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Offline mlkrt_2

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #275 on: November 18, 2016, 12:08:12 am »
I've bought this coin at a Swiss auction, with an old collector's tag attached. The cataloguer noted carefully that it probably came from Münzen und Medaillen VII, Basel 1948.

Curtis Clay and Justin Benton have now kindly provided me copies of the relevant pages from the auction catalogue held by the Harlan J. Berk library. As you can see it is definitely the same coin.

Thank you, Curtis and Justin!

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #276 on: February 07, 2017, 09:42:38 am »
I have a feeling the RR collectors will appreciate this. The Stacks 1978 sale of Knobloch's RR coins is now available online at archive.org and it allows you to download a PDF. You can find it at this link: https://archive.org/details/greaternewyorknu1978stac_p5c2
Gallery of my collection with notes and discussion of Republican history and numismatics

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #277 on: February 11, 2017, 03:57:53 pm »
I have a feeling the RR collectors will appreciate this. The Stacks 1978 sale of Knobloch's RR coins is now available online at archive.org and it allows you to download a PDF. You can find it at this link: https://archive.org/details/greaternewyorknu1978stac_p5c2

That is a very important RR sale, and certainly worth the storage space for those that don't have a hard copy.  Hard copies are generally cheap, but getting more difficult to find.

As an aside, my first major auction coin purchase was at the 1980 Stack's sale of the Knobloch Roman Imperial collection. I was 16 at the time!

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #278 on: August 02, 2017, 11:32:44 am »
I have a Galba "Roma Renascens" denarius that came with the the reference: "MMAG Basel 1975, listing 372, 23."

After some research I see there were actually number of MMAG Auction catalogues in 1975, none of which seem to be online. If anyone has the resources to check for this coin I would be very grateful and curious to know any associated sale information.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #279 on: August 02, 2017, 11:48:36 am »
Kained,

M&M 372 from 1975 is a fixed price list (FPL).  M&M issued FPLs regularly.  Numbers run all the way up to 609.  I have FPL 372 from October 1975, and I attach below a photo of the lot 23 listing and plate. Lovely coin!


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« Reply #280 on: August 02, 2017, 12:10:41 pm »
That's made my day, thanks for the research and pictures, Carausius!
I have amended the coin's details with this more precise information.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #281 on: August 03, 2017, 11:45:19 pm »
Hi guys, I'd like to make another request for information if I may. I've bought a coin at a recent auction described by the auction house as hailing from Vente Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 mars 1975, n°56. I know that quite a few auction houses work through Drouot, but no further details were supplied.
Would anyone have the auction catalogue by any chance?

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #282 on: April 30, 2018, 12:10:05 pm »
I haven't posted on my old auction catalogue thread in some time.  I wanted to highlight to anyone interested in old auction catalogues that Joe has been adding a large volume of old catalogues to the Forvm Ancient Coins retail shop.  I've noticed some very important sales in the group, including the Hess sale of the Trau Collection and some Münzhandlung Basel sales.  I have no financial interest in these catalogues.  This is just a friendly announcement to all infected with the Old Auction Catalogue Madness.  There's only one cure: more catalogues!   ;)  Keep em' coming, Joe!

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #283 on: May 01, 2018, 05:32:00 am »
I had been looking at Joe's copy of the Trau sale and mulling over buying it. Just scared about what the postage might be to the UK. Might work out cheaper to find a UK copy.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #284 on: July 11, 2018, 10:16:49 am »
Michael,

since you appear to have "24. Rodolfo Ratto - 8/2/1928 (Morcom/Hands/Wertheim)", could you please check lot 4552 for me? I'd be quite grateful.

I'm following citations from RIC V.2 — it's supposed to be a Probus aureus RIC 306

i. IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
B. Laureate, draped bust r.

CLEMENTIA TEMP
Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory and sceptre.


If it is illustrated, I'd appreciate a scan or a photo.





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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #285 on: July 11, 2018, 10:54:26 am »
vrtsprb, I posted in response to your PM here:

www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=116064.0


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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #286 on: July 11, 2018, 11:48:11 am »
Quote from: Carausius on July 11, 2018, 10:54:26 am
vrtsprb, I posted in response to your PM here:

www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=116064.0



Thanks.

In meantime, I've actually found that particular Ratto catalogue at BnF.

