Monday, April 02, 2012

Resounding success for the Library of R. & B. L. at Sotheby's, world record for La Prose du Transsibérie

Art Daily News
Many of these highly desirable volumes are personalized with artists' dedications, some accompanied by original drawings. Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- Sotheby’s new auction season got off to a triumphant start as the sale of a unique 189-lot collection, staged in association with Binoche & Giquello, yielded €4.5 million ($6 million) against a total pre-sale estimate of €2.4-3.4 million ($3.3-4.6 million), making it one of the most successful sales of Books & Manuscripts ever held by Sotheby’s Paris. The results of this magnificent sale, featuring many of the 20th century’s greatest artists, including Picasso, Matisse and Sonia and Robert Delaunay, underlined the collectors’ exceptional connoisseurship and taste. 
In the words of sale expert Yves Lebouc of Bouquinerie de l'Institut: ‘This library, with all its carefully chosen volumes, exceptional bindings and dedications from authors and great artists, is without doubt one of the finest collections of illustrated modern books to have appeared on the market in the last five ... More

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