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Kolbe literature brings more than $514,000
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Kolbe, owner of George Frederick Kolbe Fine Numismatic Books, Crestline, Calif., conducted two auctions at the convention: the Twinleaf Library and other numismatic properties, and the Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli Library.

Kolbe said the Twinleaf Library auction did particularly well, with 93 percent of the lots sold. He said the prices realized brought 105 percent of the total of all the estimates, "even though one of the most valuable books (lot 86, Hickcox, est. $15,000), did not sell."

He said the Bassoli library brought 85 percent of the total of all the estimates with 36 lots (20 percent) going unsold.

"Some of the books may have done better a year ago but, given the current economic circumstances, we are extremely pleased with the overall results," Kolbe said.

The total of both auctions was more than $514,000, including the 15 percent buyer's fee.

The Twinleaf auction, comprising 100 lots, featured classic works on U.S. large cents and other rarities of American numismatic literature.

Bassoli's library, totaling 176 lots, featured early printed books on ancient coins and classic works on Italian coins and medals. It also includes many classic 17th and 18th century references on various European numismatic topics.

For further information, write George Frederick Kolbe Fine Numismatic Books, P.O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325. Telephone the dealer at (909) 338-6527, fax him at (909) 338-6980 and e-mail Kolbe at GFK@numislit.com. Kolbe's online address is www.numislit.com.


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