We are thrilled to announce that our first auction of the new year was hugely successful. The sale included 254 lots with a fantastic selection of Audubon’s Birds and the 50 best Quadrupeds, an extensive collection of fine maps and views, exceptional rare books, as well as a varied offering of natural history featuring works by Pierre-Joseph Redoute as well as Catesby, Gould, and Seba. The auction totaled $1,729,537, with over $200,000 being given to various charities and university programs.
Highlights of the Audubon section of the sale included the Belted Kingfisher, which sold for $12,200. Following a rousing back and forth between bidders in the room and on the phone, the Ivory Billed Woodpecker (Lot 15) achieved $122,000. The Canada Goose (Lot 5) sold for $30,500. The Common American Deer (Lot 33) was the standout success within Audubon’s Quadrupeds achieving $18,300. The American Wildcat (Lot 32) also sold for an impressive $17,080.
Within the map section, Tanner's Map of the United States & Mexico (Lot 116) sold for $13,750. Ortelius' Typus Orbis Terrarum (Lot 140) achieved $9,375. Senex's North America was successful, realizing $11,590.
There was considerable excitement in the room as the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi saw substantial interest. The Frontispiece to Volume II (Lot 161) sold for quadruple the high estimate at $2,813. Other highlights from the sale included Hartmann Schedel's Numremberg Chronicle (Lot 179) attaining $53,125. Redoute’s beautiful stipple engravings the Jacobean Amaryllis (Lot 194) and the Yellow Day Lily (Lot 195) each realized a price of $2,745.
Mark your calendar for our next auction which will be held on. The sale will feature a selection of John James Audubon prints, fine maps, rare atlases, natural history and other works on paper.