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A collection grown over decades

Botanical lots from Washington DC focus on high quality but produce mixed results

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A botanical collection formed over several decades by DF Allen of Washington DC and sold on October 26 by Sotheby’s New York (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) was small in numbers but focused on the exceptional.

Of the 67 lots offered, 17 failed to sell and among them were four lots carrying six-figure estimates, which meant that even the low-estimate total for unsold works amounted to $820,000. Some others fell short of estimate, but there were successes too and the 50 sold lots raised $1.83m (£1.38m) in all.

The odd record was also broken, as was the case with the earliest item in the essentially chronological selection that follows, a Dodart …Histoire des Plantes of 1676 (see illustration above right for details).

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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