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With unprecedented pre-sale registration for bidding, the auctioneers were delighted yet again with how a section of some 20 works by urban artist Banksy fared, hammering £220k.In the 5 months from October 2016 to March 2017 Forum have offered 80 lots of Banksy prints which have all sold, about a third at world record prices and for a combined total hammer of about £950k.The library, formed largely in the 19th century, is a typical country house collection focussing largely on Natural History, Travel, Economics, Philosophy, Literature, Illustrated Books, handsomely bound sets and albums of prints. The Edge Hall set has been in the library since it was purchased by the Rev. Wolley Dod, who is listed as one of the original subscribers in volume one. Amongst a number of works on Economics, Politics and Social History, the stand-out lot is a copy of David Ricardo’s On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation, 1817.This first edition of one of the key works of economics, in a contemporary half leather binding, is estimated at £8,000-12,000.How ironic his print entitled “Morons” seems with its depiction of a saleroom and an auctioneer offering a framed “image” or rather a sentence which reads “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit.” One of 500 unsigned prints of this title made £5,200.
£6,000-8,000); and Gould’s first folio work, A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains, a subscriber’s copy of the first issue, with the backgrounds of the plates uncoloured (lot 461, est. Finally, a copy of the extremely rare photographically illustrated work on Real Tennis, Fournier & Chapus’ Le Jeu de Paume, 1862 (lot 477, est. For full catalogue, sale and viewing times, please visit Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.
The full catalogue plus details of the sale, viewing and terms are available to view at For more information, please contact Rupert Powell: [email protected] As the end of March approaches Forum Auctions are squeezing in a number of sales before the end of their financial year.
Last week, 2 sales: on Tuesday 21st a sale of Modern Prints and Works on Paper (over 400 lots in total) saw an enormously diverse range of material on offer and a final hamm...
£6,000-8,000) and Webber’s Views in the South Seas, 1808 with 16 fine hand-coloured lithographs (lot 323, est. A large private consignment of Africana includes books, maps and prints and there are other notable works on China, Middle East, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.
Also beautifully illustrated are three near-consecutive works on Natural History: Merian’s Histoire des Insectes de l’Europe (lot 458, est.