Freeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its February 18 Books and Manuscripts auction, which realized over $445k. With spirited bidding throughout the sale from bidders both online and on the telephone, the 166-lot auction achieved an impressive 91% sell-through rate and surpassed its pre-sale high estimate.
FIRST EDITION OF SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN’S LES VOYAGES DU SIEUR DE CHAMPLAIN SOARS PAST PRE-SALE HIGH ESTIMATE
The undoubted highlight of the sale was the stellar result achieved for Samuel de Champlains’s Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain, Paris, 1613 (Lot 3). After competitive bidding, the first edition of the French Explorer’s second books sold for $201,600—more than tripling its pre-sale high estimate.
Other notable highlights included the sale of: Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
(Lot 99) which sold for $15,120, more than three times its pre-sale high estimate; Thomas Birch and J.H. Seymour’s, The Geographical Pastime, or the Complete Tour of Europe (Lot 48), which achieved $13,100, more than five times its pre-sale high estimate; Evening Clouds, East Side of the Sierra Nevada, California, a photograph by Ansel Adams (Lot 124), realized $10,710; and a complete deck of Harlequin Playing Cards from Chas E. Carryl (Lot 49), which sold for $8,820, more than seven times its pre-sale high estimate.