Il Ponte Auction House has always kept its attention towards the collecting of manuscripts and rare books high so much so to inaugurate in 2017 a dedicated department which, in the span of a few years, has caught an ever cultured and curious collecting.
The auction house has decided to maintain a broad vision of the market for this sector too, with eclectic awards in which there can be found manuscripts, inculabulum, first editions, autographs, atlas and maps, but also 19th century artist's books, ancient classic texts and historical curiosities. Successful the strategy of favouring quality and rarity of the goods proposed at auction, to attract a productive participation on behalf of important private collectors and foreign audiences.
Extraordinary awards constitute the most recent palmarés: the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri of 1477 sold for 93,750, the Imitatio Christi by Thomas A Kempis of 1472 with the best international performance at € 93,750, the Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis by Salvador Dali sold for € 87,000, and Salvador Dali's revisited version of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet for € 56,250. Among the scientific texts, excellent results were beaten for the seventeenth-century atlas richly illustrated by Blaeu and Janssonius (€ 56,250), those by Abraham Ortelius Theatrum orbis terrarum, sold respectively for € 30,000 and € 20,000, and the Atlante Veneto by Coronelli Vincenzo ( € 23,750). Great appreciation by collectors also for Canaletto and Carlevaris's views of Venice (€ 18.750 each) and for artist's books such as the so-called "Bullonato" by Fortunato Depero (€ 18.125).
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Sweet autumn for Il Ponte Casa d’Aste. The milanese maison situated in via Pontaccio has successfully beats the first charms of the new season. [...] € 650,000 the turnover achieved by the Books and Manuscripts department on the sales days of 20 and 21 September, dedicated both to ancient and artistic books within the collection of the art of anastatics reproductions of books and manuscripts. Top lot the Salvador Dalì Bible (lot 776, sold € 68,750).
ArtsLife | 29 September 2022
Il Ponte opens the second half of 2021 with a new departmental record for Books and Manuscripts: € 600,000, 86% of lots sold, and 162% revaluation of base prices. The top lot of the sale is the Imitatio Christi by Thomas A Kempis (dated 1472). It is the most printed religious text in the world after the Bible, which on this occasion reached its best international performance reaching the figure of € 75,000 (€ 93,750 plus buyers premium).
ArtsLife | October 2021
What people say about us Although we are only at the beginning, 2021 is already a record year for Il Ponte. Yesterday's Books and Manuscripts sale ended with € 500,000 turnover (rights included), 94% of sold lots and 162% of increase on the sales value: a healthy sector, we said, which is confirmed by the performances of items as the Atlante Veneto by Vincenzo Coronelli (€ 20,000), the Depero futurista by Fortunato Depero (€ 18,125) and the large Neuer Atlas - Atlas Novus curated by Johann Baptist Homann (€ 11,875).