Kolbe literature brings more than $514,000
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
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
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.