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Job lot at £3600 is perfect sense

Auction find reveals historical account of follies, fads, manias and the madness of crowds

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ONE of the job lots in a Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale of February 22, valued at £100-200 and categorised as “literature and poetry, mainly 19th century”, sold for £3600.

However, though a number of wellknown authors were named, the one fully identified work was something very different and a work that in the past has made as much as $9000.

That was the sum paid in a 2014 Bonhams San Francisco sale for a three-volume, 1841 first (in faded original cloth) of Charles Mackay’s Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions, a historical account of popular follies, fads, manias and the madness of crowds that has in recent years begun to make high prices.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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