The sale achieved a total of £1,692,564. The top lot was The Val Prinsep Album by Julia Margaret Cameron, 32 albumen prints, mounted on card, which sold for £242,500.
Highlights range from an extensive selection from the Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection of Early Playing Cards to a previously unknown album of photographs by the leading female pioneer of 19th-century portrait photography, Julia Margaret Cameron. The sale includes the most famous portrait of Jane Austen in its original watercolour medium (to be used on the new £10 note from 2017), a fine series of drawings by Jean de Brunhoff for Babar and Father Christmas, drawings and watercolours by E.H. Shepard and Beatrix Potter, a superb presentation copy of Dickens’s Bleak House (inscribed to Mark Lemon), together with many other important letters, first editions and other items from the 18th to the 20th centuries. A special highlight of the sale, from the 21st century, is the “Lumox Maxima” Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet, with gold, diamonds and gems, designed by J.K. Rowling and inspired by her own Harry Potter books.