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Oct 11 2020

Kolbe & Fanning 100th Sale Video

Held in conjunction with the June 2006 Long Beach show, Kolbe & Fanning’s 100th sale was a milestone in the history of this firm that has served numismatic literature collectors since 1969. George Kolbe recently forwarded a videotape of this sale, which was digitized and is now posted on Newman Portal. While the quality of the tape is consistent with home video of the period, the video conveys well the flavor of the sale. Bidding for frontline lots is considered and drawn out, while typical material moves more quickly. Highlights of the sale included a large paper copy of Hickcox’s 1858 work on American coinage, one of five known (lot 42, realized $40,250, 00:17:57 into the video, and extending until 24:35, during which the lot was re-opened), and a superbly bound set of the first four large format Chapman brother’s auction catalogs issued with plates, ex. Harry W.Bass, Jr. (lot 479, realized $43,700, 01:54:45 in the video). 

Link to Kolbe & Fanning’s Auction Sale One Hundred video on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/589357
Link to Kolbe & Fanning auction sale catalogs on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctioncompanydetail/513111
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