George Washington Book Collection at Sothebys Auction House

Over at the FINE BOOKS & COLLECTIONS website they recently reported about how, last week, at a Rare Books auction at Sotheby’s (New York), seven books that once belonged to George Washington brought a final bid of $1.2 million dollars! Up above is a photo of the book spines all together. I don’t know, I thought this was pretty interesting to see, a nice piece of history too.

The lot contained the following books:

Volume III of Oliver Goldsmith’s An History of the Earth (second edition, 1779), bearing Washington’s armorial bookplate;

Volume VII of the same, also with bookplate

Jonathan Swift’s The Beauties of Swift (1782) also bearing his engraved armorial bookplate

Volume III of Alain-Rene Le Sage’s The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane (sixth edition, [1785]) signed

Volume IV of the same, also signed

Voyages de M. de Chastellux’s dans l’Amerique septentrionale… (1786) in two volumes, signed

Joseph Priestley’s Discourses Relating to the Evidences of Revealed Religion…(1796), signed.

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Symphony Space Charity Auction Chip Kidd Book Cover Design

We’re proud to announce another Charity Auction where Designer Chip Kidd will donate his time to create a customized book jacket, just for you! This Auction supports SYMPHONY SPACE which is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City, NY. This organization does an amazing job at keeping music, culture, and the arts alive! The Auction is going on right now, as we speak, and the bidding closes on April 14th, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT. So, please be sure to get your bid in now!

Symphony Space's mission, as a per-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, is to offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike.

For more information about Symphony Space, please CLICK HERE!

For information on how to enter the Auction and support the Arts, Please CLICK HERE!

Hake's Auction Chip Kidd Collection Vintage Batman Toys

We thought it would be a good idea to mention that Chip Kidd has teamed-up with HAKE’S AMERICANA & COLLECTIBLES to weed-out a few Rare Batman items from his massive Vintage Toy & Memorabilia collection. The auction company even created a special page called, the “Chip Kidd Collection”. Right now, as we speak, there are about 8 items up for grabs. We should mention that bidding ends on March 21, 2013. There are even some “Adam West” Autographed items and some wonderful Animation Cels.

I posted some pics here of my 2 favorite items. One is an Vintage 1960′s BATMAN Inflatable Swimming Pool Toy that is ultra super-rare and also a really great display piece ( see photo up above). I mean, just look at the shape of this thing and the amazing retro-style graphics!

Hakes Auction Chip Kidd Bat-Manga Batman Japanese Toy Collection

Then, for the JAPANESE BAT-MANGA FANS, they’re also offering a Vintage 1960′s BATMAN Record Album made in Japan. This thing is beautiful and has incredible graphics all over it: front/back/inside, and even has a colored-vinyl record. Very cool!! For more pics of this thing please be sure to visit their website.

Actually, there are too many neat items to list so please be sure to visit HAKE’S AMERICANA for more details.

Charity Buzz - Have Designer Chip Kidd design a Book Cover for you!

This post is a friendly remind that the CHARITY BUZZ Auction where you can win the opportunity to have Designer Chip Kidd create a Book Cover for your book or novel. The contest ends in about 3 days & it’s going pretty good so far but we could always use more action! The bidding right now is up to $1600.00 so you still have a chance to get this special freelance work at a great price. Also, please remember, all this money goes to an extremely important charity. So, don’t miss out!!

Here’s the LINK for more info, just CLICK HERE!

Borders Books Store Sign eBay Auction Letters

Right now is the time for you to own a piece of Book Selling History. Like, literally, right this minute! We just found out that the letters from the original BORDERS BOOKS flagship store are being auctioned off on eBay for charity and the sales end on January 31st, 2013. Holy Crap, that’s tomorrow!!

Yes, they’re selling the letters individually ( I want the Letter “B”, ha ha ) and they would make a great decorative item to display in your home. They each measure almost two feet tall and are made of metal & plexiglass. But the important thing is that the proceeds to these sales are going to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. This non-profit charity organization is dedicated to assisting booksellers and is a great cause. So, please click here to check out the EBAY AUCTION.

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