Join us by the fireplace and hear our wizardly storyteller read from a unique copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Created, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling, the story contains clues that were crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission. This rare presentation copy also contains a personal inscription by the author to the British publisher who launched her career. The manuscript will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in London on 13 December.
BBC Proms host Katie Derham explores the remarkable provenance of the highest estimated musical manuscript ever to appear at auction. Learn what inspired Mahler from his biographer Norman Lebrecht, watch conductor Sir Mark Elder interpret Mahler’s distinctive handwriting, and discover how American businessman Gilbert Kaplan became so infatuated with the symphony he dedicated his life to learning how to conduct it. The manuscript will be sold as part of Sotheby’s bi-annual Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts sale in London on 29 November.
On 18 January 2017, Sotheby’s New York will offer Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts. With a meteoric rise in recognition and popularity over the last fifteen years, Hamilton’s story has captured the popular imagination to an extent almost unprecedented for an historical figure. The sale, the first of its kind, will tell the story of his brief but momentous life through hundreds of documents that have descended in the family for the last two centuries. A LOCK OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S HAIR, WITH A LETTER OF PRESENTATION FROM HIS WIFE, ELIZA. ESTIMATE $15,000–25,000. PHILIP SCHUYLER, CONDOLENCE LETTER SIGNED, TO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZA HAMILTON, FOLLOWING ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S DEATHER IN THE DUEL WITH AARON BURR. ESTIMATE $15,000–25,000.
The Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History sale in London on 15 November includes the two greatest books on Egypt: David Roberts’s Holy Land & Egypt (a rare hand-coloured subscriber’s copy), and a first edition of the monumental Description de l’Egypte. Egypt is also represented in a very scarce book, La Vallée du Nil, illustrated with over 100 original photographs taken in 1860 by Henry Cammas, the protégé of the Orientalist and explorer Koenig Bey, to whom this copy is inscribed. Click ahead to see some of the stunning images featured in the books. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
NEW YORK – The revolution may not be televised, but thanks to Boo-Hooray, it will be preserved. Founded by voracious collector-turned-curator Johan Kugelberg, the gallery is zealous about their mission: “the organisation, stabilisation and preservation of cultural movements.” Now, Kugelberg has joined forces with Sotheby's to stage the online auction Boo-Hooray Presents: Post-War, Counterculture & Pop (1–16 December), offering a treasure trove of artefacts from the pop underground. The colourful characters associated with Boo-Hooray’s property range from late, great sci-fi scribe Philip K. Dick to reclusive pop balladeer Scott Walker, with many Monkees, Flamingos and Stones in between. Click below to see selected highlights. The full catalogue will be available and the bidding will commence online 1 December at 12 PM ET. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
A rare presentation copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, created, hand-written and illustrated by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, will feature in the English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale on 13 December.
NEW YORK – With punk, funk and disco, the 1970s brought radical new sounds and sights to stereos, stages and dance floors. Spanning a captivating showman’s public wedding and a troubled artist’s private final days, Sotheby's 10 December auction A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury offers memorabilia and rare manuscripts from some of the decade’s most iconic moments. It took all kinds of luminaries to make up the “Me Decade.” Here’s just some of what they left behind. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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