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Important Pens | The Power of the Written Word

Blog | April 18, 2017
Fine Writing Instruments

As communication becomes more and more digitized, it might be a surprise to learn that the pen market has increased in recent years, especially among luxury brands such as Montblanc, Krone and Omas. What was once a practical tool, pens have also become a luxury accessory and status symbol.


Beginning April 17, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will host a timed online-only auction of writing instruments. The collection comes from the late Dr. Harari, a successful investor whose passions in life were education and collecting.

Fine Writing Instruments
A collection of pens to be sold online in the Fine Writing Instruments Timed Online Only sale on Bidsquare.

Among his collection, the sale will include a series of Krone limited edition fountain pens. The unique collection draws inspiration from historical figures and time periods, creating personality pens in addition to their luxury appeal. The muses range from the cult classic “The Wizard of Oz” to Napoleon as well as the highly sought after limited edition Toulouse-Lautrec and John Hancock pens.


The Toulouse-Lautrec Limited Edition pen captures the opulence, revelry and aesthetic of Toulouse-Lautrec’s beloved Montmare in the 19th century. The pen comes in two colors, sterling silver and gold magnum, both of which will be available at the upcoming auction. The sterling silver caps are silhouettes of Montmarte and Le Moulin Rougue’s most potent symbol, the windmill. The Mother of Pearl barrel is adorned with precious and semi-precious stones and a delicate depiction of the French bourgeois. Just over 200 hundred of these pens were ever created and less than 20 in the gold magnum.


Comparing the Krone pens to Toulouse-Lautrec prints, one can see the penmaker’s pristine execution and attention to detail in capturing the artist’s point of view.

This Toulouse-Lautrec Limited Edition pen perfectly compliments this lithograph by the artist to be offered May 23 in the Fine Prints auction.

The John Hancock Sterling Silver Limited Edition pen is decorated with patriotic emblems including red, white and blue resin acrylic, an “E Pluribus Unum” inscription and an eagle claw holding the pen nib. However, the most irresistible quality of this pen is the piece of John Hancock’s desk embedded within the sterling silver clip. Less than 350 John Hancock Sterling Silver Limited Edition pens are available today.


The shards of Hancock’s desk elevate this pen beyond luxury status into the realm of presidential memorabilia. One can imagine the weight of inscribing with a presidential hand.

Fine Writing Instruments
The John Hancock Sterling Silver Limited Edition pen is estimated for $1,500-2,500 while an autographed document by the governor and congressman is estimated at $4,000-6,000.

The April 17 – April 26 Fine Writing Instruments sale will be available on Bidsquare as a timed auction. The bidding will begin to close at 10am on Wednesday, April 26, and bidders will be notified if they are outbid during the duration of the sale. For more information on how to participate in a timed auction you can read instructions here.

Preview in Chicago:

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10am – 5pm
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10am – 3pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12pm – 4pm
Monday, April 24, 2017, 10am – 5pm

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