As my E-Sylum publishing deadline approached I picked up my cell phone and gave Dan Hamelberg a ring. Dan's the President of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, a completely bonkers numismatic bibliophile, and all-around nice guy. He attended George Kolbe's sale of the Stack Family Numismatic Library this weekend. George is travelling but I wanted the scoop for my readers.
In a nutshell, the sale went very well and prices were quite strong. A European buyer was a strong force in the sale. Harvey Stack attended the sale and actually called several of the lots. David Fanning was there manning one of the telephones.
About 70 registered bidders were in the room, along with several on telephones and the Internet. "70" was a magic number - the two highest-grossing lots were the Col. Green papers and photographs, each hammering at $70,000.
Dan bought several lots himself, and I'm sure a number of E-Sylum readers did as well. If you were at the sale, please do write me this week with some of your experiences. I sure wish I could have been there. Meanwhile, I'll await the official post-sale report from George. Congratulations, winning bidders!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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