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Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Soft close begins Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 10am EDT
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Sale Totaled a Successful $367,473, Far Surpassing Its Pre-Sale Estimate


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  • Successful Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on April 29, 2021
  • Sale Totaled a Successful $367,473, Far Surpassing Its Pre-Sale Estimate
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps April 29, 2021.With competitive bidding, the sale totaled an exceptional $367,473, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $166,680-254,220, with a strong 88% sold by lot and 100% by value.

Highlighting the sale was Bernard Ratzer's 1776 Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. This example of the rare map was discovered in a Brooklyn shop and has been in a private collection for the past fifty years, only recently coming to light. Despite condition issues, the map attracted strong interest from collectors, who sent the bidding soaring past its estimate of $40,000-60,000 to achieve $151,120.

A circa 1770 French manuscript from the Estate of Rothschild family heiress Nancy Hoguet Tilghman fetched a stunning $34,650, far over its estimate of $1,000-2,000. The fascinating work, Recueil de Figures, Concern[an]t la Guerre [Chinois], offered 175 very fine drawings of Chinese armaments of the period. The original owner of this manuscript, Antoine de Ricouart, Count of Hérouville, was not only a French military man of great eminence in his profession (a lieutenant general was second in rank only to a Maréchal de France), but he was also a philosophe, an intellectual of the Enlightenment.

Featured in the sale was property from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presidential speechwriter and New York Times columnist William Safire (Read More). The star lot in the collection was an 1861 commission signed by Abraham Lincoln as President in the build-up of the Army at the beginning of the Civil War that realized $7,560 against an estimate of $5,000-8,000.

Competition among sports fans drove bidding on a baseball signed by the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, including Jackie Robinson, to $10,080, more than doubling its estimate of $3,000-5,000.

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.


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  • Collection of Herman Krawitz, Assistant Manager, Metropolitan Opera 1953-72
  • Estate of Katherine Noire
  • Estate of Nancy Hoguet Tilghman
  • Estate of Simonne Stone
  • Estate of Thomas P. Lacy
  • From the Collection of the late William Safire
  • Property from The Estate of Dr. Alex Eliseo Asencio
  • Property of a Florida Lady
  • Property of a New York Family
  • Property of a Private Pennsylvania Collection
  • The Celeste Holm Collection

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