Sotheby's - London - Online Auction

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Detective Fiction Including The Alexis Galanos Collection
Sale #L21407

Sotheby’s is delighted to present a significant sale of detective fiction including The Alexis Galanos Collection. The auction will include works from the pens of Chandler, Christie, Fleming, Doyle, Hammett and more. The sale features a range of first editions from the golden age of the genre and many of the books feature attractive and rare dust-jackets.

The Collection of Alexis Galanos:

An exclusive offering from the private library of crime and detective fiction built and curated over the past 50 years by Alexis Galanos (1940-2019), the noted collector. There is a particular emphasis on Golden age mysteries. Alexis was a prominent Greek Cypriot politician, who held various leading public service roles in Cyprus during a long and distinguished career, including terms as President of the House of Representatives and Mayor (in exile) of Famagusta. He was educated in the UK at King’s College, Cambridge and the Inner Temple.

The Golden Age of Detective Fiction predominantly refers to the two-decade period of the 1920s and 1930s. The interwar period saw a meteoric rise in “Whodunit" murder mysteries and the enduring legacy of some of modern literature’s favourite writers is still felt today. This sale features all of the greatest names from the period and serves as an outstanding timeline for the golden age.


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