What threw me is that RIC V.2 refers to the Morcom sale as 1927 (print date), not the actual Ratto February 8, 1928 date.


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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #287 on: July 11, 2018, 04:58:04 pm »
A few weeks ago I bought an auction catalogue from Forum. I had been looking for a copy for about 1 year. Lucky for me Joe had a copy and posted it for sale. The catalogue arrived and my coin was pictured and described. The catalogue was Vecchi 13 September 1998. The coin was lot 757. RIC II part 1 mentions this sale in reference to my coin. Until recently my coin was the only one known. A few months ago @David Atherton also found one.

My sincere thanks to Joe for the catalogue.

Here is the coin.

Vespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.08mm, 3.50g, 6h). Rome, AD 75.
Obv: Bare head l. R IMP CEASAR VESPASIANUS AUG
Rev: Pax seated l., resting l. elbow on throne and holding branch.
PON MAX TRP COS VI
RIC II 773 (this coin); RSC –. Extremely Rare variety, near VF.
Ex Vecchi sale 13, 1998, 757.
Ex: St Paul Antiques auction 7 Lot 285 June 11, 2017
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.


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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #288 on: July 11, 2018, 05:32:16 pm »
Wonderful, Andrew. Congratulations on a rare coin and terrific provenance.  The Vecchi series of sales from the 1990s are wonderful catalogues including some excellent specialist collections (Roman Republican bronzes in Vecchi 3; Augustus in Vecchi 9).  I'd recommend buying more of this series if you've got the room.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #289 on: July 12, 2018, 04:46:39 pm »
Many thanks Michael for the kind comments. At the moment I am just trying to collect catalogues where I have coins listed or pictured.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #290 on: August 13, 2018, 10:49:02 am »
Does an online version exist of the famed Leu 17, 1977 Nicolas auction? It seems to be a hard catalogue to find.

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« Reply #291 on: August 13, 2018, 11:11:10 am »
Not that I'm aware of.  Several Forum members, including me, have copies of that catalogue, so if there is a certain type or lot that you a looking for, just ask. 

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« Reply #292 on: October 02, 2018, 08:32:43 am »
It’s come to my attention a recent acquisition of mine came from M&M Basel fixed price list 391, July 1977, lot 23. The coin has a very dark tone so I am wondering if any collections were associated with this sale? I only have the plate photo, no further information.

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« Reply #293 on: October 02, 2018, 09:01:18 am »
Nice coin, and nice provenance!  I have most of the MuM FPLs for that era, but I'm missing #391.  Sorry.  I'll see if I can get someone else to chime-in.  

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #294 on: October 02, 2018, 09:17:47 am »
It’s come to my attention a recent acquisition of mine came from M&M Basel fixed price list 391, July 1977, lot 23. The coin has a very dark tone so I am wondering if any collections were associated with this sale? I only have the plate photo, no further information.

There's never any collections or provenance information associated with any M&M Basel FPL. Never seen even a single instance, and I've 98% of the lists from 100 to 609. Seems to have been policy never to disclose sources. That still remains policy for almost all fixed-price dealers as they buy to flip, so their sources are inevitably recent. To quote three current examples Ed Waddell doesn't disclose where his coins (just) came from though he may quote much older provenances. Nor does the Baldwin's FPLs. Nor do the Berk sales (effectively FPLs with potential to make offers). Auctions are different because the coins within may be old collections, but FPLs inevitably are recent auction buys (which you deliberately don't disclose so your clients won't find out where or how cheap you buy coins) or minor random purchases (which aren't very interesting to disclose). So FPLs old or new very rarely have provenance information.

I attach the cover, plate and text info from this sale.

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Re: Old Auction Catalogue Madness!
« Reply #295 on: June 26, 2019, 11:30:22 am »
My old auction catalogue madness has relapsed.  I just bought this copy of Ars Classica 1 (Pozzi) ON SALE from the FORVM shop.  Thank's, Joe!  FORVM has some wonderfully useful catalogues in the shop, and the sale prices make them hard to resist.



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« Reply #296 on: December 27, 2019, 12:08:48 pm »
I wonder if any Forum friends might have a copy of Pegasi Auction VI (8 April 2002)?  I'm hoping to both confirm a provenance and see what breadcrumbs might be lurking within the lot description for a coin I've recently acquired.  Thanks.

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