Rare Antarctic Books from the Library of Richard Reaney

Thursday 11 April 2019

Rare Antarctic Books from the Library of Richard Reaney

Following on from the success of the Important Paintings & Contemporary Art auction on April 4, the sale of Rare Antarctic Books from the Library of Richard Reaney on April 11 was one of Art+Object's most successful rare book and manuscript auctions to date. Art+Object is delighted to report an auction total of $354 000, with the highest price achieved $159 900 for Ernest H. Shackleton's first edition Aurora Australis which was a highlight during the auction viewing. Exceptional results were also achieved for the Diary of James Paton Boatswain S.Y. Aurora ($10 455), Ernest H. Shackleton's first edition three volume The Heart of the Antarctic from 1909 ($19 680) and an original unpresented Polar Medal - George V 1910 featuring four clasps from 1910-1917 representing various expeditions ($17 220). The auction was very well attended by local New Zealand collectors with spirited online bidding from collectors around the world.


Some of the preliminary highlights included:
6. Autograph Album - Terra Nova Expedition $1720
21. Apsley Cherry-Garrard - The Worst Journey in the World $5535
28. Discovery Expedition Aneroid Barometer $5045
31. Endurance Spar Two Fragments of Wood $2585
43. Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky $305
50. George Murray - The Antarctic Manual for Use of the Expedition of 1901 $1970
52. James Murray and George Marston - Antarctic Days $11 070
53. Thomas Musgrave - Castaways on the Auckland Isles $1785
55. Diary of James Paton Boatswain S.Y. Aurora $10 455
57. Frank Hurley - Album of Antarctic Photographs $11 070
58. Original Unpresented Polar Medal - George V 1910 $17 220
73. Ernest H. Shackleton - The Heart of the Antarctic $19 680
75. Ernest H. Shackleton - Aurora Australis $159 900
80. E.H. Shackleton, L.C. Bernacchi and A. Cherry-Gerrard - South Polar Times $17 220
83. Griffith Taylor - With Scott the Silver Lining $1475
89. Frank Wild - Shackleton's Last Voyage $1105
124. Lars Christenson - Such is the Antarctic $575
180. Alfred Lansing - Endurance $190
266. Frank Worsely - Endurance, An Epic of Polar Adventure $705


* All listed prices include buyer's premium and GST.

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