HAMBURG.- 5 , that was the price a book lover from Germany paid on a flee market for a little booklet with the writing Brücke (see press release from 2 October, 2012) on it. It turns out more than a bargain, because in the Rare Books auction the small exhibition catalog for the second travelling exhibition of the world-famous artist group was sold for 27.000*. Accordingly, the return is at an enormous 540000 %.
The two-day auction grossed more than 1,5 million*, in the evening auction alone more than 72 % of the lots were sold. Additionally, the unusual flea market finding was just one out of many lots that made for remarkable increases.
E.T.A. Hoffmanns Prinzessin Brambilla. Ein Capriccio nach Jakob Callot soared from a starting price of 1.800 to the fantastic result of 31.200*. The important humorous narration with a signed autographed dedication by Hoffman went to a bidder from Switzerland in the auction room, who stood his grounds against an English art dealer sitting right behind him as well as four other bidders in the room, a number of phones and a bundle of written bids of up to 10.000.
Twice the starting price of 10.000 was due for the first edition of a remarkable collection of early Christian poets, the so-called Prudentii poetae opera. A French phone bidder relegated competitors in the auction room from Germany and Italy as well as a number of written bids to places second and beyond. In the end, he honored the famous work, the first with the famous Anchor-Dolphin printers device, some 19.200*.
Also flying to unknown heights was Jules Vernes Bekannte und unbekannte Welten (lot 82), which a book dealer from Germany let climb from 2.000 to a result of 9.000*, eventually making for a near five-fold of the starting price. The adventurous journeys are endowed with a large number of woodcut illustrations, with a total of 85 works they are a rare series of the much-treasured splendid edition.
Everything but sad must be true for the seller of Franz Karl Dellavillas Ein trauriges Stücklein (A sad piece, lot 98), as the only edition of the childrens book with eight woodcuts in colors realized a result of 8.640*, that is twenty-five times the starting price of 340. It was won by a German bidder in the auction room who beat more than a dozen opponents.
The list of desired objects was led by the Reise in das Innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834 by Maximilian, Prinz zu Wied-Neuwied, which remains in Germany for a result of 92.400*, as well as by Plutarchs Vitae illoustrium virorum. The Florentine print with armorial miniatures from the famous printshop of Nicolaus Jenson, a student of Johannes Gutenberg, was acquired by a private collector from Hesse for 84.000*.