This week's top lots
What: Leather and brass dog collar belonging to Charles Dickens, 19th century
Where: Bonhams New York (February 19, The Dog Sale)
Sold For: $11,590
Like most Victorians, Dickens's love for dogs was well known. Although the exact animal that wore this collar is unknown, one account of his home at Gad's Hill (the address inscribed on the collar) writes: "the large dogs were quite a feature of the place, and were also rather a subject of dread to many outsiders...Linda, a St. Bernard had been living in the garden at Tavestock House before she was taken to Gad's Hill. She and Turk—a mastiff—were the constant companions in all their master's walks."
What: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
Where: Bonhams San Francisco (February 14, Fine Books and Manuscripts)
Sold For: $73,200
First edition, first printing copies of The Great Gatsby with their dustjackets in good condition are enormously rare—Bonhams set a world record this past June by selling one for $180,000. The cover artwork was designed by a Francis Couget, a little-known illustrator, who completed it before the book was finished. Fitzgerald was said to be so taken with the imagery that he had written it into the novel.
What: "City of New York" handcolored lithograph by N. Currier, 1856
Where: Freeman's (February 19, Lehman Brothers Collection)
Sold For: $12,500
This bird's eye view of New York City is one of more than 7,500 recorded prints by the venerable American printers established by Nathanial Currier in 1834, and referred to as a "Currier & Ives" print after the name of his last business partnership. In this large folio size print several city landmarks can be seen such as Trinity Church, Castle Clinton, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Lehman Brothers firm, from whose former collection this print is from, was founded in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1850, and opened its first office in New York City in 1858, just two years after this print was made.