $34,000 (£25,185) apiece, two very different lots headed the bidding in a New York sale of December 17.

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Daily life and world history in one

15 March 2021

A magnificent copy of Liber chronicarum, or ‘Nuremburg Chronicle’ as it is more familiarly known, made a record $350,000 (£265,150) at Bonhams New York.

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Sale explores early America

15 March 2021

Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.

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New York buyers curious about Dickens

15 March 2021

Almost a hundred lots in a New York sale came from the extensive Dickens collections assembled over four decades by Martin Nason.

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Huge baths picture makes a big splash

15 March 2021

At nearly 7ft high, a fine example of a four-sheet coloured lithograph of the Sutro Baths sold for $10,000 (£7355).