UNITED KINGDOM / AGILITYPR.NEWS / November 07, 2019 /
World auction record for first edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘on the origins of species’ - $564,500 AT Hindman’s SALE OF THE Library of a Midwestern Collector sale makes over $1.9 million, the highest grossing auction for the Books and Manuscripts department at Hindman
Chicago: The top lot of this Hindman Books & Manuscripts sale, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species set a world auction record for a first edition of Darwin’s landmark work. Realizing $564,500, the superb Garden Copy, previously owned by American philanthropist Paul Mellon (1907–1999), sold for more than double the presale estimate of $120,000- $180,000.
Hindman’s November 5th single-owner sale of the Library of a Midwestern Collector featuring landmark works in the fields of science and technology, mathematics, literature, Americana and the social sciences realized over $1.9 million. Strong international bidding set several significant records at auction.
Also exceeding presale estimates, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling brought $150,000 against a presale estimate of $80,000 - $120,000. The exceptionally fine copy of a signed first edition achieved the second highest price ever at auction for Rowling’s work.
Other highlights from the auction include Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, which realized $112,500 against a presale estimate of $70,000 - $90,000 and Isaac Newtown’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, which sold for $212,500.
Gretchen Hause, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts: “Active bidding across all channels combined to energize the room and the strong prices realized reinforce the strength of the market for fine copies of the most significant works in a variety of collecting fields. We are thrilled with today’s exceptional results, setting a record sale total for the department.”
The Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for spring auctions. For complete sale results, visit www.hindmanauctions.com.
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