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Deerfield rare book auction nets over $100,000

  • Potential bidders mill through old books in the New England Auction House before Tuesday's auction. RECORDER STAFF/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Potential bidders mill through old books in the New England Auction House before Tuesday's auction. RECORDER STAFF/ANDY CASTILLO

  • Potential bidders mill through old books in the New England Auction House before Tuesday's auction. RECORDER STAFF/ANDY CASTILLO



For the Gazette
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

DEERFIELD — Auctioners traveled from near and far last week for a chance to bid on a few particularly rare books, at the New England Auction House on Routes 5 and 10.

A first edition of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” sold to someone in the audience for $34,000 — about what the auction house expected.

“There were serious bidders on that,” said Cynthia Holmes, a staff member at the business. “The bidding was very lively.”

Audubon’s book was the most expensive item sold.

Bidding was conducted over the phone, through advance bids placed before the auctioning began, and live by bidders in the audience.

Other significant items auctioned Tuesday include a first edition King James Bible, won by an advance bid of $17,000. The Bible was expected to sell for anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000.

“Now We Are Six,” an original Winnie the Pooh book signed by A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard sold for $9,500 to someone in the audience.

“It was the greatest thing, totally cool,” office manager Walter Turati said about the book.

About 230 lots were sold by the auction house for a total of more than $100,000.