Collectors continue to seek out the rarest examples of numismatic
literature to help build their libraries and add depth to their
and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held its most recent auction
of important numismatic literature on Oct. 21 to 22.
The top lot, an 1884 German auction catalog featuring the first known photograph of the Dexter 1804 Draped
Bust dollar, sold for $4,700. Other auction catalogs featured
heavily among the top lots, as collectors value owning physical
records of rare sales.
Here is the second of three notable lots we're focusing on in this
week's Market Analysis:
Virtually complete set of 117 hardcover Bowers and Merena catalogs
Today, as auction records are uploaded online almost immediately
after sale, physical copies of auction catalogs may be seen as
redundant. However, physical auction catalogs are essential for
researchers looking for sales from Bowers and Merena, which merged
with Stack’s to become Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
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Kolbe and Fanning’s auction included a run of 117 hardcover Bowers
and Merena auctions from 1986 to 2004, with many famed name sales —
Norweb, Eliasberg, Bass, the Champa Library, just to name a few. The
group was described as “arguably the most important series of American
numismatic auction catalogues of the 1980s and 1990s.” Later hardcover
issues are rare, and the offering provided an opportunity for a
researcher or collector to acquire an instant library.
Keep reading about Kolbe and Fanning's sale of rare catalogs:
Famed researcher and photographer
behind rare auction catalog that topped $2,900:
One of the most prolific American numismatic researchers and
photographers of the early twentieth century put it together.
King Farouk’s 1933 Saint-Gaudens
double eagle in 1954 catalog that just sold: In
1954 Sotheby’s held a London auction titled “The Palace Collections
of Egypt” containing the numismatic holding of Egypt’s King Farouk.