Latest News Articles by Ian McKay

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Map of Arabia and the Gulf and others break estimate boundaries in Oxford saleroom

07 June 2021

Captain EF Hunter’s 'Map of Arabia and The Persian Gulf' was one of the lots fetching sums considerably in advance of what looked to be quite modest estimates in an Oxford book sale.

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David Lloyd George takes on foxy features

07 June 2021

Based on a slightly earlier American original called The Landlords Game, this example of Brer Fox an’ Brer Rabbit dates to 1913.

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‘Living saint’ Einstein proves he is not always deadly serious

07 June 2021

Sold for $42,500 (£30,795) was a very appealing Einstein lot that offered a short but amusing letter dating from November 1928 and a signed photo-portrait.

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Example of 'the first American board game' sold in San Francisco

07 June 2021

The Travellers Tour through the United States of 1822 was once described as the first American board game.

British and Irish book auctions: June 8-19, 2021

07 June 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Chaucer and Newton make it big at Bonhams

31 May 2021

Famous Kelmscott edition and copies of unpublished letters both attract strong bidding at Bonhams' books sale

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London calling in Colchester saleroom

31 May 2021

A New and Correct Plan of the Cities of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark sold at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) of Colchester was offered on behalf of an un-named charity.

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Rare Bentley memorabilia focuses on successes at Le Mans

31 May 2021

Bentley owners and fanciers had the opportunity to acquire some scarce memorabilia in a spring sale at Bourne End Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Binding is auction gold

31 May 2021

Sold for £3000 as part of a four-day sale held by Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) of Wisborough Green was what was billed as a gold mounted rectangular book binding, probably European and 19th century but in the 18th century taste.

British and Irish book auctions: June 1-18, 2021

31 May 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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An Americana extravaganza

24 May 2021

Early Declaration of Independence leads a line-up celebrating key historical events stateside

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The call of bigger premises

24 May 2021

Albert Einstein letter on Communism is one of the stand-out performers in a Chicago auction

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Fables and gospels in 1931 format

24 May 2021

Copy of the 1931 Golden Cockerel edition of The Four Gospels illustrated with woodcuts by Eric Gill stars in Bath auction.

British and Irish book auctions: May 25-June 11, 2021

24 May 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Rare work detailed the trial of the last woman to be condemned for witchcraft in England

17 May 2021

Bid to £2000 at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) was a 1712 first of Francis Bragge’s 'Witchcraft Farther Display’d', a rare work that opens with an account of the case of Jane Wenham – the last woman to be condemned for witchcraft in England.

Cuddled up with a good read

17 May 2021

A couple of Winston Churchill letters were among the more successful lots in a second selection from a History in Manuscript collection* formed over the last 20 years and offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: May 18-29, 2021

17 May 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Warhol’s cat colleagues

10 May 2021

Warhol rarity sold in New York auction has feline theme

British and Irish book auctions: May 11-29, 2021

10 May 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Books and works on paper: Sale with something for everyone

03 May 2021

London auction offered wide array including famous Federalist American collection of essays