Books & Manuscripts

Overview

Our international team of fifteen books specialists work in tandem with Sotheby’s regional representatives throughout the world. Their depth of knowledge and global reach have established Sotheby’s as the leading seller in this diverse field with sales from the past five years exceeding $350 million.

Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department is divided into five sub-specialties:

In addition to books, Americana encompasses pamphlets, letters, documents and manuscripts. These auctions are held in New York and Paris in June and December.

Offerings of Continental, Russian & Science books range from blockbooks and incunabula to the Russian avant-garde. Sales are held twice each year in London to coincide with our sales of Important Russian Art in June and December.

Music sales feature autographed music manuscripts by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner, among others as well as first editions of music, books on music, letters, signed photographs and memorabilia. These auctions take place in London in June and December.

Some of the greatest treasures and collections of English literature and history from 1500 to the 21st century can be found in our sales of English Literature, History, Private Press and Children’s Books. They are held in London in July and December.

Sales of Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History include travel books, topographical photographs and maps. They take place in May and November in London.

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Consignments

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Contact Us

PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 19
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7385
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6182

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Contacts

  • Books & Manuscripts
    Richard Austin
    Senior Vice President | Head of Department
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Dr. David Goldthorpe
    Senior Director | Head of Department
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Anne Heilbronn
    Vice President of Sotheby's France, Senior Director | Head of Department, Specialist
    Paris
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Selby Kiffer
    Senior Vice President | International Senior Books Specialist
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Justin Caldwell
    Vice President | Senior Specialist
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Cassandra Hatton
    Vice President | Senior Specialist
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Ella Hall
    Associate Specialist
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Richard Fattorini
    Senior Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Peter Selley
    Senior Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Dr Simon Maguire
    Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Dr Philip W Errington
    Director | Senior Specialist
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Dr Gabriel Heaton
    Director | Specialist
    London
  • Dr Mara Hofmann
    Deputy Director | Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
    London
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Charlotte Miller
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    London
    charlotte.miller@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5893
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Frédérique Parent
    Director | Senior Specialist
    Paris
    frederique.parent@sothebys.com
    +33 1 53 05 52 91
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Benoit Puttemans
    Deputy Director | Specialist
    Paris
    benoit.puttemans@sothebys.com
    + 33 1 53 05 52 66
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Dr. Kalika Sands
    Associate Cataloguer
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Cecilie Gasseholm
    Cataloguer
    London
    cecilie.gasseholm@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5292
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Paige Thompson
    Junior Cataloguer
    London
    paige.thompson@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5296
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Annelouise Finn
    Senior Administrator
    New York
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Lukas Baumann
    Administrator | Cataloguing Assistant
    London
    lukas.baumann@sothebys.com
    +44 20 7293 5287
  • Books & Manuscripts
    Sylvie Delaume Garcia
    Senior Administrator
    Paris
  • Judaica
    Sharon Mintz
    Senior Consultant
    New York
    Sharon.Mintz.consultant@sothebys.com
    +1 212 894 1193

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