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Strong selection of fine writing instruments on the block at Bonhams this December
Montblanc: George Washington America's Signatures for Freedom Series Limited Edition 50 Fountain Pen. First in a series honoring America's presidents. Black lacquer, white gold filigree, ring of brilliant-cut diamonds, cap set with teardrop-faceted sapphire and engraved portrait of Washington. Medium 18K rhodium-plated gold nib engraved with stars and legend "America's Signatures for Freedom." Large glass presentation box with leatherbound book (In Search of George Washington by Wendell Garrett), outer box, booklet. Limited Edition: 24/50. Est. $20,000-25,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams announced its sale of Fine Writing Instruments, December 19 in San Francisco, led by several Montblanc America's Signatures for Freedom Series Limited Edition 50 Fountain Pens, in honor of former US presidents James Madison (est. $20,000-30,000), George Washington (est. $20,000-25,000) and John Adams (est. $18,000-22,000).

Montblanc highlights continue in the sale with a rare Antoni Gaudi Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-25,000), The Fortune Number 88 Limited Edition Fountain Pen (est. $15,000-20,000) and a Helmut Newton 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 75 Fountain Pen & Chronograph Automatic White Gold Watch, created in honor of master photographer Helmut Newton (est. $15,000-20,000).

Additionally on offer will be such Montblancs as an Art of Porcelain Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen, hand-painted with an equestrian motif - the only one of its kind (est. $12,000-15,000), and a Greta Garbo Commemorative Limited Edition 100 Fountain Pen, paying tribute to one of Hollywood's most glamorous and enduring stars, in solid 18 karat yellow gold, inlaid with mother-of-pearl (est. $10,000-15,000).

Also noteworthy in the sale will be a coveted Pelikan Genji Maki-e Limited Edition 60 Fountain Pen Set (est. $10,000-15,000), inspired by Japan's oldest novel, The Tale of Genji.

The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20077/.

Auction Preview: December 14-17, San Francisco
Auction: December 19, San Francisco



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