Archive for July, 2011

Sotheby’s – English Literature,History,Children’s Books & Illustrations

July 6th, 2011 by

The sale contains two outstanding highlights. Firstly, the earliest rules and historic archive of the world’s first football (soccer) club, Sheffield FC, including the first version of their laws of the game, detailed minute books, and the only known surviving copy of the first printing of the club’s rules of football. Secondly, the autograph manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “The Watsons” – the only such manuscript remaining in private hands — extensively revised and corrected throughout. Join Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s specialist of Books & Manuscripts, as he discusses these two highlights – Watch Videos.

Other major highlights include James Joyce’s wartime family passport, recording his movements during his most creative period when he was composing his masterpiece Ulysses, two major series of letters by Benjamin Disraeli, a number of valuable books sold in aid of the Catholic charity CAFOD, rare first editions by the Brontë sisters, a first-hand account of the Battle of Trafalgar, watercolours by Beatrix Potter and a pen and ink drawing by E.H. Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger.

Morphy Auctions’ team of experts set to hit the show circuit in July Visits planned in Seattle, Portland, Anaheim and Allentown

July 6th, 2011 by

Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, will be taking his experts on the road in July to visit with collectors at antiques and collectibles shows from coast to coast. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, and several of his on-staff experts will be visiting antique shows this month, with stops planned for Portland, Seattle, Allentown, Pa., and Anaheim, California.

Morphy and his team have issued an open invitation to collectors who may have an interest in obtaining a free evaluation of their collection and learning how to consign to a future auction. Visits can be arranged at collectors’ homes or wherever else their articles may be kept.

“There is no obligation whatsoever, and all visits are kept strictly confidential,” said Morphy.

Morphy’s July event schedule includes the following stops:

July 8-10 – Dan Morphy and Brian Estepp at the Portland Expo Antiques & Collectibles Show in Portland, Oregon

July 15-16 – Brian Estepp at the Seattle Marble Show in Seattle, Washington

July 16-17 – Mike Landis at the Allentown Paper Show in Allentown, Pennsylvania

July 28-30 – Dan Morphy at the UFDC Doll Convention in Anaheim, California

Morphy’s is known for its high-profile auctions of toys, banks, antique advertising, mechanical/coin-op and gambling machines; fine and decorative art; clocks and Americana. The company holds the world record for the highest-grossing one-day auction of a single-owner toy collection: $7.7 million achieved with the 2007 sale of the Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck collection of antique mechanical banks.

To make an appointment to meet with Morphy Auctions team members during their July show tour, please e-mail

Sotheby’s – Contemporary Art Auctions

July 1st, 2011 by

Contemporary Art – London, June 29th and 30th, 2011, results online now