Seven Nabokov items are among the 230 lots of “Russian Literature and Works on Paper” (Akhmatova, Belyi, Bulgakov, Mandelshtam, Mayakovsky, Olesha, Pasternak, and other writers, artists, and composers) that the British auction house Bonhams is offering on 5 December at its New York branch. Click here to see them.
They are, with a note about each item and its estimate:
- Grozd‘, rebound, $1200-1800
- Gornii put’, original wrappers, $2500-3500
- Podvig, rebacked, inscribed, $7000-9000
- Podvig, repaired, $700-1000
- Stikhotvoreniia: 1929-1952, badly stained, $500-700
- Lolita, issue a, worn, $1200-1800
- Ada, inscribed & lepidopterized, $15,000-25,000
The estimates are a bit high considering the relatively tarnished conditions some of the books are in. The buyer’s premium is 25%.