Auctions | October 6, 2010

Massachusetts, Dickens, Kennedy Led at NBA Auction

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, hosted an auction on October 3, 2010 at their Finger Lakes Region gallery. The 400+ lot auction featured an assortment of historic Massachusetts-related books, Charles Dickens first editions and a John F. Kennedy-signed program alongside numerous collectible books and ephemera.

Massachusetts history books led the auction with over 250 lots featuring nearly every township and city in the state. These unique volumes brought new bidders to the auction gallery from the “Bay State” and the collections and single books fetched over $8,000 hammer price (plus buyer’s premium) combined.

Charles Dickens was also featured in the four-hour auction across multiple volumes, many first editions and realized a hammer price of $1,075 (plus buyer’s premium) including one three-volume set of an 1838 printing of “Oliver Twist.”

A 1961 program from a Carl Hayden Golden Anniversary Dinner signed by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson sold for $800 (plus buyer’s premium). This program featured original signatures of President John F. Kennedy, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Carl Hayden and also featured photos of Kennedy, Johnson and Hayden, along with remarks from Kennedy and Johnson on Hayden's political career and a brief biography on Hayden.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The auction gallery has a planned auction on October 24th and two planned auctions in November, with the first of two scheduled for November 7th. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email