The November 12 single-owner auction of The Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection of Evelyn and Eric Newman contributed to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Fine Books and Manuscripts’ highest-grossing year in department history. The collection of the notable St. Louis philanthropists offered premier examples of iconic maps and atlases. The auction closed at a 98% sell-through rate, with competitive bidding throughout the sale in the Chicago saleroom and on the phone. Combined, the 117 lots that sold realized just under $742,000.
The top selling lot of the auction, Henry Popple’s A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto sold for over double the high estimate, realizing $81,250 against a presale estimate of $30,000 – 40,000. It is the first printed map to show the thirteen colonies, making it a monument of North American cartography.