Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today's Top Lots: Early Printed Books
The Early Printed Books & Manuscripts from the Inventory of the late Lawrence Feinberg auction sold 97% of its offerings and $100,000 above its top estimate.
The day's top lot, a collection of over 275 incunabula leaves, of which over 150 are catalogued and organized in Proctor order in 8 albums, from the 1460s-90s, sold for $38,400—its pre-sale estimate was $2,500-3,500. The lot went to a bidder in the room after a tremendous amount of phone and absentee bidding.
A manuscript in Latin, by Flavius Eutropius, Breviarium historiae Romanae, from later 15th century Italy, had a pre-sale estimate of $800-1,200; it sold for $19,200.
A manuscript of Greek Orthodox liturgy, instructions for priests written in Greek, likely from the 15th century, brought $14,400, well above its estimate of $600-900.
You may view all of the sales results here.