Friday, December 21, 2007

Another Anniversary Already? And How Much is it Going to Cost?

It was 120 years ago that Sherlock Holmes came to the world's attention in Beetons Christmas Annual of 1887.
Here's the most expensive magazine in the world:

"Sotheby's held the sale in New York City on 21 June 2007.
The owner, a lady, put up two Sherlockian lots for sale."

Lot 105, Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, set a new auction record for that magazine and sold for $156,000. The hammer price was $130,000 and the 20% buyer's premium brought the total to $156,000. That beat the previous record of $153,600 set in an auction at Sotheby's in December 2004. The 2004 record was said to make Beeton's the most expensive magazine in the world, and this new sale reinforces that position.