Just in case you missed the comments on my previous post, “Two Nabokov Items at Swann Auction”, here is what James pointed out about another upcoming auction:
Swann tend to get good prices but I agree that both estimates seem to be optimistic – especially the Lolita which is more like a retail price. There are a couple of signed Nabokov’s at Skinner’s of Boston on 17th.
And I responded:
Thanks for the heads up. I hadn’t noticed the Nabokov lots—four of them—at the Skinner auction house on 17 November. Two are signed (lot 222, A35.2, 1962 British Pale Fire in a fair dust jacket, and lot 224, A26.5, 1967 American Speak, Memory, dust jacket not shown) and two (lots 221 and 223) are multiple volume lots. All of the estimates are fair. Lot 221 includes A27.1, Стихотворения: 1929–1951 [Stikhotvoreniia: 1929–1951 / Poems: 1929–1951]. At the low end of the estimate ($400–600), it alone would be a good deal.