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Bloomsbury to sell major Beatrix Potter collection Feb. 27

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 15:48

‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first, private printing, 1901. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Bloomsbury image.

LONDON - Bloomsbury Auctions will present the Mark Ottignon Collection of Beatrix Potter memorabilia on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. GMT, 6 a.m. Pacific. will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection is composed of an extensive selection of first edition books, rare periodical contributions, autograph material, greeting cards, original artwork, photographs, figurines, giftware, crockery, toys and an array of other collectable items, relating to the Peter Rabbit stories and characters as well as to the author directly.

Without question it is one the most impressive collections of Beatrix Potter material to come up for auction, according to the auctioneer.

The key component of the Mark Ottignon collection is indubitably the books; from the private printings of Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester through to modern foreign language editions, via rare painting books, play editions, modern reworkings and expanded illustrated editions, plus Warne’s amazingly realized “centenary editions” with their various limitations and formats, this collection wonderfully represents the whole gamut of Peter Rabbit and company editions.

Beyond Peter, the collection also features various works on the author herself, the Lake District, and the National Trust, including the famous studies by Margaret Lane and Judy Taylor, plus various works on the collecting and identifying of important books, artwork, collectables and ephemera related to Beatrix Potter.

For details phone +44 (0)220 7495 9494.

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‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first, private printing, 1901. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Bloomsbury image.

‘A Happy Pair,’ 
Beatrix Potter’s first illustrated book, 1890. Estimate: £12,000-£16,000. Bloomsbury image.

‘Isn’t it Funny,’ vignette, Nister & Dutton, 1894. £800-£1,200. Bloomsbury image.

Beatrix Potter in the doorway of Hill Top, 1913. Bloomsbury image.

Rare Steiff Peter Rabbit, circa 1906. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Bloomsbury image.

Wedgwood Jasperware series, 1980s. Bloomsbury image.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:17

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