Miniature Book News #105: 2000 June Page: 2
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- Margaret Thatcher, "the Iron Lady,"
and Britain's first woman Prime
The reception and auction took place
on 28 March, and I25,000 (c. $40,000)
was raised for the charity. The most
expensive book was Thatcher's, and
went for I3,800 (about $6,000).
The feature article in the last issue
of MBN (#104, MARCH 2000) attracted
wide comment from readers.
Consequently, we felt additional
information about the huge Winterstein
sale would be of interest.
For those of you who tuned in late,
the miniature books of long-time
collector Irene Winterstein, who died
in 1999, were put on sale at Christie's
in London on March 10 of this year.
Over 4,000 books were offered, and
those that actually were sold fetched
a total of over b200,000 (about $350,000,
including the 15% buyer's premium).
Those that did not sell may be re-offered
at a later Christie's sale.
Articles appeared in several newspapers
in Britain, Holland, Italy and Germany,
and even in the Wall Street Journal
Europe. Many showed photographs
of one of the books or another, and
most articles appeared before the
The London Express had a lengthy
and insightful article reported by
Virginia Blackburn, and we quote
THE EXPRESS. SATURDAY. MARCH 4.2000
/Irene Winterstein dedicated
her life to collecting the
finest miniature books. Now
the results of her devotion
are going under the hammer.
VIRGINIA BLACKBURN reports
Some of the books in the Sotheby
Charity Sale, including a manuscript by
Margaret Thatcher. (slightly reduced)
T IS hardly overstating the case to
say they look like little jewels:
exquisitely crafted pieces of
workmanship containing some of
the greatest literature of all time.
On March 10. one of the finest
private collections of miniature books
will go under the hammer at
Christie's. in london. There will be
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