|Jun 6, 2006, 01:18 AM||#1|
Malter book auction - June 4-5
While most auction reports like to list the highlights of an auction, I thought I'd use the Malter book auction this past weekend as an educational tool.
Book auctions are always fun and the Malter sale was no exception. There's nothing like 8 hours with no air conditioning, 85+ degree temperatures and a 40x30 room with 45 people in it. Just about everyone knew everyone else so the atmosphere was light and friendly. Many of the Malter books were rare and beautifully bound and as book sales go, this was an important sale, so much so that even Douglas Saville from Spink in London attended in person.
While it would be fun to report on the highlights, I thought I'd report on some of the lowlights, mainly the slightly used copies of books STILL IN PRINT. In this sale, just about every in print title sold for retail or more. Below is a list of just a few examples.
Lot 27 - Ashton, Studies in Ancient Coinage from Turkey - Sold for $431.25, - Available new for $110
Lot 112 - Bloesch, H.: Griechische Münzen in Winterthur, Vol 1 and 2 - Sold for $1092.50. Available new for $650
Lot 198 - SNG ANS 3 - Sold for $149.50. Available new for $75
Lot 213 - SNG BM Spain - Sold for $207- Available new for $140
Lot 214 - SNG Morcom - Sold for $161 - Available new for $75
Lot 215 - SNG Stancomb - Sold for $218.50 - Available new for $85
Lot 216 - SNG Hunterian - Sold for $322 - Available new for $200
Lot 221 - SNG Keckman Vol 1 and 2 - Sold for $373.75 - Available new for $175
Lot 222 - SNG Delepierre - Sold for $276 - Available new for $140
Lot 223 - SNG France 2- Sold for $488.75 - Available new for $125
Lot 224 - SNG France 3 - Sold for $287.50 - Available new for $150
Lot 225 - SNG France 4 - Sold for $310.50 - Available new for $125
Lot 226 - SNG France 5 - Sold for $299 - Available new for $160
Lot 227 - SNG France 6 - Sold for $218.50 - Available new for $195
Lot 233 - SNG Spaer - Sold for $241.50 - Available new for $120
Lot 235 - SNG Leypold Part 1 and 2 - Sold for $373.75 - Available new for $150
Lot 237 - SNG Slovenia - Sold for $218.50 - Available new for $180
Lot 245 - SNG Tubingen Vol 1-6 - Sold for $891.25 - Available new for $600
Lot 256 - SNG Kayhan - Sold for $138 - Available new for $75
Lot 306 - Caltabiano, Messana - Sold for $402.50 - Available new for $290
Lot 312 - Fischer-Bossert, Wolfgang. Chronologie der Didrachmenprägung von Tarent - Sold for $431.50 - Available new for $250
Lot 388 - Calciati, Pegasi - Sold for $500 - Available new for $325
This list could be much, much longer, but I think this illustrates my point. While I can understand auction fever, I've come down with it a few time myself, I can't understand paying 2-3 times what a book can be bought for brand new. All of the above prices were found on the internet in less than 20 seconds each, just shopping 3 big book dealers sites. All the information concerning the price of new books is readily available online and I know that the bidder for many of the SNG's had internet access as he was bidding through Ebay.
If you are going to bid in an auction, particularly a book auction, do your homework. If you were one of the successful bidders on the above lots, chalk it up to experience. Just about any book printed after 1990 can be found online. Rare and out of print tiles are different, you pay what you have to in order to get the book. But new titles????? I don't get it. Many times at the auction I looked at Victor, or Douglas or George and we just rolled our eyes. I think Douglas will be auctioning new Spink titles from now on. Why retail them when you can get so much more at auction (just a joke I hope).
By the way, if any of the underbidders on these or other in print titles would like to order them, contact me off-line.
Barry P. Murphy
PO Box 511
Lancaster, PA 17608-0511
|Jun 6, 2006, 06:55 AM||#2|
I agree with Barry. I bid on serveral books in the Malter auction and got beat badly. But I bid what I thought they were worth and not above. I know with some time and patience that I can find those titles from other sources.
|Jun 6, 2006, 12:56 PM||#3|
I would note with sadness that Joel Malter passed away from a heart attack not too long after the sale of his numismatic library collection. So, the Malter literature sale was truely a one-of-a-kind event, never to be repeated.
|Jun 13, 2006, 12:56 AM||#4|
I suspect the pleasure of owning a 'Malter Book' added cache as well as auction fever. Maybe he had written notes in them though I read he was a great one for conservation of his library so probably unlikely.
My respects to the Malter Family on their loss.
Last edited by AlexB : Jun 13, 2006 at 03:17 AM.